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Doctor Who to return on September 1

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Not long to wait now till a new season that sounds frankly incredible...

Doctor Who to return for S7 on September 1

[Big spoilers for Doctor Who S6 follow]

Fans of Doctor Who will know that Season 6 was, to put it mildly...rather eventful.

The Doctor died, or rather, didn’t die, but did get married – to a woman who turned out to be the daughter of his best friends, who technically raised her even though they didn’t know it – met the TARDIS in person, visited America, took down a religious order, and is laying low (as low as The Doctor can lie) to allow new enemies believe he is dead, lest someone ask what his real name is. Some questions were answered, others were asked, and in general, much fun was had with our favorite Time Lord. But it has been a long time since last Christmas, and we’ve all been getting antsy waiting for some new episodes to tide us over.

Well kids, the wait is nearly over, as it has been announced that Doctor Who will be returning to television screens on Saturday, September 1st, both in the UK and here in America. The BBC will continue to broadcast the new episodes on the same day in an effort to curb pirating, a decision that left a bad taste in many UK viewers’ mouths, due to the fact that Americans don’t pay taxes for television viewing. Hopefully, those hard feelings can be pushed aside, and we can all just accept that we all love Doctor Who, and I really don’t want to have to wait to see the new episodes.

As was the case last time, Season 7 will be broken up into several blocks, with five new episodes to send off companions Amy and Rory, a new Christmas special, and the last of the season sometime in the spring. I’m not sure if we’ll see anything of new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman before the show takes up again in 2013 (you know, as long as the Mayans were wrong), but Steven Moffat has left us some spoiler-y hints as to what we can expect:

“We have, I think, our biggest range of stories EVER. We've got the return of the Daleks AND the Weeping Angels – both of them poll-topping Doctor Who adversaries – in cracking new stories, we've got Dinosaurs on a Spaceship (it's what you've always wanted), we've got a glorious western with a Cyborg Gunslinger, the most unusual invasion Earth story EVER, and location shooting in New York for the Pond finale.”

While much of that has already been seen in the various trailers that have been released, it is sort of interesting that we’ll say goodbye to the Ponds in New York. And for American viewers, BBC America has been broadcasting new Doctor Who specials all though the month of August, highlighting the science, women, timey-wimey, and locations of Who (the last one airs this Saturday on the channel), with corresponding specials from The Nerdist.

So only a little over a week to wait, and we can hop back into the TARDIS and take off with our heroes.  New adventures, new adversaries, and unless I’m mistaken, new reviews from Shadowlocked’s resident Doctor Who expert John Bensalhia. Personally, I can’t wait!

See also:

Doctor Who: Analysis of 'Pond Life' online mini-series

Half a million words: every Doctor Who story reviewed in depth

New Doctor Who S7 trailer is here

Operatic, possibly spoilery new Doctor Who S7 pic will make your mind explode

Doctor Who: All Daleks to return for real, not CGI

The Moffat-Yates Saga: Will there be Two Doctors?


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