Doctor Who filming: Block Three begins

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Filming for Block Three of Doctor Who Series 14 began on March 1, Saint David’s Day, the feast day of the patron saint of Wales, where the programme is filmed.


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Block Three is directed by Julie Anne Robertson with cinematographer Tobias Datum and assistant director Dan Mumford. It consists of at least two episodes with the first one referred to as the “opening episode”, possibly suggesting a two-parter.


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“Julie Anne is a dream piece of crewing for me, because I’ve wanted to work with her ever since sitting in awe of the BBC’s Blackpool,” showrunner Russell T Davies told Doctor Who Magazine. “Julie Anne comes with the best reference ever – an actor called David Tennant, who starred in Blackpool and loves her!”

This marks the end of Block Two, which consists of the Doctor Who festive special directed by Mark Tonderai, the first full episode to star Ncuti Gatwa as the Doctor.

The Block Four director, Ben Chessell, was announced in Doctor Who Magazine 588.

Russell T Davies plans to head the series “for years”, according to the Table Manners podcast, in which he described his activist manner of writing.

“I don’t just write out of anger. I write out of many reasons such as love of it. I write out of joy as well, I think. If it’s a Doctor Who script, it starts coming out — no matter what. It’s just my natural bent, is to do that — to find things to say and actually I think that’s what I’m writing well.”

Doctor Who will return in November 2023 with three 60th anniversary specials starring David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor. In the following festive period, Ncuti Gatwa will star in his first full Doctor Who episode as the Fifteenth Doctor. Doctor Who Series 14 starring Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson will debut in 2024.