Five Doctor Who specials finally airing in the U.S., on BBC America

BBC America announced that it will air five Doctor Who specials, including the final four adventures featuring David Tennant as the Doctor, starting in July with "Planet of the Dead."

As part of the same deal, BBC America acquired the 2008 Christmas Special, "The Next Doctor," featuring David Morrissey and Dervla Kirwan. It will air June 27.

In "Planet of the Dead," a London red bus takes a detour to an alien world, forcing the Doctor (Tennant) to work with the extraordinary Lady Christina (Michelle Ryan). But the mysterious planet holds terrifying secrets hidden in the sand and time is running out as the deadly Swarm gets closer.

"Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars" is the second special; it and two as-yet untitled specials will premiere later in 2009 and early 2010.

Doctor Who is part of BBC America's sci-fi-heavy summer, which also includes the urban fantasy series Being Human, starting July 25, and Survivors, which follows the last members of the human race after a deadly virus has wiped out 99 percent of the population.

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