August Airdate for Doctor Who Series 7?

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Have we received a big clue on when Series 7 of Doctor Who will finally hit our screens this year?

The Guardian reports that the opening episode of the seventh series is to be screened at the 2012 Edinburgh International Television Festival this August.

The opener will be showing at the festival which takes place 23-25th August. Looking back to last year’s schedule, a BBC broadcast shortly after seems likely.

Last year, Let’s Kill Hitler was shown at the same festival on 26th August. The episode premiered on BBC1 the next day. If the same thing were to happen this year, then we could be looking at Saturday 25th August, which is a bank holiday weekend.

It’s earlier than expected and does go against Steven Moffat previously stating the show would “straddle over Christmas”, but scheduling can change.

Of course, if the show does return in August, it opens up the question of whether they will only show the first 5 episodes…