Milk VFX, the independent visual effects company behind some of Doctor Who’s most memorable special effects have released a new video highlighting some of their work on Series 9.
Pull back the curtain and ruin the magic if you must!
AxisVFX meanwhile, a Bristol and Glasgow-based visual effects studio, have revealed they have worked on the forthcoming Christmas special The Husbands of River Song.
AxisVFX have completed more than 120 shots for the episode, renewing a collaboration with director Douglas Mackinnon and writer Steven Moffat, alongside executive producer Brian Minchin and producer Nikki Wilson. AxisVFX co-owner and VFX Supervisor Grant Hewlett says:
“It’s a pleasure and an honor to work with Douglas, Brian, Nikki and Steven again on Doctor Who. It’s a wonderful episode packed with action and spectacle.”
Completed across both of Axis’ UK studios, the team, led by Hewlett and fellow VFX supervisor Stuart Aitken, worked closely with Mackinnon and Wilson to create the visual effects required, including alien planets, giant robots and galactic star-liners. Hewlett says it’s a huge honour to work again on the show:
“Whilst I was on-set liaising with Douglas throughout the shoot, Stuart worked in parallel, supervising the build of digital assets, creation of concept art and the production of early previz. We engage a huge amount of technical ability, hardware and software to complete the work,” says Hewlett. “But what actually matters is collaboration, listening and bang for buck. It’s a huge honor to contribute again to this iconic sci-fi classic.”
The Husbands of River Song airs on Christmas Day at 5.15pm on BBC One at at 9pm on BBC America.
The BBC have released a series of short videos surrounding the production of Hell Bent, including comments from Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, alongside #Maisiecam featuring Ashildr actress Maisie Williams. You can watch the videos via the BBC’s official YouTube channel below.
What classic monsters would Peter Capaldi like to return?
Jenna Coleman’s funniest moment
Jenna Coleman’s hardest scene
Jenna Looks Back “The Best Part Of My Life”
Ashildr from the Future
Maisie the Flying Drone
The Truth Behind the TARDIS
A sneak peek of The Doctor’s new Sonic Screwdriver
Recurring Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink, episode four onward)
Episode One Written by: Steven Moffat Directed by: Ben Wheatley Guest Starring: Neve McIntosh (Madam Vastra), Catrin Stewart (Jenny), Dan Starkey (Strax), Nigel Betts (Mr Anderson), Paul Hickey (Inspector Gregson), Tony Way (Alfie), Maggie Service (Elsie), Sean Ashburn (Restaurant Droid), Matt Smith (The Doctor)
Set in Victorian London, Peter Capaldi’s debut sees the return of the Paternoster Gang and an old foe.
Written by: Phil Ford Directed by: Ben Wheatley Guest Starring: Michael Smiley (Colonel Blue), Ben Crompton (Ross)
Phil Ford has teased the phrases “lasagne” and “behind enemy lines” which is as helpful as Steven Moffat’s teases!
Episode Three (possibly titled Robots of Sherwood)
Written by: Mark Gatiss Directed by: Paul Murphy Guest Starring: Tom Riley (Robin Hood?), Ben Miller, Ian Hallard (Alan-a-dale), David Benson, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Sabrina Barlett.
Episode Four (possibly titled Listen)
Written by: Steven Moffat Directed by: Douglas Mackinnon Guest Starring: Robert Goodman (Reg)
When you talk to yourself, what if the person you’re talking to isn’t really you?
Features a minotaur type monster as seen during filming, possibly related to the creature in The God Complex in some way?
Features the debut of Samuel Anderson as Danny Pink and Coal Hill School, suggesting a modern day Setting.
Episode Five (Possibly titled Time Heist)
Written by: Steve Thompson Directed by: Douglas Mackinnon Guest Starring: Keeley Hawes (Ms Delphox), Jonathan Bailey, Pippa Bennett Warner.
