Pictures: Doctor Who star Jenna Coleman films royal drama in shadow of York Minster

Filming a scene at York Minster School. Photograph © John Mather
10 Nov 2015 @ 7.12 pm
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Queen Vic… Jenna as Victoria on location at the Minster School. Photograph © John Mather
Queen Vic… Jenna as Victoria on location at the Minster School. Photograph © John Mather

These magnificently regal photographs show Doctor Who star Jenna Coleman filming in the shadow of York Minster.

The actor is pictured at the Minster School shooting scenes for her first TV drama since leaving the legendary time-travelling show.

She plays the young queen in ITV series Victoria.

Dressed in a beautiful silk gown, and wearing a crown and pearl necklace, Jenna looked every inch the monarch who acceded to the throne aged just 18 in 1837.

It is a far cry from Clara Oswald, her role as the Doctor’s companion in the Tardis, whose last episodes of Doctor Who are being played out on Saturday nights on BBC1.

Jenna is helped in to the royal coach, although the maid of honour looks seriously underdressed… Photograph © John Mather
Jenna is helped in to the royal coach, although the maid of honour looks seriously underdressed… Photograph © John Mather
Clearly no expense has been spared on the production.

Shooting at the Minster School on Sunday (November 8), next to York Minster, involved a royal coach with four liveried footmen and two black horses.

Victoria follows the queen from her earliest days as monarch through to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert.

Already the fictional queen has seen more of York than the real thing.

Queen Victoria passed through the city on the train to and from Balmoral on many occasions. In 1849, she was persuaded out of the royal carriage to hear a loyal address from the Lord Mayor of York, James Meek.

Twenty thousand people gathered to watch her arrival. She and Prince Albert then went for luncheon at the railway station Banqueting Room.

But a row about the cost supposedly put her off York, although this is disputed.

These photographs were taken by John Mather of Image View Photography
Ready to roll – the queen in her coach. Photograph © John Mather
Ready to roll – the queen in her coach. Photograph © John Mather
The eight part series is a Mammoth Screen production, whose past credits include the very popular revival of Poldark, Endeavour following the fortunes of a young inspector Morse, and archaeology meets mystery series Bonekickers.

Jenna stars alongside Rufus Sewell. He plays Lord Melbourne, who was prime minster when Victoria came to the throne.

Melbourne mentored the young queen in the ways of politics, and the two became friends.

There's a look the Doctor might recognise… Photograph © John Mather
There’s a look the Doctor might recognise… Photograph © John Mather
Rufus Sewell (centre) plays Lord Melbourne, prime minister and friend to the queen. Photograph © John Mather
Rufus Sewell (centre) plays Lord Melbourne, prime minister and friend to the queen. Photograph © John Mather
Jenna on College Green, York, filming Death Comes To Pemberley. Photograph: Richard McDougall
Flashback: Jenna on College Green, York, filming Death Comes To Pemberley. Photograph: Richard McDougall
This isn’t the first time that Jenna has filmed in the city.

She shot scenes for the hugely popular Death Comes To Pemberley in summer 2013, just round the corner on College Street.

Scenes for Victoria have also been shot at Castle Howard, and much of the production is being put together at The Yorkshire Studios at Church Fenton, between York and Leeds.