Following on from pt 1 - the picnic on the beach and emergence of the Impossible Astronaut, and pt 2 - meeting the Doctor from the school bus in Monument Valley, here's pt 3....which actually wasn't in Impossible Astronaut but the next episode Day of the Moon.
OK, for all you Whovians who have only landed on this page because you want directions, here you go:
Rory is captured in 1969 by Canton and the FBI (Doctor Who Season 7 Day of the Moon)
It's filmed on the Glen Canyon Dam, Page, Arizona.
Thanks to the Doctor Who Locations website we got the GPS co-ordinates are: 36°56'13", -111°29'03"
Pop that into your GPS/satnav and that will get you to the exact point.....
Of all the locations we had to find on our Doctor Who Road Trip, the dam was the easiest by far. You can't miss it. And wow is it spectacular....from the outside and then, oh my goodness, standing on it, looking over the side and going inside it - in a lift (elevator) that descends the equivalent of 53 floors and to stand at the bottom....but more of this in a bit.
The dam is here:
And then us hamming it up....whilst also being on a guided tour, which I have to say was ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT and really interesting. It only cost $15 for our whole family and really was worth the money. We didn't think we'd be allowed on the top of dam (let alone inside it) but the interesting thing was the dam is a Federal property, so the security is majorly tight....you're allowed to take id, wallets, change purses (not handbags/purses) but that's about it and you have to go through the full metal detection bit. We were also warned that no joking about bombs, terrorism etc would be accepted. And you could see why, if anything did happen to the Dam the consequences are pretty unthinkable for the damage it would do, the stopping of water and electricity to 4 states, let alone the amount of time and money it would take to repair or rebuild it.
So anyway, this explains why we didn't draw the tally marks on our skin (to indicate seeing the Silence) until we were off the dam:
Mr D and Melchett looking over the edge.
Goth Child (blinking), Melchett and Mr D listening to our tour guide.
Oh of course....it appeared in the season finale "The Wedding of River Song" of course.
(Erm, Tempest, not everything in the world is related to Doctor Who).
(All screen captures are the copyright of the BBC and appear here as reference to illustrate the location in comparison with how it looked at the time of filming and the present day; no attempt is made to supercede this or any other copyright)