Saturday, 27 October 2012

#dwsr - Barry, re-entry!

So having missed the last few days of filming in Newport due to family commitments I was incredibly (far too) excited to be called by @AmiiCRUSH because she'd spotted Doctor Who filming at the Pumphouse in Barry. Buoyed by tales of a Sontaran driving a horse and cart, we set off.
The "window"/house front prop and Strax.

When we arrived it appeared to be quite a small set up - just Dan Starkey as Commander Strax, a young boy and the horse and cart. There was also the prop of a front window of a house - at the time it reminded me of the windows we saw in Bute Town, Rhymney but having looked back at Gareth's photos from the day at Bute Town, there was no real resemblance.

 Photo taken at Bute Town, Rhymney.

Strax appeared to be attempting to travel to Sweetville (the Yorkshire village where The Crimson Horror is set) but managed to get lost on the way. He exclaims to the horse,
STRAX: Horse! You have failed in your mission. We are lost - with no sign of Sweetville! If you have any last words before your systematic execution, let's have them!
He then engages in conversation with a small boy in period dress. Thomas Thomas exclaims,
THOMAS THOMAS: I like your horse, mister!
It's safe to assume that the Sontaran then asks for directions to Sweetville (I couldn't catch the dialogue here) as the boy then launches into a description of how to get there,
THOMAS THOMAS: Sweetville sir? Turn around and end of the road turn left, then right.. (more directions follow)
The directions are long enough and complicated enough for the boy to jump into the cart, presumably to show Strax the way to the village.

The Pumphouse, Barry.
This was all filmed up against the brick of the Pumphouse. The building looks like it would make a good stand in for Mrs Gillyflower's (Diana Rigg) mysterious factory. It was originally built in the 1880's and we know the date of the episode is 1890.

Later they filmed a short scene of Strax walking up the Pumphouse and looking upwards to the chimney, before placing his hands on the brick of the wall. My boyfriend speculates that he's planning on climbing it.

Filming the scene. 

They were wrapped by 10.30pm. It seemed like these were just some short extra scenes - either additional scenes because the episode is running under, scenes they couldn't film at the time, or pick ups where we just missed the original filming entirely. Always great to see a Sontaran a few foot away from you though!

Strax, played by Dan Starkey, wearing a coat over
his armor.
Here are my other blog posts on filming for The Crimson Horror by Mark Gatiss:
#dwsr - Bute Town
#dwsr - Barry, the Doctor's in you!
#dwsr - Llantristant

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

TV vs Set Reports.

I started writing this blog in March and by May I was detailing my observations of watching Doctor Who filming, with my boyfriend and friends, across Wales. In the months that have past Series 7a(/'part one of series 7'/'the 2012 series'/'The Ponds' final episodes' or however you want to call it) has aired, so I've decided to spend some more time procrastinating (It's this or my CV, and Facebook games are getting dull..) and comparing what we saw to the episodes that have aired so far.

Pond Life:
As Pond Life was mostly filmed in the Ponds' house on Church Road, Penarth we really didn't get very much other than Arthur Darvill's various costumes. Here's my 'still* versus set report' selection:

Pond Life: Part 1
Arthur Darvill in costume for Pond Life

Pond Life: Part 3
Ood head being carried out of the Ponds' house.

Pond Life: Part 4
Arthur Darvill in costume for Pond Life Part 4
 (with the top zipped up.) 

Pond Life: Part 5
Matt Smith fiddling with the Tardis light.

Pond Life: Part 5
The Doctor phones the Ponds.

Pond Life: Part 5
The Doctor walks away from the Ponds' House
in the pouring rain.

Set report for the Ood and Arthur is here; Matt on the phone (along with a bit of 'The Power of Three' and the Asylum extra) can be found here.

The iTunes prequel for 'Asylum of the Daleks':
I wasn't around in Wales for the majority of filming for 7a - I caught the extras such as this Prequel and Pond Life and 'The Power of Three' filming (because it went on and on and on!) I really enjoyed seeing this little extra bit filmed because I got to see Barnaby Edwards (who plays the messenger) - who is an absolute legend on Twitter (oh, and Doctor Who!) The part we saw filmed was at the Plan Cafe in Cardiff.

The Doctor in the Asylum of the Daleks prequel.
Matt Smith, scone in hand!

The Messenger and The Doctor
Barnaby Edwards and Matt Smith.

Set report for the Plan Cafe is here.

The Power of Three:
For one reason or another they had to film a lot of picks ups for 'The Power of Three' (or 'Cubed' as I still mentally refer to it, that being the name we called it during filming.) so there was a lot to watch!

The Ponds' Garden
View from the back.

The Doctor outside the Ponds' examining a cube.
Matt with a cube on a playground frame.

The Doctor and a cube.
Facing the Ponds'.

UNIT storm the Ponds'!
UNIT outside the Ponds' house.

Amy at her anniversary party.
Party guests!
Amy's gorgeous hair-do.

Rory mocks Brian's log.
Arthur Darvill in maroon jumper and jeans.

Brian Williams dressed for the party!
Mark Williams heading to the car.

The horrific twins!
The twins hid their faces walking to the van - we never
guessed at the prosthetics hidden under their hands!

The Doctor has his heart restarted by Amy Pond!
Matt Smith at the hospital.

Set reports: Unit storm the Ponds'The Doctor and the cubes. Apparently I never got round to blogging the last day of Arthur Darvill and Karen Gillan! I'm sorry about that.

My conclusions? Set reporting is absolutely rubbish for knowing the story-line of an episode. Especially if you're just going on the pictures that are taken on the day. It's absolutely brilliant for having a laugh, seeing some actors you like to watch on the telly, and wasting hours of your time thinking up outlandish theories. And teasing yourself slightly (and sometimes a bit more than slightly, I admit: The Crimson Horror shows that much!) I'm not planning on stopping any time soon.

