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Doctor Who Series 7 Hits South Africa

For the first time ever, South Africa will get to see new episodes of Doctor Who just one day after they broadcast in the UK.

The 11th Doctor with sonic

Starting with the as-yet-unnamed first episode of Series 7, Part Two, the season will premiere on BBC Entertainment at 7:00pm on 31st March. South African viewers can keep up-to-date with the mystery of Clara Oswin Oswald in the eight-episode run, which will also see the return of the Ice Warriors, the revised new-look Cybermen, and the Doctor Who debut of Spooks and Luther writer, Neil Cross.

Jon Farrar, VP Programming, EMEA, BBC Worldwide Channels said:

It’s a very important part of our programming strategy to bring our acquired content to air as close to its UK transmission as possible. Doctor Who is a hugely popular programme and I’m delighted we are able to bring the Doctor’s latest adventures to South African audiences just one day after the UK premiere transmission.

This is, of course, perfect timing, ready for the show’s 50th anniversary in November.

Doctor Who has been seen in over 200 territories worldwide, with the recent announcement that Poland will also be showing new episodes one day after the UK transmission, and an ever-expanding audience in America.

Doctor Who – that little educational children’s show with the mad-cap man in the phone box – has taken over the world.


When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates (Kasterborous' former Editor) pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. He is the co-founder of The Doctor Who Companion:

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