Amy Pond Karen Gillan. "[31] Martin liked that "Amy's numbed horror ramps things up to a series-finale level on intensity from the off," and then switches "into an Oval Office comedy of manners," and "morphs into gothic horror and finally flings you to the ground with its cinematic cliffhanger. 7 of 23 people found this review helpful. His comic timing is simply superb, but he excels too in the episode's darker moments. [11], This pair of episodes marks the first time that Doctor Who has filmed principal photography footage within the United States;[12] the American-produced TV movie of 1996 was filmed in Canada, and some second unit establishing shots of New York and the Statue of Liberty were filmed on Liberty Island for the episode "Daleks in Manhattan", but none of the cast of the episode were involved in the shoot. A page for describing Recap: Doctor Who S32 E1 "The Impossible Astronaut". 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. [20] It received an Appreciation Index of 88, one of the higher scores for the weekend. Who sent them? [4], The episode was written by Steven Moffat, who took charge of the show in 2010. In an interview on BBC Radio 5 Live, Moffat stated; Created by Sydney Newman. Stories are the moments that you didn't see coming, that are what live in you and burn in you forever. The scenes involving the picnic and the future-Doctor dying took place on the shore of Lake Powell. There he met River, Amy and Rory again, told them that it was definitely the Doctor who was shot and that he was really dead. [20] This made the episode the second highest rated programme of the day, behind Britain's Got Talent on ITV1. [29] A total of 1.38 million requests were placed on iPlayer for the month of April, placing it at number one for the month. Episode cast overview, first billed only. Amy Pond, Rory Williams, River Song and the Eleventh Doctor receive a mysterious summons that takes them on an adventure to 21st century Utah and Florida in 1969. Scenes on the roadway were filmed on U.S. Route 163[14] (several miles east of the coordinates listed on the Doctor's invitations). "Doctor Who" Prequel to the Impossible Astronaut (TV Episode 2011) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. "Doctor Who" The Impossible Astronaut (TV Episode 2011) - IMDb ", "Doctor Who, episode 1: The Impossible Astronaut, review", "Doctor Who series 6 episode 1 review: The Impossible Astronaut", "Doctor Who returns with a shocking twist", "Who needs a plot? He also practiced how Nixon would speak, but initially found it difficult since he had to wear fake teeth. At some point before the broadcast of the episode, it and "Day of the Moon" were released in a press screening, where a number of fans were invited to attend. In creating the Silence, the alien antagonists of the episode, Moffat wanted them to challenge past monsters in terms of "scariness. The Doctor's body is burned in a Viking funeral. "[38], "Matt Smith Video and New Series Overview", "Learn why this season of Doctor Who changes everything", "Doctor Who boss says season start is 'darkest yet, "Mark Sheppard: 'Doctor Who was dream job, "Mark Sheppard on 'Doctor Who' Season 6: Huge! Television episodes set in Washington, D.C. Television episodes directed by Toby Haynes, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 7 January 2021, at 03:36. [15] The Laurel and Hardy film The Flying Deuces,[4] in which the Doctor intruded, was done by Smith dancing in front of greenscreen.[5]. Cast [edit | edit source] President Richard Nixon - Stuart Milligan; Little Girl - Sydney Wade; A Silent - Marnix Van Den Broeke; References [edit | edit source] The Little Girl mentions the spaceman and the Silence. [7][8] Even though Sheppard is an English actor, it was his first appearance in a British-made television show. The Oval Office set was constructed at Upper Boat Studios in South Wales. This series was split into two parts and dealt with overarching elements such as the Silence, the identity of River Song, and the Doctor's death at Lake … The episode marks the first appearance of John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, who would become a recurring character in Doctor Who and the lead character of the spin-off series Torchwood. [32], Morgan Jeffery of Digital Spy called the episode "a fantastic launch for the sixth series," adding "the Doctor Who team's US location shooting has certainly paid off, lending these early scenes a grand scale that the series could scarcely have expected to achieve in 2005, let alone in 1963. If you haven’t don’t read this, it does contain spoilers. The one made in America, with Tricky Dick, a queer guy in the FBI (who now brings … 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. 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. Matt Smith (The Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy), Arthur Darvill (Rory) "[5] He felt these creatures are a "much bigger deal. [36] Tom Phillips of Metro said the 1969 US setting were "beautifully used," and enjoyed the "spookiness" of the Silence. View production, box office, & company info. 