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 ...
Chukwudi Iwuji ...
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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Originally Mark Sheppard was to wear old age makeup in order to play the 2011 version of his 1969 character. Instead, at Mark's suggestion, William Morgan Sheppard (Mark's father) was cast for the part. See more »


While the street names are in Cape Canaveral, all the presidential streets run parallel and do not intersect. See more »


The Doctor: And Dr. Song, you've got that face on again.
River Song: What face?
The Doctor: The he's-hot-when-he's-clever face.
River Song: This is my normal face.
The Doctor: Yes it is.
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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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Excellent start to series 6
23 April 2011 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Just watched The Impossible Astronaut twice back to back. The second time I was looking for clues.

This is the best thing that has been on TV in months. Yes Moffat likes putting the bad guys in space suites. Before it was skeletons this time not skeletons.....but maybe he is repeating the motif for a purpose. Yes it is a child's voice on the phone, and yes he does like disembodied voices, but somehow on a second viewing I find myself trusting Moffat is being very deliberate.

The show was clever, witty and loaded with meaning. Utah was stunning and casting real life father and son as Canton Deleware III young and old added depth.

I'm 46 my son is 20 and we have very different viewing habits and tastes but we about half way through we turned to each other and agreed "this is very good". If Part II is as good then this will go down as a classic.

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