More scenes for the Dalek-heavy opener of Doctor Who Series 7 have been shot this week, and seen on set was something that we all knew was coming. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the first picture of the Russell T. Davies-era Daleks lurking on set has been taken by a lucky fan!
Don’t want to know anything else? These are barely spoilers, so you can feel free to move along…
There are six Daleks in the picture (taken by one Jonathan Richards), three of which are the Paradigm Daleks brought in by Steven Moffat. It will be interesting to see how they all act when brought together. One imagines some sort of bitter and hilarious rivalry between the “Rusty” Daleks and the “Smartie” Daleks, in which the Rusty ones keep having to stop the Smarties from opening fire on them. I’m working on that screenplay, honestly.
Whereas we know the Daleks are all coming back in the first episode, River Song (Alex Kingston) has been rumoured to be appearing in the first episode as well as the fifth. Even we at the K are divided by River Song’s presence across the last few series of Doctor Who, so it’s fair to say that news of her return (while inevitable) was probably not well received by some sections of fandom.
In other news, the next episode to be filmed should be the one by Chris Chibnall, which is the fourth one for the series. As long as it’s nothing like The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood, I’ll be happy with it.
And finally, Cardiff will be getting into the Christmas spirit early as the attractive Jenna-Louise Coleman is to film her first episode (the Christmas special) in May. No doubt another enterprising fan will get more photos and videos to find out what her role is within the show (I’m guessing that it’s Susan making a long-awaited return), and when that happens you’ll be able to read about it here on the K!