Behind the Scenes of Daleks In Manhattan / Evolution of the Daleks (Part One of Two)
Excerpts from James Strong’s “Director’s Diary” of the filming for DWM issue #383
- Tue 14 November -
It’s trying to rain. Ignore it, you fools! Tonight, the Doctor defies the Daleks, and we defy the showers. Take after take, David delivers a spellbinding mix of anger, fear, and determination. Afterwards, he sounds a little hoarse. I hope he hasn’t overdone things. Finally, we kill Solomon, who has to fall into the mud and ruin his costume, so we make doubly-sure that we’ve shot everything with actor Hugh Quarshie before he drops, which he does with consummate elegance - a fine and noble death.
- Thur 16 November -
[…] And then Phil calls with some really bad news: David has lost his voice. His exertions over the past few weeks have taken their toll. Guiltily, I think back to that extra take of him defying the Daleks. We have to reschedule the day, and hope that his voice recovers in time for the Doctor’s confrontation with the remaining Daleks tomorrow.
- Fri 17 November -
The Doctor faces the remaining Daleks and the imprisoned Sec in the theatre. We have to use the whole space, so I decide to put the Doctor and the company in the stalls. However, that puts them miles away from - and at least six feet lower than - the Daleks on stage. I ask David how he feels about crawling to the front and leaping on stage, but he suggests standing on the seats instead. Genius! David is now eye to eyestalk with his nemesis.
- Thur 23 November -
Torrential rain! And on Doctor Who’s birthday too! It’s the last night of the shoot, and finally our luck with the weather has run dry - or more precisely, wet. [… bits about miraculous short breaks in the weather, allowing them to film the scenes on the girders …] We’re underway. It’s freezing, though, and the poor cast are suffering as the rain comes and goes. But we get it, we’ve done it, it’s a wrap. I shake hands with my crew, I hug David - thank you for everything. It’s going to be a cracker.
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