Deep in the heart of urban Cardiff, the production team are hard at work filming the new series of Doctor Who. Today our special agent, known only as Chamberlain 006 and recently parachuted into Cardiff, disguised himself as a local to send us this report from the latest outdoor filming of Series 9….
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The production team began setting up overnight at Lydstep Flats in Gabalfa, Cardiff, creating a staging area about a mile away. Location set-up began before 9am in the area around the flats (previously used as the Powell Estate in ‘Rose’ and more recently as block containing Clara’s flat in ‘Time of the Doctor’) with 2pm. The team remained on site after 5pm, though whether night filming is involved is currently unknown.
First spotted was Jenna Colman (Clara), who filmed three scenes involving her entering and leaving the building, while donning and removing a motorcycle helmet. Two separate outfits were worn during these scenes.
Peter Capaldi (the Doctor) arrived and left in costume, though did not film outside. His scenes were presumably inside the building, and possibly also quite short.
Also in costume were Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart) and Ingrid Oliver (Osgood) making these scenes part of the UNIT episodes, most likely the two part story suggested for episodes seven and eight. Like Capaldi, they did not appear to be filming any exterior scenes.
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Thanks to our anonymous special operative for that report and the set photos included with it. Great work Tony!