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Part of New 'Doctor Who' Season Will Be Filmed in America

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 11th 2010 10:30AM
Americans, prepare for an alien invasion. 'Doctor Who' is coming.

A couple of months ago, we learned that part of the upcoming 'Torchwood' season will be shot in America. On Sunday, the BBC announced that 'Doctor Who,' the series that spun off 'Torchwood,' will be filming in the United States as well.

Production begins soon in Cardiff on 'Doctor Who's' season-opening two-parter, which was penned by executive producer Steven Moffat. By mid-November, however, filming of the episodes will transfer to the United States. Presumably Matt Smith (the Doctor), Karen Gillan (companion Amy Pond) and Arthur Darvill (Amy's boyfriend Rory) will not be able to take the TARDIS to these shores. (There's one more spoilery bit of information about the two-parter at the end of this post.)

The episodes will be set in the 1960s and "the Doctor, Amy and Rory [will] find themselves on a secret summons that takes them on an adventure from the desert in Utah right to the Oval Office itself." (Fingers crossed that they encounter not Daleks but Don Draper.)

"The Doctor has visited every weird and wonderful planet you can imagine, so he was bound get round to America eventually!" Moffat said in the BBC's Sunday statement. "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!"

Before the next season begins, we'll get the usual 'Doctor Who' Christmas special (this year's edition features guest stars Katherine Jenkins and Michael Gambon). The new 'Doctor Who' season has been broken up into two blocks that will air in the spring and the fall of 2011.

Production on 'Torchwood: The New World,' the fourth season of the 'Doctor Who' spinoff, begins in early 2011 and that drama debuts on Starz in the summer of 2011.

A substantial portion of 'The New World,' which the producers have said will tell a "global" story, will be shot in North America, and some well-known American TV writers (John Shiban, Doris Egan and Jane Espenson) are joining head writer 'Torchwood' Russell T Davies in penning the scripts for that 10-parter.

John Barrowman and Eve Myles will be back for 'The New World,' but they'll be joined by some new actors who have yet to be cast.

Spoiler alert:

Not sure if others would consider this a spoiler, but Alex Kingston will also appear in the 'Doctor Who' season opener as River Song.

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I know I'm LATE with this- but in the past few months I have fallen in LOVE with Torchwood and Doctor Who! Being new to everything, I was so excited to read this article!!

So happy Torchwood is coming back! Was sad about how Children of Earth finished.. was it always the plan to return for a new season?

October 31 2010 at 2:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm looking forward to seeing what they do in the New World. The only shame is the split season. Split seasons kill kittens.

As for Moffat single-handedly destroying the show? If I had a dollar for every time someone, or something, was declared to have single-handedly destroyed DW, I'd have at least enough money to buy a lovely boxed set of the series to date. It really is indestructible. If a hiatus of some 16 years couldn't kill it, nothing will.

October 16 2010 at 3:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Dearie me, indeed... I guess you don't remember in the 80's when the Doctor had an American companion. Gloom and doom, geniuses.

October 12 2010 at 10:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Craig Ranapia

And an Australian - which is even worse! :)

October 14 2010 at 4:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And Moffat continues to single-handedly destroy the show. Part of the legacy of Doctor Who is the lack of American participation. No American actors, hardly any stories taking place in America...America basically does not exist in the world of Doctor Who. And the last time they "Americanized" it, well, remember the 90's movie?

October 11 2010 at 11:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Craig Ranapia

Ten days of location shooting in Utah constitutes "Americanized" now? Dearie me...

October 12 2010 at 7:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How does America not exist in NewWho? Remember the American president? And what about that American newscaster they're always showing?
I say we wait and view the episodes before judjing.

October 12 2010 at 3:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Is it bad all I can think "oh God no..."? No offence to the Americans but Dr Who is one of the last decent dramas left in the UK and it would be nice to have something in this bloody country isn't americanised. And please, America is hardly new in the reboot or in the old series.

October 11 2010 at 7:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Craig Ranapia

It's not that surprising -- last series, parts of The Vampires of Venice & Vincent and the Doctor were shot in Croatia; and in previous series, location work was done in Cinecittà Studios in Rome ('The Fires of Pompei') and Dubai ('Planet of the Dead').

October 11 2010 at 3:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah, that's not really a spoiler. Alex Kingston had a VERY prominent role in the last season, and they didn't really conclude her story, so it's no surprise to see her back again.

October 11 2010 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh, and based on the leaked photos from the 3rd Transformers, maybe the Doctor encounters Optimus Prime?

October 11 2010 at 11:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The 8th Doctor was filmed on location in Vancouver and San Francisco... so, North America is hardly new.

In fact, the 8th Doctor was never filmed in Britain, so... go figure...

October 11 2010 at 11:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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