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Cybermen and the 12th Doctor

As we saw with last year’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, the BBC knows how to whet fans’ appetites with a week-long lead-in of episodes and documentaries leading up to benchmarks in the Doctor Who universe.  The next benchmark is of course Peter Capaldi’s first full episode as the 12th Doctor airing next Saturday night, 51 years after kids in England were first entranced by a mysterious time traveler in a ship that is bigger on the inside and looks like a phone booth.  Viewers who aren’t giving up on Doctor Who after losing Matt Smith, and are just excited to see what Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss & Co. have in store next, will see another week full of past Doctor Who episodes as well as plenty more leading up to next weekend.

The collective anticipation of a worldwide core of fans translates nicely to the title of the next episode, “Deep Breath.”  How will Capaldi’s Doctor take to captaining the TARDIS and leading his feisty young companion Clara (Jenna Coleman)–the ultimate companion who is the only companion to accompany every prior Doctor–through their next adventure together?  Plenty of new cyborgs are waiting, as revealed in the below trailer, shown after the break.

Doctor Who 12 cities showings

“Deep Breath” will premiere August 23, 2014, 7 p.m. Central on BBC America.  Last night BBC America premiered two new shows, Doctor Who: The Ultimate Companion and The Real History of Science Fiction: Time, each to be re-broadcast throughout the week.  A third special, Doctor Who: The Ultimate Time Lord premieres tomorrow, Monday, August 18, at 9 p.m. Central.

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Tennant and crew

BBC America is providing 50 years of Doctor Who fans with an unprecedented volume of new content this week as well as marathon runs of episodes as we gear up for an epic 50th anniversary worldwide simulcast of the new episode “The Day of the Doctor” featuring Doctors and Companions then and now, this Saturday at 1:50 p.m. Central/11:50 a.m. Pacific.

After a day-long Doctors Revisited marathon featuring a behind the scenes look at Doctors #1 through #10, last night BBC America premiered Doctor Who: Tales from the TARDIS, showing interviews with the cast of the series over the years, and The Science of Doctor Who with Brian Cox–an interesting lecture-format special by the rock musician turned physicist talking about theories of space and time.  Don’t miss out on this week’s schedule of features.


Here’s the rundown of what’s on:


Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Marathon – All day, starting at 9 a.m. Central — Get caught up with the adventures of Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston.


Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Marathon – All day, starting at 1 a.m. Central — Get caught up with the adventures of Tenth Doctor David Tennant.

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