Britain's favorite time traveler will return for a seventh season in his current incarnation. That's right folks - Doctor Who is getting another spin around the universe.
The BBC has confirmed that Doctor Who is returning with fourteen episodes, including another Christmas special. Matt Smith, the eleventh Doctor, will be back for his third year. There's been no word from BBC America, but given the Doctor's excellent numbers on this side of the pond, expect a similar release schedule next year.
The news broke on Twitter, as befits a young, hip show like Doctor Who (which is currently in its 32nd complete TV season). BBC1's Head of Communications, Sam Hodges, posted the news earlier today, confirming that Smith would indeed return.
There's no word on whether the Doctor's current companion Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) or her husband Rory (Arthur Darvill) will be back next season, but odds are are good that they'll both return - assuming they survive the rest of Season 6.
Doctor Who history was made this years as the season premiere aired on the same day in the US and the UK. The episode was BBC America's most-watched show ever, and Doctor Who has continued to dominate the American cable channel's ratings. UK viewership has remained predictably excellent, regularly scoring more than 7 million audience members.
A rare treat for fans of sci-fi and fantasy literature occurred just a few weeks ago, as the episode "The Doctor's Wife" marked the fist Doctor Who collaboration with celebrated novelist Neil Gaiman. The author of such books as Stardust, Coraline and American Gods wrote the script for the episode, guest starring Suranne Jones as a physical manifestation of the TARDIS.
The mid-season finale, "A Good Man Goes To War", aired last Saturday in the UK (it will air June 11 on BBC America). Wholigans will have to wait until September for the second half of Season 6, which starts off with the promising title of "Let's Kill Hitler". Season 7 will likely follow in the spring, as it has for the entire run of the revival.
Doctor Who will return to BBC America in September.
Follow Michael on Twitter: @MichaelCrider