The BBC is really trying hard to leverage its American sci-fi fanbase. First we hear that the revamp for Torchwood will be a transatlantic production filmed in North America. And now the BBC has just announced that next year's season 6 of its flagship drama Doctor Who will open with a two-parter set--and partly filmed--in the U.S.
Matt Smith stars in Doctor Who.
The story, written by Doctor Who head writer and showrunner Steven Moffat, will be co-produced by BBC America, with key scenes being filmed in Utah in November. Interestingly, a season 1 episode, "Dalek", was set, but not filmed, in 2012 Utah. Previous excursions to the United States include a visit to the observation deck of the Empire State Building ("The Chase," 1965) and a return visit to New York City, Empire State Building included, in the new series season 3 two-parter "Daleks in Manhattan"/"Evolution of the Daleks" (2007). John Nathan-Turner's original plan for "The Two Doctors" was to film in New Orleans; production eventually took place in Spain -- essentially because of the lack of the very kind of cross-Atlantic production funding deal that's making next year's adventure possible.
The story is set in the late 1960s and finds the Doctor (Matt Smith), Amy (Karen Gillan), and Rory (Arthur Darvill) on a secret mission "that takes them on an adventure from the desert in Utah--right to the Oval Office." In the U.S., the trio of Who regulars will be joined by Alex Kingston, who once again reprises her role as River Song.
"The Doctor has visited every weird and wonderful planet you can imagine, so he was bound get round to America eventually," Moffat joked. "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!" Okay, we will.
Season 6 will follow the 2010 Christmas special guest starring Katherine Jenkins and Michael Gambon. Season 6 will air in two blocks, one in spring 2011 and one in the fall.
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