December 12 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, September 8, 2013
The Doctor Who 50th anniversary special is set to air in a couple of months but it seems one resourceful fan couldn’t wait - so submitted a freedom of information request to see what they could find out.
The Greater London Authority (GLA) has published all written correspondence between it and the BBC concerning the filming of parts of the one-off episode in Trafalgar Square earlier this year – and the spoiler-ridden 55 pages can be read here.
Highlights from the documents, mostly emails and contracts (with a lot of presumably sensitive information redacted), include the fee Doctor Who’s producers paid the GLA for use of the London landmark - £6,500 plus VAT – and a picture of a wind machine that has been used to “replicate the helicopter downdraught” in one scene.
There are also all the obligatory typos and errors consistent with such FOI requests, most notable amongst them an email on page 13 reading “Attached now?” and the misspelling “Doctor Who 50th Anniversery” on a BBC insurance contract.
The makers of the special, set for screens on November 23, have remained tight-lipped about the 90-minute episode, though series producer Marcus Wilson has reportedly described it as a “love letter to the fans”.
Former stars David Tennant and Billie Piper, who played the Doctor and his companion, are billed to join current stars Jenna Coleman and Matt Smith, who was pictured hanging from the Tardis during the Trafalgar Square filming in April.