Thursday, 18 April 2013

Doctor Who: #dwsr: Chepstow Castle, Wednesday 17th April 2013

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It's been a while since I've seen Doctor Who filming on location - even the crew noticed our absence. However, yesterday Gareth, Aimee and I discovered they were filming in Chepstow Castle, and it was definitely worth driving there to see what's going on.

We arrived at around 5:30pm and - as the castle closed at 5pm - we couldn't see anything being filmed. No spoilers in this post, I'm afraid, but we spoke to some lucky fans who managed to see what was happening inside the castle. They showed me a photo - which has been published in several media outlets since - of David Tennant, Matt Smith, Zygons, and the TARDIS!

After a short wait, we noticed the crew slowly packing away the equipment. We knew the cast would leave the location soon, as filming had wrapped. Luckily, there was only one entrance/exit into Chepstow Castle, so when the actors left the set, they headed straight towards us.

Joanna Page and Jenna-Louise Coleman were the first to appear. They both stopped to sign a couple of autographs from a few fans, but left shortly afterwards. Joanna Page was wearing a beautiful Elizabethan gown, which can be seen in the pictures posted above.

Then Matt Smith appeared! And, wait, is that...? Yes, David Tennant is just behind him! And John Hurt, too!

Unfortunately in the excitement, John Hurt managed to walk right past us, as most of the fans were focused on David Tennant. Fans were very eager to get photos and autographs from the two most recent doctors, and although they couldn't stop to pose for photos, we managed to take a few good ones whilst they were signing autographs. They were both incredibly friendly, and spent a long while to speak to all the fans waiting for them.

As you can see, I have posted all my photographs from today's events on my brand new Flickr account. I've also been asked if several media publications can use them in their articles, so you might see them appear around the internet.

Shortly after the cast left, so did we. We assumed they would be back there again today, but alas, we couldn't find them. The small base that was seemingly left behind had vanished during the night. There was just a small number of people packing up from the day before.

However, luckily for us, the old TARDIS prop was still in the castle! We managed to get quite a few good photos, as there wasn't anyone around, so it wasn't much of a wasted journey.

The TARDIS at Chepstow Castle

The TARDIS door sign

It just goes to show how lucky you can be one day, and how unlucky you can be the next. Fingers crossed we find them again soon!


  1. Was great to meet you yesterday. Glad you told me to put that pic of David Tennant and Matt Smith went crazy..! It was your fault my twitter got absolutely jammed! The Sun and a few others took my pics, and I'm donating to charity. Really good to meet you. They were all very friendly, and I'm glad I got to see it. Never thought I would see David Tennant as The Doctor again, and on a random visit to Chepstow, there he was!! Hope to see you again, great pics..! And can I be cheeky and ask you to send me the ones of me? Will love you forever :). Very glad to have bumped into you in a beer garden :)

  2. p.s, you're the infamous "friend of mine" who asked me to put the pic on twitter :)

  3. wow what a great day.. saw you mentioned in the radio in the middle of China..random! Ann