London 24 report:

The Doctor Who 50th anniversary special is set to air in a couple of months but it seems one resourceful fan couldn’t wait – so submitted a freedom of information request to see what they could find out.

The Greater London Authority (GLA) has published all written correspondence between it and the BBC concerning the filming of parts of the one-off episode in Trafalgar Square earlier this year – and the spoiler-ridden 55 pages can be readhere.

Highlights from the documents, mostly emails and contracts (with a lot of presumably sensitive information redacted), include the fee Doctor Who’s producers paid the GLA for use of the London landmark – £6,500 plus VAT – and a picture of a wind machine that has been used to “replicate the helicopter downdraught” in one scene.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a journalist at the UK edition of WIRED magazine. In 2015, my first book Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. My second book Reed Hastings: Building Netflix, was published in March 2020. I created FOI Directory in 2012 and have maintained it in my spare since ever since.