Monday, July 20, 2009

Eleventh Doctor’s Costume Revealed

Earlier today the BBC exclusively revealed the official costume that the Eleventh Doctor, portrayed by Matt Smith, will be wearing during the Fifth Series of Doctor Who plus the name of the companion that will accompany the Eleventh Doctor during the Fifth Series. The BBC revealed that Scottish actress Karen Gillan will portray the Eleventh Doctor’s first companion called Amy Pond in the upcoming series of Doctor Who.

The Doctor Who production team, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan have now began filming the Fifth Series of Doctor Who in South Wales ahead of its official broadcast in Spring 2010 on BBC One plus BBC HD. The Eleventh Doctor’s Costume was revealed exclusively this morning on BBC Breakfast when Benjamin Cook and Lizo Mzimba attended to speak exclusively about Doctor Who’s Fifth Series.

Below is an official Press Release from the BBC:

Filming has at last started on the next series of Doctor Who! New showrunner and long-running Doctor Who fan Steven Moffat has developed this series and, as Lead Writer and Executive Producer, will be responsible for the overall creative direction of the show, as well as plot and character arcs. His previous episodes of Doctor Who, including the BAFTA-winning episode Blink, have garnered widespread acclaim from critics and fans alike.

Discussing the series, Moffat commented, 'And here it is, the big moment - the new Doctor, and his new best friend. And here's me, with the job I wanted since I was seven. 40 years to here! If I could go back in time and tell that little boy that one day all this would happen, he'd scream, call for his Mum and I'd be talking to you now from a prison cell in 1969. So probably best not then. Matt and Karen are going to be incredible, and Doctor Who is going to come alive on Saturday nights in a whole new way - and best of all, somewhere out there, a seven-year-old is going to see them, fall in love, and start making a forty year plan...'

Piers Wenger, Executive Producer and Head of Drama, BBC Wales added, 'The scripts for the new series are every bit as funny, thrilling, scary and imaginative as you'd expect from the man who brought us The Empty Child and Blink. There's a strange and perfect alchemy between Steven and Matt Smith and the next few months are going to be riveting as that relationship starts to emerge on screen. Steven always says he's been waiting to do this job since he was seven. But it's actually the Doctor who has been waiting for him.'

The new series follows on from three Doctor Who specials starring David Tennant which will transmit later this year.

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning says, 'I am thrilled that a whole new generation of children will forever say that their Doctor was the wonderful Matt Smith.'

The series was co-commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning for BBC One and Jay Hunt, Controller of BBC One and will be produced by Tracie Simpson (Doctor Who) and Peter Bennett (Torchwood). Steven Moffat is Lead Writer and Executive Producer (Jekyll) with Piers Wenger, Head of Drama, BBC Wales and Beth Willis (Ashes to Ashes), also Executive Producing.

Filming is taking place in Cardiff right through to March, 2010 and we'll be here to bring you the production news as it happens. So stay tuned. The journey starts right here!

The Fifth Series of Doctor Who will be the first Doctor Who series that Steven Moffat will be head writer of after previously writing various episodes of Doctor Who since 2005 including The Empty Child, Blink and Silence in the Library. David Tennant’s Doctor will make his final appearance in Doctor Who in the upcoming two part Christmas special written by Russell T Davies.

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