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Matt Smith hangs out during Doctor Who 50th Filming

April 10th, 2013 by Marc Comments

Matt Smith was seen dangling from the TARDIS as scenes for the ‘Doctor Who’ 50th anniversary special were filmed in London on Tuesday.

The iconic blue Police Box landed in Trafalgar Square for the shoot and hundreds of fans came out to watch the scenes unfold.  At one stage the TARDIS was seen being lifted by a crane with Jenna-Louise Coleman inside while Matt was hanging onto the bottom as the Doctor.

However, the 30-year-old star was not allowed to shoot all the stunt scenes himself and a double was used for a sequence where the space craft flew past Nelson’s Column – the famous memorial to Admiral Horatio Nelson which stands at 169 ft 3 in (51.6 metres) tall – even though Matt wanted to do it.

Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart) was also on location with UNIT troops. On Monday more location filming took place at Tower Bridge and in front of the Tower of London where Redgrave joined Matt and Jenna.

Guest star Ingrid Oliver appears to be playing a UNIT scientist called Osgood  who is a fan of the Doctor. She is wearing Tom Baker’s scarf in one of the scenes.

It looks like UNIT are responsible for picking the TARDIS up. Afterwards the Doctor tells Kate: “Kate Lethbridge-Stewart, a word of advice. As I’m sure your father would have told you, I don’t like being picked up!”

Kate then hands over an old brown envelope with the royal seal on. “I’m acting on instructions direct from the throne. Sealed orders from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the First.”

Take a look at some of the fan filmed footage here –

The 50th anniversary special will be aired in 3D in November and sees David Tennant return as the Tenth Doctor alongside Billie Piper as his companion Rose Tyler.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….