DR WOOS CYBERMEN TO CITY FOR BATTLE
09:00 - 19 April 2008
Gloucester is set to be invaded by the Cybermen next week as Dr Who lands his famous Tardis in the city.Filming for the popular sci-fi drama will take place at various city landmarks including the Cathedral.
It is believed that the Doctor, played by David Tennant, will be joined in the special Christmas episode by his current companion Donna (Catherine Tate) and his former sidekick Rose (Billie Piper).
The storyline, featuring Cybermen - the Doctor's deadliest enemies - is being kept under wraps but the city's historic buildings will be transformed for the special episode.
Millers Green will be taken back in time to the Victorian days and appear as a market scene while the BBC drama team will cover the front car park of the Cathedral in snow to evoke winter.
It is believed much of the filming will take place in the evenings. Some scenes for the festive episode were shot last week at St Woolos Cemetery in Newport.
TV and film effects company, Any Effects from Surrey, will help bring the programme to life with a host of techniques.
Gloucester has become a hotspot for famous faces and a favoured location for directors after both Harry Potter and the movie Amazing Grace were filmed in Gloucester .
Playwright and Dr Who fan Barnaby Eaton-Jones said it was a great boost for Gloucester to have the popular sci-fi show filmed here.
He said: "I'm sure the city is on the list of locations after Harry Potter but it is great to hear Dr Who will be coming as well.
"I'm pretty sure the Cybermen will be involved in the episode."
Mr Eaton-Jones, who wrote and staged his own Dr Who-inspired play, said he was sure fans would come from across the country to see if they can catch a glimpse of the action.
"I'm sure the place will be packed at night this week. It is a really good thing and certainly puts Gloucester on the map."
It was also revealed yesterday that Tennant will be this year's star speaker at Cheltenham Literature Festival. The Bathgate-born actor will join his co-star from the show Catherine Tate to talk about their roles in the BBC series.
Tennant is due to speak about the challenges of playing Hamlet with the Royal Shakespeare Company, although questions from the audience are expected to focus on his life as the tenth doctor.
According to some of the reader comments for this article, this sounds like it's true. I never thought the 2008 Christmas Special would be filmed this soon, but I suppose David wouldn't have time to do it after Hamlet starts.
This article appears at thisisgloucestershire.co.uk.