August 22, 2012 9:50am PT by Michael O'Connell
'Doctor Who' Sets September Return Date
The Doctor is almost in.
BBC America confirmed Tuesday morning that the seventh season of Doctor Who will debut on the network in a mere 10 days: Saturday, Sept. 1, at 9 p.m. ET. As has been the case with recent stateside outings of the cult British series, new episodes will air the same day as their U.K. premieres.
VIDEO: 'Doctor Who's' Season Seven Trailer
The five-episode run will serve as a farewell to cast members Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, both of whom are departing after three seasons as the Doctor's official companions.
“We have, I think, our biggest range of stories ever," said showrunner Steven Moffat in a statement. "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.”
The New York shoot follows on the heels of last year's episodes shot in Utah, the first ever filmed in the United States in the franchise's seven-decade history.
Watch the trailer for season seven here.