Friday, 8 June 2012

#dwsr - various videos from the 7th June

My boyfriend gives a brilliant account of yesterday's filming on Gallifrey Base, you can find him detailing the various bits of filming here. Below I've put a more long-winded version of events and included some videos I took of the various scenes we saw filmed. I've had a lot of trouble getting the videos to upload, which is why they are from two different hosting websites.

First location: The Plan Cafe, Morgan Arcade, Cardiff.

They filmed here from about 7am to just before 11am (running over from the original '10.30am' the cafe was supposed to open at.) We arrived rather late on so we didn't see them setting up, however @CardiffTimelord has tweeted pictures of them from earlier hours of this shoot. They appeared to be filming the same scene in two different ways - firstly with Matt by himself and secondly with both Matt and Barnaby Edwards (playing a hooded figure.) Barnaby Edwards looked pretty awesome in the role - I love the finger point he does (you can see it in the second video.) They were clearly struggling for time and were filming right up to the last second, even when most of the stuff had been packed away. Afterwards a lot of the crew seemed to stay to sample the cafe's food and drink. Unfortunately it remained closed during this so we wandered off to have breakfast as we weren't sure when they were going to reopen.

Matt Smith films the scene by himself:

Matt Smith films the exact same scene again, but this time with the Hooded Figure played by Barnaby Edwards:

Second Location: The park by Bute Esplanade, Cardiff Bay (Amy and Rory's house.)

We were so put off by tales of storms and rain and small film crews that we ended up taking far too much time getting to Bute Esplanade, preferring to stay in a warm, dry pub than get soaked for possibly nothing. However we raced there once we saw news (that braver people than us had kindly tweeted on the #dwsr tag) that Matt Smith was there and the Tardis was out! Yes, we are regretting our laziness somewhat.

We arrived to immediately see Matt Smith film a scene where he's walking from the Ponds' house to the Tardis whilst carrying an umbrella in a rather whimsical way, complete with little bits of twirling and bouncing. Sadly our timings meant we only saw this being filmed once before they packed up for lunch and I didn't have my camera set up to take a video of it. We did manage to get photos of ourselves in front of the Tardis though, which was cool! I really appreciate it that the crew let us take a few snaps then, Gareth's already made it his avatar on every available social networking site I believe.

So we went back to the pub, watched the rain bucket down and fought unsuccessfully with the wifi.

After lunch we headed back to Bute Esplanade to see that they'd moved the Tardis away from the Ponds' house and closer to the children's play park (as far as I could make out they just wanted to ensure they got Matt on the Tardis with just sky behind) where we watched Matt Smith (looking a bit dejected in the rain and uncertain on the ladder) climb the Tardis with a large orange phone receiver. He appeared to call the Ponds whilst fixing the light at the top of the Tardis. Saul Metzstein was directing.

We've made out small amounts of dialogue, having fiddled with the audio a lot:
"Hello Ponds, me again" (something about Rory) "I've dropped your Ood back home, he's been missing his Hive Mind. Yeah... The Helmic Regulator's on the blink again, it got hit by an arrow!" (more dialogue but lost to the wind)

Matt Smith rehearses the scene, complete with clingfilm hair protector:

Matt Smith films the scene:

Third Location: Outside Amy and Rory's house on Bute Esplanade, Cardiff Bay

Unit were filming a small scene outside the Pond's house. They appear to run up to the house, with their guns all pointing in different directions before clustering around the front door. We think they filmed them picking the lock in the early afternoon, but at the time we were standing too far away to see properly. Close ups with their hands fiddling around the door, anyway. There were several cubes around (perfect little black cubes about the size of a fist) scattered on the floor, table and windowsill. They were placed in exactly the same position as when they were filming Cubed (Episode Four) so it's safe to say that this was a pick up. 

Unit raid the Ponds' house:

My boyfriend has also started a photobucket album up for our photos; it can be found here.


  1. you guys work really hard It must be hard sometimes when the weather is awful we had a tornado in perth aussie we appreciate what you do

  2. Aw, thank you! It *is* Wales, so you can hardly expect brilliant weather constantly. We always enjoy ourselves once we're out there!