America’s Appointment With the Doctor Moved Up!

The 11th Doctor has taught us that “Time can be rewritten” — so why not a press release? Taking just such a course, BBC America has decided to debut the first episode of the new season of DOCTOR WHO on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 9 p.m. ET, one week earlier than previously announced.

The good news is that not only do we get the Doctor and the Ponds sooner than we thought, we Yanks get to keep up with the Time Lord’s activities on the same schedule as our friends in Great Britain and Canada. Thank you, BBC America!

Here’s a look at BBC America’s new teaser trailer, which includes new footage (along with the new date):


BBCA also released some teasing comments from show-runner Steven Moffat that make me happy to be getting the Doctor a week earlier:

“We have, I think, our biggest range of stories ever. We’ve got the return of the Daleks AND the Weeping Angels – both of them poll-topping DOCTOR WHO adversaries – in cracking new stories, we’ve got Dinosaurs on a Spaceship (it’s what you’ve always wanted), we’ve got a glorious western with a Cyborg Gunslinger, the most unusual invasion Earth story EVER, and location shooting in New York for the Pond finale.

“In the season opener, ‘Asylum of the Daleks,’ the Doctor is forced on an impossible mission after being kidnapped by his oldest foe – to a place even the Daleks are too terrified to enter…. the Asylum. A planetary prison confining the most terrifying and insane of their kind, the Doctor and the Ponds must find an escape route. But with Amy and Rory’s relationship in meltdown, and an army of mad Daleks closing in, it is up to the Doctor to save their lives, as well as the Pond’s marriage.”

Moffat refers to the first half of the season as The Year of the Ponds:

“Amy and Rory have been with the Doctor since I took over the show. They’re part of the landscape for me. It was just traumatic to consider a future without them. Amy is everything I admired (and sometimes feared) about strong, clever, reckless women, and Rory is the man I’d like to be — so strong he never has to show it.

Karen [Gillan] and Arthur [Darvill] have become friends, and I still can’t get my head ‘round the fact that I’ll never find them on the set again. Brilliant performers and warm and lovely people — the best of the best.”

I am confident that I can make it to Sept. 1 without losing my mind…

Well, I think I can…

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