The Doctor has the means and the desire to see the countless wonders of the Universe, from the epicenter of the Big Bang, to the outermost edges. With virtually infinite possible destinations, he certainly spends a lot of time on Earth, doesn’t he? Perhaps that’s just because we’re only privy to those adventures that brush upon our short, planetary-bound lives. Focus the lens a little further, and many of those Terran travels are right within the United Kingdom — again, for obvious “eye of the beholder” reasons. So is there something to be said for the rising frequency of instances where the Galavanting Gallifreyan steps across the pond to the land of baseball, cheeseburger doughnuts, and ten-gallon hats?
This week, on the heels of Independence Day in the United States, we look at the scenes, episodes, and complete stories where the Doctor has visited America in person. We discuss the rationale behind the infrequency of these occurrences in “classic” Doctor Who, the relative increase since the 2005 series revival, the choices of those locations and times used in both, and what this may imply regarding the producers’ intent to capture audience. (Oh, and we crack wise a bit about Southern accents, because it’s easy to pick on Jay.)
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