Less than 24 hours after STARBURST reported on the accidental leak from German iTunes suggesting a move to Sunday evening broadcasts for Doctor Who in the UK, the BBC have now officially confirmed the switch – and also revealed the title of the thirteenth Doctor’s first episode.
Jodie Whittaker will debut in an instalment called The Woman Who Fell to Earth, an obvious play on the Bowie film title, but one that also reflects the way Matt Smith’s debut was an incarnation-specific spin on a popular phrase.
BBC correspondent Lizo Mzimba has also speculated that the series will broadcast in a late afternoon / early evening slot, ahead of a solid night of widely watched television on BBC One.
‘With Chris Chibnall at the helm and Jodie Whittaker's arrival as the new Doctor,’ said Director of BBC Content Charlotte Moore, ‘we are heralding a brand new era for the show and so it feels only right to give it a new home on Sunday nights at the heart of BBC One's Autumn schedule.’
Meanwhile the BBC have come under criticism from fans for their heavy-handed tactics in trying to stem the leak, which had after all presumably been created after the information had been uploaded to iTunes by a branch of the corporation itself.