Doctor Who: Season 6, Episode 1

The Impossible Astronaut (23 Apr. 2011)

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River Song, Rory, The Doctor and Amy are reunited in the Utah desert



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stuart Milligan ...
Carl (as Chuk Iwuji)
Sydney Wade ...
Little Girl
Nancy Baldwin ...
Kieran O'Connor ...
Prison Guard
Adam Napier ...
Captain Simmons
Henrietta Clemett ...


Four envelopes, numbered two, three and four - each containing a date, time and map reference, unsigned, but TARDIS blue - begin the latest series of the time-travelling adventures. Who sent them? And who received the missing number one? This strange summons reunites The Doctor, Amy, Rory and River Song in the middle of the Utah desert and unveils a terrible secret that The Doctor's friends must never reveal to him. Placing his life entirely in their hands, The Doctor agrees to search for the recipient of the fourth envelope. Just who is Canton Everett Delaware the Third? And what is the relevance of their only other clue: "Space 1969"? Their quest lands them in the Oval Office, where they are enlisted by President Nixon himself to assist enigmatic former FBI agent Canton in saving a terrified little girl from a mysterious spaceman. Written by BBC Press Release

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Stuart Milligan found the role of Richard Nixon exciting, having played other presidents in the past, including Dwight D. Eisenhower. Prosthetic pieces were applied on Milligan's cheeks, nose, and ears to make him resemble Nixon as much as possible. He also practiced how Nixon would speak, but initially found it difficult since he had to wear fake teeth. See more »


The Doctor leaves the picnic with a bottle of wine, but when the shot flicks back to him, the wine bottle is gone and is not visible on the shore. See more »


The Doctor: Just popped out to get my special straw. It adds more fizz.
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Following the death of former companion Elisabeth Sladen, The Impossible Astronaut opened with a dedication in her name. See more »


Features The Flying Deuces (1939) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Awesome, The best thing on British Television 2011, Not only for kids but for All
23 April 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Hey, I started watching doctor who since the Christmas carol. Today, wow , what an episode. very very creative and great to watch. Thanks a lot mr steven moffart. you are a very creative person. Metta Loving kindness to you and your crew. I hope this season is gonna be awesome.Well, Now i am going to cut and paste from somewhere.Awesome Drama.Thanks again for the great episode. In just the first five minutes of this two-part story, we had seen the Doctor rampaging through history in an effort to contact faithful companions Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill), had a brief glimpse of their life of beautifully decorated domesticity, been reunited with mysterious space archaeologist River Song (Alex Kingston) and gone on location to Utah. And then, after briefly admiring the Doctor's new stetson, we'd seen him killed – really, truly dead-as-a-doornail killed – by what looked like one of the Apollo 11 astronauts.

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