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Series 6 of Doctor Who ran between 25 December 2010 and 22 November 2011. It starred Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor, Karen Gillan as Amy Pond and Arthur Darvill as Rory Williams. The regular series was preceded by A Christmas Carol, opened with The Impossible Astronaut and concluded with The Wedding of River Song.

Overview[]

It consisted of twelve stories and fourteen episodes. This series was the first since season 26 to not introduce any new lead cast members; Matt Smith continued on as the Eleventh Doctor, still joined by Karen Gillan's Amy Pond and Arthur Darvill's Rory Williams, from the previous series. This series was split into two parts and dealt with overarching elements such as the Silence, the identity of River Song and the Doctor's death at Lake Silencio.

DWM 419 confirmed that it had been commissioned by the BBC, and producer Piers Wenger also announced the same at the BBC Press Launch for series 5 in March 2010.

Filming began in July 2010, and concluded 29 April 2011.[1] The main run of this series was preceded by a 2010 Christmas special written by Steven Moffat, A Christmas Carol. The series was split into two sections, with the first episode, The Impossible Astronaut, airing on 23 April 2011. It paused after the seventh episode, A Good Man Goes to War, was aired on 4 June 2011. The series picked up with the eighth episode, Let's Kill Hitler, on 27 August 2011 and ran through to the final, thirteenth episode, The Wedding of River Song on 1 October 2011. Short prequels were released on the Doctor Who website to publicise the series, the first time such brief productions had been made since the Tardisodes of series 2.

For the first time since the 1970s, the version of the series syndicated outside the UK contained a major difference: the opening credits of most episodes of Series 6 broadcast in Canada, US, Australia, Germany and Israel were preceded by a special introductory narration by Karen Gillan (as Amy Pond) explaining the concept of the series, with footage taken from Series 5 episodes.

The story arc of this series involves River Song's true identity, revelations of the mysterious Silence referenced in series 5 and the apparent death of the Eleventh Doctor.

Series 6 began with the Eleventh Doctor inviting Amy Pond, Rory Williams and River Song to a picnic in Utah using blue envelopes, where a figure clad in an Apollo spacesuit shoots the Doctor and kills him before he can regenerate. After burning the Doctor's body, the companions find the Doctor alive and well in a diner; the Doctor that was shot and killed was a future version, and he apparently invited his companions and past self to instigate a plan in 1969 America. The rest of the series makes references to the future Doctor's plan and his apparently final death.

The Silence was also revealed in this series; they are a religious order dedicated to eliminating the Doctor before he can answer "the Question".

Finally, River Song's true identity was revealed, a mystery that has been present ever since her introduction in Silence in the Library in 2008. Whilst there have subtle clues and plot points concerning a mysterious little girl, Amy's seemingly failed pregnancy and a lady with an eye patch throughout the first half of the series, the mystery was finally revealed in A Good Man Goes to War; River Song is Amy and Rory's daughter, raised and indoctrinated by the Silence for the sole purpose of assassinating the Doctor. Because she was conceived within the TARDIS during flight she absorbed the energy of the Time Vortex, making her human, but with a Time Lord's capability of regenerating. Her Time Lord-like physiology and abilities also made her the perfect assassin for the Doctor.

The series concluded with the final outcome of the Doctor's plan throughout the series; the spacesuit-clad figure who killed the Doctor was River Song, with the Silence-modified spacesuit forcing her to commit the deed. However, the Doctor had faked his own death and made it a fixed point in time in order to trick the Silence, getting them off his back at least for a while. Whilst most of the universe is convinced that the Doctor is dead once and for all, a handful of individuals including his companions know otherwise.

However, there were still unresolved matters following the conclusion of the series; the Silence, whilst their numbers have fallen, are still present and they may still learn later that the Doctor was not killed. This series has also addressed a mystery that has been part of Doctor Who since its creation and one that head writer Steven Moffat has mentioned in at least two episodes (The Girl in the Fireplace and Forest of the Dead). The oldest question in the Universe is revealed to be "Doctor who?"

Cast[]

Recurring[]

Guest[]

Production[]

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Crew[]

Producers[]

to be added

Writers[]

Showrunner Steven Moffat wrote, as head writer, six episodes in the series. Steve Thompson debuted as a writer for Doctor Who with episode three, as did Neil Gaiman writing episode four.

Matthew Graham returned as a writer for episodes five and six.

Directors[]

to be added

Filming[]

Filming began in July 2010, and ran through to 29 April 2011.

