Thursday, 22 July 2004

FIRST TARDIS PHOTOS plus more Wednesday pics, set report - updated twice!


July 22, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
We have a big scoop tonight... Outpost Gallifrey brings you the first photographs of the TARDIS used in the new series! Our correspondent William Owen shot the first photo late at night during Wednesday night's film shoot... and managed to get a close-up on the TARDIS beneath a London bus stop sign, below left; it's hazy and the lighting has been upped so you can see it in the dark (and no, we don't know why the one window is a white patch of light!) I've enlarged the TARDIS part of the photo; you can see the enlargement and the original below, left. Update 0420 GMT - two additional photos as well from Roger Anderson of the Cuttings Archive, featuring a distant shot of the TARDIS, in its familiar blue and now featuring the top lid, as well as the TARDIS under construction by production team members a bit earlier in the evening, under the heavy lighting.

Also below: the same shot (but a better range of view - you can see the Ryder moving truck, and the shop windows on the right are those of Howells); a lighting truck on St. Mary's Street outside an "HSBC Bank" building; two shots of a London bus and an OB (outside broadcast) van; and signs to the 'production base' ... which we're told turns out to be at the Cardiff Arms Park car park, as shown by the Gwyn Nicholls gate to the car park.

Update 0300 GMT: Also below in the spoiler tag, another set report courtesy our correspondent John Smith, with details on the Wednesday night filming session. Enjoy! (Thanks to William Owen, Roger Anderson, John Smith)
Tonight's shoot on St. Mary Street, starting just after 11pm, appeared to be endless re-takes of the same brief scene:

Rose leaves "Henriks" dept. store from crosses the street, hurrying but not running, looking nervously behind her. A black cab has to brake to avoid her, and beeps at her. The cab then continues up the street and drives through a puddle. The Puddle is obviously important as it was re-filled for every shot! It's what Rose is carrying that makes the shot interesting; it's the severed arm of a shop mannequin...

Onlookers became so familiar with this scene, that doubtless internet arguments will rage for years over whether they selected the best take!

Techies could be seen working on hinged prosthetic hands of an obviously Auton design. The TARDIS was built in-situ, in plain view, and it was possible for a short while to get right up close. However it was soon covered up and I'm fairly sure that it hadn't been used by the time I left at 3am.

More Monday and Tuesday Photos
General TV Series News
July 22, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
More photos that were posted to the Outpost Gallifrey Forum on Tuesday, from the first day or two of Cardiff area filming, courtesy users "The Gather" and "Joxer"; click on each for a larger version.

More Cardiff Photos
General TV Series News
July 22, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Yet more photos from the Cardiff area, including more shots of the new TARDIS, the Albion Hospital facade, a couch dropping onto one of the London buses, the "Classic Bride" store and the shopping center, the police station, and various production personnel... click on each for a larger version. (Thanks to "Chris L," David Shaw, Mark Keeble, Paul Waddington)
Billie Piper Filming Photo
General TV Series News
July 22, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
At right (click for a larger version) is a photo that appeared in the July 21 edition of the South Wales Echo accompanying a news story (we reported on it yesterday), which features Billie Piper ("Rose") and another actress in costume and makeup. Says the caption, "Billie Piper, who plays Doctor Who's feisty assistant Rose Taylor [sic], was filming scenes in Howells, Cardiff, last night." The photo is credited to Huw Evans/Wales News. (Thanks to Darren Powis for the clipping!)