Doctor Who bookshop filming – spoilers!

I’m currently in Cardiff Students’ Union, and as I type, Doctor Who is filming in Blackwell’s bookshop downstairs – scenes that are either from the Christmas special, or Tennant’s last story.

Spoilers follow! You have been warned…

What I saw is really intriguing… the Doctor is at a book signing of A Journal of Impossible Things – which appears to have been published as a novel by “Verity Newman” (a name taken from Verity Lambert, the first producer of Doctor Who, and Sydney Newman, one of its creators). There were banners up with a cover showing the fob watch, very similar to Pullman’s Northern Lights cover.

What’s more, Verity Newman is played by none other than Jessica Hynes (nee Stevenson), who played Joan Redfern in Human Nature!

It’s clearly the present day, so either Joan has time-travelled and become a novelist, or this might be Joan’s granddaughter, who inherited the Doctor’s journal, and has turned it into a novel. Very intriguing!

Edited to add: I wandered back down, to find that filming had finished and was packing up. As I walked past the entrance to the bookshop, Jessica Hynes walked out, right next to me, almost bumped into her! There was an odd moment as I recognised her, she saw I recognised her, and I went “urk!” As she went to the car I said, “I really loved Spaced! Erm… that’s a bit of a rubbish thing to say, but it’s all I can think of at the moment”. But complimenting someone on their work is never rubbish, and she smiled and waved, which was nice. I hope I didn’t scare her too much!

Edited to add (2): You can see a lot more much better photos from some of the rest of the gang of Who fans who were there: Planet Gallifrey, Scooty’s photostream, Brigade Leader’s photostream.

2 thoughts on “Doctor Who bookshop filming – spoilers!

  1. i love the thought of this storyline. i dont think the doc was thinking when he left the journal behind in 1913.
    its got to be a relative of joans. i am curious as to how the bookstore confrontation goes down. will he be mad. will he buy a copy?
    this is killing me. xmas cant come soon enough

  2. Wow that sounds great. I only stumbled across this blog because I have just been given a copy me The Journal of Impossible Things and was looking for an image to use as a desktop. I didn’t find quite what I was looking for so I scanned the page with the 10 Doctors’ faces. It’s my best desktop ever! Anyway, I will listen to your commentaries when I’m back on my pc, I’m on my mobile at work at the moment. I’m afraid my blog is in no way Doctor Who related, except for a photo of my Snowdalek. I basically use my blog as a free way to instantly share photos with family, but have a look if you like.

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