Doctor Who Hits BBC America 2 Weeks After The U.K.

We'd hoped that U.S. viewers would get the new series of Doctor Who within a day or so of the British airing, as happened with David Tennant's swansong. Alas, it's not to be. The Matt Smith episodes will air on BBC America starting April 17, or two weeks after the U.K.'s April 3 start date. We'll probably do what we did with Torchwood: "Children Of Earth", which had a similar delay — a slight recap after the U.K. airing, followed by something more in-depth after the U.S. airing. But we'll see how it goes. The press release also includes a few spoilers:

Travelling both through time and space, the new series has the mysterious Doctor and Amy Pond together exploring sixteenth century Venice, France during the 1890s and the United Kingdom in the far future, now an entire nation floating in space. The first three episodes of the 13-episode series have been confirmed as The Eleventh Hour, written by Steven Moffat, The Beast Below, also by Moffat and Victory of the Daleks by Mark Gatiss.


Of course, back in 1983, the 20th anniversary story "The Five Doctors" actually aired in the U.S. a day or two earlier than in the U.K. — why can't that happen again, BBC?

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Don't they realize that even a 24 hour delay takes a decent chunk out of the ratings? Some US Who fans need their fix so bad that they are checking out the Torrent sites within hours of the UK airing. Just for once, they need to try an airing of the show on BBCA the same Saturday the show airs in the UK. I bet they'd see a pretty decent spike if the delay was so short that it wasn't worth it for the US fans to bother going to BitTorrent.