Doctor Who (2000s) Season 5 - The Doctor (Matt Smith) © BBC

While the BBC had a press launch of the new series this Thursday, BBC America has announced its airing of the series just two weeks behind the UK.

New Companion Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) © BBC

The new series features a new Doctor, a new companion and a new TARDIS. Both the exterior and interior of the TARDIS have been adjusted.

For most people the outside will look much the same, but look closer. There are white window frames and a St John’s ambulance badge, features of many of the original UK Police Boxes of 1950/60s, the Doctor Who feature films and the early years of the original TV series. There are some other changes, but you’ll really have to look close.

Inside there is no mistaking a much larger interior. It is on three floors with a retro Jules Verne style. The hexagon roundels are still there. The central console controls are made up from a mixture of objects from the Doctor’s much-loved Earth. It incorporates a Seventies digital clock, a gramophone horn and a pair of hot and cold taps!

The Daleks, Cybermen and Silurians are returning, as well as some of lead-writer Steven’s Moffatt’s creations and characters.

This is the fifth season of ‘nu-Who’ and the BBC has also confirmed a Christmas Special and a sixth season!

The BBC America press release….

A new era of the BAFTA-winning series, Doctor Who, begins April 17 on BBC AMERICA. The iconic series, which has delivered BBC AMERICA’s highest-ever ratings, continues its tradition of rebooting with new lead actors and creative team. Matt Smith debuts as the new, Eleventh incarnation of the famous Time Lord alongside a new travelling companion, the enigmatic Amy Pond (Karen Gillan).

BAFTA-winning writer Steven Moffat (Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Tintin, Jekyll, Coupling), creator of some of the most frightening and award-winning Doctor Who episodes to date, takes over as lead writer and executive producer. Writers for the new reboot series include Richard Curtis (The Boat that Rocked, Love Actually), Chris Chibnall (Law & Order UK, Torchwood), Toby Whithouse (Being Human, Torchwood), Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen, Sherlock) and Simon Nye (Men Behaving Badly, Hardware). Guest stars include Alex Kingston (ER, Flash Forward), BAFTA-winner James Corden (Gavin & Stacey, The History Boys), Oscar nominee Sophie Okonedo (The Secret Life of Bees, Hotel Rwanda), and Tony Curran (24).

Doctor Who follows the adventures of The Doctor, the mysterious traveler who, with his human companions, journeys throughout all of time and space, facing a variety of foes and righting wrongs. The new series has the Doctor and Amy Pond together exploring sixteenth century Venice, France during the 1890s and the United Kingdom in the far future, now an entire nation floating in space.

Doctor Who premieres Saturday, April 17, 9:00p.m. ET/PT. Doctor Who premiere episode is an extended version with limited commercial interruption.

Just in time for the U.S. premiere of Doctor Who, journey into the Doctor Who universe with BBC AMERICA’s original program, Doctor Who: Who is the Doctor? The program is an original, all-access look inside the universe of the world’s biggest, most successful sci-fi television program.

Doctor Who: Who Is The Doctor premieres Saturday, April 17, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT