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BBCA Confirms Scheduling Of Tennant's 'Doctor Who' Departure

Expect three weeks of brand new episodes, concluding an epic regeneration

While the UK fans of "Doctor Who" have had to wait and experience a new episode every three months, its American fanbase will be able to leap through the final episodes and witness the regeneration in a matter of weeks.

BBC America, the carrier for the BBC series "Doctor Who," has confirmed that the final three episodes featuring David Tennant as the legendary Time Lord will commence broadcast a week before Christmas and will conclude a day after the episodes are shown in the United KIngdom.

Starting with "The Waters Of Mars," which airs on Dec. 19, The Doctor will experience a fixed moment in time; something he cannot change. After arriving on the Red Planet, he encounters the first Martian colonists who all were expected to die under mysterious circumstances, according to history. But as he slowly becomes acquainted with the intrepid explorers, The Doctor comes to a stunning realization.

Packed with additional foreboding on his demise, the episode will lead into the first part of "The End Of Time," which airs a week later on Dec. 26 (only a day after the British broadcast). The episode not only includes the return of former companion Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) but also a villain from the past ... The Master, again played by John Simm.

Then, just like the U.K. fans, only a week later, the final part will air and will see more familiar faces return as the prophetic Song of the Ood comes to pass and Tennant regenerates into Matt Smith.

The first two parts of what can essentially be considered a three-episode arc will air at 9 p.m. with the conclusion at 8 p.m. on Jan. 2 on BBC America. "Water of Mars" has already aired in the United Kingdom, with the final two episodes airing Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 on BBC.

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Alan Stanley Blair is the news editor for Airlock Alpha and assistant news editor for its sister site, Inside Blip. Contributing from his home in Scotland, he is currently studying for a diploma in freelance journalism and feature writing. He can be found on Twitter @Alanistic.
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