As previously noted, filming on the second season of "Doctor Who" began Friday, July 22; here's a brief rundown of some of the news items and rumours Outpost Gallifrey has picked up over the past few days:
Studio work was done on the first day, as opposed to the location work done last year (which is why there are no on-location photos being taken with anything of importance, only some brief glimpses of production trailers). Piper and Tennant were spotted by the British press on Friday, hence the photograph at right (click for a larger view) showing the two leaving the studio in Newport. Word is that the production has already left Newport for location filming on Monday.
Several news reports suggest that Stephen Fry will be penning an episode of the new series as previously reported; Fry was said to be at the studio on Friday as production got underway.
Filming on Friday July 22 was said to take place at Tredegar House in Newport, where the Doctor Who team had filmed a scene with a Prime Minister. (No word as yet on whether Penelope Wilton is returning as Harriet Jones, but that could certainly be fun...)
There are rumours that an episode will be filmed at Duffryn High School in Newport at some point during August; speculation persists that this will have something to do with the (currently) third episode, "School Reunion".
Russell T Davies spoke recently on "Newsround" and said that "The Christmas Invasion" would involve a new monster as well as all the Christmas trimmings "including Reindeer and snow". He also mentioned that Rose would be finding difficult to come to terms with the new Doctor.
There are currently rumours circling - again, none confirmed - that one of the episodes is entitled "The Sunshine Camp," perhaps the first episode. As always, treat these as speculative in the absence of concrete information...