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The Doctor Who team was busy filming outdoors in Wales yesterday and at least part of the filming would seem to include Elizabethan England.

Sighted on set were Matt Smith, Billie Piper, David Tennant, and Joanna Page. There was also an actor suited up as a Zygon wandering around. Steven Moffat has been doing double duty. He’s been shuttling between the nearby Sherlock shoots and this site.

Given that the BBC and Steven Moffat are routinely tight-lipped about filming, it’s likely that they tweeted informal photos of Page and Tennant, and released a still of the Zygon over the weekend because they knew there would be no way to hide their presence since they’d be filming out in the open.

Initially, there were erroneous reports stating that Catherine Tate was on set. The error occurred because Joanna Page either had her signature blonde hair dyed red, or she was wearing a red wig. Given the costuming, the presence of medieval tents, and a horse saddled in similar gear, it’s likely that the Doctor is meeting up with Good Queen Bess (A.K.A. Elizabeth I) again. Judge for yourself in the photo below, and see more on The Daily Mail.

joanna elizabeth-sized

The cast and crew are bundled up in between shots as Wales is experiencing a record breaking cold snap. This weather pattern is uncharacteristic this time of year even for Wales. Despite the bundling, it’s obvious that David Tennant is wearing his signature brown suit and white sneakers leading many to speculate that he is playing the 10th Doctor and not the clone of the 10th Doctor. The clone wore a blue suit. The TARDIS that was observed is also stylized in the fashion of the 10th Doctor. This led to further speculation that what is being filmed is a flashback to an adventure of the Doctor and Rose before the tragedy at Canary Wharf took place.

If there is a flashback to the 10th Doctor and Rose, as many are speculating, do you think there will also be a flashback to other companions or the Ninth Doctor?

  • http://ravenclaw1991.tumblr.com/ ravenclaw1991

    Damn, I was hoping the ginger woman was going to be Catherine Tate. Oh well. This is quite interesting, but I thought the Doctor only met Queen Elizabeth I twice. In ‘The Shakespeare Code’ and directly before ‘The End of Time’ when he married her.


    • Tim Thomason

      It’s likely that he spent some time with Queen Elizabeth, in order to marry her. Thus, Ten’s appearance is near the end, during the period when he’s marrying or about to marry Elizabeth, between The Waters of Mars and The End of Time.

      And Eccleston does need to appear. His short-lived Doctor is beloved, and I know he doesn’t want to be typecast or whatever, but it’s an Anniversary special. He can show up, collect his paycheck, and then go off or whatever for 10 years to do his own thing.

      Billie Piper’s showing up, and since she doesn’t appear to be with the Tenth Doctor based on these photos, I’m holding out hope that she can at least represent the Ninth Doctor’s era.

  • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

    They should have Catherine Tate in this. It’d be epic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dlmarvin05 Dominique Marvin

    I love how they revealed the whole photo to show who the blonde was. I was hoping it was Billie Piper, but maybe that’s why they released the whole image

  • Silence will fall

    Sorry if this is a little picky, but do you mind possibly tagging doctor who articles pertaining to the 50th anniversary as spoilers? (or not posting them in the title) Clearly there is going to be a ton of media attention surrounding the 50th anniversary episode, so being spoiler free will literally be impossible. But I do like a little mystery surrounding plot details, especially for things that will be as epic as the 50th.

    • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

      I guess I was a little careless with this one. Sure thing, we’ll do better next time!

  • laurelin

    That’d be amazing, if Catherine Tate returned also for the 50th…

  • Grace

    If it is just a flashback and there are no actual meetings between 11 and Clara and 10 (or tentwo) and Rose, there are going to be A LOT of disappointed fans…

  • Daeanarah

    they should have John Barrowman and Catherine Tate return, perhaps not as Donna, but another feisty lady

    • shesh

      spatial genetic multiplicity and it’s been down with Gwenyth and Gwen Cooper ;)

  • Shesh

    I wish Catherine Tate would be back if only for a short scene. I’ve always had it in my head that one way would be for the 10th to go to Donna’s deathbed and have her remember. With the time lord consciousness she’d understand the reasons and they could reminisce, have him show her what’s happened, and have him wonder how Harvey Wallbanger was one word. I’ve been miffed that Donna returning had gotten such a negative response and seen reasons as not wanting focus on one companion. I wish that all companions could get a little time considering Rose is going to be in it, and Donna had her own importance that I think she warrants a little bit of focus as well. Though I would love to see tentoo and his Donna quirks ;)

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