September 26, 2018

BBC AMERICA Brings Doctor Who to New York Comic Con for Global Premiere on Sunday, October 7

New Season Premiere Time Announced – 1:45PM Et/Pt, Timed to UK Broadcast, With Primetime Encore at 8PM Et/Pt

Thousands of Fans Will Join Star Jodie Whittaker to Watch the Premiere Episode Together at New York Comic Con

New York, NY – The Doctor Who global premiere is getting even bigger. The new season of Doctor Who hits BBC AMERICA timed to the UK premiere broadcast on Sunday, October 7th at 1:45pm ET/PT. At the same time, fans at New York Comic Con will watch the premiere followed by a panel with star Jodie Whittaker, showrunner Chris Chibnall and executive producer Matt Strevens at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. Attendees will get to experience the first episode live together and join the Q&A with Whittaker, Chibnall and Strevens.

“We are thrilled to put together a remarkable moment around the world – for fans and new viewers alike – to celebrate this new era of Doctor Who with Jodie Whittaker,” said Sarah Barnett, President of BBC AMERICA. “Jodie is breaking the mold for pop culture heroes everywhere, and Chris has created an inclusive series for all fans of great television.”

That evening, BBC AMERICA will air a special encore at 8pm ET/PT, its new regular primetime evening slot for Doctor Who, with bonus interviews with Jodie Whittaker and footage from New York Comic Con. For the run of the season, the series will premiere regularly at 8pm ET/PT on Sundays.

The premiere episode, entitled “The Woman Who Fell to Earth,” takes places in a South Yorkshire city, as Ryan Sinclair (Tosin Cole), Yasmin Khan (Mandip Gill) and Graham O’Brien (Bradley Wash) are about to have their lives changed. When a mysterious woman, unable to remember her own name, falls from the night sky, can they believe a word she says? And can she help solve the strange events taking place across the city?

Building to the groundbreaking debut of Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor on Sunday October 7th, BBC AMERICA will travel through time to bring back ALL of Doctor Who’s modern era. “13 Days of Doctor Who” – a 13-day marathon of the series – began Tuesday, September 25th at 6am ET/PT and airs every episode from the first 10 seasons of the reboot, including former Doctors Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, and Peter Capaldi.

Doctor Who is a BBC AMERICA co-production with BBC Studios.


BBC AMERICA is a hub of innovative, culturally contagious programming including the critically acclaimed series Killing Eve starring Emmy®-nominee Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer and from Emmy®-nominee Phoebe Waller-Bridge; top-rated phenomenon Doctor Who starring Jodie Whittaker; Emmy® and IDA-winning Planet Earth II and the producers’ next epic story of our planet, Dynasties; the Emmy®-nominated Blue Planet II; acclaimed drama Luther starring Golden Globe®-winner Idris Elba; ground-breaking unscripted series Top Gear; buzzy and hilarious The Graham Norton Show; and the world’s biggest darts championships. A joint venture between BBC Studios (the commercial arm of the BBC) and AMC Networks, BBCA’s influential shows such as Orphan Black and Broadchurch, among many others, have attracted critical acclaim and earned Emmy® Awards, Peabody Awards, Critics’ Choice Awards, TCA Awards and Golden Globes®. Created in 1998, the irrepressible network has garnered one of cable’s most curious, educated and affluent audiences, with many properties boasting super-fan levels of engagement. Get caught up, BBCA offers full episodes On Demand across all major digital platforms, BBC AMERICA app and Find out more by visiting

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