Doctor Who: All you need to know for the new series, which begins on Saturday 1 September!

Doctor Who: Asylum Of The Daleks poster

Fans of Doctor Who have of course been eagerly awaiting the news as to when the new series would begin, and the BBC have now confirmed that the first episode, entitled Asylum of the Daleks, will air on Saturday 1 September at 7:20pm.

But as to the show airing here, it will of course clash with The X Factor, and no doubt both ITV and BBC bosses will be desperately awaiting the viewing figures verdict in their p****ing contest, which happens whenever major shows go head to head in the timeslots.

However, of the premiere episode, those lucky enough to have had a preview screening of Asylum of the Daleks’ have had nothing but good things to say about it, even given that they’re sworn to secrecy over the majority of what happens in the episode…We were there and we have to be very careful about what we tell you! Though we’ve revealed as many teasers as we can here and here.

As to the rest of the series, it’s thought that the first five episodes will be shown in September before a short break before returning with the remaining seven episodes in the build up to the big Christmas special, which is of course when we get to meet Clara Oswin (Jenna Louise Coleman) who is the Doctor’s new sidekick.

The new series also of course sees the end of Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) – quite literally if rumour is to be believed – and her fella, Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill). Though, in the build up to the new run, the pair will star in five special online episodes of a spinoff drama titled ‘Pond Life’ which sounds pretty cool.

Matt Smith of course continues as the Doctor, and it’s expected that a number of famous faces – including Richard E. Grant – will pop up throughout.

So all that remains is to ask how excited are you? And to have a reminder of the show’s new trailer…

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  1. James on August 23, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    BBC has confirmed that it will actually be airing on the same day in North America.

  2. Stu on August 23, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    I think your suggestion about the series format may be incorrect. As I understand it the schedule for this series is 5 episodes in September, then a break followed by the Christmas special, and then the remaining 8 episodes (it’s still the same format – 13 ‘normal’ episodes + Christmas special) will be aired in Spring 2013 (possibly an Easter kick-off again?). One of the key reasons for the delayed start and series split was that Steven Moffat wanted more episodes than usual broadcast in the shows’ 50th anniversary year. Whether this means there will also be a ‘full’ 13-part series also shown before the end of 2013 remains to be seen… (Fingers crossed though…) 😉

  3. Desariella of Aresia on August 23, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Um, you’re wrong. I’m in Canada, and we will be getting it on Sept 1st. So will the US.

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