Let's begin with the first official BBC publicity shot of Season 8, with the big disclaimer that we are NOT seeing Capaldi's official costume, at least not according to the BBC. From inside sources, they are filming the first and second episode concurrently, with some episode 2 filming taking place tomorrow, so it's possible we may see more of Capaldi's official duds then.

And now on to the spoilers... You have been warned.

As was already hinted at earlier, this first episode does involve the return of the Patternoster Gang, and Jenny, Strax, and Madame Vastra were all there, with Jenny sporting her Blue Peter-designed Sonic Gauntlets.

The scenes being filmed appeared to involve Jenny, Vastra, and Strax meeting the arrival of a cargo ship, and receiving an odd looking yellow alien device. There were also some scenes involving period policemen. Afterwards they reportedly returned to the studio to film some interiors taking place in the ship's hold.

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(photo by Ryan Farrell)

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(This image and more from Fangirl Quest)

(This image and more from Fangirl Quest)

Now on to slightly more shaky ground... According to the always reliable twitter, someone is claiming this first episode involves the return of the clockwork droids from Girl in the Fireplace. Nobody has managed to snap a picture if that's the case, but it seems vaguely plausible, especially if Capaldi is spending most of this first episode wandering around in 11's clothes and recovering from the trauma of being given a whole new set of regenerations.

Some people have also noted that the gentleman in the picture above bears a striking resemblance to Theodore Maxtible from Evil of the Daleks, which I'm pretty sure is just coincidence, but you never know. I suppose we'll see what tomorrow's filming brings, especially if episode 2 is a Dalek story, as previously rumored.