Hot Tip: Doctor Who

A conspicuous TBA in ABC1's guide suggests the intended return of Doctor Who.

2013-03-10_1620Pencil in 7:30pm Sunday March 31 for the return of Doctor Who.

It won’t be confirmed by the ABC until later this weekend, but the timeslot is currently TBA in ABC guides and it marks the same day as the show’s confirmed return in the UK.

The first episode is described as a modern day urban thriller ‘The Bells of St John’, written by Steven Moffat,

This marks the official introduction of the Doctor’s newest companion, Clara Oswald, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman, who already made two appearances last year. Also appearing this season are Celia Imrie; Richard E Grant; Warwick Davis, Jessica Raine; Dougray Scott and Tamzin Outhwaite, as well as for the first time on screen together, mother and daughter Dame Diana Rigg and Rachael Stirling.

Set in London against the backdrop of new and old iconic landmarks, The Shard and Westminster Bridge, ‘The Bells of St John’ will also establish a new nemesis, the Spoonheads, who will battle the Doctor as he discovers something sinister is lurking in the Wi-Fi.

Steven Moffat, executive producer and lead writer, said:

“It’s the 50th year of Doctor Who and look what’s going on! We’re up in the sky and under the sea! We’re running round the rings of an alien world and then a haunted house. There’s new Cybermen, new Ice Warriors and a never before attempted journey to the centre of the TARDIS. And in the finale, the Doctor’s greatest secret will at last be revealed! If this wasn’t already our most exciting year it would be anyway!”

Featuring a movie a week from a ghost story to an underwater siege to a period drama, the new series will also introduce new monsters, as well as bringing back fan favourites the Ice Warriors and Cybermen.

11 Responses

  1. I like that idea very much. Actually love it. But I guess we’ll see. I also want to thank the ABC for playing David Attenborough’s Galapogas. By the way I won’t be surprised if the ABC can’t play the 3D episode in 3D due to lack of money or maybe ability to transmit a 3D channel. Although is there a way for some cinemas to do it? Or somehow Melbourne’s Federation Square to be involved or something like it? Probably impossible.

  2. One might suggest that the March previews with Doctor Who might unkindly suggest a repeat of last year, with episodes available on iView before its ABC1 debut. This would mean an iView debut on March 31 and ABC1 the week after. However this is better news!

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