“Right then Clara Oswald, it’s time to find out who you are.” Season 7B of DOCTOR WHO Comes Home to Space, March 30

— March 11, 2013

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TORONTO (March 11, 2013) – Space fans can prepare to exhale when DOCTOR WHO returns for the second half of its gripping seventh season. On Saturday, March 30 at 8 p.m. ET, Matt Smith returns as the Eleventh Doctor in “The Bells of Saint John,” a modern-day urban thriller written by esteemed lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat (SHERLOCK). Last fall, the first five episodes of Season 7 attracted an average audience of 621,000, making DOCTOR WHO the most-watched series ever in the channel’s 15-year history. The beloved sci-fi series leads into the highly-anticipated debut of Space’s brand new original drama ORPHAN BLACK at 9 p.m. ET. 

Then, on Sunday, March 31at 7 p.m. ET, comedy-variety talk show THE NERDIST premieres with a full hour of geek-chatter starring the ultimate WHO-companion, comedian Chris Hardwick. The series is based on comedian, writer, DOCTOR WHO evangelist, and web pundit, Chris Hardwick’s hit Nerdist Podcast. Joining Chris are stand-up comics Matt Mira, Jonah Ray, and a variety of celebrity correspondents, as actors, writers, comedians, scientists and other nerd icons, hailing from both sides of the pond, are welcomed to chat about a glorious mélange of Nerdtastic topics. 

**Media Note** - Photography for DOCTOR WHO, THE NERDIST, and ORPHAN BLACK is available online at BellMediaPR.ca/Space

The Season 7B premiere of DOCTOR WHO, “The Bells of Saint John,” is set in London against the backdrop of new and old iconic landmarks – The Shard and Westminster Bridge. New nemesis, the Spoonheads, battle the Doctor as he discovers something sinister is lurking in the Wi-Fi. The rest of the upcoming season features seven epic episodes written by Steven Moffat, acclaimed writer Neil Gaiman (Coraline, Beowulf), Mark Gatiss (SHERLOCK), Neil Cross (LUTHER), and Stephen Thompson (SHERLOCK). 

The Doctor (Matt Smith) is joined by his new companion Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) for the latest set of incredible adventures through space and time. The duo find new adversaries and familiar friends around every corner as they journey from the bottom of the ocean to the center of the TARDIS and beyond. The Cybermen make a thunderous return and the Ice Warrior arrives in an unexpected place. 

Steven Moffat, executive producer and lead writer, said, “It’s the 50th year of DOCTOR WHO and look what’s going on! We’re up in the sky and under the sea! We’re running round the rings of an alien world, and then a haunted house. There’s new Cybermen, new Ice Warriors, and a never before attempted journey to the centre of the TARDIS. And in the finale, the Doctor’s greatest secret will at last be revealed! If this wasn’t already our most exciting year, it would be anyway!”

Also appearing this season are guest stars Dougray Scott (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, Mission: Impossible II), Warwick Davis (LIFE’S TOO SHORT,Harry Potter), Celia Imrie (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Richard E Grant (Iron Lady, Dracula), Jessica Raine (CALL THE MIDWIFE), and Tamzin Outhwaite (EASTENDERS, LAW & ORDER: UK). Additionally, mother and daughter, Dame Diana Rigg (GAME OF THRONES, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) and Rachael Stirling (TIPPING THE VELVET) will appear on screen together for the first time.

Viewers looking to relive DOCTOR WHOORPHAN BLACK, and THE NERDIST, can travel back in time at Space.ca

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Space is home to phenomenal programming including imaginative dramas, epic movies, engaging reality series, and the daily entertainment talk show INNERSPACE, the source for all-things genre – all in high definition (HD). Also home to upcoming original programs ORPHAN BLACK, PANIC BUTTON, and BITTEN, Space content is always available at Space.ca, and on Facebook,@SpaceChannel, and other social media platforms. Space is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. 

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For more information, please contact:
Andrea Allen, Space, 416.384.5375 or andrea.allen@bellmedia.ca 
Christy Sullivan, Space, 416.384.3624 or christy.sullivan@bellmedia.ca
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