‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Set Photos & Video: UNIT, Clara, & More

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[Minor Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Spoilers Below]

This week Doctor Who took to the Tower of London to shoot scenes for the upcoming 50th Anniversary, and now photos and dialogue from the filming have been released, revealing a bit more details about who and what fans can expect to see come November.

Thanks to Doctor Who’s accommodating filming barriers, Blogtor Who was able to get close to the scenes being filmed with Clara and returning character Kate Stewart (“The Power of Three”) sitting in the back of a mysterious black SUV (see below).


They were so close, in fact, that some of the dialogue was able to be heard by those standing nearby – dialogue that confirms UNIT is officially returning.

During the scene, featuring Jenna-Louise Coleman and Jemma Redgrave in the car pictured, Clara could be heard to ask, “What about the Doctor?” whilst Kate Stewart could be seen mentioning, “the Unified Intelligence Taskforce.”

Up until now, there had been some speculation about whether or not UNIT would be returning. Though the recently announced return of one of the Doctor’s old foes, the Zygons, did hint at a possible (and likely) return of UNIT – since that’s who helped the Doctor defeat them originally – Moffat could, essentially, use anything (or anyone) else to help aid in the fight.

After the recent announcement of the return of Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave), Head of Scientific Research at UNIT, and photos of Doctor Who filming at the Tower of London – UNIT’s last known headquarters – being released, and dialogue from the script specifically mentioning UNIT, there’s no longer any doubt about the inclusion of the Unified Intelligence Taskforce. Now, it’s time to figure out what they’re up to.

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Today, Doctor Who was filming in the middle of Trafalgar Square in London, and Blogtor Who has photos on their Twitter of the Doctor and Clara making a chaotic landing in the TARDIS while being surrounded by UNIT agents. Though the UNIT agents are heavily armed and protected, they don’t appear to be on the offense as the Doctor walks up to Kate Stewart and salutes her. As the Doctor and Kate begin to talk, Kate says that she has “sealed orders from Her Majesty Elizabeth the First” for the Doctor before providing him with an envelope. 

You can check out a video of the Doctor “flying” the TARDIS below:

Now that filming is underway, fans have a better idea about what all may be included in the anniversary special this fall. And with David Tennant and Billie Piper set to make their Doctor Who return in this special, it’s only a matter of time before we get a closer look at the pair on set, hopefully revealing more about how they will be included in the anniversary. But with UNIT’s inclusion, as well as Rose’s return, don’t be surprised if it’s the mortal version of Tennant’s iconic tenth iteration that pops up (which could be a disappointment for some fans).

You can check out some of the set photos below: (or check out the complete gallery at Blogtor Who)

Doctor Who 50th anniversary premieres The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special airs November 23rd on BBC America

Source: Blogtor Who

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  1. Anyone else think of Superman when looking at that thumbnail?

  2. Was that a stuntman or was that really Matt Smith coming down with the Tardis?

    • Yep, that’s Matt alright. He did not want a stuntdouble. He wanted to do this part himself! :)

  3. I wonder why there hasn’t been any mention of Martha Jones…wasn’t she with UNIT last time we saw her?

    • Nope. In The End of Time Part 2 she says something about blaming Mickey for going free-lance. So she’s not anymore.

  4. I wouldn’t be disappointed with Tennant’s Human Doctor showing up, infact I think that would make more sense than him meeting the previous incarnation of himself.

    • I would prefer that, just because if Elizabeth I is there I do not want Moffat treating pre-relationship Rose and Ten the way he treated them when Reinette was there. Yuck. Out of character.

  5. Martha Jones was in a couple of episodes of Torchwood. I thought she was going to join them permanently but then no….. she went back to UNIT.

    So why isn’t she in the 50th Anniversary special? Freema Agyeman too busy in November?

    • Er…. They’re filming now.

      It comes out in Nov.

  6. Billie Piper is filming new bits for the anniversary, and Moffat has mentioned that this is the real Tenth Doctor, presumably pre-doomsday given that A: Rose is still with him and B: he is being made to have his hair down rather than gelled up. Noone else has commented on that fact so far…