“Doctor Who” and “Sarah Jane Adventures” on Sci Fi in April.

The Sci Fi Wire website confirms that the fourth season of the new Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures will debut on the Sci Fi Channel in April:

SCI FI Channel has acquired the fourth season of Doctor Who and its hit spinoff series The Sarah Jane Adventures from BBC Worldwide America. Both series are slated to premiere on SCI FI in April.

The Sarah Jane Adventures is written and produced by the same creative team behind Doctor Who, including multiple-award-winning writer Russell T. Davies. The series centers on Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen), former companion to the Doctor, who investigates offbeat mysteries with her young friends Maria, Luke and Clyde.

The fourth season of Doctor Who, meanwhile, brings back star David Tennant as the 10th Timelord, joined by a new companion, Donna Noble (Catherine Tate), who reprises her role from the previous Christmas special. The Doctor’s previous companion, Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman), also makes a triumphant return in the middle of season four.

Considering how reluctant the Sci Fi Channel originally was to consider airing the new Doctor Who series it’s heartening to see the shows hitting American airwaves within a week or two of their U.K. air dates. The BBC hasn’t set a date for the new series on the other side of the pond, but presumably it’ll be debuting one to two weeks ahead of the States so look for it sometime in March.

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