12/10/2010

Dr Who's Tardis To Land In America

Dr Who is to materialise in the USA after the BBC announcement that series six of the iconic science fiction series will open with a spectacular two-part story set in the US.

Penned by Steven Moffat, it is being co-produced with BBC America, with key scenes filmed in Utah for a story set in the late 1960s 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 series 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 actress Alex Kingston who will reprise her role as the character, River Song.

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," he said, but noted that Doctor Who fans will be saying he's been in America before.

"But not for real, not on location - and not with a story like this one!" enthused Mr Moffat.

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 series as the Doctor are going global and look set to become Doctor Who's most action-packed and ambitious season opener yet."

The new series will follow on from the forthcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special when guest stars Katherine Jenkins and Michael Gambon help make the festive episode.

Series six will then start airing on BBC One 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 cliff-hangers and plot twists ever, leaving them waiting, on the edge of their seats, until the autumn to find out what happens.

The series was co-commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning for BBC One and Jay Hunt, Controller of BBC One and will be produced by Marcus Wilson (Whitechapel) and Sanne Wohlenberg (Margaret).

Steven Moffat is lead writer and Executive Producer with Piers Wenger, Head of Drama, BBC Wales and Beth Willis (Ashes To Ashes), also working on executive producing.

(BMcC/KMcA)

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