"Doctor Who" star Matt Smith has a message for Chicago fans of the BBC America hit.
"Enjoy the new season 'Doctor Who,'" he says. "We had a great time making it. And I hope you have a great time watching it."
That message, which you can watch in the video above, was played April 20 before an advanced screening of the two-part season premiere at the Landmark Century Centre Theater. Sponsored by BBC America (and RedEye's Show Patrol!), the screening was seen by about 150 fans who seemed to enjoy the episodes and Smith's special recording.
This season, which debuts at with the first of a two-part opener at 8 p.m. April 23 on BBC America, marks a first in the 48-year old series' history: Moffat and Co. filmed part of "The Impossible Astronaut" and "Day of the Moon" (Part 2, debuting April 30) in Utah.
I think all Chicago fans can feel like the message is meant for them as they tune in for the new season beginning Saturday. Smith's message reflected what he said during my recent interview with him:
"I hope everyone out there tunes in and enjoys it this season, because it's exciting," he said. "We've got President Nixon, who's going to open it. And I think we've got one of the greatest writers in sci-fi in Steven Moffat and he's really pushing the form and the boundaries of the stories.
"So I hope you guys enjoy it, I really do."