For over forty years, the Doctor has traveled to the farthest edges of the universe. But he’s never been to America, until now…
The BBC has announced that a special two-part season premiere of "Doctor Who" will begin filming in the United States during November. The episodes will be written by Steven Moffat, the current showrunner of the series.
“The Doctor has visited every weird and wonderful planet you can imagine, so he was bound get round to America eventually!" exclaimed Moffat. "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!”
The story reportedly finds The Doctor (Matt Smith) and his newly married companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) in the ’60s answering a mysterious summons to the Utah desert which eventually leads them to the White House. Additionally, Alex Kingston is confirmed to reprise her role as River Song in the episodes.
"Steven’s scripts generally inspire us to go that extra mile – this time we’re going that extra four thousand," explained BBC Wales Head of Drama, Piers Wenger. "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."
Earlier this fall, Moffat revealed that the sixth season of "Doctor Who" will be split into two; with seven new episodes set to air in the spring and six episodes to debut next fall.
The Doctor and his companions will also return later this year for the annual "Doctor Who" Christmas special.