After what seems like a million years, Doctor Who will finally return next month with a few changes to the established program. It has a new star in the form of Broadchurch‘s Jodie Whittaker and co-stars Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill, and Bradley Walsh. It has new creative vision from Chris Chibnall, who also happened to create Broachurch, and it has a new regular airdate.
Since its return, the program has aired in the UK on Saturday evenings — just as the Classic Series did for most of its run from 1963-1989 — but according to the Deadline, Doctor Who moves to Sundays when it returns on October 7th. In the US, BBC America will simulcast the series, starting with the debut episode “The Woman Who Fell To Earth”, on Sunday afternoons with a repeat in the evening for those otherwise occupied during the day.
In a statement, Chibnall said the change in the show’s schedule will “make the end of the weekend so much more exciting.”
“Get everybody’s homework done, sort out your Monday clothes, then grab some special Sunday night popcorn, and settle down with all of the family for Sunday night adventures across space and time,” he added, also suggesting kids should “move the sofa away from the wall so parents can hide behind it during the scary bits.”
The actual time of transmission has not be set in stone — in part because the BBC shifts airtimes around on a week-to-week basis, but the New Series typically aired around 7pm in its Saturday slot. That may still be the case on Sundays, thought it is possible it may air even earlier.
Doctor Who returns October 7th on BBC America.