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New filmic look for Doctor Who’s eleventh series

Series 11 of Doctor Who is being filmed with new lenses to give the show a more cinematic look.

According to production hire company Films at 59, director Jamie Childs and director of photography Dennis Crossan are already using the new equipment, which is intended to improve the visual impact of the show.

Films at 59 has provided BBC Studios with Cooke anamorphic Prime lenses and Angenieux Optimo anamorphic zooms that will be used with Arri Alexa XT and Alex Mini cameras.

Dave Wride, hire client at Films at 59, said:

“The BBC have made a monumental leap here to enhance the look of Doctor Who and I’m sure the fans will not be disappointed with the distinctly cinematic results that this lens and camera combo will afford them.”

The eleventh series of Doctor Who, which went into production at the end of October, will be the first from new showrunner Chris Chibnall, who takes over from departing executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat. Series 11 will also be the first to star Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor, who will be joined in the TARDIS by an all-new team of friends played by Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill.

Doctor Who Series 11 will air in Autumn 2018, opening with an hour-long special followed by nine 50-minute episodes.

[Source: Broadcast]