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. [19] The episode was the third most watched on BBC One, and sixth overall for the entire week ending 24 April. [22], In the United States the episode aired on BBC America on the same day it was released in the United Kingdom,[23] as was the case in Canada for Space. She tells him it is about monsters, to which he replies "Young lady, there are no monsters in the Oval Office." It consisted of twelve stories and fourteen episodes. "[5] In writing the death scene of the older version of the Doctor, Moffat wanted to acknowledge to the audience that Time Lords are not invincible, and could still die permanently if killed before regeneration. The new incarnation of the Doctor will travel much further afield. However Phillips felt the episode would be "a bit hard to get into" for new viewers. In 1969 America, alien time traveller the Doctor (Matt Smith) along with his companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill), archaeologist River Song (Alex Kingston) and FBI agent Canton Everett Delaware III (Mark Sheppard), attempt to lead the human race into a revolution against the Silence, a religious order of aliens who cannot be remembered after they are encountered. My rambling thoughts on Doctor Who: The Impossible Astronaut. BBC Press Release. "The Impossible Astronaut" gained an Appreciation Index of 88 – considered excellent. "A Christmas Carol" is an episode of the British science fiction television programme Doctor Who. Trying to understand the enigmatic hints about "Space 1969" the older Doctor mentioned and a man they meet in 2011 called Canton Evrett Delaware III (Mark Sheppard and William Morgan Sheppard), they travel to the United States in 1969 and discover a scared girl (Sydney Wade) who is trapped inside a spacesuit. It was directed by Toby Haynes and written by Steven Moffat and premiered on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 on BBC-1. Haynes had actress Alex Kingston block the sunlight from the camera angle and blow smoke from her revolver. River and Rory explore a vast network of tunnels that have apparently spread across the planet for centuries, unnoticed by the human population and populated by the Silence. At some point before the broadcast of the episode, it and "Day of the Moon" were released in a press screening, where a number of fans were invited to attend. The production team present asked them not to give away any spoilers. Stories depend on shocking people. He then hangs up and leans back. Season 6, Episode 1 TV-PG CC HD CC SD. Mark was in two episodes of Doctor Who in 2011, Season 6 episodes 1&2 "The Impossible Astronaut” and “Day of the Moon”, where he played Phil, guard to President Nixon. A man with a can of gasoline called Canton Everett Delaware III arrives, telling Amy, Rory, and River that the dead man is the real Doctor. With Stuart Milligan, Marnix Van Den Broeke, Sydney Wade. Regeneration Impossible was the fifth story of the tenth season of Big Finish Productions' Short Trips series. News of this angered Moffat. Add the first question. Behind him stands an out-of-focus member of the Silence.[2][3]. [17] It began with a still-caption tribute to actress Elisabeth Sladen, who died from cancer on 19 April 2011. Killing the Doctor leaves the shape of the series mapped out, raises the bar so that no one is safe, and sees Amy, Rory and River facing a terrible dilemma. [5], Kingston had to genuinely slap Matt Smith several times in a scene because it was difficult to fake. The Early Adventures range continues with ‘The Doctor’s Tale’ and a staple of the William Hartnell era that has become increasingly rare over time, the pure historical adventure. The episode was dedicated to Elisabeth Sladen, known for playing former companion Sarah Jane Smith, who died from cancer on 19 April 2011. Cast: Stuart Milligan (President Richard Nixon), Sydney Wade (Little girl) and Marnix Van Den Broeke (The Silence); see below. [18] After the broadcast "The Impossible Astronaut" received preliminary, overnight figures of 6.52 million viewers. Four envelopes, numbered 2, 3 and 4, each containing a date, time and map reference, unsigned, but TARDIS blue. [6], In October 2010, it was announced that Mark Sheppard, who had appeared in other past science fiction series, including Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Supernatural, and Warehouse 13, would make a guest appearance on Doctor Who. In 2011, Canton was invited by a future version of the Doctor to the place where the Doctor would be shot and killed. The Doctor arrives in Washington, DC and convinces Nixon to give him a few minutes to locate the girl. Upon arrival at the building where the girl is held, they find pieces of a space suit and alien technology. River Song Alex Kingston. However, Sheppard suggested instead that his father and actor, William Morgan Sheppard, play the role, a suggestion that was accepted. In tonight’s Doctor Wh o season 6 premiere, entitled “The Impossible Astronaut,” the Doctor may have met his match. The Doctor and his companions travel back to 8 April 1969, where the younger Canton, a former FBI operative, is briefed by President Richard Nixon about a series of phone calls Nixon received from a young girl asking for help. Story notes [edit | edit source] This is a prelude to TV: The Impossible Astronaut. The episode was seen by 8.86 million viewers in the United Kingdom, and received generally positive reviews from critics. Moffat wanted the 2011 season to start with a two-part story in an attempt to begin with more gravity and a wider scope in plot,[5] as well as wanting the episodes to be one of the darker ones in the series. Moffat, having enjoyed writing episodes featuring River Song, wanted to give her an impressive entrance. [33], Gavin Fuller of The Daily Telegraph believed it was "a cracking start to the first part of the 2011 series, with the shocking ending of Amy seemingly shooting a girl making one keen wait for the conclusion next week to see how it all resolves itself," as well as enjoying the concept of the Silence. 