With production of the fifth series of Doctor Who underway, we can always rely on the fans across the pond to keep us abreast of what’s going on in the day-to-day filming. In this Doctor Who round-up we’ve got episode titles, filming at Stonehenge and Neil Gaiman writing and episode of the show.
Let’s start things off with the episode titles. In the most recent issue of the Doctor Who Magazine, head writer and executive producer Steven Moffat revealed the first episode titles of the new series and because I like you so much, I’ll throw in the fourth episode description, free of charge.
Episode 1: “The Eleventh Hour” – Will pick up from the regeneration in “The End of Time.” Expect to see new companion Amy Pond in a police uniform with Matt Smith still wearing David Tennant’s clothing.
Episode 2: “The Beast Below” – Not much information is known, but I’ll bet you it’s about some kind of beast below something. Any takers?
Episode 3: “Victory of the Daleks” – The TARDIS takes The Doctor and Amy to war-torn Britain in the middle of WWII. Not only do they meet Winston Churchill himself, but the Doctor comes face to face once again with his greatest enemy of all.
Episode 4: Title TBA – The Doctor and Amy emerge from the TARDIS to find the wreck of the Byzantium spaceship. Down below the Weeping Angels are stirring, but the Doctor has someone else to contend with; none other than the mysterious Professor River Song.
The next Doctor Who news comes from everyone’s favorite nerdy writer, Neil Gaiman, while accepting the award for “Best Comic” at the SFX Awards where he announced (with really obvious hints) that he’ll be writing an episode of Matt Smith’s second series as The Doctor.
“As anyone whose read my blog knows, I’m a big fan of a certain long-running British SF TV series. One that started watching — from behind the sofa — when I was three. And while I know it’s cruel to make you wait for things, in about 14 months from now, which is to say, NOT in the upcoming season but early in the one after that, it’s quite possible that I might have written an episode. And if I had, it would originally have been called “The House of Nothing”. But it definitely isn’t called that any more.”
The final Doctor Who tidbit comes from fan Scott Frankton who happened to be camping out at a famous landmark. I’ll let him describe it in his own words and since this may or may not be a SPOILER I decided to leave it last.
Well it certainly was a mad thing to go to Stonehenge and see the filming, but I can’t tell you how amazing it was seeing the Neolithic stones list up in the mist laden night sky. This is going to be such an iconic and epic scene in the finale. I can’t wait to see it! We arrived there about 8.30, and there was nothing to see, lights had been placed around the stones, but hadn’t been switched on. Over the next hour or so dozens of cars arrived, a coach full of extras and [special effects technician] Danny Hargreaves amongst others. Things kicked off around 11pm with Matt, Karen (in that dressing gown again) and River Song all rehearsing a scene in the middle of the stones. Braziers, propane bottles and a smoke machine were also being used. Unfortunately after about 10 minutes the heavans (sic) opened. I do wonder why they waited so long to film when it was pitch black by 6pm and not a drop of rain in sight. I do hope they managed to brave the elements, cos the cold was more than enough for us to contend with just watching!
Phew!!! If that’s not enough Doctor Who news to tie you over, I don’t know what else to do… except to tell you this, “People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint – it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly… time-y wimey… stuff.”
“Don’t blink. Blink and you’re dead. Don’t turn your back. Don’t look away. And don’t blink. Good Luck.”
Alright, the last one kind of freaked me out a little. I really need to stop writing this stuff in the middle of the night. What do you think of all this Doctor Who news? More River Song is a good thing in my book. I can’t believe they’re filming at Stonehenge!
Don’t miss the new series of Doctor Who this Spring on BBC One and BBC America.