One final warning folks before you continue reading. This article contains details recently revealed on set of the Series 8 finale and contains potentially major spoilers for the plot.
If you do not wish to know any details about the episode, do not read, repeat, DO NOT READ. SPOILERS.
Now then, filming is currently under way for the two-part finale to Series 8 of Doctor Who and several things have been revealed on set.
Through a leaked photograph of a script on set, the episode title (as to whether it is Episode 11 or 12, it is not yet know) is ‘Death in Heaven’.
The story features Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, and introduces a new character, the Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere (who, according to rumours, may or may not be a Time Lord), played by Michelle Gomez.
The episode also sees the return of Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave), Osgood (Ingrid Oliver), and the forces of U.N.I.T.
The villains of the episode are also fan favourites making a glorious return- THE CYBERMEN!!
And not just any Cybermen, we are getting both the modern, upgraded Cybermen (first seen in Nightmare in Silver) as well as the classic Cybermen of 60s Second Doctor era story, The Invasion.
[Photo credit to Simon Watkins]
Several scenes were filmed in Box Cemetery in Llanelli, the same graveyard used for the emotional farewell to the Ponds in The Angels Take Manhattan.
Now to the plot details of the episode.There are several scenes set in the middle of a city that appears to be London with the Doctor, the Gatekeeper, Kate and Osgood surrounded by armed U.N.I.T. soldiers and Cybermen around them.
The Cybermen appear to be harvesting and converting dead bodies into new Cyber forces, and there is a moment where U.N.I.T. seemingly turns on the Doctor!!
There are also images of a tall black grave headstone with Gallifreyan markings.
Speculation on my part here, but it could be possible that we may see a kind of ‘Cyber Civil War’ between the modern Cybermen and their classic counterparts, as there are classic Cybermen helmets battle damaged and apparently Steven Moffat did allude to such a thing once.
My personal dream would be that they’re going for a modern interpretation and homage to 1969’s The Invasion, one of Patrick Troughton’s greatest adventures, one of the best Cybermen stories, and the very first story to ever feature U.N.I.T.
That’s about it for now folks, but I shall keep you updated with anything new.