Peter Capaldi begins filming Doctor Who S8 – First look

Peter Capaldi begins a new era of Doctor Who

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Peter Capaldi has today (7th Jan) began filming in Cardiff his new role as The Doctor on the eighth series of sci-fi drama, Doctor Who.

Capaldi – who takes over the iconic role from Matt Smith – made his debut as the new timelord in the Christmas special which attracted 10.2 million viewers.  Jenna Coleman will continue her role as the Doctor’s companion Clara Oswald.

Arriving on set in Cardiff to begin filming, Peter Capaldi, said: “New job, first day, slightly nervous. Just like the Doctor, I’m emerging from the TARDIS into a whole other world.”

Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, added: “First the eyebrows! Then, at Christmas, the face! Coming soon, the whole Doctor. In the Cardiff studios, the Capaldi era begins.”

Ben Stephenson, Controller of Drama Commissioning, said: “Excitement and anticipation fills the air as Peter Capaldi’s Doctor takes control of the TARDIS for the very first time today. It’s going to be one hell of a ride and I can’t wait for the journey to start.”

Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One, commented: “A new year, a new face, a new Doctor! 2014 has arrived and it’s Peter Capaldi’s time so let the adventures begin!”

The BBC Cymru Wales production for BBC One begins with episode 1 written by Steven Moffat and episode 2 penned by Phil Ford both are directed by Ben Wheatley (Kill List, A Field In England).  Moffat and Brian Minchin are Executive Producers, Nikki Wilson and Peter Bennett are producing.

Filming of Doctor Who series 8 is taking place in Cardiff until August 2014.