Current Time Lord, Matt Smith, and his on-screen companion Jenna-Louise Coleman, have been spotted filming for the celebratory 50th birthday episode of Doctor Who in Trafalgar Square, with the iconic Tardis!
Pictures in today’s Sun newspaper show the actors, along with extras dressed as armed police and a crane filming for the much-anticipated anniversary special of the hit BBC family sci-fi entertainment show, due to be shown this November to mark the landmark 50th anniversary of the show.
Fans gathered in the famous Square in our nation’s capital to watch the scenes, which include the Doctor hanging from the bottom of the iconic phone box as it is lowered to the ground. The stunt itself was performed by a body double professional, but Smith admitted to the publication that he was desperate for production staff to let him do it himself, commenting:
“It’s very exciting. I’m trying to persuade them to actually let me go up, because I’ll get to see all of London and it will be cool.”
Speculation is rife over the anniversary episode, which has been rumoured to involve all 11 previous Doctors, with guest appeared confirmed so far including Smith’s predecessor David Tennant and his companion, Billie Piper, along with Jemma Redgrave, John Hurt and Gavin and Stacey star, Joanna Page.
Rehearsals for the episode began last week where Smith and Tennant worked together for the very first time. The episode, its name and length still to be confirmed, is due to be aired in November in 3D and will be shown in cinemas around the country as well as it usual BBC broadcast.
A BBC2 docu-film, An Adventure In Space And Time, is also planned to mark the occasion.
An Adventure In Space And Time, which Gatiss recently admitted was first considered 10 years ago to mark the shows 40th anniversary, will tell the story of Verity Lambert, who was the producer who developed the original series into the popular TV series it remains to this day.
Speaking to The Radio Times earlier this year, Gatiss, who is also one of the amazing pens behind rival BBC drama, Sherlock, said: “I’ve been trying to do this for years – I tried to do it for the 40th anniversary! And before that, really – it’s taken about 12 years.”
“It’s a real labour of love for me and I’m just really thrilled that everything’s come together for the 50th…It just seems exactly the right time, and a wonderful cast and it’s a very lovely story.”
Already confirmed to star in this epic special are David Bradley, whose previous credits include playing Mr Filch in the Harry Potter series, who will play William Hartnell, the original Doctor in the documentary, and according to Gatiss, Bradley has always been the one to play this part, since the idea was first developed ten years ago. Joining him in the cast will be Call The Midwife star Jessica Raine, who will play founding producer Verity Lambert.
The current series of Doctor Who continues with Cold War this Saturday night at 6pm on BBC1 / BBC1 HD, watch the trailer for it in the clip below!