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:
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Kieran O'Connor ...
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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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A scene that was cut because it was deemed too naughty, which River Song is naked, can be glimpsed in the Series 6 trailer, but it didn't make the deleted scenes on the Series 6 DVD box set. 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 »


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Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Thank god! Doctor Who is back to its brilliant self!
28 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

I loved series 1, 2, 3 and 4 of Doctor Who and this episode has returned to those days with this episode.

In my opinion, series 5 was very weak, with ridiculous stories, Matt Smith trying to copy David Tennant's brilliance and a finale that was confusing and unrealistic beyond comprehension, using bad excuses to wrap up plot holes. For me, when they brought back the Weeping Angels they completely ruined them, taking away the fear and originality behind them and from that point onward it felt like a downwards spiral.

But finally, it seems that Matt Smith is finding himself and becoming his own doctor. He is now much more unique as I felt that before he was copying Tennant to try to be popular.

It's still too early to say whether or not the story is good but it is intriguing and they have invented good monsters. They also have a lot of suspense building up and I want to know what happens next.

In conclusion, Doctor Who is finally back to its roots and we can only help it stays that way throughout the series.

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