The Doctor and Clara travel to a strange and puzzling planet where they meet the “powerful” and “out of this world” banker Ms Delphox
Episode Six (Possibly titled Kill the Moon) Written by: Gareth Roberts Directed by: Paul Murphy Guest Starring: Nigel Betts, Edward Harrison, Andy Gillies, Ellis George, Jimmy Vee
A new metal monster (Jimmy Vee) is scaring away Coal Hill School pupils and policemen alike..
Nigel Betts previously appeared in episode one of the series, whether the two characters are linked is unknown.
Directed by: Paul Wilmshurst
Directed by: Paul Wilmshurst
Unconfirmed Episode Number (possibly seven)
Written by: Peter Harness Directed by: Guest Starring: Ellis George, Tony Osoba, Phil Nice, Hermione Norris
The episode (number unconfirmed) will be filmed in Lanzarote and be a sequel to an unnamed previous episode. Steven Moffat said:
“For the first time since 1984, the Doctor Who production team is heading to Lanzarote. The Doctor is returning to the scene of an old adventure – but there have been sinister changes since his last visit.”
Episodes Seven – Thirteen
Peter Harness and Jamie Mathieson will both write for the second half of the series, possibly Episodes Seven and Eight. Frank Skinner will guest star in Jamie Mathieson’s episode.
Rachel Talalay will direct two episodes of the series, likely to be Episodes Nine and Ten.
Jack Lothian states he is writing for series 8 on his online CV at his agency Curtis Brown.
Frank Coterill Boyce stated he was working on a script at the Manchester Literature Festival.
“I am delighted to join Doctor Who and to be working with this incredible team. Ms Delphox is a great character and someone I’ve had a lot of fun playing.” – Keeley Hawes on her role as Ms Delphonx
“As a committed Whovian, I cannot believe my luck in joining the Twelfth Doctor for one of his inaugural adventures, said Ben Miller. My only worry is that they’ll make me leave the set when I’m not filming” – Ben Miller on his as yet unnamed role in Series 8
“Mark Gatiss has written us a storming villain for his new episode, and with Capaldi in the TARDIS, we knew we needed somebody special to send everybody behind the sofa. And quite frankly, it’s about time Ben Miller was in Doctor Who!” – Steven Moffat on Ben Miller in Series 8
“I can’t wait to show people how my character becomes involved with such a fantastic duo!” – Samuel Anderson on being cast as Danny Pink
“There’s always a point in production, usually half-way, maybe two thirds, through a series when you realise you’re juggling at least one aspect of each show at once: maybe a press launch for one, another in the edit and I might not have written the last one. You wake up in the night thinking about 13 emergencies, each of them equally calamitous. As a lifestyle choice, it’s questionable. One of the hardest things for me to do is work out when I’ll have time to write. A whole week can disappear when I haven’t had a moment to sit down. I was amazed recently when I got a script ready in time for the tone meeting.” – Steven Moffat
“Peter’s already a bit of a national treasure, as most people have realised, the moment you think of him in the part, you find it hard to think of anyone else. Every time I was at a TV do and Peter was there, he’d come over to talk about Doctor Who and he was the first to congratulate Matt. I started thinking – what if that genius actor might actually say “yes”?” – Steven Moffat
“Peter only had to do one audition. We knew pretty much there and then. I didn’t think there was much chance he wasn’t going to be brilliant even before we saw him, because of who he is. You just want to check exactly how it will be with that face and that voice. Peter’s very excited. He’s thrilled. We basically picked him because he’s brilliant and he wanted the part. He’s known for being a huge Doctor Who fan. He’s a genius-level actor and it was the right timing.” – Steven Moffat
“We’ve got used to two brilliant iterations of the younger, more popular Doctor and they have both been superlative, but now it’s time for the old beast to snarl at you for a bit! Sometimes you see that a bit in Matt Smith’s Doctor – he will remind the people around him, ‘I’m not really like this’ – but I think Peter’s Doctor will make that even clearer.” – Steven Moffat
“In the Christmas Day episode, fans saw her cooking dinner for her family and having to pretend The Doctor was her boyfriend. She is single and looking for a fella, but the new Doctor wouldn’t fit the bill as he is being played by someone older than Matt Smith. So we’ve had to draft in a hunky new man to come on board.” – “Insider” talking to The Star
Spoilers and Rumours:
Episode One will see the Doctor taking on Jack the Ripper and the Clockwork Droids from The Girl in the Fireplace.
