Doctor Who finally gets UK air date, throws ABC programming into spin
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Doctor Who finally gets UK air date, throws ABC programming into spin

Doctor Who's highly-anticipated new season finally has an air date, but there's a catch.

The long-running sci-fi show will return to British television screens on October 7 signalling a move from the show's traditional BBC timeslot on Saturday evenings to Sunday.

In Australia, Doctor Who is broadcast on the ABC and the show's new release schedule has thrown the their programming into a spin, given its Monday night schedule is jammed with shows such as Australian StoryFour CornersMedia Watch and Q&A.

An ABC spokeswoman promised local fans they'd still be able to watch their favourite series immediately after it airs in the UK. However, a specific airtime hasn't been announced.

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"Following the BBC UK's announcement of Doctor Who moving to Sunday nights, the series will be available on demand on ABC iview immediately following the UK's broadcast," she said.

"The series will also air on Monday evenings on ABC. The move to Monday evenings will not impact our news and current affairs programming."

Jodie Whittaker will play the 13th Doctor Who.

Jodie Whittaker will play the 13th Doctor Who.Credit:BBC

The 11th season of the reboot of Doctor Who will see Australians introduced to a female doctor for the first time, after British actress Jodie Whittaker was named the 13th incarnation of the famous character last year.

The announcement stunned fans, given the role has been played by men for the last five decades.

"I'm beyond excited to begin this epic journey... with every Whovian on this planet," she said at the time. "It's more than an honour to play the doctor."

The move sparked backlash in some corners of the internet, but BBC's head of drama responded by announcing he would hire more female writers.

Broede Carmody is an entertainment reporter at Fairfax Media.