Yep, the first piece of interesting [[Doctor Who (TV Series)|Doctor Who]] news in weeks is that two new episodes for the next series are to be filmed in America.
What’s so special about that, you ask? Well, despite numerous episodes of the series having been set in America (who could forget Daleks In Manhattan?), there’s never actually been an episode of the show filmed there. Here’s the biz, straight from the BBC press release factory:
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.
I’m guessing that the last time Doctor Who was in America, the location was Nevada and it was for the animated adventure, Dreamland. And as with the Victory Of The Daleks storyline from last year, it seems The Doctor will be receiving a summons to go to America. It seems that TARDIS telephone is going to keep [[The Doctor (Doctor Who)|The Doctor]] busy. Someday they’ll have to get around to explaining why it hasn’t rang before.
In a suitably enthusiastic soundbyte, 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!
One of the most telling parts of the release was the amount of detail about how successful the show’s been in the States. It touches on BBC America being the show’s official ‘home’ over there. I imagine that this means that the American episode is a clear nod to the success of the show over there and an attempt to give the Stateside viewers something they can relate to.
After all, the next series of Torchwood is going to be based in the USA, so why not send The Doctor there too? I wonder if they’ll try to do a crossover? That would be cool.
Finally, a bit of diplomatic arse-smooching from Piers Wenger:
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.
Ah, lovely. Who’s looking forward to a stars-and-stripes themed Doctor Who episode? Speak now!