Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Filming begins on Series Eight

Production on the eighth series of Doctor Who in the 21st Century is now in full swing, with filming taking place in Cardiff at the Roath Lock studios and on location in Cardiff. The BBC have announced details of the first couple of episodes to be filmed, alongside the first official image of new Doctor Peter Capaldi alongside Jenna Coleman:

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman begin filming on Series 8 (Credit: BBC/Adrian Rogers)

Arriving on set in Cardiff to begin filming, Peter Capaldi said:
New job, first day, slightly nervous. Just like the Doctor, I'm emerging from the TARDIS into a whole other world.
Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, added:
First the eyebrows! Then, at Christmas, the face! Coming soon, the whole Doctor. In the Cardiff studios, the Capaldi era begins.
Ben Stephenson, Controller of Drama Commissioning, said:
Excitement and anticipation fills the air as Peter Capaldi’s Doctor takes control of the TARDIS for the very first time today. It’s going to be one hell of a ride and I can't wait for the journey to start.
Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One, commented:
A new year, a new face, a new Doctor! 2014 has arrived and it's Peter Capaldi's time so let the adventures begin!

Moffat has written the first episode of this series, which is directed by Ben Wheatley. Wheatley is a newcomer to Doctor Who, but his previous work includes The Wrong Door and Ideal. The director will also undertake the following episode, which has been written by Phil Ford, whose previous credits include The Waters of Mars for Doctor Who, as well as several episodes of Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. Other confirmed production crew include Brian Minchin (The Time of The Doctor) as executive producer alongside Moffat, and the return of producers Nikki Wilson (The Waters of Mars, The Sarah Jane Adventures) and Peter Bennett (several episodes from Series 5 and also Torchwood: Children of Earth).

Filming is expected to continue until August 2014.


As reported above, filming has commenced on location in Cardiff, which revealed other characters involved with the opening episode.
Filming took place at the Maltings in Cardiff this morning, a location recognisable in Doctor Who from its previous appearances in stories such as Gridlock, A Good Man Goes to War and especially The Next Doctor. This time around it was dressed to represent a wharf, and filming also included the now familiar "Paternoster Gang" of Madame Vastra, Strax and Jenny, as played by Neve McIntosh, Dan Starkey and Catrin Stewart.

Strax, Jenny and Vastra, as played by Dan Starkey, Catrin Stewart and Neve McIntosh (Credit: Simon Clements, via Twitter) Madame Vastra, as played by Neve McIntosh (Credit: Ryan Farrell, via Twitter)