The Christmas Invasion - Behind the Scenes [Part 7]
Excerpt from Benjamin Cook’s articles in Doctor Who Magazine #365
“I’m suggesting you almost fall out of the TARDIS,” James
[Hawes, director] calls out.
This is David’s big entrance in the Christmas special. He’s wearing his predecessor’s black leather jacket especially for the occasion. Noel and Camille are waiting to greet him outside the TARDIS.
“This is your big moment,” yells Camille. “Yay!”
David stumbles out of the police box. “I might do a bit of this,” he says to James, putting his hands on Camille and Noel’s shoulders.
“Ooh, I like that,” jumps in Camille. “Touchy feely stranger.”
“And you,” says James to Noel, “should be like, ‘Who is this guy?’”
“Do I care though?” asks Noel. “Seriously?”
Also, David suggests fixing his gaze on Mickey and Jackie, rather than looking around at the estate on which he’s landed.
“Okay,” says James, “stand by to shoot.”
“Here we are then,” says David, emerging from the TARDIS. “London, Earth, the Solar System. I did it!” He walks forward, delighted. “Jackie! Mickey! Blimey! No, hold on a minute, wait there, let me think, what was I gonna say? There was something…”
He trails off. To everyone’s astonishment, an old man in a dirty raincoat is shuffling through the scene, ignoring the actors and everything else around him. It’s as if we’re all invisible. Everyone stares at him open-mouthed.
As he passes Noel, the old man - let’s call him Scrooge - scowls. “Bloody BBC,” Scrooge mutters, “it’s full of poofs and homosexuals!”
“There’s a dentists over there, mate,” shouts out Noel, as Scrooge hobbles off. “Why don’t you go and get your teeth fixed?”
“I like the way he put them into two categories,” laughs David, afterwards. “Poofs and homosexuals! Heaven forbid!”
It’s such a different way of working. It’s such a unique show and a unique beast, in itself. Every two weeks is so, so different, and you’re playing that story with an over-arching character. It really is the relationships with Matt [Smith] and Peter [Capaldi] that made that job everything that is it, and what they taught me as actors. They’re so uniquely wonderful. They’re really amazing friends. I think I was lucky to have fallen into the hands of both of them, and they’re really good friends today. Today being six months later.
“If you’ve got forever, you don’t notice the flecks in the concrete, or bother to touch the bricks… You send your friends into danger, knowing the stakes aren’t the same for you, that you might get them killed - while you walk away unscathed.”