Episode One will also feature Matt Smith in a brief cameo, giving Clara a call from his time on Trenzalore.
Sylvester McCoy has gone on record to say he knows who the new Master is, indicating the villains return in Series 8.
Mark Gatiss will write a follow up to Cold War featuring the Ice Warriors.
The Master will feature as the series’ big bad.
The Daleks will return early in the series, possibly in Episode Two.
Peter’s previous appearances in Fires of Pompeii and Torchwood: Children of Earth will be addressed and taken from an idea by Russell T. Davies.
Anmando Iannucci and Neil Gaiman have expressed interest in writing for the series and Toby Whithouse has stated his desire to write for the series if time permits.
Alex Kingston has hinted she will return to the show but not at which juncture.
Strax, Vastra and Jenny will have their own sonic devices designed by a Blue Peter competition winner
The Master will return. With Gallifrey saved, so was The Master. While we have more exact details as to his return it ties into spoilers printed previously for The Time of the Doctor. The Master will exist in our universe again and whether he is a help or a hinderance to the Doctor’s quest for Gallifrey will be a matter of debate but become clear by the end of the series. Damien Molony, currently starring in Ripper Street, has been linked to the role, yet John Simm has previously stated his desire to potentially return to the role as well and Samuel Anderson’s Danny Pink is “not all he seems” which may link in.
Mark Gatiss will likely get his first crack at a two parter. The Ice Warriors or Draconians may feature.
The Zygons will return.
Tom MacRae, Chris Chibnell and Jack Lothian will all write for the series, there is still the possibility Peter Jackson may direct.
There may be a post-regeneration minisode in the vain of David Tennant’s Children in Need short, explaining away the post-regeneration scenes for a fresh start with Series 8.
Clara’s date with Danny Pink in Episode Four via Auton710
Modern day finale to Episode One and Clara’s call from The Doctor via Ryan Farrell
Filming in Bute Park, Cardiff for Episode Three or/and Four, also via Auton710
Filming in Bute Street, Cardiff for Episode Six, also via Ryan Farrell
Embedding the following videos would make this article too long, but the following 14 videos from Mike Winks show Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and the cast and crew of “Robots of Sherwood” on set and meeting fans on May 5, 2014.
As we pass the half way stage of filming on Series 8, BBC executives are said to be delighted by his performance in the lead role.
A source speaking to the Radio Times said that the chemistry between Capaldi and Clara Oswald actress Jenna Coleman is “sizzling” and Capaldi is Pertweesque yet “his own man”
“He is his own man – very distinctive. He is the oldest Doctor and there is a sense he is more distanced from his assistant, more of a mystery He is perhaps less a mate, and someone she looks up to. She has to try and gauge him – but dramatically it’s very satisfying and onscreen they work very well together… He will make one of the best Doctors ever. There is a real buzz about this Doctor. And of course the monsters are great.”
Peter Capaldi will star in Doctor Who” Series 8 later this year.
Ben Miller Has Unique Doctor Who Pension Fund
Series 8 guest star Ben Miller has come up with a unique way of ensuring his financial future – by stealing from the Doctor Who set!
Speaking to The Spectator in the West End, Miller said:
“I’ve taken stuff from set including loads of photos which is very naughty because you’re not allowed to. I’ve kept everything; schedules and all the things you’ve got to wear and the scripts. I’m hording it, I’m seeing it as my pension.”
The Death in Paradise star will guest as “a dastardly villain with considerable sideburns” in an episode penned by Mark Gatiss.
Series 8 Filming Videos
Embedding the following videos would make this article too long, but the following 14 videos from Mike Winks show Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and the cast and crew on set and meeting fans on May 5, 2014.
Peter Capaldi has been seen on set for the Series 8 premiere, this time on horseback!
Capaldi was seen filming the Victorian street scene on an anamtronic horse while his stunt double rode the actual animal. Reports also suggest Strax was seen riding a horse as well for what is likely comic relief.