Whether you’re based in the UK or the USA, Doctor Who is returning to television on September 1st with Asylum of the Daleks!
First revealed by the Radio Times earlier today, the BBC’s official Doctor Who Twitter feed later chimed in:
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) August 22, 2012
Confirmed by both the BBC and BBC America, Series 7’s initial five-week run will commence in the first week of September, appearing on screens on each of the month’s five Saturdays. We’ll then have a few weeks off before the “will they show it on Christmas Day?” speculation begins.
Asylum of the Daleks will air on BBC One on September 1st at 7.20pm-8.10pm. This initially caused some concern among Whovians worried about the show clashing with ITV’s powerhouse The X Factor. Fortunately, the ITV schedules have changed slightly in response, as described here by the Radio Times…
Earlier iterations of the schedules had seen a ten minute cross-over between the shows, with Doctor Who running until 8:10pm, while The X Factor started at it’s usual time of 8pm. But ITV bosses clearly decided that going up against Doctor Who and the Daleks, in the sci-fi show’s first episode since Christmas 2011, would be a bad move.
Of course, we don’t know what will be happening on subsequent weeks, but hope that the show is given a regular, permanent slot safe from the machinations of the schedulers…
…much as it is on BBC America, where once again the 9/8c time slot is Doctor Who‘s home from September 1st.
Meanwhile BBC America describes “five blockbuster episodes” and provides synopsis details for the first three, Asylum of the Daleks, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship and A Town Called Mercy.