Doctor Who Season 6 - The story for next week, Doctor will travel to America with "The Impossible Astronaut" That question of which primary character "Doctor Who" would dispatch in the Season 6 opener gets an answer fairly quickly in "The Impossible Astronaut" when, after summoning Amy (Karen Gillan), Rory (Arthur Darvill) and River (Alex Kingston) to the middle of the Utah desert, the Doctor (Matt Smith) took a lakeside meeting with a mysterious astronaut -- who shot and killed him.
Doctor Who Season 6 ~ "Doctor Who" kicks off its sixth season on BBC America next Saturday with "The Impossible Astronaut," the first part of a two part story filmed in the United States that finds the Doctor (Matt Smith) and his friends drawn to the '60s as they face an alien invasion and a dark secret that must be kept from the Doctor at all costs.
With just barely a week left to wait, the BBC has released two scenes from "The Impossible Astronaut." In the first, the Doctor is reunited with his now married companions, Rory (Arthur Darvill) and Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) along with the enigmatic woman in the Doctor's life, River Song (Alex Kingston).
There's no regeneration, no second heart to defibrillate, just the swan-song of a previously immortal alien who's been on television for almost 50 years. And to really drive the point home, some random old guy shows up with a bucket of gasoline, allowing for a makeshift Norse funeral. (Maybe that's how they roll on Gallifrey)
The remaining trio is justifiably confused, distraught and bitter (the Doctor seemed to know what was going to happen), so they do as people do when they're in America and bereaved and head to a diner. And in walks the Doctor!
Obviously, the flexible laws of "timey wimey" stuff are stretched to a near breaking point. This incarnation of the Doctor, apparently 200 years younger than the one we just cremated, received an invite himself. And though no one can tell him that they've just witnessed his death (spoilers!), as much as he pushes them to explain the awkward mood, they become otherwise occupied when the Tardis draws them to 1969 Washington, D.C. -- materializing inside the Nixon White House.
Meanwhile, over at The Daily Mail, "Doctor Who" showrunner and executive producer Steven Moffat offered up some hints about The Silence, the new villains being introduced this season on the show. Moffat revealed that The Silence have the unique ability to make humans who see them instantly forget them as soon as they look away, which he implies may make them even more formidable than the Weeping Angels.
And, more importantly, will Matt Smith be the last man to ever play the Doctor? The series has always managed to skirt around casting and storyline dilemmas with the eternally useful time travel loophole, but this seems unavoidable. As of now, the Doctor will die, in his current form, in 2011.
But more on that next week, when "Day of the Moon" takes full advantage of that U.S. shoot (see the trailer below). At least it looks like Rory's going to be fine. "I think the idea is very cool," noted Moffat. "Imagine going downstairs and you can’t remember if there was something upstairs." Don't miss the sixth season premiere of "Doctor Who" on Saturday, April 23 on BBC America!