It looks like Doctor Who is coming to Bristol this week – and will be filming upcoming scenes near an iconic landmark in the city. According to a Twitter account called ‘Doctor Who Production News’, the BBC show will be shooting daytime scenes on Wednesday, June 15.
The tweet, posted just after 11am (June 12) today, read: “Doctor Who day shoots 6:30 – 6:00 pm in Bristol city center likely near Bristol Temple Meads June 15. #dwsr “. The hashtag included – ‘dwsr’ stands for Doctor Who Set Report.
In May, it was announced that Ncuti Gatwa will be taking on Jodie Whittaker as the 14th Doctor in the franchise, following news in July 2021 that Whittaker would be leaving the role. The Scottish actor, born in Rwanda, co-starred with Asa Butterfield and Gillian Anderson as Eric Effiong in the hit Netflix series ‘Sex Education’.
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He becomes the first black actor to play the title role full-time. In 2020, Jo Martin made a guest appearance as a previously unknown version of the Doctor hiding on Earth disguised as a human guide. The BBC has also confirmed that David Tennant and Catherine Tate are returning to Doctor Who and are currently filming for the show’s 60th anniversary, which will be celebrated in 2023.
Tennant played the 10th Doctor from 2005-2010, while Tate played his companion Donna Noble. It’s not the first time since his departure that David Tennant has returned to the show, but he made a brief return in 2013 along with then-Doctor Matt Smith for the show’s 50th anniversary.
It’s not yet clear what role Tennant and Tate’s characters will play during the celebrations, but it’s a well-known fact that their 2008 series Doctor Who is the most successful since the show’s revival in 2005, attracting audiences averaging over eight million viewers per episode.
It is not yet known whether scenes reportedly set to be shot in Bristol this week will feature the new doctor, Ncuti Gatwa, or David Tennant and Catherine Tate. But it will certainly be exciting to see a little bit of Bristol on screens during the show.
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