Since it began in 1963, Doctor Who, and all its spin-off shows, have been produced in the UK, but could a move to the USA now be on the cards?
According to the Doctor Who News Page, the show's line producer, David Mason, has published brief details relating to a “USA Location Shoot” for the BBC's popular science-fiction drama series, quoting:
"DOCTOR WHO X1.2, Director: TBA, USA Location Shoot, Producer: Marcus Wilson."
Since Doctor Who's return to TV screens in 2005, the show has seen huge success in many parts of the world, not least in the US, where it is broadcast by BBC America.
The show does occasionally take in foreign shoots for filming of specific episodes, including Lanzarote (Planet of Fire), Spain (The Two Doctors), Italy (The Fires of Pompeii), Dubai (Planet of the Dead) and Croatia (Vampires in Venice and Vincent and the Doctor).
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Furthermore, it has a long association with the US. During the late seventies/early eighties, when Tom Baker was playing the fourth Doctor, Doctor Who's long-term success in the States began, increasing considerably since the revival of the franchise five year's ago.
Over the years, there have been a number of rumours relating to a US version of the show, which have increased in regularity since the BBC started actively exporting it's programme formats to the States. An American version of Being Human, which was created by one of Doctor Who's regular writers, Toby Whithouse, is currently in production and the Who spinoff, Torchwood, has relocated to America for the production of its fourth series, which begins in early 2011.
In July, Russell T Davies – Torchwood's creator and showrunner, and until last year, Doctor Who's head writer and executive producer – was forced to deny rumours that they were in talks with Johnny Depp about taking on the role of the Doctor in a big-screen version of the show.
Previously, in 2007, the production team took Doctor Who to New York to film a number of scenes for the Helen Raynor-penned story, Daleks in Manhattan (2007), which starred David Tennant as the tenth Doctor.
Matt Smith is filming his second and third series as the Doctor. He can be seen in the stage show, Doctor Who Live – which is currently on a tour of nine cities in the UK – and in a new TV episode at Christmas.