For almost a year, fans have been anxiously awaiting news of Doctor Who series 7 being given a premiere date. For weeks, it was assumed that the series would kick off on August 25, but then that was shot down in favor of another rumored date, September 1. It looks like that too was wrong, however. A new BBC America promo for the series revealed -- apparently inadvertently -- that series 7 will premiere on September 8.
Subsequent airings of the trailer changed it back to "coming this fall," but it looks like the cat's out of the bag. September 8 puts us less than three weeks away from the new season of Doctor Who, which should be an exciting prospect for any fan of the series who's spent the year waiting for a new episode of the series. When the series 7 premiere, "Asylum of the Daleks," airs, it will have been over eleven months since the last episode of Doctor Who proper, "The Wedding of River Song," aired, and over nine months since the subpar Christmas special, "The Doctor, The Widow, and the Wardrobe."
It's expected that BBC America has removed any further confirmation of the September 8 premiere until BBC One does the same. If the September 8 release date holds up (and we really have no reason to believe it won't), the schedule will look a little something like this:
- September 8: "Asylum of the Daleks"
- September 15: "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship"
- September 22: "A Town Called Mercy"
- September 29: "The Power of Three"
- October 6: "The Angels Take Manhattan" (Midseason finale)
Then we'll have a two-and-a-half month break until the Christmas special (which will air in the middle of the season), with series 7 resuming at some point in early 2013 (my guess is March).
We'll keep you posted if the premiere date changes.
What do you think? Can you wait any longer for the new series?
Doctor Who series 7 will (almost certainly) premiere Saturday, September 8.