Television stories[]

Christmas special[]

Episode
Number
Title Writer Director Notes
N/A A Christmas Carol Steven Moffat Toby Haynes Companion-lite episode. Debut of the Eleventh Doctor's Shetland tweed ensemble.

Spring half[]

Episode
Number
Title Writer Director Prequel Notes
1 & 2 The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon Steven Moffat Toby Haynes Prequel First appearance of the Silence and Madame Kovarian. Dedicated to Elisabeth Sladen.
3 The Curse of the Black Spot Steve Thompson Jeremy Webb Prequel
4 The Doctor's Wife Neil Gaiman Richard Clark
5 & 6 The Rebel Flesh / The Almost People Matthew Graham Julian Simpson Revelation that Amy has been a Ganger.
7 A Good Man Goes to War Steven Moffat Peter Hoar Prequel First appearance of Vastra, Jenny and Strax. Reappearance of Dorium Maldovar. Birth of Melody Pond. River reveals her identity as Amy and Rory's daughter. Conclusion to the "Eyepatch Lady" mini-arc.

Autumn half[]

Episode
Number
Title Writer Director Prequel Notes
8 Let's Kill Hitler Steven Moffat Richard Senior Prequel Origins of River Song expanded upon. First appearance of the Teselecta.
9 Night Terrors Mark Gatiss Richard Clark First appearance of the "Tick Tock" rhyme.
10 The Girl Who Waited Tom MacRae Nick Hurran
11 The God Complex Toby Whithouse Amy and Rory leave the TARDIS. First appearance of a Tivolian.
12 Closing Time Gareth Roberts Steve Hughes Reintroduction of the Cybermats and return of Craig Owens and Sophie.
13 The Wedding of River Song Steven Moffat Jeremy Webb Prequel Conclusion to the "Silence" arc. The Doctor and River are wed. First mention of Trenzalore and the "Fall of the Eleventh" prophecy, and last use of the "Tick Tock" rhyme.

Mini-episodes[]

Doctor Who Confidential mini-episode[]

Episode
Number
Title Writer Director Notes
N/A Death Is the Only Answer Pupils from Oakley CE Junior School Jeremy Webb Reintroduction of Albert Einstein.

Comic Relief mini-episode[]

Episode
Number
Title Writer Director Notes
N/A Space / Time Steven Moffat Richard Senior First multi-part made-for-charity story of the BBC Wales series.

DVD Box Set Mini-episodes[]

These five mini-episodes were released on the series 6 DVD boxset. They were all given an umbrella title of Night and the Doctor.

Episode
Number
Title Writer Director Notes
1 Bad Night Steven Moffat Richard Senior
2 Good Night Steven Moffat Richard Senior The effects of the crack in time on Amy's memories and the Big Bang II are explained.
3 & 4 First Night / Last Night Steven Moffat Richard Senior
5 Up All Night Tom MacRae Unknown Prequel to Closing Time. The Doctor does not appear.

Episode notes[]

Adaptations and merchandising[]

Home media[]

DVD[]

All episodes of series 6 were released in 2011.

Title Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol
1 × 60 min. 24 January 2011 3 March 2011 15 February 2011
Doctor Who: Series 6, Part 1
The Impossible Astronaut /
Day of the Moon
The Curse of the Black Spot
The Doctor's Wife
The Rebel Flesh /
The Almost People
A Good Man Goes to War
6 x 45 min.
1 × 50 min.
11 July 2011 4 August 2011 19 July 2011
Doctor Who: Series 6, Part 2
Let's Kill Hitler
Night Terrors
The Girl Who Waited
The God Complex
Closing Time
The Wedding of River Song
4 x 45 min.
2 × 50 min.
10 October 2011 3 November 2011 8 November 2011
Doctor Who: The Complete Sixth Series
includes A Christmas Carol
1 x 60 min.
3 x 50 min.
10 x 45 min.
21 November 2011 1 December 2011 22 November 2011

DVD and Blu-ray release[]

The DVD release of series 6 was issued in two parts, unlike the preceding series, which was released in four or five parts over the duration of the series. Part One, which contains episodes one to seven, was released on 11th July 2011, shortly after the airing of episode seven. Part Two was released in the autumn, shortly after episode thirteen was aired.[2] Both parts were released as a box set on November 22 with the Night and the Doctor minisodes and the Doctor Who Confidential cutdowns.[3] Omitted from the set, however, was the international version of the opening credits with the Amy Pond narration.

Stories set during this season[]

Novels[]

Audiobooks[]

Footnotes[]

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