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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Even though Mark Sheppard is an English actor, this was his first appearance in a British-made television show. See more »


After Amy comes out of the restroom the Secret Service agent sees her phone (an unknown device in 1969) but lets her keep it. There is no way a Secret Service agent would let you keep an unknown device around the President. It might be a weapon. It would be even more likely confiscated having been called a "phone" when it clearly is NOT a phone, to someone in 1969. See more »


The Doctor: [pinned to the floor of the Oval Office by Secret Service] River! Have you got my scanner working yet?
River Song: [Inside the TARDIS] Oh, I hate him!
The Doctor: No, you don't.
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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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Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Not really a comment about the plot...
28 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The plot seems just fine, and we know we're being set up for another season-long story arc. I'm excited to go along for the ride. My commentary is more about the BBC/BBCA joint venture. The scenery was, as you would expect from Utah at that time of day/year, beautiful.

What bothers me generally as an American, is we know when someone is faking the accent. Whether it's Charlie Hunnam on Sons of Anarchy, or Mr. Delaware here, we know it's put on - thick. I think if we're willing to suspend disbelief for the plot in the name of entertainment, we could do so for FBI agents with accents. Who knows, they could be part of some foreign-exchange program(me?).

Also, that diner they went to. A giant American flag and a Chevy poster montage? While I have no doubt that there are diners that look like this (in AmericaTowns all across the globe) I guess I was hoping that the Doctor's first extended foray into US culture would have been more representative of it's true nature. Our dining establishments are not furnished solely with red vinyl seats and chrome plating. That would be like assuming British folks only eat fish & chips - their version of our burger and fries, I suppose. But Morgan Spurlock showed us what happens if one tries to live on fish & chips alone...

So, next time, let's see the doctor choking down some Waffle House and driving around in a 75 Lincoln. He's got two hearts, it'd take a lot longer to clog his arteries or feel the effects of the smog his rolling TARDIS would create.

Otherwise, I'm really looking forward to the new season ("series"? no, you're in America now!) and all of the twists and turns that we've come to expect from this wonderfully produced series.

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