Doctor Who To Shoot States-Side

The BBC announced today that the upcoming sixth season of the rebooted “Doctor Who” will kick off with a two-parter set and shot in the United States.

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 of the mid-West to the Oval Office itself.

Filming on the episodes kick off at the production’s home base in Cardiff, Wales this month with the key actors heading to America in mid November to shoot pivotal scenes.

Alex Kingston will also return as River Song for the two-parter which show runner Steven Moffat is penning. Toby Haynes, who directed last season’s two-part finale (“The Pandorica Opens,” “The Big Bang”) will helm these episodes.

The much anticipated Neil Gaiman-penned episode will air the week after, serving as the first stand alone episode of the new season.

Though the series has done American-set episodes before, this marks the first time it has actually shot in the U.S. In previous years the show has shot episodes in Croatia, Italy, Canada and France.

“Doctor Who” returns with a Christmas special in December, and then begins airing its sixth season around Easter next year.

Matt Smith will reprise his role of the eleventh Doctor in an upcoming Russell T. Davies-penned two-part episode of “The Sarah Jane Adventures” scheduled to air October 25th & 26th in the UK.