The official Doctor Who website today has confirmed the start of production on the second series of Doctor Who. While there has been some production going on since last Friday, 22 July, David Tennant and Billie Piper officially start production on the series today, July 25, working on both the second series and Christmas special.
The tenth Doctor's costume has been officially unveiled: a long brown coat and pinstriped suit with tie, more reminiscent of past Doctors like Jon Pertwee than last year's street-clothed Eccleston. Says Tennant to the BBC site about his new costume, "I think we've come up with something distinctive that's both timeless and modern, with a bit of geek chic and of course, a dash of Time Lord! Most importantly Billie tells me she likes it û after all she's the one who has to see me in it for the next nine months! "
Billie Piper comments to the official site, "I'm thrilled to be stepping back into the role of Rose. We plan to make series two even bigger and better and challenge the viewers' imaginations like never before. Wait until you get a load of the new doctor!" Says executive producer Russell T Davies, "We were delighted and honoured by the first series' success, and we can promise new thrills, new laughs, new heartbreak, and some terrifying new aliens. The Doctor and Rose are destined to meet Queen Victoria, an evil race of Cat Women, and the dreaded Cybermen. 2006 is going to be scarier than ever!" The holiday special "The Christmas Invasion" will be filmed first, with production today starting in London and later continuing in Wales, mostly in Cardiff: "Christmas becomes a time of terror for Planet Earth, as the whole of mankind falls under the shadow of the alien Sycorax. Rose needs the Doctor's help, but can she trust a man with a new face?"
One other important news item: the news reports with cast and crew information (see separate story) confirm thatStephen Fry will indeed write one episode, very likely episode 11; previously this had only been reported as a rumour.