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Doctor Who - Season 6 - Smith talks about the USA Filming

Matt Smith – a k a The Doctor – is on his way to Utah's Monument Valley today, and he's really thrilled about it.

"It's an iconic piece of America – I'm thinking John Ford and 'Forrest Gump,'" Smith said Tuesday over the phone.

Smith has experience with iconic, since he portrays one of the most iconic characters in British TV – and all science fiction, for that matter. Smith is The Doctor on the BBC series "Doctor Who," which is filming in America this week for the first time in the show's 47-year history.

The current series usually films in and around Cardiff, Wales, but for the new season (which will begin airing next spring), producer Steven Moffat and his crew are filming two episodes in the United States. Shooting starts today in Monument Valley.

"It says a lot for the scope and ambition of this particular [season] that we're doing," Smith said Tuesday, “It lays down our mark about how epic we want this particular [season] to feel."

Smith won't divulge why The Doctor would go to Monument Valley – "My lips are sealed, I'm afraid" – but said "he's there for a very important reason, and the universe depends on him making the right choice."

What we do know is that The Doctor will be traveling with his current companion, the feisty Scotswoman Amy Pond (played by Karen Gillan) and her new husband Rory (Arthur Darvill), who proved his valor at the end of last season.

Also involved is a recurring character, archeologist and interstellar bandit Dr. River Song (played by "ER" star Alex Kingston). The Doctor and River share a n unusual relationship: They keep running into each other across time and space, but on opposite timelines – her past is his future, and vice versa.

"I hope The Doctor does actually discover who this lady is,” Smith said of River. "Steven [Moffat] has told Alex everything about the whole next season's plotline and story, and he's told me nothing because narratively, I'm meant to know less than her.

"[Moffat] tells us it's all on a need-to-know basis. He wants us to find out like fans. He said to me about the Episode 7 cliffhanger, 'I want you to drop your script when you're reading it.' "

Read the full interview here: Salt Lake Tribune

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