He left them gasoline to burn the Doctor's corpse; the Doctor had secr… [18] After the broadcast "The Impossible Astronaut" received preliminary, overnight figures of 6.52 million viewers. In 2011, Canton was invited by a future version of the Doctor to the place where the Doctor would be shot and killed. In creating the Silence, the alien antagonists of the episode, Moffat wanted them to challenge past monsters in terms of "scariness. The American-style diner scene when the companions reunite with the Doctor in this episode is actually located in Cardiff Bay. [10] Chuk Iwuji, who played Carl, previously appeared in the Seventh Doctor audio drama A Thousand Tiny Wings, where he played Joshua Sembeke. The scenes involving the picnic and the future-Doctor dying took place on the shore of Lake Powell. The Doctor, Amy, Rory and River Song are reunited in the Utah desert. [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]. The production team present asked them not to give away any spoilers. Crew: Steven Moffat (writer), Toby Haynes (director), Marcus Wilson (producer); see below. 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. 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. [5], Kingston had to genuinely slap Matt Smith several times in a scene because it was difficult to fake. [20] This made the episode the second highest rated programme of the day, behind Britain's Got Talent on ITV1. 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. [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. 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. Behind him stands an out-of-focus member of the Silence.[2][3]. On 22 March 2011, a short scene serving as a prequel for the first episode was released on the programme's website. "[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. Created by Sydney Newman. River Song Alex Kingston. "[5] He felt these creatures are a "much bigger deal. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Sheppard described playing Canton as a "dream job," and said he wished to appear in another of Moffat's works, including Sherlock. Moffat, having enjoyed writing episodes featuring River Song, wanted to give her an impressive entrance. He then hangs up and leans back. 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. "[5] The aliens' design was partially inspired by the figure from the Edvard Munch painting The Scream. [31] With regards to the Silence, Martin believed it was "a standard Moffat psychological trick, but the most refined to date. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. 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. "[36] Brew liked Sheppard's performance as Delaware and Darvill's increasing presence as Rory. "The Impossible Astronaut" gained an Appreciation Index of 88 – considered excellent. 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. Episode cast overview, first billed only. 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. [9] For the scene depicting the older Canton Delaware, the producers originally planned that Sheppard would appear older using makeup effects. It was reportedly up by 71,000 from "The Eleventh Hour". Search for "The Impossible Astronaut" on Amazon.com, Title: Instead, at Mark's suggestion, William Morgan Sheppard (Mark's father) was cast for the part. [21] An additional 300,000 viewed the episode from BBC iPlayer within two days of its original broadcast. Written by "The Empty Child" was watched by 7.11 million viewers in the UK. This FAQ is empty. Cast & Crew. 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. It was performed by Jacob Dudman. Who sent them? 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. However, following the screening a fan gave away the entire plot of the two episodes on an internet forum. 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. 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. [36] Tom Phillips of Metro said the 1969 US setting were "beautifully used," and enjoyed the "spookiness" of the Silence. [20], Audience measurement service Kantar Media reported that "The Impossible Astronaut" is the most recorded television event of all time. The episode was written by show runner Steven Moffat and directed by Toby Haynes. The Doctor's body is burned in a Viking funeral. He also practiced how Nixon would speak, but initially found it difficult since he had to wear fake teeth. "[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. [4], The episode was written by Steven Moffat, who took charge of the show in 2010. The Silence was created to compete with other past aliens in terms of "scariness," including the Weeping Angels. If you haven’t don’t read this, it does contain spoilers. [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. [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. However, she realises too late that the helmet's visor has opened to reveal the little girl. [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. Released October 2014. However, the sun set over the desert, so was instead filmed during sunrise, as the sun rose over the water. [17] It began with a still-caption tribute to actress Elisabeth Sladen, who died from cancer on 19 April 2011. 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. 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 Impossible Astronaut. 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. 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. He’s retired, no longer interfering in the affairs of others. 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. 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 … Ok. Well I’m going to have to watch a few more times to get my thoughts completely straight to review it on the podcast, so I’ll … [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. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. However, Sheppard suggested instead that his father and actor, William Morgan Sheppard, play the role, a suggestion that was accepted. In the prequel, Richard Nixon receives a phone call from the little girl who keeps calling him in the episode. Cast: Stuart Milligan (President Richard Nixon), Sydney Wade (Little girl) and Marnix Van Den Broeke (The Silence); see below. 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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. The pair had also played two versions of the same character about a year earlier in an episode of NCIS (2003). 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. 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. 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. Based on the phone call and the girl's mention of a "spaceman", he tracks down the Florida intersection where the girl is located. "[31] Martin later rated it the second best episode of the series, though the finale was not included in the list. Four envelopes, numbered 2, 3 and 4, each containing a date, time and map reference, unsigned, but TARDIS blue. However Phillips felt the episode would be "a bit hard to get into" for new viewers. It consisted of twelve stories and fourteen episodes. Stories depend on shocking people. News of this angered Moffat. "[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. Prosthetic pieces were applied on Milligan's cheeks, nose, and ears to make him resemble Nixon as much as possible. [19] The episode was the third most watched on BBC One, and sixth overall for the entire week ending 24 April. [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. Continuity [edit | edit source] 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. "[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. "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. Just who is Canton Everett Delaware the Third? 7 of 23 people found this review helpful. 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