In what must be considered a small, really very tiny, minuscule consolation to yesterday’s news that Peter Capaldi will be leaving Doctor Who at the end of 2017, following the show’s tenth season, we’ve finally learned the premiere date for that season. According to Entertainment Weekly, the first episode will air on April 15 at 9PM on BBC America. It is also premiering on April 15 in the U.K., but in the U.S., the premiere will be followed by the first episode of Class, the Doctor Who spinoff about students vs. aliens by author Patrick Ness, which has already aired in the U.K..
After the season is over, fans will have one last chance to relish Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, to savor him, to really soak Peter Capaldi in, as the BBC has confirmed that Capaldi will regenerate into the next doctor during the 2017 Christmas special. That means that, starting December 26, 2017, we and the rest of the entertainment media will be able to begin posting monthly articles speculating on whether the next actor to play the Doctor, whoever she is, will be leaving the show on a monthly basis, as is the tradition when Doctors change.