New 'Doctor Who' arrives in April

matt-smith-doctor-who-320.jpgThe 11th Doctor will be arriving on these shores in less than two months.

BBC America says that the new season of "Doctor Who" will premiere in the United States on Saturday, April 17, just a few weeks after its debut in the U.K. Matt Smith is taking over from David Tennant as the 11th incarnation of the iconic character, and he'll have a new companion in a character named Amy Pond (Karen Gillan).

The show has undergone a change behind the scenes as well, with Steven Moffat ("Coupling," "Jekyll") taking over as head writer from Russell T. Davies. Richard Curtis ("Love Actually") and Mark Gatiss ("The League of Gentlemen") are among the writers on the new show.

"In introducing the Eleventh Doctor, Steven Moffat is opening the show to a whole new audience, while serving fans with an exciting mix of intergalactic, time travelling adventures. We can't wait to meet his new Doctor," says BBC America's head of programming, Richard De Croce.

Alex Kingston ("ER," "FlashForward") and Sophie Okenedo are among the guest stars for the new season.

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