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We know a lot about the upcoming season of Doctor Who. We know Pearl Mackie will be the companion for the upcoming set of episodes. We know it will be Steven Moffat's last season with the show. Most recently, we learned Season 10 of the rebooted version will also be Peter Capaldi's last season, although he will appear in one more Christmas special. However, there has been one thing that has been very elusive related to the upcoming episodes: the premiere date. That is, until now. Doctor Who Season (or Series) 10 will premiere on April 15, 2017.
BBC America announced that fans will be getting new episodes on April 15 at 9 p.m. ET. We've known for a bit that the new episodes were likely to hit the schedule in April; regardless, actually having a date and time on the schedule is a relief. Typically, Doctor Who has aired in the fall, so fans have been waiting a long time for new episodes, and there are still a few months before those episodes will actually hit. It looks as if the show is taking one from Game of Thrones playbook this season. (Or is Game of Thrones taking one from Who's playbook, since Doctor Who will air first?)
In addition to the premiere of Doctor Who, the BBC and BBC America have finally scheduled new episodes of the Doctor Who spinoff Class. The first episode of Class will air at 10 p.m. ET, directly after the Doctor Who premiere. If you don't know much about the spinoff, it is set at Coal Hill School, a location that has shown up in the Who-verse. It's sort-of been described as a bit of a YA series, so I'm honestly a little surprised it will air in such a late timeslot, but hopefully the numbers will all work out.
Following Season 10 of Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi and co. will be back for one final episode, in which the next Doctor will be regenerated. That episode will be the Christmas special airing on Christmas of 2017. We'll keep you posted as we learn more details about what is coming up.
April should honestly be an interesting premiere time for a BBC America show like Doctor Who. Generally, that's a month when HBO premieres its heavy hitter Game of Thrones, and it's also the time just before network TV is wrapping up. Who fans generally seek out the show, but there may be an opportunity to pull in new viewers as network TV is wrapping up and GOT is on hold. We'll have to wait and see. For now, you can check out when your favorites are returning with our midseason TV premiere schedule.