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. The Impossible Astronaut The American-style diner scene when the companions reunite with the Doctor in this episode is actually located in Cardiff Bay. And what is the relevance of their only other clue: "Space 1969"? On 22 March 2011, a short scene serving as a prequel for the first episode was released on the programme's website. [9] For the scene depicting the older Canton Delaware, the producers originally planned that Sheppard would appear older using makeup effects. "[35] Simon Brew of Den of Geek thought the episode was "a triumphant return for Doctor Who, bubbling with confidence and throwing down story strands that hint at an engrossing series. "[36] Brew liked Sheppard's performance as Delaware and Darvill's increasing presence as Rory. After many months of waiting, Doctor Who season 6 has officially begun. So to have some twit who came to a press launch, write up a story in the worst, most ham-fisted English you can imagine, and put it on the internet, I just hope that guy never watches my show again, because that's a horrific thing to do. Watch Doctor Who: Season 6 The Impossible Astronaut on DIRECTV The Doctor, Amy and Rory respond to a summons that leads them to the Oval Office in 1969; the Doctor promises to … Analysis of BARB data revealed that 4.11 million people recorded and viewed the programme within a week of broadcast, accounting for 46% of the episode's total viewers. "[5] The aliens' design was partially inspired by the figure from the Edvard Munch painting The Scream. 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. He’s retired, no longer interfering in the affairs of others. "[31] He was also positive towards the American setting, and "our eccentric British foursome bumbling through it," believing the series raised its game with this. Canton follows the Doctor and the others into the TARDIS as they depart for Florida. Despite this he added that the majority of Doctor Who fans are "spoiler-phobes," who refused to go online to be spoiled. It was performed by Jacob Dudman. [25] When Live + 7 day DVR ratings were added, the total rose to 1.8 million. They arrive to meet River Song (who also received an envelope) and the Doctor, who is nearly 200 years older than he was when he last saw Amy and Rory. "[33] Jeffery rated the episode five stars out of five. "The Impossible Astronaut" is the first episode of the sixth series of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. All rights go to the BBC. It was reportedly up by 71,000 from "The Eleventh Hour". Dr Who, that's who...", National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse, Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Impossible_Astronaut&oldid=998808851, Television episodes written by Steven Moffat. Arthur Darvill also lives up to his recent promotion to full-time companion. And what is the relevance of their only other clue: "Space 1969"? 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. [5] Milligan previously appeared in the animated Tenth Doctor special Dreamland as the voice of Colonel Stark. However, following the screening a fan gave away the entire plot of the two episodes on an internet forum. [13] Filming took place in the state of Utah. And who received the missing number one? In the prequel, Richard Nixon receives a phone call from the little girl who keeps calling him in the episode. The crew wanted to add as many American icons as they could into those shots, including a Stetson hat, a 1950s Edsel Villager, and a yellow school bus. 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. Crew: Steven Moffat (writer), Toby Haynes (director), Marcus Wilson (producer); see below. Placing his life entirely in their hands, The Doctor agrees to search for the recipient of the fourth envelope. Brew also complimented Haynes' work in the United States, saying it was an improvement from "Daleks in Manhattan", which featured British actors attempting to play with American accents. The Doctor takes the blue envelopes he uses to summon his companions from Craig's flat and Craig gives him the Stetson he wears at the start of "The Impossible Astronaut". Use the HTML below. If you are denied those, it's vandalism. However, the sun set over the desert, so was instead filmed during sunrise, as the sun rose over the water. This is for entertainment purposes only. Written by Stephen Thompson, and directed by Jeremy Webb, the episode was first broadcast on 7 May 2011 on BBC One in the United Kingdom and on BBC America in the United States. It is the sixth Doctor Who Christmas special since the programme's revival in 2005, and was broadcast on 25 December 2010 on both BBC One and BBC America, making it the first episode to premiere on the same day in both the United Kingdom and United States. [21] An additional 300,000 viewed the episode from BBC iPlayer within two days of its original broadcast. Was this review helpful to