Peter Capaldi Has A Full TIme Job: Doctor Who S8 Filming Begins

Image courtesy BBC America

Before you wet your TARDIS pants, please be advised the picture above is actually a behind the scenes photo taken during the filming of The Time of the Doctor.  You’ll notice Capaldi is wearing the same outfit Matt Smith was wearing toward the end of that episode.  You know, the regeneration scene where you were all crying like babies while I kept a stiff upper lip.  I will not comment on the state of my tear ducts, so don’t ask!

Not to worry, I’m sure we’ll get a picture of Twelve in his signature duds soon enough.  And by “soon enough” I mean sometime between now and, oh, August.  Why August?  Well, as you’ll see in the press information below, filming on series 8 runs through August 2014.  If I were a betting man, and odds are I’m not (or am I?), I’d say we’ll get plenty of looks at the new series well before then.

Now that I’ve gotten the unpleasantries out of the way, let’s get on to the goodies.

BBC America released the following information about the beginning of production on series 8:

On the heels of the Doctor’s recent regeneration, BBC AMERICA has released the first image of the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It), who stepped on set today for his first full day of filming for season eight of the hit series. Capaldi made his first appearance as the Doctor in the show’s 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, before formally taking over the iconic role in the 2013 Christmas special. Starring alongside Jenna Coleman (Death Comes to Pemberley) as companion Clara, Capaldi will next appear in season eight of Doctor Who, which premieres later this year.

Arriving on set in Cardiff to begin filming, Peter Capaldi, said:

New job, first day, slightly nervous. Just like the Doctor, I’m emerging from the TARDIS into a whole other world.”

Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, added:

“First the eyebrows! Then, at Christmas, the face! Coming soon, the whole Doctor. In the Cardiff studios, the Capaldi era begins.”

The first episode of season eight is written by Steven Moffat with the second episode penned by Phil Ford.  These are the first episodes Peter will shoot and are directed by Ben Wheatley.  Filming is taking place in Cardiff until August 2014.  Doctor Who is executive produced by Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin, and produced by Nikki Wilson and Peter Bennett.  It is a BBC Cymru Wales production.

Oh, so that’s not enough for you?  Why you little Whovian sponge!  Fortunately, I, too, happen to be a little Whovian sponge.  Below is the full press release from the BBC covering the fact that Peter Capaldi now has a full-time job.

The new Doctor, Peter Capaldi, stepped on set today for his first full day of filming as production begins on series eight of the hit BBC show.

10.2 million tuned in on Christmas Day to get their first glimpse of Capaldi in one of TV’s most iconic roles in the festive special The Time Of The Doctor, which saw Matt Smith hang up his bow tie after four years in the role.

Capaldi was revealed as the Doctor in a live BBC One show in August, after months of speculation about the next Doctor’s identity.

Arriving on set in Cardiff to begin filming, Peter Capaldi, said: “New job, first day, slightly nervous. Just like the Doctor, I’m emerging from the TARDIS into a whole other world.”

Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, added: “First the eyebrows! Then, at Christmas, the face! Coming soon, the whole Doctor. In the Cardiff studios, the Capaldi era begins.”

Accompanying The Doctor on his adventures will be companion Clara Oswald, played by Jenna Coleman.

The first episode of series eight has been written by Steven Moffat, with the second episode penned by Phil Ford. These are the first episodes that Peter will shoot and they are directed by Ben Wheatley.

Ben Stephenson, Controller of Drama Commissioning, said: “Excitement and anticipation fills the air as Peter Capaldi’s Doctor takes control of the TARDIS for the very first time today. It’s going to be one hell of a ride and I can’t wait for the journey to start.”

Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One, commented: “A new year, a new face, a new Doctor! 2014 has arrived and it’s Peter Capaldi’s time so let the adventures begin!”

Filming is taking place in Cardiff until August 2014. Doctor Who is executive produced by Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin, and produced by Nikki Wilson and Peter Bennett. It is a BBC Cymru Wales production for BBC One.

Tom Gardiner