It’s time to get mildly excited: Doctor Who series 9 has started filming, and the first episode to be put to camera will be a “creepy” two-parter written by Being Human creator Toby Whithouse.
Details on the story, which is currently being filmed in Cardiff, are scarce, but it does feature guest-star Paul Kaye, who Game of Thrones fans may recognise as Thoros of Myr.
Speaking about the episodes, show runner Steven Moffat said: “An amazing guest cast for a brilliantly creepy two-parter by Toby Whithouse. Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman are back in Cardiff, back in the box, and back in action – for one of our scariest adventures yet!”
The Twelfth Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi, has said that he’s “delighted” to be filming his second series of Doctor Who, while guest star Kaye has been speaking about how he is fulfilling a childhood dream.
“As a kid of the 1970s, the two shows you always watched were Top of the Pops and Doctor Who,” he said, “they were unmissable. I actually wrote a song called ‘Looking for Davros’ in my first punk band and I sang it like a demented Dalek. I got to present TOTP back in the mid ‘90s and landing this role in Doctor Who completes the dream double. Peter is a perfect Doctor and I’m loving every minute of the experience, even the five hours in make-up. What a treat – best 50th birthday present ever!”
Also starring in the episodes will be Morven Christie who recently played the role of Amanda in the crime drama Grantchester. Arsher Ali who played the part of Malik Suri in The Missing will also take up a role in the guest cast alongside Colin McFarlane, who appeared in Eastenders as part of the Who Killed Lucy Beale? storyline.
The series 9 episodes will be Whithouse’s fourth time writing for the show, having previously written 2006’s School Reunion, 2010’s Vampires in Venice, and more recent episodes The God Complex and A Town Called Mercy.