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"Doctor Who," BBC America's highest rated series ever, continues its tradition of rebooting with new lead actors and creative team. Award-winning actor Peter Capaldi takes on the role of the mysterious time traveler, the Doctor.

The season premiere episode, "Deep Breath," is a pulse-racing adventure through Victorian London. Directed by Ben Wheatley and written by Steven Moffat, the episode stars Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, Jenna Coleman as his companion Clara Oswald, Neve McIntosh as Madame Vastra, Catrin Stewart as Jenny Flint and Dan Starkey as Strax.

The Eleventh Doctor

Matt Smith debuts as the new, Eleventh incarnation of the famous Time Lord alongside a new travelling companion, the enigmatic Amy Pond (Karen Gillan).

BAFTA-winning writer Steven Moffat, creator of some of the most frightening and award-winning "Doctor Who" episodes to date, takes over as lead writer and executive producer. Writers for the new series include Richard Curtis ("The Boat that Rocked," "Love Actually"), Chris Chibnall ("Law & Order UK," "Torchwood"), Toby Whithouse ("Being Human," "Torchwood"), Mark Gatiss ("The League of Gentlemen," "Sherlock") and Simon Nye ("Men Behaving Badly," "Hardware").

Guest stars include SAG Award winner Alex Kingston ("ER," "Flash Forward"), Oscar nominee Sophie Okonedo ("The Secret Life of Bees," "Hotel Rwanda") and Tony Curran ("24").

Travelling both through time and space, the new series has the mysterious Doctor and Amy Pond together exploring sixteenth century Venice, France during the 1890s and the United Kingdom in the far future, now an entire nation floating in space. The first three episodes of the 13-episode series have been confirmed as "The Eleventh Hour," written by Steven Moffat, "The Beast Below," also by Moffat and "Victory of the Daleks" by Mark Gatiss.

Moffat's work includes the hit comedy "Coupling," the critically-acclaimed thriller "Jekyll," the new BBC series "Sherlock" and along with Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, the screenplay for "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn" — which is being directed by Steven Spielberg.

Season 7

Join the Doctor, his companions Amy and Rory (aka the Ponds) and numerous friends on their latest escapades through space and time where they puzzle an unexpected invasion of Earth, save a spaceship full of dinosaurs, don Stetsons in a Wild Wild West adventure and are even kidnapped by the Doctor's oldest foe. The explosive series concludes with Amy and Rory's heart-breaking farewell — a race against time through the streets of Manhattan. Will the Doctor really lose the Ponds forever? There's only one way to find out ...

Lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat on the new season: "We have, I think, 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."

In the season opener, "Asylum of the Daleks," the Doctor is forced on an impossible mission after being kidnapped by his oldest foe — 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.

Piers Wenger ("Ashes to Ashes") and Beth Willis ("Ashes to Ashes") are the executive producers. It is a BBC Wales production for BBC One and distributed by BBC Worldwide.



DOCTOR WHO: FACTS

Network: BBC America
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: March 17, 2006
Seasons: 8
Production Company: BBC Wales





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