Dr Who Christmas Special to be filmed in Bristol next week
Bristol’s Corn Street will be transformed into a winter wonderland next Monday, for the filming of the Doctor Who Christmas Day Special.
Using snow machines and horse and carts, St. Nicholas market and the surrounding area will become the streets of 1890s London.
The bustling shopping area will be the setting for the show’s Christmas Special, which is due to be screened on Christmas Day.
According to a letter sent to local businesses, filming will take place between 9pm on Monday August 20 and 5am the following day.
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The arts, props and lighting department will be in the area early on Monday to begin setting up for the night sequence.
Access to every outlet in Corn Street will be kept clear and free during trading hours, the letter says.
Local traders confirmed they had received the memo.
Alex Miller, the manager at All Bar One in Corn Street, said: “I guess it’s fairly exciting. It’s good for the area, I’m sure it will attract quite a crowd.”
Mr Miller said he was unsure what sort of view of the action his customers will be able to get, but assured This is Bristol the bar would “set up appropriately” when they knew more.
“Anything that goes on we are right down in the centre of Bristol, we’ve had car shows and things like that and they are fairly good for business,” he said.
“I think I was born a little bit later to catch the first runs of Dr Who, but it will be good to get out there and see what they’re doing. I’m sure it will transform the street.”
Boris Kitanov, trainee assistant manager at Walkabout in Corn Street, said: “I understand it’s the Christmas Special, and that’s quite a big show.
“We have a comedy event that night and hopefully they will be decorating the street with fake snow – it might bring some attention to us.”
Asked whether there were any Dr Who fans in the house, Mr Kitanov said: “We have got quite a few. Most of the staff will be here and they’ll be looking out.
“We hope it will affect trade in a positive way. They asked us to cooperate with them – to bring down some flags outside – but it’s not a problem for us.”
According to the memo, St Stephen’s Street and St Nicholas Street will be closed from around 7pm on Monday, and will reopen at around 6am the following day.
Five parking bays outside Guy Fawkes Hairdressers will also be closed from 7am until 7pm, to make space for a large cherry picker and generator truck. These will be moved and the bays will again become operational early on Tuesday morning.