Thursday, March 8, 2012

NEWS: Doctor Who Filming Location Details Reveal (Minor) Spoilers

If you're the sort of person who always enjoys coming to Doctor Who with a blank slate of expectations, then you should probably skip this, as the latest edition of Doctor Who Magazine reveals some interesting information about what to expect when the Doctor returns later this year...

Note: The following contains (very minor) spoilers.

Doctor Who continues to pay homage to its past as the errant Time Lord winds-up visiting the Old West - a period first visited by the First Doctor in the classic series, The Gunslingers. As reported at Bleeding Cool, Being Human creator and Doctor Who writer Toby Whitehouse

[has] written a Western, a genre not seen since in Doctor Who since 1966. It’s being shot in Alemria in Spain at ‘Mini-Hollywood’, which is a Tourist Attraction that was built around the sets from the Sergio Leone Spaghetti Westerns. (So expect a joke about Ponchos being cool.)

As they did with Croatia a couple of years back, they’re doing location shooting for two episodes while they’re there and the rumour is that the Tabernas Desert will be standing in for the ruins of Skaro.

Skaro - for those not fully-versed in the show's mythology - is the home planet of the Daleks.

Meanwhile in casting news Farscape and Stargate: SG-1 star Ben Browder's appearance in the show's second episode - penned by Chris Chibnall - has been confirmed, along with guest-star roles for Rupert Graves, Mark Williams and David Bradley.

The report also confirms that filming is being divided into two blocks. Presumably the Christmas Special will be filmed as part of Block 1, with the show returning to production after the holiday. Beyond that, we've no word on when we can expect to see Doctor Who return to our screens but we'll bring you more when we have it.

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