Doctor Who Season 6 Preview: Is There A Doctor In The White House?

U.S. fans of Doctor Who only have to wait a few weeks for the sixth season to make its stateside debut on BBC America. The thirteen-episode season will kick off on April 23rd with a two-parter set in the United States. Photos, videos and a few spoilers ahead!

Steven Moffat wrote the season opener himself. Not only is it set in the U.S., but for the first time ever, the show was filmed here. The episode brings the Doctor, Amy, Rory and River Song back together in Utah. From the trailer, it also appears he'll be visiting the White House. That’s the vague description. If you want more details, read the description BBC America released below.

In the season opener, “The Impossible Astronaut,” four envelopes are received, numbered 2, 3 and 4, each containing a date, time and map reference, unsigned, but in TARDIS blue. Who sent them? And who received the missing number one? This strange summons reunites the Doctor (Matt Smith), Amy (Karen Gillan), Rory (Arthur Darvill) and River Song (Alex Kingston) in the middle of the Utah desert and unveils a terrible secret the Doctor's friends must never reveal to him. ‘Space 1969’ is their only clue, as their quest lands them - quite literally - in the Oval Office, where they are enlisted by President Nixon himself to assist enigmatic former-FBI agent Canton (Mark Sheppard, Supernatural, Battlestar Galactica) in saving a terrified little girl from a mysterious spaceman.

Moffat states that this season will not only be scary, but also funny, moving and reveling in its own insanity, which I expect is just how fans of the show like it. Moffat also stated the following:

As ever, in this show, the stories all stand alone, and every episode is a perfect jumping-on point for a new viewer. But at the same time the over-arching plot will be a bigger player this year. More than hints and whispers – we’re barely ten minutes into episode one before our heroes face a dilemma that they’ll be staring at months from now. And there will be no easy answers.

The remark about every episode working for new viewers is good news for me as I’m seasons behind on the series and it’s doubtful I’ll be able to get caught up before Season 6 premieres.

You’ll catch more than a few glimpses of the premiere episode in the videos below:

Doctor Who premieres Saturday, April 23, at 9/8c on BBC America.

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