The actor commented earlier today: “New job, first day, slightly nervous. Just like the Doctor, I’m emerging from the TARDIS into a whole other world.”
Executive producer Steven Moffat added: “First the eyebrows! Then, at Christmas, the face! Coming soon, the whole Doctor. In the Cardiff studios, the Capaldi era begins.”
Written by Moffat, Capaldi’s first episode will be directed by Ben Wheatley (Sightseers), who will also direct Episode 2.
Ben Stephenson, Controller of Drama Commissioning, commented: “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, added: “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 on Series 8 will take place in Cardiff until August.
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