Filming for the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who is underway in various locations across the UK, and eagle-eyed fans have snapped some interesting photos that have set fandom ablaze on the forum boards!
WARNING: The things you see cannot be unseen. Proceed at the risk of the wide-eyed, innocent nine-year old that resides inside your head!
First off, an “internet-breaking” photo that provides our first glimpse of two incarnations of The Doctor sharing the same space and time, disproving The Blinovitch Limitation Effect. David Tennant (the Tenth Doctor) is decked out in his familiar brown pinstriped suit and white trainers, while Matt Smith (the Eleventh Doctor) is costumed in his new “Series 7b” lavender tweed frock coat. The pair are being interviewed by the TARDIS, while a Zygon can be seen in the background, quietly plodding away from the action. The weathered, dark blue paint job on the TARDIS (as well as the lack of white paint around the window frames and the missing “St. John’s Ambulance” decal on the door panel) indicate that it is the model piloted by the Tenth Doctor, reported to be “missing” from the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff (along with the Tenth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver prop) last week.
Our second photo reveals a group of VERY LUCKY children, getting autographs and meeting two Time Lords at once! Oh, the stories that they’ll tell their own children one day!
During filming with Matt Smith (the Eleventh Doctor), Jenna-Louise Coleman (Clara Oswald), and Jemma Redgrave (UNIT scientific advisor Kate Lethbridge-Stewart) in Trafalgar Square, actress Ingrid Oliver was spotted wearing Tom Baker’s (the Fourth Doctor) iconic scarf. Does this point to her character being a UNIT scientist who has access to UNIT’s files on the Doctor and has become a “Doctor” fangirl? Could the scarf and other items from different incarnations of The Doctor be collected as time vortex-soaked relics with hidden power?
Days later, John Hurt was photographed leaving the set, wearing what looks to be Christopher Eccleston’s (the Ninth Doctor) trademark leather jacket underneath another coat. Could Hurt be playing an aged Ninth Doctor, or a short-lived incarnation of The Doctor from the days of The Last Great Time War that has since been wiped from memory and history? Would that then make Eccleston’s Doctor the Tenth, Tennant’s Doctor the Eleventh and Smith’s Doctor the Twelfth? Time will tell. Perhaps he’s just a chilly old man The Doctor loans an old, abandoned coat to…
Just days ago, a picture was tweeted (and then removed) by Louise Eastell who was reporting being on set as Billie Piper’s (Rose Tyler) stunt-double. The costume doesn’t seem to match what we’ve seen Rose wear in any of her previous appearances in the show…perhaps she’s an alternate Rose, traveling with Hurt’s alternate Ninth Doctor? Is that a Vortex Manipulator strapped to her left wrist? Maybe we’re dealing with a Rose Tyler who has used a Vortex Manipulator to escape her exile in the alternate “Pete’s World” universe? Has something happened to the Meta-Crisis Doctor (10.5) that was to be her “happily ever after”?
Thanks as always go out to the tireless fans who camp out at filming locations (often in harsh weather conditions) in order to bring us all of this spoilery goodness!
Please comment below and discuss your theories on these set photos, and what they mean for the plot of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode!