I’d arranged to meet my mate Karl Blockwell in Brewdog on Westgate Street. On the way back from my daily cycle ride from Trefforest I stopped off for some food and a crafty Yorkie bar. Damn my sweet tooth! I got to the bar seconds after they’d been filming Doctor Who. I saw lots of my people (aka fans) milling around looking awkward and a film crew just packing away their equipment. Bollocks. I was told that Jenna Coleman had just been in. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t hang around the filming, well not since they started filming the show in Cardiff. Back then I was working in the centre of Cardiff and happen across filming all the time, and most of the time it was fairly mundane, you’d be lucky if you’d get a Cyberman. Saw lots of Tennant filming, but since Matt Smith which coincided with me working in Bristol I ain’t seen nuthin.
So I had a very pleasant evening drinking ‘Old Hobbler’ in Brewdog with Karl, and decided to wobbly into the night at around 9ish. Who should I bump into (see what I did there?) but Peter Capaldi, Jenn Coleman and A N Other filming just outside the (still missed) old Square Club! I was asked by a very nice security guard to move in from the road as I in real danger of being run over by a bus. I got way over excited at seeing my first bit of filming for five years and juggled my phone in an effort to take a photo. Being literally face to face with The Doctor I lost all sense of reason, I don’t know what I pressed but I couldn’t get the camera of selfie mode, so I just had a panicked picture of me being reflected back as I tried to remember how to work the camera. Alas it was all in vein, the Director called “Cut!” a car materialised (!) from nowhere and took Capaldi away, he walked within a foot of me as I tried to make my phone work. In my defense I was a little drunk.
This is my third Time Lord related camera incident. Around six years ago I was tipped off that there was filming up by the Hilton. I borrowed a camera from the agency I was working in and cycled over to see Tennant, Barrowman and Freema Agyeman (the episode “Sound of Drums” fact fans) filming. When the Director shouted cut David Tennant walked within feet of me, I got over excited, (there’s a theme here) pressed the wrong button on the camera and the batteries fell out. As I was scrabbling on the floor to get the batteries I gazed up, Tennant stopped and gave me a look.
Still I was happy to see some filming again the other week and I cycled into the night giggling.