Doctor Who Season 7 Return Date Announced

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We last saw our bowtied madman and his new companion on Christmas day when the season 7 Christmas Special, The Snowmen, aired.  Since then all good Whovians (Fans of the blue box, not the tiny Seussian kind) have been (im)patiently waiting for news of just when Doctor Who would return to finish out its seventh season.  Well, wait no more as both the BBC and BBC America announced today that the glorious date of the Doctor’s return will be Saturday, March 30, 2013 for a run of 8 episodes!

If you follow the show at all you’ll also know this year is also the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Doctor Who, so we can expect plenty of exciting news on that front as the year progresses, I’m sure.  If you’re stateside and watch Doctor Who on BBC America then you’ll also be able to tune in for their new, original scifi series Orphan Black.  This one could be interesting, but only, ahem, time will tell.  I’ll be tuning in for both!

I’m not going to just leave you hanging with only that news to tide you over, no matter how good it might be.  Here’s a teaser trailer for part two of season seven of Doctor Who just to whip you into an even greater frenzy.  Like you really needed any help with that, eh?

Here’s what BBC America had to say on their site:

The 2012 Doctor Who Christmas special “The Snowmen” left us with a stunning cliffhanger and an intriguing question: who is the Doctor’s new companion Clara Oswin Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman)? Well, as we enter the franchise’s 50th anniversary year, Whovians won’t have to wait that long for new episodes. Part 2 of Doctor Who Season 7 will premiere on Saturday, March 30 in BBC AMERICA’s Supernatural Saturday block, it has been announced, alongside the network’s new original sci-fi series Orphan Black and the comedy-variety chatfest The Nerdist.

As we previously learned, the upcoming eight Doctor Who episodes will include installments from lead writer Steven Moffat (of course), Neil Cross(creator of Luther), Stephen ThompsonMark Gatiss, and, yes, Neil Gaiman, who previously dazzled Whovians with his Season 6 valentine to the TARDIS, “The Doctor’s Wife.”

To keep you occupied during the wait for new episodes, BBC America has a series of specials entitled Doctor Who Revisited.  Each month will feature one of the previous incarnations of our favorite time and space traveler starting with the first Doctor played by William Hartnell.  The specials begin on Sunday, January 27 at 9/8C and will be followed by an episode of Classic Who.  Here’s a little teaser to chew on.

Well…who’s ready for some more Doctor Who?  Yeah, I know, silly question.  Just be patient for a little while longer and we’ll be rewarded with what I hope is the best season yet.  Be sure to catch Doctor Who Revisited to keep you satiated and sane until the March 30 premiere of season seven, part two.


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Tom Gardiner