And, so it begins. Filming for Doctor Who's fifth series has begun, with a new Doctor, a new companion and a new TARDIS. It makes me both excited and sad at the same time. Excited to see what Matt does, and what stories Steven Moffat has in store for us, but it also makes me very sad that it means we're getting closer to a time when the lovely Tenth Doctor will be gone for good (well, until they do a multi-Doctor episode).
First order of business for the BBC was to give us pictures of the new Doctor's costume. People who'd gotten used to the look of the Ninth and Tenth Doctors are already whining ("Oh my god, a bow tie! He looks like such a dork!" Blah, blah blah), but I say if Indiana Jones can pull off the history teacher look, complete with elbow patches and bow tie...so can the Doctor! Classic fans are nearly orgasmic...as they were fearing (for some stupid reason) that he'd be wearing a hoodie and skinny jeans, and wear eyeliner.
Second order of business was for freaky fans and tabloid photographers alike, racing to see who got the first pictures of the first day of filming. People went into a complete frenzy when they found that the crew was going down to the beach they used as Bad Wolf Bay, where the Doctor and Rose have had to say goodbye twice, BUT...they didn't film on that part of the beach. They were more on the rocky area nearby. Sorry folks, no BWB for us, though there was someone there. You're going to have to wait and see who it is though. Spoilers and all.
The TARDIS has changed. Well, we knew the interior was getting a major overhaul since the old console was starting to fall apart and Doctor Who is moving up to HD, but I never thought we'd get a whole new police box prop. Strange thing is, it's new...and yet it's old. The design is from the original back in 1963, complete with the little circular sticker on the front. Between Matt Smith's more traditional Doctor costume, to the TARDIS going back to what it looked like decades ago, I'm getting very curious as to what The Moff is up to.
Anyway, that's it so far. They've moved on from the beach due to the tide coming in, and we don't quite know where they're going next. Still, here's the spoiler-free portion of the location photos.