It’s not exactly easy to keep a secret sometimes when you work in television, especially when you are shooting scenes in a place as public as Trafalgar Square. However, “Doctor Who” has managed to do a pretty fantastic job of it for their upcoming 50th anniversary special that will be debuting on BBC One November 23. The John Hurt casting surprise during the season 7 finale remained a mystery to most until the episode aired, and in following that up, only a select few really knew about the content of the actual special itself.
One of these said people is Jemma Redgrave, who told What’s On TV recently that the contents of the episode are so secret, her own children don’t even know what exactly she was doing at the time that the show was filming:
“If I tell you anything at all I’ll have to kill you and then kill myself. I wasn’t even allowed to tell my children I was actually in it for about four or five weeks! Once we filmed in Trafalgar Square I knew it would be impossible to keep that under wraps! But what do you do? I was going to work and not being able to tell anyone what I was doing! It was like joining bloody MI6!
“What I can tell you is that it’s absolutely bloody brilliant! I think it’s an astonishing script. Stephen Moffat is an outrageously good writer and as always with Doctor Who, it’s philosophical, it’s deep, it’s an adventure story and if you’re a kid, you’re going to be taken on an extraordinary ride. It raises all sorts of interesting questions for anyone who wants to go deeper with it. It’s funny and then on a sixpence it breaks your heart. It’s just wonderful!”
The story contains a plethora of guest stars, including David Tennant and the mysterious John Hurt, and should hopefully help explain if (or when) The Doctor will be able to leave is own consciousness. One of the aspects of this that we are the most excited to see is how the retrospective is molded into the story. Moffat seemingly has a brilliant idea to create the “Doctor Who” universe within the present character’s mind, but being able to actually set this plan in motion and have it work is something very specific and entirely different.
While we know about many great guest stars, there are also some who did not make the cut. To find out one in particular, be sure to visit this “Doctor Who” article here.