It seems that BBC America has accidentally revealed the broadcast time of The Day of the Doctor.
When updating their November schedule, the 50th anniversary special is slotted into a 2:45pm Eastern Time slot, and, following the news that the extra-long episode will be simulcast throughout the world, this means that the UK will probably see The Day of the Doctor at 7:45pm!
It’s a pretty good time for the good Doctor – viewing figures are normally higher when Doctor Who is shown after 7pm. Might it last too long for the youngsters who have early bedtimes? I’m genuinely not sure: I haven’t had an early bedtime imposed on me for at least two months.
The US Premiere of An Adventure in Space and Time, Mark Gatiss’ docu-drama about the series’ origins, is rumoured to be on Friday 22nd November at 9pm – the UK are expected to see this before then, however – preceded by Explaining Doctor Who (to be shown on Watch this Saturday in the UK). Tales from the TARDIS will be shown in the US at 9pm on 18th November, whilst a 15-minute Day of the Doctor Pre-Show programme is scheduled for 7pm on Sunday 23rd November, just before a repeat of the show.
All of these are, however, placeholders; the BBC hasn’t informed BBC America of the exact timings as yet, and so this schedule could change even ten days before airing.
7:45pm seems a logical, primetime slot, though – and if I were a BBC Scheduler, I’d probably have The Day of the Doctor follow Strictly Come Dancing. And just imagine if they premiered Sherlock afterwards too – ! Pure conjecture, of course, but Strictly, Doctor Who and Sherlock would, surely, be an unbeatable line-up!
(Thanks to Doctor Who News.)