you? The pair had also played two versions of the same character about a year earlier in an episode of NCIS (2003). [4] When Canton first leaves the TARDIS, the Doctor remarks, "Brave heart, Canton," a reference to the Fifth Doctor's recurrent statement to his companion Tegan Jovanka, "Brave heart, Tegan. [4], In the Doctor Who Confidential episode following the broadcast of "The Impossible Astronaut," Moffat stated that in his view, it was one of the darker episodes of the series, but still maintained the same level of humour. The Silence was created to compete with other past aliens in terms of "scariness," including the Weeping Angels. Search for "The Impossible Astronaut" on Amazon.com, Title: Amy, Rory, and River talk at a diner when they discover the fourth envelope was sent to the Doctor, alive and 200 years younger than the one at the lake. Finding Canton unconscious near a figure in a space suit, Amy picks up Canton's gun and shoots at the suit. [24] 1.3 million viewers saw "The Impossible Astronaut" on BBC America, making it the highest rated telecast in the history of the channel. [27] It was shown on ABC1 in Australia on 30 April 2011,[28] and was viewed by 860,000 from the five capital cities, matching the ratings from "A Christmas Carol" on Boxing Day 2010. The Impossible Astronaut. The Doctor Matt Smith. In the episode, the Doctor, Amy, Rory and the archaeologist River Song (Alex Kingston) are summoned together by a version of the Doctor from 200 years in his future. Canton Delaware Mark Sheppard. The suit worn by the future-Doctor's killer was a fabricated replica of an Apollo space suit. For the opening shot for the location, director Toby Haynes wanted it to be epic so that the audience could recognise where the episode was set. Sheppard described playing Canton as a "dream job," and said he wished to appear in another of Moffat's works, including Sherlock. Cast & Crew. Rory Williams Arthur Darvill. [5], American actor Stuart Milligan was cast as President Nixon, which he said he found exciting, having played other presidents in the past, including Dwight D. Eisenhower. [19] Final consolidated ratings for the episode increased to 8.86 million, with a 43.2 per cent audience share. However, following the screening a fan gave away the entire plot of the two episodes on an internet forum. Released October 2014. Instead, at Mark's suggestion, William Morgan Sheppard (Mark's father) was cast for the part. Dan Martin of The Guardian reacted positively towards the episode, believing the cast performed better than the previous fifth series. This plot twist is simply stunning, and it's difficult to imagine even casual viewers not sitting up to pay attention at this point. 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. News of this angered Moffat. 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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. Get a sneak peek of the new version of this page. [20], Audience measurement service Kantar Media reported that "The Impossible Astronaut" is the most recorded television event of all time. With Amy (Karen Gillan), Rory (Arthur Darvill) and the always elusive Dr. River Song (Alex Kingston) on his side, the Doctor is ready to take on the world – or so we hope. Just who is Canton Everett Delaware the Third? 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. "The Curse of the Black Spot" is the third episode of the sixth series of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. The team deals with the Silence, a religious order of aliens which has members who can make people forget their encounter with them when they look away. She begs for the President to look behind him, but he asks how she got that number, which the "spaceman" told her. "[33] Jeffery also believed that the series regulars were on "top form," adding "the more abrasive aspects of Amy Pond's personality seem to have been toned down this year, and Karen Gillan responds with her best, most sympathetic performance to date. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Continuity [edit | edit source] Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Sladen had previously appeared in the series as companion Sarah Jane Smith, and as the same character on the spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures. Along the way they meet Richard Nixon, president of the United States of America, and former FBI agent Canton Everett Delaware III. Meanwhile, Amy meets and takes a photograph of one of the leaders of the Silence, a group she also saw by the lake which people forget about any time someone stops looking at them. However, she realises too late that the helmet's visor has opened to reveal the little girl. Prosthetic pieces were applied on Milligan's cheeks, nose, and ears to make him resemble Nixon as much as possible. Who sent them? "[31] Martin later rated it the second best episode of the series, though the finale was not included in the list. "The Empty Child" was watched by 7.11 million viewers in the UK. The episode was written by show runner Steven Moffat and directed by Toby Haynes. Landing in England in 1400, the Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Vicki soon find themselves embroiled in a regicidal plot and a conspiracy with Geoffrey Chaucer at its centre. The production team present asked them not to give away any spoilers. