There's a saying in the Devious team where we say we only do one day's filming a year. If that is so then we've finished for this year and you'll have to wait awhile for any new stuff. Well, to be fair that saying was based on our rather disastrous few years where we really did only the one day. As usual there were reasons, chiefly concerning the fact that we all have real lives and this is just a hobby. Now this year looks as if we've finally got things sorted - we're already planning for a mid-October weekend of filming with the same set - with a Saturday and Sunday this time instead of one day.
Next year we hope to have a new set ready (the big control room) for January/February and we'll be lining the Doctor up with nine daleks for the denouement of the piece. There's a lot to be done by then but at present we're confident. Ashley has just 3 daleks left in his shed - the originals in fact which need a bit of cleaning up and repairing but they will be ok for the new year. The new set elements are modular and will work well in the new room. The doors from the corridor sets will be reused as entrances to the control room, and there's the central diaz to build and the computer modules and the tardis (which arrives during the scenes). (This tardis is the outside of the set that is being built at the moment - the church-crypt set - and it's appearance is looking to be that of a church door).
As for the Sunday the 8th of September - the day went well! Despite last minute set build adjustments on the Friday night in Ashley's shed until 2am the set was transported to the location starting at 11am and was ready for construction by 1pm.
We gave up at 6.30 and restarted at 9 on the Sunday - the lighting being the big problem. We had intended the scenes to be shot in the corridors to be from two parts of the story - before the time-ripple affects the complex and the daleks succumb - and afterwards where everything is awake and after the Doctor it seems! So the first part was to be dimly lit as the complex's power was down (we may blue-tint these shots) and the later parts would be with the complex's systems up and running - although still fairly dim as the black walls needed not to be lit being made of material).
Interestingly (or not, depending on your point of view, or if you have a Whovian fascination with banal triviality) Tony Garner is now by far the longest-serving Doctor of them all! A decade in the part. However most other Doctors get to appear in more than one story! That's Devious for you!
More soon - we'll have some stills from the actual footage to add to these pages later this month.