We’re just a couple of weeks until Doctor Who returns to television – and though an airdate has yet to be officially confirmed, it looks very likely that The Woman Who Fell To Earth will be broadcast on BBC1 at 7pm.
A viewer watching The Doctor Falls on-demand spotted a brief promo for the Doctor Who Series 11 opener, reporting that it will screen on BBC America at 2pm EST. This will be its global premiere, and will be simulcast on BBC America at the same time as its BBC1 airtime. And that means The Woman Who Fell To Earth will start at 7pm in the UK.
This is the first time Doctor Who 2005- present has moved its regular transmission day to Sundays – although the last time it was shown on a Sunday was only in 2016, as The Return of Doctor Mysterio screened on Christmas Day.
The smart money was on around 7pm anyway, with the 65-minute long debut likely leading into the Strictly Come Dancing Results Show (which typically runs for 45 minutes on a Sunday).
The Woman Who Fell To Earth is, of course, the first full episode featuring Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, and marks the debut of Chris Chibnall (42; The Power of Three) as showrunner.
We still have to wait until the BBC confirms this start-time – and if this schedule will be maintained throughout the season – but if so, it’s a good transmission time for the show.