Doctor Who - David Tennant
David Tennant in the upcoming special © BBC

BBC America, hours after our post earlier today, have announced the actual air date of the first part of Doctor Who Special, The End of Time. It will air on December 26th, a day after the UK airing. The second part has yet to have a date confirmed.

Here is the BBC America Press release…

The finale to the era of David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, is one of the most eagerly anticipated adventures in the history of Doctor Who. As previously announced, the next special, Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars premieres Saturday December 19, 9:00pm ET/PT on BBC America. The final two specials, Doctor Who: The End of Time , Part One and Doctor Who: The End of Time , Part Two, will premiere over the holiday season starting December 26 on BBC AMERICA. Guest stars John Simm, Timothy Dalton, Catherine Tate and Bernard Cribbins join Tennant on his final journey. Doctor Who: The End of Time , Part One premieres Saturday December 26, 9:00pm ET/PT on BBC America. The End of Time, Part Two premiere date will be announced very soon. has exclusive Doctor Who clips including a sneak peek to
The Waters of Mars, which The Times says is “a big-budget, knock-yer-socks-off blockbuster” and the Guardian exclaimed “it’s a belter, a watery nightmare – scary, moving, relevant, believable.”

The site also has a new world premiere clip from
The End of Time, Part One, with never-before seen footage that will keep fans all over the globe wondering what’s in store for the Doctor.

This slick re-imagination of Doctor Who, created by Russell T Davies (Torchwood, Queer as Folk), puts a fresh spin on the adventures of the iconic Time Lord and his feisty companions – who travel across the universe to protect Earth from dangerous aliens and terrifying monsters. Davies and Tennant are passing the baton to Steven Moffat and actor Matt Smith, who will play the Eleventh Doctor in a new season of the re-imagined series premiering in 2010 on BBC America.

The BBC will release
The Waters of Mars and The End of Time, Part One and Part Two on DVD and Blu-ray, Tuesday, February 2, 2010. A 5-disc set, Doctor Who: Specials Collection, which includes The Next Doctor, Planet of the Dead, Waters of Mars, The End of Time, Part One and Part Two and a 16-page booklet with an introduction written by David Tennant, hits stores the same day.

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online