When Will DOCTOR WHO Return to U.S. TV Screens?

The seventh season of DOCTOR WHO since the series regeneration premieres in Great Britain on Sept. 1. In the past, the show has debuted here in the USA on the same day — however, that Saturday falls on the long Labor Day weekend here in the colonies.

Ratings on that date will doubtless be nowhere near what BBC America would be hoping for, so I think there is a distinct possibility that BBCA will hold the series back one week for us Yanks. But that’s just my guess; I have not heard anything official, because the Beeb hasn’t made any announcements.

I’d hate to be one week behind our fellow fans in the UK, but I’d also hate for DW to get canceled due to lousy ratings. It’s more important to me that the show remain on the air. And don’t underestimate the danger of premiering on a summer holiday weekend, when most folks will be traveling and pursuing outdoor activities far from their TV screens. If some faceless bean-counter can tell the soulless moneymen that the Series 7 debut was “down some blah-blah percent from last year,” the moneymen just might assume that America’s love affair with the Doctor is over and pull the plug!

But enough scare talk. The screening of the season premiere, “Asylum of the Daleks” at the BFI yesterday should be a moment of celebration!

In happier news, the titles of the first five episodes have finally been confirmed — including revealing the name of Amy and Rory’s fifth-episode swan song, as well as a new title for the fourth episode.

  1. “Asylum of the Daleks”
  2. “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship”
  3. “A Town Called Mercy”
  4. “The Power of Three” (previously called “Cubed”)
  5. “The Angels Take Manhattan”

“The Angels Take Manhattan” seems a bit glib to me, but it is utilitarian — and the title was never going to be anything like “The One Where the Ponds Die.”

I am so looking forward to this third season overseen by Steven Moffat and starring Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor, Karen Gillan as Amy and Arthur Darvill as Rory.

ETA: It has been reported that the Christmas episode will be called “The Snowman,” but this is based on a leak, and has not been confirmed!

 

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