"Doctor Who" series seven gets a start date and it's a bit earlier than previously reported. The latest adventures of the Time Lord from Gallifrey will hit U.S. shores on Sept. 1 BBC America reports.
The Doctor (Matt Smith) will once again face off against the Daleks in the first episode of the new series. Lead writer and executive producer Stephen Moffat says it was a bit of a no-brainer to kick off the fall series with one of the Doctor's best-known foes.
"We've been off the air for longer than usual, so it was an easy decision to come back with Doctor Who at its most iconic and that means Daleks. Lots and lots of scary Daleks. There have been many monsters to face the Doctor over the years, but only one that can sum up the whole series just by being there," Moffat said. "Also, it's my first go at writing for them. I LOVE the Daleks, and I've held off till now. But I had what I thought was a good idea, and couldn't resist any longer!!"
Smith could barely contain his glee.
"Asylum of the Daleks is going to be a cracker," Smith said. "Steven has written an absolute belter and we have made the Daleks scary again, something I am not sure we got right before."
The exclusive BBC America trailer is below. Spoilers follow the embeded trailer.
The cable channel also released synopses of the first three episodes. Though spoiler warning is in effect, there's nothing in the blurbs that I haven't seen floating around the web. Still, proceed at your own accord
POSSIBLE SPOILERS Asylum of the Daleks – Episode 1
Kidnapped by his oldest foe, the Doctor (Matt Smith) is forced on an impossible mission - to a place even the Daleks are too terrified to enter.... the Asylum. A planetary prison confining the most terrifying and insane of their kind, the Doctor and the Ponds must find an escape route. But with Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory’s (Arthur Darvill) relationship in meltdown, and an army of mad Daleks closing in, it is up to the Doctor to save their lives, as well as the Pond’s marriage. Asylum of the Daleks premieres Saturday, September 1, 9:00pm ET.
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship – Episode 2
An unmanned spaceship hurtles towards certain destruction - unless the Doctor can save it, and its impossible cargo...... of dinosaurs. By his side a ragtag gang of adventurers; a big game hunter (guest star Rupert Graves), an Egyptian Queen (guest star Rianna Steele) and a surprised member of the Pond family (Mark Williams). But little does the Doctor know there is someone else onboard who will stop at nothing to keep hold of his precious, prehistoric cargo. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship premieres Saturday, September 8, 9:00pm ET.
A Town Called Mercy – Episode 3
The Doctor gets a Stetson (and a gun), and finds himself the reluctant Sheriff of a Western town under siege by a relentless cyborg, who goes by the name of, the Gunslinger. But who is he and what does he want? The answer seems to lie with the mysterious, Kahler-Jex, an alien doctor (yes another one) whose initial appearance is hiding a dark secret. Look for Scifi fan favorite Ben Browder ("Farscape" and "Stargate SG1") as a gun slinger. A Town Called Mercy premieres Saturday, September 15, 9:00pm ET.