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UPDATE: MARCH 30, 2010 – Click here for the first official photos of the new TARDIS interior!
UPDATE: MARCH 19, 2010 – Click here to see Inside Doctor Who’s New TARDIS.
The first pictures have emerged, courtesy of Blogtor Who, from today’s first day of filming on the set of Doctor Who season five.
Here are Matt Smith and Scottish actress Karen Gillan as the 11th Doctor and his new companion Amy Pond, standing in front of the new-look TARDIS exterior.
Hmmm… I know that the new series of Doctor Who is the first to be filmed in High Definition, and so – as I mentioned in this blog post – a new TARDIS exterior had to be built because the improved HD picture quality would have show up all the wear and tear and defects in the old one – but I can’t help thinking that the new TARDIS looks too shiny and, well, new.
It’s supposed to look a bit battered and battle-scarred, is it not, having been through so much during the Doctor’s lifetimes?
This one looks like it just dematerialised from the showroom!
Anyway, Blogtor Who also had a spoiler of sorts about a returning character from the Doctor’s recent past.
Don’t scroll down any further if you don’t want to know who is returning.
I mean it – there’s a photo and everything.
Yes, it appears that former ER star Alex Kingston is returning as River Song.
You will recall that she appeared in the season four episodes Silence In The Library and Forest Of The Dead, written by Steven Moffat, in which she recognised the 10th Doctor and seemed to have quite detailed and possibly intimate knowledge about him, his past and his future – even though he had no idea who she was.
Since Moffat is the new showrunner, taking over from Russell T Davies, it makes sense that he would bring her back for his first episode(s) in charge.
Will her appearance in season five reveal River’s first meeting (from her point of view) with The Doctor? Time will tell.
Many more photos from the first day of shooting can be found on Blogtor Who here, here and here.