The 900+ year-old, time-traveling extra-terrestrial, who refers to himself solely as The Doctor, will journey to an all-new location in the upcoming season of Doctor Who – and by that we mean the North American continent.

While the two-parter opening for the sixth season of the modern incarnation of Doctor Who won’t be the first episodes in the show’s history to take place in the U.S., they will mark the first time the cult British sci-fi series has actually been filmed on location in the States.

Matt Smith will return for the sixth season of Doctor Who as the eleventh regeneration of The Doctor and will be accompanied by his current human companion, Amelia Pond (Karen Gillan); her husband, Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill); and Alex Kingston as River Song – a mysterious woman whose past is inextricably linked to The Doctor’s future (don’t ask – time travel is complicated).

Current showrunner and head writer Steven Moffat scripted both parts of the Doctor Who Season six opening episode, which will revolve around – according to the official press release – “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 in Utah – right to the Oval Office itself.”

The finale for the fifth season of the new Doctor Who pointed towards an expanded role for Kingston as River Song, a character whose origins will at last be revealed in this new season. Moffat has also announced that the sixth season will be aired in two blocks – spring and autumn 2011 – and that its first half will end on a major cliffhanger and plot twist. Chances are good that it will have something to do with Kingston’s character and her connection to The Doctor.

Doctor Who‘s fifth season – which arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on November 9th – hit the number one spot on the “Top TV Seasons” on iTunes and attracted some of the large ratings in the U.S. in the history of the show, which has existed in some form since 1963. We’ll have to wait and see whether the sixth season will be even more popular with American viewers.

Those eager to catch The Doctor’s next adventure should remember to watch the latest Doctor Who Christmas special, which will air during the 2010 holiday season.

Source: BBC Worldwide, Americas