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Sunday, April 20, 2008



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.

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Alakon said...

the cybermen arnt dr who's deadliest enemys 'coz 1 darlic could wipe out a hole army of cybermen (if u ricall in 2006 sires that prison box with tones of darlics in it and they killed like 1000's or maby millions carnt rember 2 years ago lol

Vickey said...

Woo! I was there on monday. David was literally 10 feet away from us! Hes so much taller in person! He waved to us all & said 'alright everyone' in his adorable scottish accent. It was amazing!

Also Daniel Radcliffe & Rupert Grint waved at us when they were filming Harry Potter there & that was so amazing for me cos im like obsessed with them :P

This is why i love to live in gloucester lol

HelixWhiza said...

in reply to alakon's comment
i would just like to say that if you think that you know so much about dr who why cant you even spell DALEK ...its not spelt like garlic

(however Daleks ARE way more powerful than Cybermen, so you are right on that, but learn to spell!)

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