BBC America has issued a double-secret official confirmation of Doctor Who‘s return date — Saturday, Sept. 1, as has been rumored in recent weeks.
In announcing the long-running series’ return, executive producer Steven Moffat promised “our biggest range of stories ever. We’ve got the return of the Daleks and the Weeping Angels — both of them poll-topping Doctor Who adversaries — in cracking new stories, we’ve got Dinosaurs on a Spaceship (it’s what you’ve always wanted), we’ve got a glorious Western with a Cyborg Gunslinger, the most unusual invasion Earth story ever, and location shooting in New York for the Pond finale” that will pave the way for Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill to exit the show.
BBC America also let slip with these delicious synopses for the first three of the five new fall episodes, to air Saturdays at 9/8c.
“Asylum of the Daleks” | Kidnapped by his oldest foe, the Doctor (played by 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 and Rory’s 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.
“Dinosaurs on a Spaceship” | 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, an Egyptian Queen and a surprised member of the Pond family. But little does the Doctor know there is someone else onboard who will stop at nothing to keep hold of his precious, prehistoric cargo.
“A Town Called Mercy” | 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.