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Digital Subscriptions > Doctor Who Magazine > DWM Special 44 - On Location > THE IMPOSSIBLE ASTRONAUT / DAY OF THE MOON


Director: Toby Haynes Executive producers: Steven Moffat, Piers Wenger, Beth Willis Broadcast: 23 – 30 April 2011

Although effects backgrounds were recorded in New York for Daleks in Manhattan/ Evolution of the Daleks (2007) and establishing shots of San Francisco had appeared in the 1996 TV Movie, Doctor Who had never conducted principal photography in the United States prior to The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon. The collaboration of the BBC America cable and satellite network helped to make this a reality in 2010.

Steven Moffat’s script drew viewers into a complex, epic story that would develop over the subsequent episodes of the 2011 series. Following the apparent death of the Doctor (Matt Smith) at the hands of an Apollo astronaut on the shores of Lake Silencio, his younger self takes Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) and River Song (Alex Kingston) to late-1960s America in an attempt to foil the plans of the alien Silents – creatures who steal memories and are literally out of sight, out of mind.

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In its early days, Doctor Who was recorded on cumbersome cameras tethered to claustrophobic and often inadequate studios. The show rarely escaped these confines in the 1960s, but as technology improved, producers and directors became more adventurous. Location shooting has helped to create some of the most memorable episodes in the series’ long history. In this unique publication, new features, exclusive interviews and rare images tell the story of those episodes and the people who made them happen.