Peter Capaldi has began shooting his first scenes as the new Doctor Who.

The former star of scathing political comedy The Thick Of It is filming this afternoon in Cardiff after taking over from Matt Smith at Christmas.

Capaldi is shooting for an opening episode set in Victorian times and he was joined on set by familiar characters Madam Vastra, Strax and Jenny.

Arriving on set to begin filming, he tweeted: “New job, first day, slightly nervous. Just like the Doctor, I'm emerging from the TARDIS into a whole other world.”

Showrunner Steven Moffat added: “First the eyebrows! Then, at Christmas, the face! Coming soon, the whole Doctor. In the Cardiff studios, the Capaldi era begins.”

Accompanying The Doctor on his adventures will be companion Clara Oswald, played by Jenna Coleman.