Doctor Who 50th Anniversary: Jemma Redgrave likens filming secrecy to working for MI6


Jemma Redgrave has likened working on the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode to working for MI6, due to the high level of secrecy.

It’s impressive that so much information surrounding the 50th anniversary has been kept very securely under wraps, with Redgrave confirming that levels of security are very high.

She told What’s on TV: “Once we filmed in Trafalgar Square I knew it would be impossible to keep that under wraps! But what do you do? I was going to work and not being able to tell anyone what I was doing! It was like joining bloody MI6!”

Redgrave has even said that she couldn’t tell her children what she was doing for several weeks. She had to tell them she was filming, but by no means could she reveal she was filming for the 50th anniversary special.


During an interview with Graham Norton on his BBC Radio 2 show a few weeks back, Redgrave added: “I wasn’t even allowed to tell anyone I was doing it. It was very difficult to tell my children I was going off filming and not tell them what I was doing, but then we filmed in Trafalgar Square a few weeks ago and it was on Twitter within three seconds flat.”

As expected, Redgrave wouldn’t reveal anything surrounding the special episode: “What I can tell you is that it’s absolutely bloody brilliant! It’s philosophical, it’s deep, it’s an adventure story and if you’re a kid, you’re going to be taken on an extraordinary ride. It raises all sorts of interesting questions for anyone who wants to go deeper with it.”

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Meanwhile, Steven Moffat has spoken out about the rumours surrounding the 50th anniversary episode, stating some are “entertainingly angry”.

He said: “All I’ve ever revealed about what we’re doing on Doctor Who is anything we’ve filmed outside. I’m rather reticent about what’s out there. I actually noticed people are making up stuff about what and who and what is and what is not in the special. You’re just going to have to wait until November to find out the truth.” He joked that some rumours are so good, he might even consider using them in the future.

Billie Piper, Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna-Louise Coleman, John Hurt, Joanna Page and Ingrid Oliver will all be returning for the celebrations.