Series 8 Finale Filming: Beyond the Grave
Filming on Doctor Who’s Series 8 finale is continuing today in another familiar location.
As ever spoilerphobes view at your own risk!
Shooting on Death in Heaven (working title) has been taking place in Llanelli, specifically the Box Cemetery. Of course that location will be immediately familiar to many of you as the place where Amy and Rory encountered the Weeping Angels for their final scenes in The Angels Take Manhattan.
No Weeping Angels this time but rather the Cybermen again who were seen near the graves during rehearsal… Does this have something to do with those strange memorial stones seen before? Perhaps not Gallifreyan as initially thought.
After her absence yesterday, Jenna Coleman was also on set.
UPDATE: Set report added by Liam Rees:
They’re back filming in my area, conveniently Box Cemetery – where they last filmed Amy and Rory’s final scenes. After yesterday’s shot of the script, I suspected that Amy and Rory themselves might play a part in the ‘converting the dead’ theme that’s apparently going on, but they were set up slightly further up the hill from where they shot Angels Take Manhattan and there didn’t seem to be any other connections.
There was a grave stone on set as part of the set-dressing, being painted and aged. I couldn’t make out the name on it and security were stopping me from taking pictures. The date “1748” was written on it, though. Interestingly, they were hosing down multiple other graves and monuments as well as the grass. What for, I have no idea other than to maybe create the effect it’s been raining.
There were numerous Cybermen on set, about six or seven and they were just marching around the set, stopping to stare at grave stones before moving on. The scene in question involved Clara and a Cyberman, and the interesting thing is that the Cyberman she was talking to was missing the face piece of the helmet. I first thought it was part of rehearsal, but it definitely wasn’t as Jenna was popping back and fourth between shots for her hair to be fixed and the extra Cybermen had only just had their helmets fixed on before filming. I didn’t get a look at the actor’s face, but it was definitely a man. I couldn’t overhear much from the scene, but I heard Clara say, “Don’t you know who I am?” and at one point she reached out touched the Cyberman’s face.
They basically repeated this scene continuously until lunch break at which point one of the runners asked any onlookers to leave the premises. I managed to get three snaps of the Cybermen, however I deleted one by accident. As security were pushing me back further and keeping a sharp eye for any cameras/phones, it was difficult to get any clear ones, especially of the main actors and scene taking place.
I don’t think there’s a lot to go on overall apart from the setting and maybe the faceless Cyberman and grave, but they’re filming through until Friday so I’m going to do my best to get some more information and pictures – if I can get in of course.
UPDATE 2: Is it Danny that has been converted?!
UPDATE 3: Some familiar gravestone props…