Doctor Who (2005– )
8.9/10
3,965
17 user 7 critic

The Impossible Astronaut 

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

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

Photos

Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 April 2011 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| (DTS HD MASTER AUDIO 5.1 Mix)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

When on the TARDIS, the Doctor remarks on how Sundays are boring. The Tenth Doctor said the exact same thing to Donna in season four Doctor Who: Silence in the Library (2008). See more »

Goofs

The Secret Service agents on the President's detail are depicted using revolvers, but by 1969 the Secret Service had transitioned to the Colt M1911 semi-automatic pistol. See more »

Quotes

Prison Guard: [as alarms go off] You better get down here, sir. She's doing it again. Dr. Song, sir. She's packing.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Following the death of former companion Elisabeth Sladen, The Impossible Astronaut opened with a dedication in her name. See more »

Connections

References The Graduate (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Rolling in the Deep
(uncredited)
Written by Adele, Paul Epworth
Performed by Adele
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


2 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Theory about the Sixth Doctor's persona... sanddragon939
Time of the doctor alternative ending rumour DoctorDangerDisco
This is going to be fun Whovian_DW
Speculating on the Chibnall era (article) ThatMOVIENut
Animated Doctor Who? EllaVader
How should the next Doctor be? sanddragon939
Discuss The Impossible Astronaut (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?