Back in May 2015 I was invited on set for the filming of the special hour long episode of BBC Doctors. Now the episode has been on TV I can share some of the images of the filming I took on that day, but beware, if you haven’t seen the special episode yet there may be some spoilers included in the images below.
For those that missed the hour long episode it can be seen on BBC iPlayer until the 10th October 2015.
Letherbridge Cars prop as seen on the set of BBC Doctors
The set of the Doctors special episode in Centenary Square as viewed from the Library of Birmingham
A number of market stalls were set up in Centenary Square to create the set
Is there a Doctor on set? Chris Walker (Rob Hollins), Ian Kelsey (Howard Bellamy) and Ian Midlane (Al Haskey) pose for a group photo
Some of the regular cast pose for a big group picture with the Bhangra dancers in front of Baskerville House
Ian Kelsey (Howard Bellamy) and Ian Mercer (Andy Weston) wait for their next scene.
Not a doughnut in sight, but Sgt Rob Hollins (Chris Walker) has found the coffee shop
Ian Mercer (Andy Weston) takes a relaxing break in the sun during filming in Centenary Square
Lorna Laidlaw (Mrs Tembe) and Cornell St John (Rick Joseph) exchange a few words in a scene rehearsal
Ian Mercer (Andy Weston) mingles with the crowd in the Birmingham market in Centenary Square
Lenny (Grahame Edwards) tries to sing his song while Mrs Tembe (Lorna Laidlaw) tries to talk him down
A shot rings out and a man is down, the market crowd scatter. The man in the heart costume points out where the gunman may have been firing from to Rob Hollins (Chris Walker) while DCI Driver (Elizabeth Rider) checks on the victim.
Doctors’ executive producer Mike Hobson said: “This is our homage to Birmingham, to say thank you for last 15 years since the show started. We wanted to set it in the heart of the city. It’s an exciting climax to a hard-hitting storyline. They are our biggest scenes yet, involving more than 200 people including dhol players and Bhangra dancers. Drama has always been part of the DNA of BBC Birmingham and the Drama Village in Selly Oak, continues this tradition.”