Following on from all the Doctor Who news at this year’s San Diego ComicCon, BBC America has announced the acquisition of the fifth series of the show, featuring Matt Smith in the role of the Doctor.
BBC held a Doctor Who panel at this year’s SDCC, featuring Russell T. Davies, Julie Gardner, and David Tennant. At the panel, an exclusive trailer was debuted for Tennant’s final two episodes, set to air at the end of this year. Also, a short clip from Planet of the Dead was shown, as that episode was set to air that evening on BBC America.
The recent announcement from BBC America about the acquisition of Tennant’s final three episodes fueled discussion on whether or not BBC America would become the home of Doctor Who in the States, as logically it should. That has been confirmed, with this announcement. The fifth series of Doctor Who, featuring Matt Smith as the newly regenerated Doctor, will begin next year.
The fifth series will be shot in HD, and air shortly after their premiere in the UK. Steven Moffat, who has written episodes for the show before, will be executive producer and lead writer for the new series, with Piers Wenger and Beth Willis as associates.
Source(s): Gallifreyan Embassy