The ABC will premiere the next season of Doctor Who, starring Matt Smith, on iView nearly 48 hours ahead of its television premiere, in a move designed to lure more viewers to sampling the iView platform.
‘The Eleventh Hour’ episode will be available on iView from 12:00am Saturday April 17 (just to be clear, stay up Friday night for this one).
It will screen on ABC1 at 7:30pm Sunday April 18.
Director of Television, Kim Dalton, said: “iView is a fantastic offering, an additional way for Australian audiences to watch ABC TV’s content – generally after, but in this special case before, its television broadcast.
“We hope the lure of Doctor Who – and what a fun and exciting lure it is – will provide incentive for more viewers to discover iView, and experience how convenient and easy-to-use it is.”
The new series stars Matt Smith (Party Animals) as the 11th Doctor and Karen Gillan as his companion Amy Pond. BAFTA-winning writer Steven Moffat (Coupling, Jekyll) now replaces Russell T. Davies as executive producer.
The episode is expected to air in the UK over Easter.