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The Impossible Astronaut 

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




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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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The Oval Office set was constructed at Upper Boat Studios in South Wales. Because the production crew had access to several pictures and plans of the real office, they were able to replicate it in almost every detail. The main problem for building the set was the plastering; the crew normally plaster one wall at a time for normal rooms, but because the Oval Office was round, they had to do the entire set at once. See more »


The Doctor states the space men (astronauts) live in Florida. In fact they live in and around Houston, Texas. See more »


The Doctor: Now, then, Canton Everett Delaware III. That was his name, yeah? How many of those can there be? Well, three, I suppose.
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Following the death of former companion Elisabeth Sladen, The Impossible Astronaut opened with a dedication in her name. See more »


References The Graduate (1967) See more »


Rolling in the Deep
Written by Adele, Paul Epworth
Performed by Adele
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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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