UPDATED: Dr Who Christmas Special filming gets under way in Bristol
Doctor Who film crews are today setting up shop in Corn Street, as they prepare to shoot the show’s Christmas Special.
The area is being transformed into a winter wonderland ahead of the night sequence, which will be filmed between 9pm tonight and 5am tomorrow.
The arts, props and lighting departments are in the area this morning turning Corn Street and St. Nicholas market into the streets of 1890s London.
Film crews are expected to use snow machines to create a white Christmas backdrop for the episode, which is to be screened on Christmas Day.
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Access to every outlet in Corn Street will be kept clear and free during trading hours.
St Stephen’s Street and St. Nicholas Street will be closed from around 7pm today, and will reopen at around 6am tomorrow.
UPDATE 16.55: Local traders say Corn Street is taking on a "turn of the century" feel, with barrels and cars being wheeled down the road.
Alex Miller, general manager at All Bar One, said he understood fake snow was going to be blasted in the area from around 8.30pm.
"As I'm stood talking to you I can see down the road and it seems to be taking shape," he said.
Other traders said they can see a growing number of crew members setting up in the area, and anticipate a throng of Doctor Who fans will arrive this evening.
Helen Bull, manager at The Commercial Rooms in Corn Street, said: "There's a few things being put up, it looks like a Victorian scene. We're are excited, it's happening right on our doorstep.
"I don't think people really understand it's Doctor Who. We only found out ourselves at around midday."
Ms Bull said she expected fans would arrive later today. "If people sit in our windows they can see what's happening," she said.
Meanwhile Lynn Andres, the owner of Guy Fawkes hair and beauty salon in St. Nicholas Street, said there were plenty of Doctor Who fans in the house. "From the bin men to the clients to staff. I'm a great Doctor Who fan, I have been since I was a child. I've followed it all the way through, since it was black and white.
"It's quite exciting. It's a lovely part of town, a great place to film. It's absolutely fantastic".
Mr Miller of All Bar One added: "I'm sure there will be a small following of fans later".