BBC America announced today that the new era of Doctor Who will make its U.S. premiere on Saturday, April 17, 2010, soon after the UK broadcast. This announcement comes much to the delight of American audiences, including yours truly. The upcoming new season, which will star Matt Smith as the eleventh incarnation of the famous Time Lord known simply as ‘The Doctor’ and Karen Gillan as his enigmatic travel companion, Amy Pond.

“Britain has a tradition of reinventing its iconic characters, like James Bond and Sherlock Holmes – and Doctor Who. In introducing the Eleventh Doctor, writer Steven Moffat is opening the show to a whole new audience, while serving fans with an exciting mix of inter galactic, time traveling adventures. We can’t wait to meet his new Doctor!” said BBC America Senior Vice President Programming Richard De Croce in a press release today.

The new series is led by long-time Who writer Steven Moffat, whose other credits include the comedy Coupling, as well as the acclaimed thriller Jekyll. He also worked on the new BBC series Sherlock, and worked with Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish on the script for The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn for director Steven Spielberg.

The official synopsis for the upcoming year is below:

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.

So… who else is excited for the return of Doctor Who? Yep, me too. For those who have not seen it yet, here is the trailer for the upcoming season:


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