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Doctor Who Travels to U.S.

BBC confirms that Doctor Who will film in U.S.

By Jarrod Sarafin     October 12, 2010
Source: BBC America

New Doctor Who (Matt Smith) and his companion Amy Pond (Karen Gillan).

The BBC announced today that season six of "Doctor Who" will open with a special two-parter set in the United States. Written by head writer Steven Moffat, key scenes will be filmed in Utah for a story set in the late '60s in which the Doctor, Amy and Rory find themselves on a secret summons that takes them on an adventure from the desert in Utah - right to the Oval Office itself.

Production on episodes one and two of the new season starts in Cardiff this month and Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill will then travel to America in mid-November to shoot pivotal scenes. They will also be joined by Alex Kingston who reprises her role as River Song.

Showrunner and lead writer, Steven Moffat, said: "The Doctor has visited every weird and wonderful planet you can imagine, so he was bound get round to America eventually! And of course every 'Doctor Who' fan will be jumping up and down and saying he's been in America before. But not for real, not on location - and not with a story like this one! Oh, you wait!"

Piers Wenger, Head of Drama BBC Wales and Executive Producer, added: "Steven's scripts generally inspire us to go that extra mile - this time we're going that extra four thousand. Thanks to our friends at BBC America and to the continuing ambition of our lead writer and production team, the first two episodes of Matt Smith's second season as the Doctor are going global and look set to become 'Doctor Who's' most action-packed and ambitious season opener yet."

The new season follows on from the "Doctor Who" Christmas special guest starring Katherine Jenkins and Michael Gambon which is due to premiere during the holiday season. Season six will start airing on BBC America in spring 2011 and has been split into two blocks, with the second block airing in autumn 2011. By splitting the series Moffat plans to give viewers one of the most exciting "Doctor Who" cliffhangers and plot twists ever, leaving them waiting, on the edge of their seats, until the autumn to find out what happens.


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klaatu1701 10/12/2010 2:40:24 AM

Awesome. Been watching the Doctor since those far off days, 5.15 pm on the 23rd of November 1963 (the day after JFK was assasinated), I was five years old....I'm 53 this year....its just keeps getting better and better. Keep the stories sharp and interesting and it will outlast me!

redhairs99 10/12/2010 5:29:14 AM

So does this mean that we only get 5 or 6 episodes in the Spring and another 5 or 6 in the Fall?  That blows.  I wouldn't mind it if we got 10 in the Spring and another 10 in the Fall.

I love Doctor Who, but what's the skinny on Torchwood?  Haven't heard anything about that for quite a while.

monkeyfoot 10/12/2010 7:03:28 AM

This is great. I also love me some Time Lord. Matt Smith hasn't endeared himself in my heart as David Tennant in the role. The writing and characters and style are such a step above most every genre show.

Redhairs, Torchwood will be returning to the air on the Starz cable channel. Original creator Russell T. Davies is making it in collaboration with BBC and that network. It will star the surviving members of Capt. Jack Sparrow, Gwen and her husband with new characters. It will now be set in America. Because it will be on a premium channel they will be able to keep a hard edge to it and maybe go further. I believe it starts sometime next year. I don't have Starz but after missing out on Spartacus and with Torchwood coming up, I might have to spring for it. 

I sent a scoop for this to Mania a long while ago but they never reported it.

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redhairs99 10/12/2010 8:16:17 AM

Monkeyfoot, thanks!  I forgot all about that.  I think I did see that on here a while back.  I just had forgotten it.  If you have a Netflix account, you should be able to stream the episodes after they air for free. That's what they did with Spartacus anyway.

lracors 10/12/2010 8:24:52 AM

Dr. Who awesome!!! I am a major league Who fan since i was able to sit in front of the TV and watch the good Dr. on public television late at night.  I'm enjoying the revival of Who (Tennent was darn good but not quite Tom Baker).  Smith, I am enjoying, especially with the "big picture" story arch's they have been seeding throughout going back to Tennent's time involving the lovely Alex Kingston.

Torchwood, i didn't read that news.  Thank's for the update Monkeyfoot.  I'm glad because the Maxi-Series of Season 3 was the best Torch to date and i would hate to see it end there.

goldeneyez 10/12/2010 8:47:24 AM

I'm not really feeling the new Doctor or his companions, they just seem like poor substitutes compared to the other newcomers over the past six or seven years.  I love Dr. Who and will still give the second season a chance, but it hasn't hooked me yet as the previous two incarnations did.

I'd heard about Torchwood as well.  I absolutely love that show & agree the Children of Men was ridiculuously good.  There has been real loss on that show, and sometimes the good guys really didn't win.  Which is a bit more mature to me than Dr. Who.  I know the Doctor has lost his people and all that, but with Torchwood actual characters I care about have bitten the dust in very poinant ways.  I hope the new season is good.

I am a little worried with the "need" to bring these shows over to America though.  I hope they don't lose themselves trying to appeal to an American audience.  There are already Americans that absolutely love it without the need to pandering to us.

thefakejaredk83 10/12/2010 11:32:06 AM

I'm not quite sure if Torchwood is going full American.  I think there's going to be a former CIA agent who ends up looking/working for Torchwood sometime that season or they're needed in America, but I still can't wait to see what's going to happen. I may end up ponying up for Starz once I start seeing advertisements for when it's airing.

Matt Smith had some big shoes to fill once David Tennant left and he proved it within two episodes that he was a worthy successor as the 11th Doctor. I enjoyed Rory much more than Mickey.  Amy came off not so much as in love with the Doctor, but just wanting to teach him a brand new dance.  Still much better than Martha but nowhere near my favorite like Donna and Rose.  I can't wait to see what they do with the Doctor going stateside, although wasn't the base in the 1st series "Dalek" in America? How quickly we forget

todd890 10/12/2010 11:48:15 AM

The American version of Torchwood is out of the eqation since the original one is getting a new series 'season' of which I'm glad about. There are big changes in store for this coming season.

I'm a long time fan of the entire series and have loved it. Matt is good, but he's different than David, the past year made me realize that he might be in it for some time. I still can't understand why they have only 13 episodes each year and we produce 20 to 22 episodes a year.

I would love to see the doctor for at least 20 episodes a year to make it last longer.

Alex Kingston is awesome, it's good to see an actor from ER in this franchise.


doublec 10/12/2010 12:37:55 PM

The base was set  in America but was filmed in England. Actually the 1996 pilot  was shot in America as that version of the series would have been set here. This will be the first time an  English Doctor films an episode here, and about damned time!

Torchwood was discussed in the forums a while back. It's going to be an American-English co-production so apparently they'll be episodes on both sides fof the pond. I believe there's been some talk of an episode or two on the Continent as well.

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