BBC America have announced that two episodes of Doctor Who will be shot on location in the USA in 2011.
The American network – which this year aired episodes of Doctor Who closer to their original airdate than at any time in the past – seems pretty excited by this development, which might go some way into explaining, in part at least, the mid-season split which sees Doctor Who get two series in 2011.
Via Twitter, the broadcaster confirmed little else – however this still represents very exciting news for fans on both sides of the Atlantic! Given the reaction felt by stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan when they toured the USA to promote the show earlier this year, their presence in America will be jumped on by BBC America and other networks and a few magazines.
Doctor Who has previously filmed in the USA – notably establishing long shots for Daleks in Manhattan in the 2007 series – studio work for the 1996 TV Movie starring Paul McGann and Eric Roberts was filmed in California, although location footage was recorded largely in Canada.
We’ll have more details on this exciting news as it comes in!
USA Shooting Update!
Further details about the episodes – the first two from the 2011 series – have emerged.
Written by Steven Moffat and co-produced with BBC America, the episodes will feature the Doctor, Amy and Rory in the Utah desert in the 1960sand summoned to the Oval Office!
The Grand Moff says:
“The Doctor has visited every weird and wonderful planet you can imagine, so he was bound get round to America eventually.
“And of course every Doctor Who fan will be jumping up and down and saying he’s been in America before. But not for real, not on location – and not with a story like this one.”
As we all know, this is great news – Doctor Who has filmed more and more episodes abroad over the past few years (Planet of the Dead, Vampires of Venice, Vincent and the Doctor) we’re sure the episodes will look fantastic!