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Canton Everett Delaware III
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Species: Human
Place of origin: Earth
Appearances: TV: The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon, TV: The Wedding of River Song
Main actor: Mark Sheppard
Other TV actors: William Morgan Sheppard
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The Doctor in the White House - Doctor Who - The Impossible Astronaut - Series 6 - BBC04:21

The Doctor in the White House - Doctor Who - The Impossible Astronaut - Series 6 - BBC

Canton Everett Delaware III was an ex-FBI agent who accompanied the Eleventh Doctor during the latter's visit to the United States of America in 1969, having been kicked out of the Bureau for wanting to marry an African-American man. He served as the Doctor's fourth companion (as he already had Rory, River and Amy) during his investigation of the Silence. He quickly came to respect the Doctor during their quest to defeat the Silence, hoping to have another adventure with him in the future.

Biography

The Silence

Canton was an FBI agent who was forced to quit the Bureau because they did not condone his homosexual relationship with a black male. Six weeks after his resignation, on 8 April 1969, he met with President Nixon at the White House to investigate mysterious telephone calls Nixon was receiving. In the Oval Office, Canton met the Eleventh Doctor and allowed him to help in the investigation. Canton travelled with the Doctor to Florida in search of the little girl who had been calling. Rory Williams explained to Canton how the TARDIS travelled through both time and space and was bigger on the inside. (TV: The Impossible Astronaut)

The Silence arranged for the companions to be declared fugitives and the Doctor held prisoner in Area 51. Canton pretended to lead the hunt for Amy, Rory and River to prevent the Silence from realising their presence was known. After the Doctor was sealed in a dwarf star alloy prison that prevented anything getting out, he and Canton revived the captured Amy and Rory, recovered River Song and departed in the TARDIS — which had been hidden in its invisible form behind the Doctor as the prison was constructed — to track down the little girl.

After Canton shot one of the Silence, he used Amy's video phone to record the Silence saying, "You should kill us all on sight." The Doctor arranged for that message to be broadcast during Neil Armstrong's moon landing; the Silence essentially ordered every human who ever saw the footage to murder them and forget they'd done it. As the Doctor departed, he suggested that Nixon allow Canton to get married, but the discovery that Canton intended to marry a black man prompted Nixon to reconsider the idea. (TV: Day of the Moon)

Meeting again

Canton Delaware 2011

Canton in 2011. (TV: The Impossible Astronaut)

In 2011, Canton was invited by a future version of the Doctor to the place where the Doctor would be shot and killed. There he met River, Amy and Rory again, told them that it was definitely the Doctor and that he was really dead. He left them gasoline to burn the Doctor's corpse. The Doctor had secretly used a Teselecta duplicate to fake his own death, and the gasoline barely singed it. (TV: The Impossible Astronaut, The Wedding of River Song) Canton also told them that he wouldn't see them again, but they would see him. This was before they were going to meet his younger self later in their personal timelines. (TV: The Impossible Astronaut)

Personality

As a former member of the FBI, Canton was used to using violence in order to accompish a goal, shooting a Silent twice at point blank range. Although he got a doctor to tend to the Silent's wounds later, this was only so that he could lull it into a false sense of security until it said that humans should kill its species on sight. Canton also casually stated that if the Doctor did not do a satisfactory job of solving the mystery of Melody Pond he would shoot him, although this was before he became the Doctor's friend. He was a skilled actor, being able to fool the Silence into thinking that he was hunting the Doctor's companions when in reality it was all part of the Doctor's plans to overthrow the Silence. The fact that the Silence were most likely watching him most of the time, due to the fact that nobody would realise that they were even there, was further evidence of Canton's impressive acting abilities.

Canton often displayed a dry wit, such as when he said, "Welcome to America", after shooting one of the Silence. (TV: Day of the Moon) He was usually very calm and level-headed, showing no signs of panic when confronted with the Silence, and although he seemed impressed by the TARDIS he did not get overexcited about it, merely commenting that he liked the Doctor's "wheels". Canton was able to quickly adapt to unfamiliar situations, presumably because of his FBI training, and was able to accept the existence of aliens and time travel very easily. (TV: The Impossible Astronaut)

Canton was same-sex attracted, and wanted to marry a black man. (TV: Day of the Moon) He was also a loyal friend, and the Doctor trusted him enough to invite him to his funeral at Lake Silencio. (TV: The Impossible Astronaut)

Behind the scenes

  • Mark Sheppard, who played Canton in 1969, is the real-life son of William Morgan Sheppard, who played his older self in 2011, and suggested his father for the role. Both actors appear in the Star Trek franchise as well as in the Nintendo Wii FPS The Conduit.
  • Mark Sheppard has stated he would like to return as Canton and added he sees Canton "more like the Brigadier than Amy or Rory".[1]
  • Despite being American, Delaware asks, "How long have Scotland Yard had" the TARDIS (British usage, referring to an organisation in the plural), rather than "How long has Scotland Yard ... (American usage, referring to an organisation in the singular). British usages are frequently found in the dialogue of American characters in Doctor Who and other British programmes and films.
  • During his first brief trip in the TARDIS, Canton uttered both of the traditional remarks, "Doctor, who?" and remarking on the TARDIS being bigger on the inside.

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