Doctor Who, Spyfall Part 1: behind the scenes

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The BBC released a video about the creation the Sheffield car chase in the Doctor Who Series 12 episode, Spyfall: Part 1, which premiered on Wednesday, January 1.

The Butetown Tunnel in Cardiff was closed on the evening of to film part of the scene.

One of the more astonishing things about the production of the episode is that the “light creatures”, the Kasaavin, were achieved in part with creature actors and real effects, according to costume designer Ray Holman and creature actor Samuel Rush.

There is also a video short featuring Ray Holman talking about the formal costumes for Spyfall.

Sir Lenny Henry spoke warmly of participating in the production.

Sacha Dhawan posted about his experience. His casting was last minute, apparently, because when his agent called him to offer him the role, he was told, “And you start filming in South Africa next week.” This conversation with his agent happened while Dhawan was participating in a rehearsed reading with Peter Capaldi!

There are several photos in his post. The last one is of himself with Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill in South Africa, where Whittaker, who had worked with him before, made him feel completely welcome and at ease.

Rendition man Ronan Summers shared a photo of filming with Jodie Whittaker.


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Brian Law shared some photos from the Cardiff-based filming of his character, a US intelligence operative.

And here is a glimpse behind the scenes from the series composer, Segun Akinola and sound engineer Olga Fitzroy.

We will continue to bring you news of Doctor Who Series 12 production as we learn more.