It’s official! Filming for Block Two of Doctor Who Series 9 has begun!
All we know is what you can see above, courtesy of the BBC. As previously reported, Hettie MacDonald will be back in the director’s chair, the first Doctor Who serial she’s helmed since 2007’s fan-favourite, Blink. Since then, MacDonald has directed Wallander, Law & Order UK, and Marple, as well as Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case.
Block One, which commenced shooting at the start of this year, is likely to have featured a two-parter, possibly set on a Russian base, written by Toby Whithouse (Vampires of Venice; The God Complex) and directed by Being Human‘s Daniel O’Hara. Showrunner, Steven Moffat admitted that his scripts were still to be filmed (probably including Series 9 opener, The Magician’s Apprentice), so perhaps Hettie is paired with Moffat once again for this year’s run of stories.
Obviously, Series 9 sees the return of Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor and Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald – and we’re yet to find out when it’ll air. Our money’s on September.
That photo above does bring to mind the Series 4 serial, The Sontaran Stratagem/ The Poison Sky. Could UNIT be making a comeback…?
Block Two began filming yesterday, and it’s unknown how many episodes it will comprise of.