BBC America has released a promotional image for the March 30 return of Doctor Who, as well as some details about the mid-season premiere. Click on the image to see a larger version, in which you can clearly see hints of upcoming adventures (including a previously announced returning adversary from the long-running British sci-fi show’s past).
Read on (if you dare) for the official announcement, including a description of “The Bells of St. John” that names names and places!
Doctor Who, original series Orphan Black and Chris Hardwick’s all-new comedy-variety talk show The Nerdist premiere March 30 on BBC AMERICA as part of Supernatural Saturday. Leading the night is BBC AMERICA’s highest rated series, Doctor Who, with eight all-new blockbuster episodes, including stories penned by lead writer Steven Moffat (Sherlock) and acclaimed writer Neil Gaiman. Then, catch the network’s next original series, Orphan Black – the suspense driven conspiracy-thriller starring rising star Tatiana Maslany (The Vow, Picture Day) as Sarah – an outsider and orphan whose life changes dramatically after witnessing the suicide of a woman who looks just like her. Rounding out the night is Chris Hardwick’s all-new weekly comedy-variety series, The Nerdist. Join Chris, Matt Mira, Jonah Ray and celebrity correspondents as they “geek out” with a who’s who of celebrities, comedians and nerd icons from both sides of the pond. Supernatural Saturday premieres March 30 on BBC AMERICA, with Doctor Who at 8:00pm ET, Orphan Black at 9:00pm ET and The Nerdist at 10:00pm ET.
DOCTOR WHO – U.S. PREMIERE
Following a record-breaking year, fan favorite Doctor Who returns with a modern day urban thriller, The Bells of St. John, written by lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat (Sherlock). Set in London against the backdrop of new and old iconic landmarks – The Shard and Westminster Bridge – The Bells of St. John introduces a new nemesis, the Spoonheads, who battle the Doctor as he discovers something sinister is lurking in the Wi-Fi. The premiere will be followed by seven epic episodes written by Steven Moffat, acclaimed writer Neil Gaiman (Coraline, Beowulf), Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), Neil Cross (Luther) and Stephen Thompson (Sherlock).
The Doctor (Matt Smith) is joined by his new companion Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) for the latest set of incredible adventures through space and time. The duo finds new adversaries and familiar friends around every corner as they journey from the bottom of the ocean in a submarine to the center of the TARDIS and beyond. The Cybermen make a thunderous return and the Ice Warrior arrives in an unexpected place.
Steven Moffat, executive producer and lead writer, said, “It’s the 50th year of Doctor Who and look what’s going on! We’re up in the sky and under the sea! We’re running round the rings of an alien world and then a haunted house. There’s new Cybermen, new Ice Warriors and a never before attempted journey to the centre of the TARDIS. And in the finale, the Doctor’s greatest secret will at last be revealed! If this wasn’t already our most exciting year it would be anyway!”
Also appearing this season are guest stars Dougray Scott (Desperate Housewives, Mission: Impossible II), Warwick Davis (Life’s Too Short, Harry Potter), Celia Imrie (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Richard E Grant (Iron Lady, Dracula), Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) and Tamzin Outhwaite (EastEnders, Law & Order: UK). Additionally, mother and daughter Dame Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) and Rachael Stirling (Tipping the Velvet) will appear on screen together for the first time. Doctor Who premieres Saturday, March 30, 8:00pm ET as part of Supernatural Saturday.