The official Doctor Who website has confirmed that filming on series 7 of Doctor Who will commence on February 20th! Saul Metzstein will be directing the first new episodes to be filmed. See a press statement from the BBC below:
It's almost time. New monsters are becoming real, old friends are returning to Cardiff and somewhere in Wales, a tweed jacket is being taken from its hanger and lovingly dusted off. It can only mean one thing... Filming on the new series of Doctor Who begins on 20 February, 2012!
The first director to shout 'action' will be the award-winning Saul Metzstein whose previous credits include Micro Men (starring Alexander Armstrong and Martin Freeman), the critically acclaimed Late Night Shopping and BBC Wales' Upstairs Downstairs. For the very first time, Doctor Who will be produced at the new BBC Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff, which officially open in March. The production team includes Steven Moffat (Executive Producer and lead writer), Caroline Skinner (Executive Producer) and Marcus Wilson (Producer).
The new series will see Matt Smith return as the Doctor in what Steven Moffat has described as 'the biggest, the best and the most ambitious season we've ever made'. Karen Gillan (Amy) and Arthur Darvill (Rory) are both back, for what will be their final voyage with the Doctor - a thrilling rollercoaster ride which will culminate in a heart-breaking farewell to the Ponds. But there will be more shocks, surprises and adventures to come when the Doctor meets a new friend, in the last very place he could ever have expected...
And yes! We've been promised the return of some old monsters, but some new and terrifying ones lie in wait for the Doctor...
We'll be bringing you all the news about the incredible new series as it emerges, so stay tuned for some big surprises!
Meanwhile the new issue of DWM confirms that Toby Whithouse (The Vampires of Venice, The God Complex) and Chris Chibnall (The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood) are amongst the writers for series 7! Also in relation to series 7, Steven Moffat has once again teased Amy and Rory's departure. Speaking to The University Depature he said:
“I’m writing that right now, the big Rory and Amy heartbreaking finale. It will be quite heartbreaking. I think you’ll be in trouble watching it.”
Can it be Autumn already?