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New ‘Doctor Who’ arrives on BBC America this weekend

By Amy Robinson, A&E/Teen Editor
ADRIAN ROGERS | BBC Worldwide
Clara (Jenna Coleman) and the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) are in Victorian London when the new season of “Doctor Who” begins Saturday night.

The new season of “Doctor Who,” with Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor, premieres Saturday, and BBC America is going all out for it.

First, on Friday, there’s the “Doctor Who: Earth Conquest” special at 9 p.m. It follows Capaldi and Jenna Coleman (who plays the Doctor’s companion, Clara) on their publicity tour for the show, which hit seven cities on five continents in 12 days.

Then, on Saturday, in addition to the hour-and-45 minute season premiere at 8:15 p.m., nerd host extraordinaire Chris Hardwick has live pre- and post-shows. The brief pre-show is at 8 p.m., and the hour-long post-show is at 11 p.m.

His guests include actor, writer and all-around “Doctor Who” fan Mark Gatiss (who wrote this season’s third episode) and actress Natalie Morales (“Trophy Wife”), who will discuss their reactions to the premiere. There will also be some behind-the-scenes footage.

Between the season premiere and after-show is the premiere episode of “Intruders” at 10 p.m. The mysterious eight-episode thriller is set in the Pacific Northwest and centers on a secret society that chases immortality by seeking refuge in other people’s bodies.

When the weekend’s over, if you don’t get BBC America or just want to relive the new Doctor’s arrival on the big screen, head to Regal Nitro Stadium 12 at 7 or 9:30 p.m. Monday for a theatrical broadcast of the premiere, along with some behind-the-scenes footage. Tickets are $12.50.

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Series premieres: “Girlfriend Intervention,” 10 p.m. Wednesday, Lifetime (makeover show).

Miniseries premiere: “Breathless,” 9 p.m. Sunday, PBS (three-part “Masterpiece Mystery” period drama set in a London hospital’s gynecology ward at the cusp of Britain’s sexual revolution).

Season premieres: “Gypsy Sisters,” 9 p.m. today, TLC; “Bering Sea Gold,” 9 p.m., and “Airplane Repo,” 10 p.m. Friday, Discovery; “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle,” 9 p.m. Monday, VH1.

Canceled: “Working the Engels,” NBC. It’s been pulled from the schedule beginning today, and there’s no word yet on whether the remaining episodes will air anywhere.

Season finales: “Rookie Blue,” 9 p.m. today, ABC (two hours); “Big Time RV,” 8 p.m. Sunday, Travel; “The Last Ship,” 9 p.m. Sunday, TNT; “Rising Star,” 9 p.m. Sunday, ABC; “The Musketeers,” 9 p.m. Sunday, BBC America; “Tyrant,” 10 p.m. Tuesday, FX; “Food Paradise,” 10 p.m. Tuesday, Travel; “The Divide,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, WE; “Motive,” 10 p.m. Wednesday, ABC.

Midseason finales: “Covert Affairs,” 10 p.m. Tuesday, USA; “Young & Hungry,” 8 p.m., and “Mystery Girls,” 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, ABC Family.

Awards shows: “2014 MTV Video Music Awards,” 9 p.m. Sunday, MTV (red carpet special at 8 p.m.); “66th Primetime Emmy Awards,” 8 p.m. Monday, NBC (hosted by Seth Meyers; E! red carpet coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. and after-party special at 11 p.m.).

TV movie: “#PopFan,” 8 p.m. Saturday, Lifetime (basically a younger, gender-reversed “Misery”).

Specials: “iHeart Radio Album Release Party with Maroon 5,” 8 p.m. Tuesday, CW; “Fashion Police” Emmy Awards edition, 8 p.m. Tuesday, E!; “Alaska: The Last Frontier: Kilchers Revealed,” 8 p.m., and “Yukon Men: Wild Lives,” 9 p.m. Tuesday, Discovery (new season sneak peaks); “Chopped” ultimate champions tournament, 10 p.m. Tuesday, Food Network (part one of five).

Of note: Bravo rebroadcasts Robin Williams’ 2001 “Inside the Actors Studio,” 8 p.m. today; the “America’s Got Talent” semifinals begin, 9 p.m. Tuesday, NBC; contestants combine the worlds of “The Wizard of Oz” and “Alice in Wonderland” on “Face Off,” 9 p.m. Tuesday, Syfy.

Reach Amy Robinson at flipside@wvgazette.com or follow @thegazz on Twitter.


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