Filming on Doctor Who series 9 begins in Cardiff

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman have today started filming Doctor Who series 9, and there’s star-studded guest cast alongside them.

Comedian Paul Kaye, who also played Thoros of Myr in Game of Thrones, is starring in the first two-part adventure currently shooting in Cardiff. Paul says he’s a been big fan of the sci-fi show since childhood.

“As a kid of the 1970s, the two shows you always watched were Top of the Pops and Doctor Who, they were unmissable. I actually wrote a song called ‘Looking for Davros‘ in my first punk band and I sang it like a demented Dalek. I got to present Top Of The Pops back in the mid 1990s and landing this role in Doctor Who completes the dream double. 

“Peter is a perfect Doctor and I’m loving every minute of the experience, even the five hours in make-up. What a treat, best 50th birthday present ever!”

Also starring in these two episodes, written by Being Human creator Toby Whithouse, are Morven Christie, who recently played the role of Amanda in ITV’s Grantchester, Arsher Ali who played the part of Malik Suri in BBC1’s The Missing, Casualty and Midsomer’s Sophie Stone, plus Colin McFarlane who keen-eyed EastEnders fans will remember as DCI Irving in the Lucy Beale murder investigation.

Current Doctor Peter Capaldi says he’s glad to be back in the TARDIS. “The adventures begin again for myself and Jenna and I’m delighted to be back filming my second series of Doctor Who.”

Doctor Who series 9 premieres this autumn on BBC1.