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Doctor Who for simultaneous US/UK broadcast

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The Time Lord finally gets his punctuality sorted out...

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Not only is the 2010 Doctor Who Christmas special 'A Christmas Carol' to be aired the same day (Christmas day) in the US as in the UK, but 2011's series six of the time traveller's adventures are to hit US airwaves the same day as Blighty too.

Richard de Croce, senior vice president of programming at BBC America, responded to the assumption that this is an anti-piracy measure: "[All that downloading] means (American fans) love the shows so much they can't wait to see them... And that's the world we live in, in terms of technology, quite honestly. So let's air these shows as quickly as we can post the UK's transmission."

The shows wil broadcast on BBC America. The big question is how much of a lag there is going to be between the two transmission times; if the pirates can post faster - remembering that the UK's transmission times are in the median six hours ahead of the same air-slot in the US, the ability to watch unedited and ad-free versions may make relatively little difference to the torrenting situation.

That said, it's a step in the right direction towards some kind of acknowledgement that the era of effective region-coding and keeping popular shows away from entire continents for days, months or even years (and I'm currently looking at you, FX-UK, seeing as there isn't even an R2 DVD release of this great show) is... well, it's the 1980s.

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