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. He left them gasoline to burn the Doctor's corpse; the Doctor had secr… [37] Kevin O'Sullivan of The Sunday Mirror was more negative towards the episode, stating it was "impossible to understand," and for "strictly sci-fi nerds only," adding that Smith "remains a derivative Doctor who brings nothing new to the party. As wonderful as I thought Series 5 was overall, “The Impossible Astronaut” marks the moment where all of the regulars got into their grooves. Written by [34] Rick Marshall of MTV believed that "Steven Moffat and the Doctor Who crew offer up yet another great episode," but also said the "big cliffhanger will likely cause more than a few fans' heads to explode. "[5] In filming the "Viking funeral" scene, Haynes wished to film it during the sunset. During the picnic, a figure from the lake in an American astronaut suit shoots the Doctor multiple times and his body falls. The Doctor's companions tell him about space 1969 and Canton, but refuse to tell him about his death or that the sender is the Doctor himself. "[33] Commenting on the future-Doctor's death, Jeffery said "seven minutes in, a nation's collective jaw dropped as The Doctor — this show's lead — is mercilessly gunned down. [16] In an interview on BBC Radio 5 Live, Moffat stated; It's heartbreaking in a way because you're trying to tell stories, and stories depend on surprise. The Doctor, Amy, Rory and River Song are reunited in the Utah desert. After some thought, she smiles and says "Fish fingers and custard," referring to events in "The Eleventh Hour," when Amy first meets the Doctor as a little girl. In filming the death scene the filming crew noticed that Karen Gillan was genuinely upset and "was acting her heart out. The inclusion of the Doctor's death felt like a series ender for some of the producers, but was actually there to "kick it off. "[35] In addition, Marshall believed the alien antagonists "give the Weeping Angels a run for their money in scare factor. [31] With regards to the Silence, Martin believed it was "a standard Moffat psychological trick, but the most refined to date. The TARDIS travels back to 8 April 1969, and ends up in the Oval Office. 1 Publisher's summary 2 Plot 3 Cast 4 References 5 Notes 6 Continuity 7 External links The Doctor is in his TARDIS atop a cloud above Victorian London. It was first broadcast on 23 April 2011 in the United Kingdom on BBC One, the United States on BBC America and in Canada on Space. It also aired in Australia on ABC1 on 30 April 2011. This series was the first since season 26 to not introduce any new lead cast members; Matt Smith continued on as the Eleventh Doctor, still joined by Karen Gillan's Amy Pond and Arthur Darvill's Rory Williams, from the previous series. "The Impossible Astronaut" is the first episode of series six of the 2005 relaunch series of the British sci-fi television series Doctor Who.It is the 70th episode of the series in total and the 765th episode of all Doctor Who episodes combined. "[4] When Amy asks the younger Doctor to trust her, he asks her to swear to him on something that matters. He stated "Steven Moffat has thrown away the rule book and made Doctor Who as, you imagine, he's pictured it should be his whole life. 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? We've curated a list of lesser-known films to help you explore the space-time continuum from the comfort of your couch. [6] "The Impossible Astronaut" / "Day of the Moon" was the first two-part episode to open a series since the 1985 Sixth Doctor story Attack of the Cybermen. The episode was partially filmed on location at Lone Rock, Utah, the first time in Doctor Who that principal photography took place in the United States. During a break from their travels with the Eleventh Doctor, his companions Amy and Rory are sent envelopes summoning them to Utah at a specific time and location. (23 Apr 2011). So, we’ve all seen it have we? [10] Chuk Iwuji, who played Carl, previously appeared in the Seventh Doctor audio drama A Thousand Tiny Wings, where he played Joshua Sembeke. 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. [30], The episode was met with generally positive reviews from television critics. Based on the phone call and the girl's mention of a "spaceman", he tracks down the Florida intersection where the girl is located. This FAQ is empty. With high production values, innovative CGI from Oscar-winning company The Mill, an all-star cast and scripts from the cream of British writers led by Russell T Davies, Doctor Who is the ultimate adventure in the human race -- gripping, breathtaking and action-packed. [16], "The Impossible Astronaut" was first broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom on 23 April 2011 at 6 pm. [26] In Canada, the episode was seen by 538,000, making it the most watched Who episode for the channel, and its most watched telecast in 2011. The episode features alien time traveller the Doctor (Matt Smith) and his companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill), and is the first of a two-part story, which concluded with "Day of the Moon" on 30 April. He offers them a picnic, and then a trip to "space 1969". The TARDIS had been previously turned invisible by damage to its visual stabiliser in the Second Doctor story The Invasion (1968). Ok. 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