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(Bow) Tie One On: First Look at Matt Smith and Karen Gillan in "Doctor Who"

Production began today in Cardiff on the fifth season of British sci-fi series Doctor Who, which sees the mantle of the Doctor taken over by Matt Smith (Party Animals) and the role of lead writer/executive producer taken over by Steven Moffat, who previously wrote such celebrated Who installments as "Blink" and "The Empty Child," among others.

The Eleventh Doctor will be joined on his adventures through time and space by companion Amy Pond, played by newcomer Karen Gillan, whom he'll meet in the first episode of Season Five.

"I feel very privileged and proud to be part of this iconic show," said Smith. "The scripts are brilliant and working alongside Karen, Steven and the rest of the crew is an inspiration because their work ethic and passion for the show is so admirable. I'm excited about the future and all the brilliant adventures I get to go on as the Doctor."

Moffat, meanwhile, was terrifically excited about stepping into the role of lead writer, something that he had dreamed about for the last forty years.

"And here it is, the big moment – the new Doctor, and his new best friend," said Moffat. "And here's me, with the job I wanted since I was seven – 40 years to here! If I could go back in time and tell that little boy that one day all this would happen, he'd scream, call for his mum and I'd be talking to you now from a prison cell in 1969. So probably best not then. Matt and Karen are going to be incredible, and Doctor Who is going to come alive on Saturday nights in a whole new way – and, best of all, somewhere out there a seven-year-old is going to see them, fall in love and start making a 40-year plan..."

Smith's look as the Doctor seems to be drastically different from David Tennant's. Gone are the pinstripe suits, chunky glasses, and the Chuck Taylor Converse shoes. In their place, Smith has a nattier look: a maroon bow-tie, a brown tweedy jacket, and combat boots. Not much is known, meanwhile, about Gillan's Amy Pond (love the name, BTW) but she appears to be a little modern and wild with her look: high-top trainers, tights, and almost 1960s hair.

A larger photo of Smith and Gillan in costume, and the full press release from the BBC announcing the start of production, can be found below.



A new Doctor, a new companion, a new era
Production started today on the new series of Doctor Who, in which BBC One viewers will meet the 11th Doctor and his companion for the very first time.

The latest incarnation of the iconic character is played by Matt Smith (Party Animals).

Upon arriving on set in Cardiff, for his first day of filming, Smith commented: "I feel very privileged and proud to be part of this iconic show.

"The scripts are brilliant and working alongside Karen, Steven and the rest of the crew is an inspiration because their work ethic and passion for the show is so admirable.

"I'm excited about the future and all the brilliant adventures I get to go on as the Doctor."

Accompanying The Doctor on his further adventures in time is a new companion Amy Pond, played by Scottish actress Karen Gillan (The Kevin Bishop Show), who will first meet The Doctor in episode one of the new series.

New show-runner and long-running Doctor Who fan Steven Moffat has developed this series and, as Lead Writer and Executive Producer, will be responsible for the overall creative direction of the show, as well as plot and character arcs.

Moffat's previous episodes of Doctor Who, including the Bafta-winning episode Blink, have garnered widespread acclaim from critics and fans alike.

He commented: "And here it is, the big moment – the new Doctor, and his new best friend.

"And here's me, with the job I wanted since I was seven – 40 years to here! If I could go back in time and tell that little boy that one day all this would happen, he'd scream, call for his mum and I'd be talking to you now from a prison cell in 1969. So probably best not then.

"Matt and Karen are going to be incredible, and Doctor Who is going to come alive on Saturday nights in a whole new way – and, best of all, somewhere out there a seven-year-old is going to see them, fall in love and start making a 40-year plan..."

Piers Wenger, Executive Producer and Head of Drama, BBC Wales, added: "The scripts for the new series are every bit as funny, thrilling, scary and imaginative as you'd expect from the man who brought us The Empty Child and Blink.

"There's a strange and perfect alchemy between Steven and Matt Smith and the next few months are going to be riveting as that relationship starts to emerge on screen.

"Steven always says he's been waiting to do this job since he was seven. But it's actually the Doctor who has been waiting for him."

The new series follows three Doctor Who specials starring David Tennant which will transmit later this year.

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, says: "I am thrilled that a whole new generation of children will forever say that their Doctor was the wonderful Matt Smith."

The series was co-commissioned by Ben Stephenson and Jay Hunt, Controller, BBC One, and will be produced by Tracie Simpson (Doctor Who) and Peter Bennett (Torchwood).

Steven Moffat is Lead Writer and Executive Producer (Jekyll) with Piers Wenger and Beth Willis (Ashes To Ashes) also Executive Producing.

Filming is taking place in Cardiff until March 2010. Thirteen x 45-minute drama produced by BBC Wales for BBC One.

Comments

Barrett said…
"If I could go back in time and tell that little boy that one day all this would happen, he'd scream, call for his mum and I'd be talking to you now from a prison cell in 1969."

Ha! Spoken like a true Doctor Who writer.
Bella Spruce said…
I miss the Converse!
TxGowan said…
It'd be interesting if they make the companion not be from our modern time period.

Leela and Lady Romana weren't contemporaries of the audience. Were there others?

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