These are the only times I remember the Doctor not using his sonic screwdriver to unlock a door. He’s so angry and desperate I doubt he even thinks to use it. He just busts in on a “give her back to me“ mission.
David: It is very aggressive and it was worse in the original script. In the original script I smashed the arm on the ground and I asked if we could change that. Because it felt just…it..you’re right. It still worries me slightly when I see it, that it’s a little bit destructive frankly.
- From The Fires of Pompeii commentary
I love this. David asking to change something because he thought it was too violent for the show and also probably because it was unnecessarily violent for the Doctor. The Doctor doesn’t condone unnecessary violence. I think that has been forgotten.
One of my favorite things about the Ninth Doctor is his stillness. Christopher Eccleston is so great at expressing emotion with very little movement. Because of that I feel Nine was the epitome of the Oncoming Storm. All that rage and pain simmering under the calm. The times he did rage and break felt true and powerful.
I think we were all a bit keyed up about how Christopher Eccleston would be. We heard he was a serious, quite shy, quite intense actor and man, and so we thought how is that going to translate into a show where, I mean one of the things we wanted him to do and we dropped it because it was a rubbish item, we wanted him to I think sit on the largest whoopee cushion in the world or something. Don’t ask me why but I thought you know that’s maybe dicing with danger there because it’s not very respectful. But he was fine, he came in and I think he had decided this is Blue Peter, I know who this audience is for, I’m going to go for it. And he was courteous and charming and I mean we were really knocked out by how fantastic he was. A lot of guests are not like that.
Richard Marson- Blue Peter Producer & Editor (1998-2007)