Yay! Doctor Who is back in April with new stars, old enemies

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Dec 14, 2012

Are you ready for the new Who? The U.S. will finally get to see Matt Smith, the youngest Doctor ever and the 11th incarnation, as Doctor Who returns on BBC America, the network announced today. The BAFTA-winning drama will make its U.S. premiere on Saturday, April 17, not long after the U.K. broadcast.

"Britain has a tradition of reinventing its iconic characters, like James Bond and Sherlock Holmes—and Doctor Who," Richard De Croce, senior vice president, programming, of BBC America, said in the official announcement (below). "In introducing the Eleventh Doctor, writer Steven Moffat is opening the show to a whole new audience, while serving fans with an exciting mix of inter galactic, time travelling adventures. We can't wait to meet his new Doctor!"

The popular British series has become BBC America's highest-rated series ever. This season will be 13 episodes long, with new lead actors and a new creative team led by executive producer Moffat, who takes over for Russell T Davies, the guy who resurrected Who for modern audiences. Smith takes over the role of the Doctor from David Tennant and plays the 11th Time Lord. He also has a new traveling companion in the "enigmatic" Amy Pond, played by Karen Gillan.

Smith's Doctor and Amy will travel through space and time in the TARDIS and explore sixteenth-century Venice, 1890s France and the United Kingdom, which becomes a nation floating in space in the far future.

The first two episodes of the new season, "The Eleventh Hour" and "The Beast Below," were written by Moffat. The third episode brings back an old enemy in "Victory of the Daleks," which was written by Gatiss.

Guest stars this season include SAG Award winner Alex Kingston (ER), Oscar nominee Sophie Okonedo (The Secret Life of Bees) and Tony Curran (24).

BAFTA award winner Moffat replaces Russell T Davies behind the scenes. He's written some of the show's most critically acclaimed episodes, including "Blink," "The Empty Child" and "The Doctor Dances." Other writers for the new season include Richard Curtis (Love Actually), Chris Chibnall (Torchwood), Toby Whithouse (Being Human), Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) and Simon Nye (Men Behaving Badly).

Are you looking forward to Matt Smith as the Doctor?

THE NEW DOCTOR WHO ARRIVES ON BBC AMERICA IN APRIL

Starring Matt Smith with lead writer Steven Moffat

New York - February 25, 2010 - BBC AMERICA announced today that the new era of the BBC's iconic BAFTA-winning drama, Doctor Who, will make its U.S. premiere on Saturday, April 17, 2010, soon after the UK broadcast.

Doctor Who, BBC AMERICA's highest rated series ever, continues its tradition of rebooting with new lead actors and creative team. Matt Smith debuts as the new, Eleventh incarnation of the famous Time Lord alongside a new travelling companion, the enigmatic Amy Pond (Karen Gillan).

"Britain has a tradition of reinventing its iconic characters, like James Bond and Sherlock Holmes - and Doctor Who. In introducing the Eleventh Doctor, writer Steven Moffat is opening the show to a whole new audience, while serving fans with an exciting mix of inter galactic, time travelling adventures. We can't wait to meet his new Doctor!" comments Richard De Croce, Senior Vice President Programming, BBC AMERICA.

BAFTA-winning writer Steven Moffat, creator of some of the most frightening and award-winning Doctor Who episodes to date, takes over as lead writer and executive producer. Writers for the new series include Richard Curtis (The Boat that Rocked, Love Actually), Chris Chibnall (Law & Order UK, Torchwood), Toby Whithouse (Being Human, Torchwood), Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen, Sherlock) and Simon Nye (Men Behaving Badly, Hardware).

Guest stars include SAG Award winner Alex Kingston (ER, Flash Forward), Oscar nominee Sophie Okonedo (The Secret Life of Bees, Hotel Rwanda) and Tony Curran (24).

Travelling both through time and space, the new series has the mysterious Doctor and Amy Pond together exploring sixteenth century Venice, France during the 1890s and the United Kingdom in the far future, now an entire nation floating in space. The first three episodes of the 13-episode series have been confirmed as The Eleventh Hour, written by Steven Moffat, The Beast Below, also by Moffat and Victory of the Daleks by Mark Gatiss.

Moffat's work includes the hit comedy Coupling, the critically-acclaimed thriller Jekyll, the new BBC series Sherlock and along with Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, the screenplay for The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn - which is being directed by Steven Spielberg.

Piers Wenger (Ashes to Ashes) and Beth Willis (Ashes to Ashes) are the executive producers. It is a BBC Wales production for BBC ONE and distributed by BBC Worldwide.

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