It was a late summer’s day in September, and the shops were already filling their shelves with Christmas goodies. And who can blame them, it was only three whole months until the big day after all. Billy and I found ourselves heading to Cardiff, to another place where Christmas had arrived early. For the first time since the completion of the Series 8 title sequence, we were on our way back to the BBC studios in Roath Lock.
Arranged for us by Doctor Who’s Post Production Supervisor, the delightful Nerys Davies, we were to spend the day with the equally delightful Edward (don’t call me Ed) Russell, Doctor Who’s Brand Manager. To my delight, I soon discovered that Edward was as big a fanboy as me. Billy could only look on bemused as we discussed whether Robot of Sherwood was more akin to The Android Invasion or The Androids of Tara. Tara all the way for me.
Our tour began on a snowy rooftop currently under construction. Edward introduced it as Clara’s roof, something we got to see in action for the first time in the Children in Need preview clip. I noticed a particularly out of place dvd copy of Brokeback Mountain lying innocently on the roof. For a moment my mind wandered as I imagined the outrage when it came to light that this was Steven Moffat’s inspiration for the Christmas storyline. It’s more Alien meets Miracle on 34th Street explained Edward. Maybe next year.
We next happened upon a large round structure, and we ventured inside. A lifetime of childhood dreams suddenly came true as we found ourselves in the TARDIS. And its actually smaller on the inside, its amazing what some cleverly placed camera angles can do. We explored the upper level book shelves and the lower level workshop, but it was the console to which we were both drawn. Billy couldn’t help but have a feel of the telepathic goo Clara got to grips with in Listen, and I just had to pull that infamous lever (see attached photo of me living the fanboy dream).