…that filming started on Series One, with scenes for Aliens of London. Wow.
I wonder how RTD especially must have been feeling that day? I suppose that was the day when it all became real. It was actually happening, Doctor Who really was back! God, how exciting and shitting-yourself-scary it must have been back then. Nobody knew if it would work, sure they all hoped and believed it would, but until the overnights were in for episode one, nobody knew for sure. Nobody knew that first filming day what the future held. And what a future it was!
Strange to think that March next year, yes just next year, a mere eight months from now, it’ll be Ten Years since the show came back. Ten Years! Now I very much doubt that The Moff is planning a “New Series Tenth Anniversary” show but perhaps there will be something in Series Nine to acknowledge that the New Series will have reached the same point as Season Ten of the Classic Series. Quite what that might be, I don’t know. It wouldn’t be a multi-Doctor story as we’ve just had possibly the ultimate one of those already. A sequel to one of those Series One stories? The only two I can think of are Dalek – what happened to Diana Goddard after she deposed Henry Van Statten? Does she own the internet now? Or what about seeing what happened next to Nancy & Jamie or Doctor Constantine after The Empty Child? Whatever it is, just please don’t let it be The Return of Captain Jack!
Whatever The Moff decides, I hope there’s some sort of acknowledgement in Series Nine of the fact that Doctor Who is still here ten years after it returned. And that in itself is proof that, if you do the show properly, there’s no reason why it should ever go away again.