The next full series of Doctor Who has started filming.
The official Twitter account confirmed on 5th December 2022 that Series 14 has begun shooting, with Ncuti Gatwa as the Fifteenth Doctor and Millie Gibson as new companion, Ruby Sunday.
A photo shared on social media featured the first slate in front of the TARDIS, which sounds like nothing, but is seemingly confirmation of a few things — firstly, that it looks as if the TARDIS exterior used throughout the Thirteenth Doctor era will continue to be seen in the 60th anniversary specials and at least in the first episode with Gatwa.
Secondly, that Dylan Holmes Williams will direct the first block of Series 14, as previously revealed in Doctor Who Magazine. His previous credits include M Night Shyamalan’s Apple TV+ show, Servant, The Nightmare on Deskteeth Street, and Stilts.
What’s more, the slate shows the Doctor Who logo that was unveiled earlier this year — and which some presumed would only be used for the show’s 60th anniversary celebrations, seeing as it’s a very nostalgic (yet updated) design.
This is also the first time in Doctor Who history that a Doctor’s era has begun filming before the previous Doctor’s first full episode has aired… sort of. Because David Tennant is back as the Fourteenth Doctor, as seen at the end of The Power of the Doctor, so we’re to enjoy three specials with him and Catherine Tate, also returning as Donna Noble, in November 2023.
We’re expecting to see some on-location shots soon, as well as the reveal of what the Fifteenth Doctor will actually wear. The BBC will surely make an announcement to this effect before fans spot Ncuti shooting the series…