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The Doctor Who 50th anniversary special is busy filming outdoors in Wales again. Some familiar things were seen on set. *Spoilers*

According to reports from those who observed the filming, it was another incredibly chilly day in the Welsh countryside. There’s still snow on the ground and the wind was howling.

The day started with a helicopter circling Matt Smith’s version of the TARDIS on an open field. On the previous day’s filming, when David Tennant and Joanna Page were on set, the TARDIS was the slightly different 10th Doctor model. Regardless, both TARDIS models seem to have a tendency to blow over in the windy weather, keeping the crew on their toes. There is a full collection of photos here.

jenna bike 50th anniversary special

Later in the day, Jenna-Louise Coleman and her stunt double were observed riding the Doctor’s anti-gravity bike that first made its debut in the “Bells of St. John” episode. According to long-time set observer Aimee,

…they were obviously doing shoots of the motorbike racing down the hill with Clara’s stunt double riding it. They filmed this from several ways, tracking her face on and also driving a camera towards the Tardis so you can see what she’s seeing.

It was the same anti-grav bike as the one in ‘The Bells of St John’ and we heard ‘Doors, Doors, Doors!’ as dialogue, shouted as she drives down the road. The presumption being Clara drives at high speed into the Tardis.

“The Bells of St. John” was not the first time the Doctor has ridden a motor bike. The third and seventh doctors each used one when circumstances made it convenient. More recently, the 10th Doctor and Rose traveled on a bike during “The Idiot’s Lantern,” though in fairness it was more of a scooter.

What do you think of the anti-gravity bike becoming a Doctor Who staple?

  • humanbeing

    There’s also already been a scene of a motorcycle driving at high speed into the TARDIS in Doctor Who canon before. It happened with a pursuing police officer’s motorcycle in the Doctor Who television movie featuring the 8th Doctor. I’m sure the writers know this, and it serves as a little homage.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gvasut Gary Vasut

    I almost got excited that we would see “Bessie” again from the 3rd Doctor era.

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

      Ah sorry, I picked an older TARDIS photo to avoid a spoiler photo of the bike, but. a Bessie revisit would be classic!

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

      Bessie! D: I almost forgot about that! I would love to see Bessie again. Imagine Eleven driving her around. Or even Ten.

  • Bianca

    Does anyone else think that the TARDIS could be the one the Ten clone built in the paralel world with the coral that Ten and Donna gave to him?

  • Ben1982

    Get back to me when a spy photo of Tom Baker on the set leaks. Until then, as far as I’m concerned this is the 8th anniversary of “New Who.”

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

      Agreed! Though I have to say, as much I as respect Tom Baker, Peter Davison was “my Doctor” and I want him back!

  • Sofia Malik

    What’s the difference between Ten’s TARDIS and Eleven’s TARDIS? Other than the interior of course

    • Stormageddon

      They’ve got a different paint job, Ten’s was a lot more faded and Eleven’s was more of a bright royal blue.

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

      The windows are also slightly different and the St John Ambulance logo if very pronounced

  • Annieloves9

    I love Christopher Eccleston and am sad he isn’t going to be part of the 50th Anniversary.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nitzanshalev Nitzan Shalev

    The eighth Doctor rode a motorbike, too!

  • Jimmy

    No Christopher Eccleston or Tom Baker means I’m not watching!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cindy.bolton.399 Cindy Bolton

    they need to bring captain jack back for the 50th

  • http://www.facebook.com/Anthony781981 Tony DeCaro

    The Doctor also rode a motorbike in the 1996 tv-movie.

  • http://shot.inflict.us/ shot

    I can bet that anyone who’s saying that they don’t like the sound of the special and ‘won’t be watching it’ will be glued to the TV/Cinema Screen with their official merchandise Doctor Who 3D glasses and bow ties, suits and sneakers. We’re all going to watch it, no point denying, is there? I’m not a Moffat fan but this special sounds like its gonna be something huge, plus anything with Tennant and Piper is brilliant anyway.

  • Mercy Reborn

    it is nice

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