The BBC announced that season six of Doctor Who will film in the U.S. for the first time.
The season six opener will be a two-part episode co-produced with BBC America. It’s set in the 1960s and filmed in Utah. As written by Steven Moffat, “the Doctor (Matt Smith), Amy (Karen Gillan), and Rory (Arthur Darvill) find themselves on a secret summons that takes them on an adventure from the desert in Utah — right to the Oval Office itself.” Given the time period of the setting and desert location, I’m guessing the story has something to do with nuclear development. Also appearing in the episode will be Alex Kingston as River Song. Filming will take place in mid-November, which is also when the DVD set of Season 5 is released.
Season six will be shown on BBC America in two parts, in spring of next year and then again in the fall. The reasoning is a bit manipulative: “By splitting the series, Moffat plans to give viewers one of the most exciting Doctor Who cliffhangers and plot twists ever, leaving them waiting, on the edge of their seats, until the autumn to find out what happens.” First, a Christmas Special guest-starring Katherine Jenkins and Michael Gambon will air during the holiday season.