‘Doctor Who’ sets return date on BBC America

June 27, 2014 | 2:16 p.m.
Peter Capaldi plays the 12th Doctor in "Doctor Who." (BBC America)

Peter Capaldi plays the 12th Doctor in “Doctor Who.” (BBC America)

“Doctor Who” has finally set a day to return to his regular adventures.

The new Doctor played by Peter Capaldi has been glimpsed here and there, but fans will finally get to see him in his first adventure on Aug. 23. That’s the day the new season, the eighth since the series was revived in 2005, returns to BBC America.

Capaldi will be joined by returning companion Clara, played by Jenna Coleman, and a new character, Danny Pink, played by Samuel Anderson, who is a teacher at the school where Clara works.

Pairing the Doctor with a couple of schoolteachers recalls the first “Doctor Who” adventures back in the early 1960s, which featured the Doctor (William Hartnell), his granddaughter (Carole Ann Ford) and her two schoolteachers, played by Jacqueline Hill and Ian Chesterton. Interestingly, Capaldi, who is 56, is about the same age as the first Doctor, Hartnell, was when he took the role.

That’s not to say the current series show runner, Steven Moffat, plans to tie the 12th Doctor back to the first, but it does show a definite change of pace from the last few Doctors, who were played by more youthful actors, including Matt Smith, who was just 26 when  he got the role.

Other guest stars include Ben Miller, Keeley Hawes and Tom Riley.

Capaldi and Coleman are promoting the new season with an unprecedented world tour that will hit seven cities on five continents over 12 days. Moffat will join the two for some of the dates.

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