‘Doctor Who’ season seven premiere date revealed

The show returns to BBC One next Saturday, but will not clash with 'The X Factor'

Doctor Who will return to BBC One next weekend, it has been confirmed.

According to a listing on the Radio Times website, the opening episode of season seven will air at 7.20pm on September 1 and run for 50 minutes. That evening’s instalment of The X Factor is scheduled to begin at 8.10pm, avoiding any overlap.

Season seven of Doctor Who, Matt Smith‘s third as the Time Lord, will begin on the same day in the US. The transmission date for the stateside premiere was confirmed yesterday (August 22) in a new trailer posted on the BBC America YouTube channel. Scroll down to watch it.

Season seven’s opening episode, titled ‘Asylum Of The Daleks’, received its first public screening at London’s British Film Institute on August 14 (2012). It will also be shown during this year’s Edinburgh International TV Festival, which begins tomorrow (August 23) and runs until Sunday (August 25).

A description of the episode on the Radio Times website reads: “The Time Lord, Amy and Rory are kidnapped by their oldest foe the Daleks and forced on a seemingly impossible mission – to enter the Asylum, a planetary prison confining the most terrifying and insane of the deadly aliens’ kind. They need an escape route, and fast – but with an army of mad Daleks closing in, and the Ponds’ relationship in meltdown, it is up to the Doctor to save not only their lives but his friends’ marriage.”

Current Doctor Who companions Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill will make their final appearances at some point during season seven, while a new companion, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman, will make her debut in this year’s Christmas special. Earlier this month (August 12), it was revealed that Richard E Grant will also appear in the Christmas special.