If you could go anywhere — any place, any time – – where would you go?
For the cast of “Doctor Who,” that place is New York City.
Showrunner Steven Moffat, along with actors Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, are headed for the Big Apple for a series of events designed to tease the show’s American audience before the latest season premieres on BBC America.
On April 12, a special screening of “The Eleventh Hour,” the fifth season premiere — and the first to star Smith in the title role — will take place followed by a discussion on the events of the episode for members of the Paley Center and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The dialogue will be moderated by Entertainment Weekly senior writer Clark Collis.
Then, two days later, fans can meet The Doctor and his new companion, Amy Pond, at the Village East Cinema for a special big-screen premiere of the episode followed by a fan-led Q&A session. Fans interested in attending are recommended to visit the event’s Facebook page by clicking here as seats will be on a first-come basis.
In the new season, fans will get to know the latest incarnation of the infamous Time Lord as well as a few new travelling companions. And, although the companions from Russell T. Davis’ era are not likely to appear, there will be some familiar faces (mostly from the villains).
Classic enemies that have already been seen in the updated series, like the Daleks and Cybermen, will be back. And reports suggest the Silurians also will be re-introduced. Newer featured creatures including the Weeping Angels (who were originally created by Moffat in the popular third season episode “Blink”) also will see more development.
Other characters that are products of Moffat’s imagination should also re-appear. Alex Kingston will reprise her role as the enigmatic River Song, first introduced in the “Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead” two-part adventure. In the duology, it was hinted that there may be something more than friendship between River and The Doctor (her past, his future), sparking some debate among the online fans.
The fifth season of the venerable BBC franchise kicks off in the United Kingdom on April 3 as part of BBC One’s Easter weekend. BBC America will then broadcast the episode on April 17.