*Obviously all stills are copyright of the BBC.

Monday, 15 October 2012

#dwsr Snow strikes Bristol in August!

Snow covered Bristol!
So my partner, my friends and myself had a little holiday in Bristol. A little holiday where I scarpered back to hotels and to kindly donated back seats of cars to fall asleep at 3am. A little holiday where we mostly watched a lot of Doctor Who being filmed. A little holiday that was two months ago now, sorry about that.

Signs used as set dressing.
I've been so slow getting around to typing up the filming I've forgotten most of the finer details, sadly. However it looked gorgeous because it was dressed in snow, there were Victorian costumes and it was pretty exciting because it was all for the Christmas episode of Doctor Who (the next one to air, now!)

Jenna Louise Coleman
They filmed over two days on the 20th and 21st of August, and both days were absolutely manic due to the all the fans that had massed to catch a glimpse of Matt Smith and the new companion (this being her first episode in the televised chronology - bar her appearance as Oswin in Asylum of the Daleks; Jenna's first episode that she filmed was Phantoms of the Hex, which is slated currently as episode 11. She filmed it in late May.)

Jenna Louise Coleman's stunt
Unfortunately it was very hard to get good photos on the first day as the streets were so packed that there were three people in front you wherever you were stood (and normally 6'0" men. When you're a hopeful 5'3", you're not going to see very much.) The paps were far cleverer than us and brought ladders. So I spent some time trying to listen to dialogue and then I fell over a bollard backwards trying to spot something on a roof. I think at some point I got grumpy and went to bed (I'd caught the train from the south coast of England to get to Bristol that day, as I'd had a hospital appointment that morning.)

I vaguely remember:
Matt Smith as The Doctor in the
They covered the main, long street with snow and then set up market stalls towards the end of it. They had a lot of Victorian dressed extras milling around. A horse drawn carriage drives up the street with Clara running up along behind it, trying to get to it. She attempts to jump on the cart, slips and falls. The Doctor is inside the carriage.

They also filmed a scene in a small side street. The following dialogue was heard:

The small side street where the
scene was filmed.
The Doctor didn't seem to want to have anything to do with Clara, actively shunning her and keeping his distance. I seem to remember it was Commander Strax (the Sontaran) that was saying "Merry Christmas."

The 21st August at Portland Square was a far superior day in my opinion - filming was far easier to watch. The majority of it was based inside a large fenced off green, so all the fans gathered around the edges of it - watching eagerly through the bars! At one point Matt ran round the entire the circle doing autographs!

Matt Smith signing autographs.

Jenna Louise Coleman yawning!

There were several different scenes filmed. I've numbered them for the convenience of writing them down - obviously it is not the actual scene number or any indication of where they will appear in the episode.

Scene 1:
Clara is shouting for the Doctor and is jumping and trying to grab something above her. Jenny (Madame Vastra's assistant, playing by Catrin Stewart) enters the scene and asks what she is doing. Dialogue and video is below.

Jenna Louise Coleman and Catrin Stewart as Clara and Jenny.

(She jumps, trying to grab something.)
Jenny enters the scene. (Director's cue: Catrin!)
JENNY: What are you doing?!
Clara turns around to face Jenny.
CLARA: I'm looking for the Doctor. Do you know about him? 
JENNY: Doctor Who?

Jumping Jenna!
Note that Jenna Louise Coleman is wearing a green dress, whereas in the scenes below she is wearing a red one. She's also wearing the same red dress for the scenes in Corn Street (the first day of filming in Bristol.)

Scene 2:
Scaffolding was set up in Portland Square.

The Doctor running!
At this point they had a great deal of scaffolding set up. It was supporting some kind of platform. The characters had to climb a ladder to get up to it. The Doctor strolls up to the scaffolding, whistling "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" (Again vague memories but I think sometimes he alternated festive tunes in the different takes.) He looks around and turns full circle - perhaps to see if anyone is watching him. He runs, jumping up to grab the edge of the ladder, pulling it down to the ground. He then climbs up the ladder.

Scene 3:
Clara fallen in the snow.
Clara is hiding behind a tree, watching The Doctor as he climbs up the ladder. She waits for him to be on the platform and then starts to cautiously walk across to the scaffolding. She's turns around several times, looking up to where the ladder must be stored. She throws her stole to the ground and starts to jump, trying to grab for the ladder. While jumping she falls over, landing flat on her bum on the snowy ground. She picks herself up and jumps again: this time she manages to catch hold of the ladder and lets her own weight pull it from its holds before she pulls it the rest of the way to the ground. She climbs the ladder.

Matt Smith and Jenna Louise Coleman
Clearly scenes two and three seem to lead into each other. It was a gorgeous night of filming - it was great to watch both Matt Smith and Jenna Louise Coleman, as well as see Catrin Stewart again! (Vastra and Jenny are also back for The Crimson Horror, a later episode in series seven.) I've popped a few more random images at the end of this blog that I haven't managed to fit in - I really need to sort out a gallery soon!

Portland Square dressed for Christmas.

Market stall set up on Corn Street.

More market stalls set up on Corn Street.

Matt Smith has his costume adjusted.

Jenna Louise Coleman reads through her script.

Clara hiding behind a tree.

Jenna enjoying a hot beverage between takes.

Matt Smith in Victorian dress!

Jenna waiting for "Action!" to be called.

Clara pulls a ladder down.

Jenna Louise Coleman

Jenna Louise Coleman

Matt Smith

Matt Smith

Clara behind the tree.

You can see more photos on Ryan's Flickr and Youtube channel.
Lee also has a set of photos on Flickr.