The first official image of Peter Capaldi filming series eight of DOCTOR WHO — a clearly staged publicity photo with co-star Jenna Coleman — was released Today by the BBC, proving that work has begun on the new season in Cardiff, Wales, at last.
“New job, first day, slightly nervous,” the BBC quoted Capaldi as saying. “Just like the Doctor, I’m emerging from the TARDIS into a whole other world.”
Executive producer Steven Moffat teased: “First the eyebrows! Then, at Christmas, the face! Coming soon, the whole Doctor. In the Cardiff studios, the Capaldi era begins.”
Since the 12th Doctor is clearly still wearing the 11th Doctor’s costume, this shot must have been taken during the production of the first story, before the new Doctor has chosen his own outfit.
Joining the new Doctor will be a trio of familiar faces — but you’ll have to follow the jump to see who they are. SPOILERS!
It was only a matter of time until Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax made another appearance on DOCTOR WHO and, given their tie-in to the mystery of Clara from Christmas, that time was going to come sooner rather than later.
Yorkshire, 1893. Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny (Catrin Stewart) and Strax (Dan Starkey) investigate when the latest victim of “the Crimson Horror” is discovered to have an image of the Doctor (Matt Smith) burned into his retina. The trail leads to Sweetville, a Utopian society operated by Mrs. Gillyflower (Diana Rigg), which accepts only exemplars of the human form. Jenny infiltrates the society and discovers the Doctor chained in a secret room, his skin turned crimson and waxy, just like the deceased victims of the Crimson Horror.
The BBC released a bunch of photos promoting this week’s episode of DOCTOR WHO, so once again I have culled my favorites for your edification.
Here’s the BBC synopsis:
There’s something very odd about Mrs. Gillyflower’s (Diana Rigg) Sweetville mill, with its perfectly clean streets and beautiful people. There’s something even stranger about the bodies washing up in the river, all bright red and waxy. When the Doctor (Matt Smith) and Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) go missing, it’s up to Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny (Catrin Stewart) and Strax (Dan Starkey) to rescue them before they, too, fall victim to the Crimson Horror!
Watch it at 8 p.m. on BBC America.
If you don’t want to know, please don’t read this entry. I’m using this relatively uninteresting shot of the Doctor in a bowler and Clara with her back to us in order to fill the page, so I can save the good pics for the next page…