Of course BBC America and BBC Worldwide would want to make the introduction of the new Doctor a big affair, which is why they're launching a global world tour to officially introduce Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor. Peter Capaldi, who's playing the Twelfth Doctor in the beloved sci-fi series Doctor Who, will be joined by Jenna Coleman, the Doctor's companion, along with series executive producer Steven Moffat (for some of the tour). This trip will have them visiting seven cities across five continents in twelve days, presumably without an actual Tardis to get them around on schedule.
The Doctor Who World Tour will launch in the United Kingdom on August 7 and finish up in Brazil on August 19. Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman will make their first U.S. appearance together on Thursday, August 14 when they arrive in New York. The tour will begin in Cardiff, Wales. Other destinations include London (UK), Seoul (South Korea), Sydney (Australia), New York (US), Mexico City (Mexico) and then finally, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
As the official announcement notes, Doctor Who executive producer and Lead Writer Steven Moffat will be participating in the tour, however due to production commitments, he won't be able to attend the entire tour. His schedule will be confirmed soon.
“I've always thought we'd all be a lot safer if the Doctor conquered the world, instead of the Daleks," Moffat said. "Now with Jenna and Peter leading the charge, it looks like it's going to happen. I'll be bringing up the rear to handle the exposition scenes, and maybe carry some bags.”
News of Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman's tour around the world follows confirmation that Doctor Who will premiere Season 8 in the U.K. and Stateside this August. Though no specific premiere date for Doctor Who has been announced beyond the month, it has been confirmed that the 12-episode eighth season will premiere on BBC America on the same day and date as it airs in the U.K.
The Doctor Who tour dates might actually offer a clue as to exactly when the series will return. If we assume that BBC America and BBC Worldwide want the tour completed before the series returns on either side of the pond, then we might not expect Doctor Who to premiere until at least August 23. That is, assuming the series will continue airing on Saturday night. With that said, if the tour is passing through the U.S. on August 14, then perhaps the intended premiere date for the U.S. and U.K. will be August 16, the first Saturday after. We can only speculate, but I'm going to guess that the tour wouldn't take place after the premiere, so that would eliminate August 2 and August 9 from the equation. Maybe.