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Published on August 14th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

So, When IS Doctor Who Coming Back?

It’s Tuesday. In the UK this means Radio Times release day, and we can confirm that there is no mention of Doctor Who in the “next issue” section of the magazine, ruling out August 25th (thank goodness!).

So, just when is Doctor Who Series 7 going to hit our screens?

With a preview screening at the BFI tonight and another at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival on August 25th (a Bank holiday weekend and as such a prime start date), there is going to be an awful lot of spoiler space for Asylum of the Daleks.

While Doctor Who Magazine‘s print scheduling issues are nothing to do with the scheduling of the new series, we could nevertheless be looking at a September 1st or September 8th launch for the new series.

This isn’t really a good reason to be happy.

After all, when August was first mooted, it was widely felt that this is too early. Doctor Who always worked better on dark nights in the old days and there is no reason why this shouldn’t be the case now. Waters of Mars is a key example of modern Doctor Who broadcast with darkening skies outside, enhancing the atmosphere.

So why not screen Doctor Who in October, running right into the Christmas episode, leaving it a few weeks and then picking up the rest of Series 7?

From what we understand, there is one word preventing this: Merlin. But why shouldn’t both shows be broadcast on the same evening in a blockbuster of time travelling fantasy adventure every Saturday evening?


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

11 Responses to So, When IS Doctor Who Coming Back?

  1. avatar Alasdair Shaw says:

    If it were to start on the 1st it would be a pretty cool present for me.

    But I doubt the BBC schedule things round my personal diary…

    • avatar Krumstets says:

      Is that your birthday then?


      • avatar Alasdair Shaw says:

        Well I prefer to refer to it as Otherstide….

        • I call it Hogswatch, but let’s not split hairs…

  2. avatar Krumstets says:

    If Who and Merlin were transmitted in the same evening it would pretty much leave a blank space a few months on in the Sat schedules.

    Anyway, waiting a little longer for Who won’t hurt. We will soon have episodes on frequently and with the 50th coming up even more treats ( I am sure ) to come …

  3. avatar TonyS says:

    1st September would give five epsiodes ending on 29th September. That would give thirteen weeks until Christmas and a convenient, Merlin-shaped gap in the schedules. Ish! About time we were told I think.

  4. avatar Esterath says:

    Been confirmed for Sept 1st.

    • Is that as of this evening?

    • avatar abby pond says:

      wow i thought it started in august!suck.

  5. avatar abby pond says:

    i want doctor who to come back now! an 11 year old girl can only destract herself with harry potter for so long not that harry potter dosnt toooootttttaaaaallllllyy rock! j.k if your reading this, wich youprobobly aren’t, yyou rock! and also need to write a book on the next generation! wow i got off topic.

  6. are we to be left hanging by our necks waiting for the return of our good DR for another millenium which seems like for ever or has the DR finally been sucked in to a time vortex un able to escape to our screens again . hmmm this could be the work of the master and the rani with combined forces against the DR ,, our screens will never be safe again … we,ll need a hospital ,or even medison , but what we really need is a ……..,DR !!!!

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