Filming begins for new Doctor Who episodes

Posted by CB Droege

The BBC has begun filming the seventh season of Doctor Who.

As we've previously discussed, the new season will be the last for companions Amy and Rory, played by Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, respectively.

Personally, I think that the goodbyes at the end of the sixth season were enough, and should have been left there. The characters discovered the mystery of the impossible astronaut, got around it, and celebrated.

They resolved their personal problems with The Doctor’s help, and have grown closer together than ever. Anything else the writers do with these characters is pure fluff to keep them on the show a little bit longer.

"I feel sad because I am gonna leave, but with any story, it has to come to an end. It was a mutual decision with me and Steven Moffat," Gillan said of the move about a month ago. "We had this lovely dinner and decided when the best time for me to go was, and it’s been decided. So I’m excited and slightly scared."

This means it will soon be time to introduce a new companion sometime during the upcoming 14-episodes, which the BBC describes as "cinematic." The only hints we have so far as to who the new companion will be is a cryptic comment from showrunner Stephen Moffat, saying the companion will hail from someplace "unexpected." We can therefore presume that he/she/it will not be another pretty, contemporary UK girl, which has been the pattern for the entire current run of the show.

"It's thrilling and exciting to be back and working with two of my closest friends," Matt Smith, the current lead actor for the show, said in a recent statement, which went on to confirm that three of the guest stars for season 7 would be David Bradley (Harry Potter), Rupert Graves (Sherlock), and Mark Williams (Harry Potter).

"Series 7 will then see a dramatic turn of events when the Doctor meets a new friend," an official press release noted. "Prepare yourselves for thrills, adventures and dramatic surprises as the show builds towards its enormous, climactic 50th anniversary year. Fourteen big, blockbuster-movie episodes - each a brand new epic adventure featuring new monsters and some familiar foes as you've never seen them before."

The new season of Doctor Who will debut on BBC America this fall.