Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Doctor Who - Series 7B Filming

It's been a while since we've had a proper filming report for Doctor Who and now, some new pictures have emerged of filming from an upcoming episode with Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman.

First of all the episode being filmed is a Steven Moffat one (the first one to air in 2013) and it's one with the rumoured title of The Bells Of St John, though whether or not that title will stick remains to be seen. It seems that in the Christmas special, Clara will be revealed as a governess while in this episode, she's an au pair. Take into account that Oswin was a Junior Entertainment Manager and I'm sensing a theme here with the new girl.

The Doctor is seen working on a robot here, one that seems to the main antagonist (or part of it) for the episode and this exchange between the Doctor and Clara has also emerged ...

Doctor: I like your house!
Clara: It’s not mine - I just work there.
Doctor: Oh, yes! You look after the children, you’re a governess! Just like - Um. Just like…
Clara: Just like what?
Doctor: Just like I thought you would be … ! But this isn’t exactly a career choice, why here?
[Cut for more.  The scene gets more spoilery of the episodes plot after this]
Clara: Well, my Mum died, I had no ties, no plans, so why not?
Doctor: People always have plans.
Clara: What’s your plan?
Doctor: It’s the internet. Wifi. There’s wifi everywhere around us. We are living in a wifi soup. But, imagine. If there was something in it. Something living in the wifi. Harvesting human minds, copying them, editing them. A million souls, trapped like flies in the World Wide Web, all crying out.
Clara: Isn’t that basically Twitter?
Doctor: Yes. Sentient Twitter! Hold on… (inaudible) … And you just made a joke about Twitter?!
[Something happens behind them]
Clara: Is it the wifi? Is the wifi switching the lights on?
Doctor: No, the people are switching on the lights. The wifi is switching on the people!
Doctor: You and me - in the box! Now!
Clara: What? Together? Why?
Doctor: You’ll understand once we’re inside.
Clara: I bet I will!
Doctor: [shocked] Clara! Please!
Clara: Why do you have a box anyway? What’s in there?
Doctor: Clara! … [whispers] Clara, look… behind you!
BOOM. BOOM. BOOM. BOOM. [Director shouts this, as The Doctor and Clara look to different areas. A shadowed man is standing in the distance.]
Clara: What are they?
Doctor: A walking base station. You saw it earlier.
Clara: I saw a little girl.
Doctor: Of course! Active camouflage! They drew an image from your subconscious and bounced it right back at you! … In the box, now!

So, definitely sounds like an interesting episode and nice to see a contemporary one too as most of Clara's episodes that have been filmed so far seem to be historical ones. I just cannot wait to see our new TARDIS team in action now.

Filming Tweets 1: https://twitter.com/gabundy

Doctor Who returns on Christmas Day and in 2013.

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