Tuesday, August 16, 2011

BBC sets Doctor Who return date

The BBC have confirmed that Doctor Who will return on Saturday 27th August with Let's Kill Hitler by Steven Moffat.

The corporation have issued a press pack for the remaining six episodes of this year's series including interviews with Steven Moffat, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan.

Steven Moffat talks about the new series of Doctor Who.
"The wait is almost over. The second part of the thrilling new series of Doctor Who begins on 27 August 2011.
"The rules have changed, and the game is deadlier than ever. Out in the universe, where the earthly rules of time and space do not apply, Amy and Rory know only too well that their baby daughter needs them. For Melody Pond is destined to become River Song, mysterious archaeologist and convicted murderer – the woman who killed the best man she ever knew...
"The Doctor leads Amy and Rory across centuries and galaxies in a desperate search for baby Melody, but a terrible and inescapable date looms large. At 5.02pm on 22nd April 2011, the Doctor will die. These are his last days, and the quest for Melody his final mission.
"The search will result in a crash landing in Thirties Berlin and will bring them face to face with the greatest war criminal of all time. And Hitler. Old friendships will be tested to their limits as the Doctor suffers the ultimate betrayal and learns a harsh lesson in the cruellest warfare of all.
"A distress call from a terrified little boy will break through all barriers of time and space and lead the Doctor to visit the scariest place in the Universe. George's bedroom. George is terrorised by every fear you can possibly imagine. Fears that live in his bedroom cupboard. His parents are desperate – George needs a doctor. But allaying George's fears won't be easy. Because the monsters in George's cupboard are real.
"An unscheduled visit to a quarantine facility for victims of an alien plague – a plague that will kill the Doctor in a day – leaves Amy trapped. Alone, Rory must find Amy and bring her back to the TARDIS before the faceless doctors kill her with kindness. But Rory is about to encounter a very different side to his wife.
"In an impossible hotel, the Doctor, Amy and Rory find themselves checked-in but unable to check out. Walls move, corridors twist, rooms vanish and death lies in wait for every visitor. But the Doctor's time has yet to come. He has one last stop to make on his final journey. His old friend, Craig Owens, desperately needs his help – a new and unfamiliar presence is wreaking havoc in Colchester. And then come the Cybermen. But time catches up with us all and the Doctor can delay no more.

"By the shores of Lake Silencio, in Utah, all of time and space hang in the balance. And a NASA astronaut is waiting..."

The full press pack is available on the BBC Press Office.


Anonymous August 16, 2011 at 2:56 PM  

What's frustrating about this isn't the BBC's decision to wait 10 days before broadcast before confirming the airdate - not only making it look stupid in the eyes of fans, but also generating speculation that there might actually have been a delay for UK viewers - but according to brand manager Edward Russell's Tweet on the subject "there's a reason". Would someone from the BBC care to explain exactly why they wait so late? I mean this is Doctor Who - the show that took down Wimbledon back in 2008 or whenever and is one of the top iPlayer streamers - I don't think counterprogramming is an issue, do you?

Vortex August 21, 2011 at 9:39 PM  

Doctor Who usually wins its time slot, but I expect the BBC didn't want to risk ITV scheduling the hugely popular X Factor against it.

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