It's ten years this week since the revived Doctor Who began filming in Wales. As if to mark the occasion, the show’s production team took a sunny daytrip away from their Cardiff base this weekend to stage a Cyber-invasion on the streets of London. RadioTimes.com donned its sunglasses to catch a glimpse of the action.
Braving blistering temperatures on one of the hottest days of the year, Saturday’s shoot saw the Cybermen stomping a path from St Paul’s Cathedral, a London landmark they last conquered during The Invasion, a 1968 skirmish with Patrick Troughton’s Second Doctor.
Crowds of fans and onlookers huddled behind barriers to watch new Doctor Peter Capaldi and guest star Michelle Gomez filming on Peter’s Hill, close to the Millennium Bridge, while a second unit worked nearby on close-ups of marauding Cybermen outside the Cathedral. Doctor Who’s regular choreographer Ailsa Berk was on hand to marshal a sweaty Cyber army into formation, while director Rachel Talalay darted back and forth from the actors to her monitor as she lined up the shots.
Green Wing’s Gomez seemed to be relishing her role as new villainess the Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere, preening before the cameras and even delivering a jokey panto hiss in the direction of the assembled onlookers. During breaks, Peter Capaldi took time to sign autographs and pose for a seemingly endless number of fan selfies. He even obliged when a passing female tourist with a map appeared to ask him for directions. The good-natured Doctor politely pointed her on way before making a quiet exit from the set....
The new series of Doctor Who begins on 23 August on BBC1.