Doctor Who: The Magician’s Apprentice

he BBC have finally confirmed the time when the new series of Doctor Who will have its world premiere television broadcast, with The Magician’s Apprentice showing on BBC One on Saturday 19th September at 7:40pm. The episode has a scheduled length of 50 minutes. The evening lineup has yet to be finalised, but it is expected that the episode will be preceded by an edition of Pointless Celebrities and then followed by The National Lottery: In It To Win It. Details of whether Doctor Who will precede or follow BBC One’s annual Autumn dance extravaganza Strictly Come Dancing – which kicks off the following weekend – should be confirmed next week.

In New Zealand, PRIME have also confirmed the broadcast time for The Magician’s Apprentice, which will be shown prime-time Sunday evening at 7:30pm. This means that those in the islands will get to see the episode narrowly ahead of those in ‘nearby’ Australia, who see it around two hours later (though the latter’s broadcaster ABC will make it available online via their iView service earlier in the morning!). This is the first time since the series returned in 2005 that New Zealand viewers will be able to watch a regular series episode of Doctor Who within a day of its UK premiere.

The Magician’s Apprentice: Known Broadcast Details
United Kingdom BBC One Sat 19 Sep 2015 7:40pm
United States of America BBC America Sat 19 Sep 2015 9:00pm EDT (2:00am BST)
Canada SPACE Sat 19 Sep 2015 9:00pm EDT (2:00am BST)
Asia Pacific BBC Entertainment Sun 20 Sep 2015 10:00am SGT (3:00am BST)
New Zealand PRIME 20 Sep 2015 7:30pm NZST (8:30am BST)
Australia ABC Sun 20 Sep 2015 7:42pm AEST (10:40am BST)
Europe (Benelux) BBC First Tue 22 Sep 2015 9:00pm CEST
Finland YLE2 Mon 28 Sep 2015 6:00pm EEST
South Africa BBC First Sat 24 Oct 2015 6:00pm SAST
India FX “coming soon in 2015” date tbc
Germany FOX December 2015 date tbc (dubbed into German)
Italy RAI4 Early 2016 date tbc (dubbed into Italian)

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