BFI To Unspool 'Doctor Who' Season Opener on Big Screen With Matt Smith and Karen Gillan

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The cult British sci-fi show's opener will be followed by a Q&A at the one-off event.

LONDON –  Cult British sci-fi show Doctor Who is to get a boost for its upcoming seventh season as key cast Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill will take to the stage for a Q&A following a preview of the first episode at the British Film Institute's Southbank center.

The actors will be joined on stage next week at the event by award winning writer Steven Moffat and executive producer Caroline Skinner at the one-off event hosted by broadcaster Richard Bacon.

Series seven of Doctor Who sees Smith return as the Doctor, accompanied by his trusted companions Amy (Gillan) and Rory (Darvill) as they find themselves in an extremely precarious situation.

Both Darvill and Gillan are exiting the show after this season and the BBC is expecting huge ratings with the show when it returns to British TV screens later this month.

The British Film Institute event will play host to series seven's debut episode, Asylum of the Daleks, a return of the Doctor's deadliest foe.

The BBC caused a fanboy and girl frenzy on the web with a fresh trailer for the new season during the Olympics last week.

It included glimpses of episode content including a story set in the Wild West and one that sees the Doctor and Amy rock up in Times Square, New York.

Various big names will be out in force for the supporting cast including Alex Kingston, Rupert Graves, Riann Steele and also David Bradley who played Argus Filch in the Harry Potter movies.

The preview aims to give paying audiences a chance to see a small screen phenomenon on the big screen.