Professor Zoom wrote:
Actually, that rock is quite clearly the one in Central Park. In fact, all of the stuff in the park is quite clearly Central Park. The fountain, the area where Rory is taken, the bridge, all of it. It's Central Park.
And could have been shot in Cardiff with the background CGI'd in (like they did in plenty of other shots in the episode.) They only reason they went is Moffat's obsession with appealing to the tiny American audience.
Setting the occasional story in the states is an obsession with appealing to Americans? Judging by the success of many American television shows shown in the UK, the Brits seem to enjoy stories set in America as well, so I just don't think you're making a lot of sense here.
Also if they have the budget to film on location occasionally, why not do it? It's always going to look better and feel more authentic than cgi. I am really puzzled at why this bothers you.