Dr. Who To Shoot in U.S.

Matt Smith as Dr. WhoBBC AMERICA issued this statement today.

The BBC announced today that season six of  DOCTOR WHO, which delivered record ratings for BBC AMERICA earlier this year, will open with a spectacular two-parter set in the U.S. and penned by ‘Who supremo’ Steven Moffat.
In the special two-parter co-produced with BBC AMERICA, key scenes will be filmed in Utah for a story set in the late ’60s in which the Doctor, Amy and Rory find themselves on a secret summons that takes them on an adventure from the desert in Utah— right to the Oval Office itself.
Production on episodes one and two of the new season starts in Cardiff this month and Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill will then travel to America in mid November to shoot pivotal scenes. They will also be joined by Alex Kingston who reprises her role as River Song.

Writer/Producer Steven Moffat

Showrunner and lead writer, Steven Moffat, said: “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! Oh, you wait!”
Piers Wenger, Head of Drama BBC Wales and Executive Producer, added: “Steven’s scripts generally inspire us to go that extra mile – this time we’re going that extra four thousand. Thanks to our friends at BBC AMERICA and to the continuing ambition of our lead writer and production team, the first two episodes of Matt Smith’s second season as the Doctor are going global and look set to become Doctor Who’s most action-packed and ambitious season opener yet”.
The new season follows on from the DOCTOR WHO Christmas special guest starring Katherine Jenkins and Michael Gambon which is due to premiere at Christmas. Season six will start airing on BBC AMERICA in spring 2011 and has been split into two blocks, with the second block airing in autumn 2011. 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.

As noted above, earlier DOCTOR WHO episodes from the original and revived series (The Gunfighters, Dalek,  Daleks in Manhattan) took place in the United States, and might have even shot second unit footage here.  However,  it’s the first time the principle actors have been in front of the cameras in America. Dalek was also set in Utah, albeit in an underground complex.
The 1996 FOX Network DOCTOR WHO movie with eighth Doctor Paul McGann was set in San Fransisco, but filmed in Canada (Vancouver, BC).

'SHERLOCK' Comes to the U.S.

sherlock-bbc1SHERLOCK, the BBC’s modern-day retelling of Sherlock Holmes, will air in the U.S. on MASTERPIECE MYSTERIES Sundays begining October 24th, 31st, and November 7th, 2010 at 9:00 pm on PBS.
From WGBH’s press release

“Sherlock Holmes stalks again in a thrilling contemporary version of the Victorian-era whodunits, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Atonement) as the go-to consulting detective in 21st century London, with Martin Freeman (The Office UK) as his loyal friend, Dr. John Watson, and Rupert Graves (The Forsyte Saga) as the long-suffering Inspector Lestrade. Fast-paced, funny, and surreally true to the hero’s fantastic gifts for deduction, the series — co-created by DOCTOR WHO’s Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss — was a massive hit when it aired this summer in the UK.”


A second series of three 90-minute episodes has been commisioned, and  is planned to be broadcast on BBC1 in the Fall of 2011.
There have been other “modern” Sherlock Holmes screen outings, most notably the later-day Universal films, starring Basil Rathbone andNigel Bruce. Many of them were updated to World War II and afterwards, although they generally kept a kind of semi-timeless quality.

Producer Moffat Writing 5 'Doctor Who' Eps

Moffat_BBCDen Of Geek reports that DOCTOR WHO producer Steven Moffat (SHERLOCK) will be writing five of the thirteen episodes of the sixth season of the revived series. (That’s 32 seasons in all, since 1963.)
Being interviewed  about his new modern-day Sherlock Holmes series SHERLOCK’s premeire episode, A Study in Pink,  Moffat confirmed that he’s writing the Christmas special, plus the five regular season stories.

“I’m basically following what Russell (Davies) did. Having worked out the sums and worked out how he does it, I thought that’s a perfect way of doing it.
But there is no way of balancing this. The last year has been extraordinary. I’ve had about four days off, and that includes Christmas day. I work every weekend, I get up early in the morning, I go to bed late at night. …Great fun, so long as it doesn’t kill me!”

It was confirmed back in March by the BBC that Season 6 will be of the standard thirteen episodes. Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith and companion Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) will be returning, with Alec Kingston and Arthur Darvill (River Song and Rory Williams) expected to reprise their roles as well.

Amy, The Doctorm and Rory - Vampires of Venice
Amy, The Doctor, and Rory — Vampires of Venice

Novelist, screen writer, and comic book author Neil Gaiman (The Sandman, MIRRORMASK)) revealed some time back that he’ll be writing one of the shows, possibly the third episode in the series.