Behind the scenes of The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit (Part 6)
Excerpts from the DVD commentary for The Impossible Planet (with David Tennant, Shaun Parkes [played Zachary Cross Flane], and Will Cohen [visual effects producer] )
Will Cohen: This - not that I often go into fan forums or anything, but this scene caused a bit of controversy.
DT: Did it really? Why?
WC: …and a certain amount of delight amongst fans because - the sort-of domestic conversation that you have with Rose Tyler.
WC: Talking about mortgages and settling down.
WC: It was the subject of many threads.
Shaun Parkes: They didn’t like that?
WC: Well, there was the usual split
DT: For and against?
WC: That’s what makes it brilliant
DT: Part of this is, of course, as the series goes on there’s a cranking-up of this whole idea of the Doctor and Rose being inseparable and talking about things like this is part of that, I suppose. Just so the finale of the season, which - if you’re listening to this commentary I presume you know what’s coming for Rose - it’s just to, you know, make that feel all the more painful and poignant when they’re finally torn apart forever. In fact, I think it’s episode nine when the devil says,“The young girl who will die in battle very soon,” was the first bald reference to what was coming at the end.
DT: Yeah, you got it?
SP: But she didn’t die… but she did…
DT: Well, she sort-of died, didn’t she? She’s dead in the real world.
“I was in a hotel room with Mark Gatiss actually - oh that’s how rumours start- and I started writing the audition scene for her and I started writing about her talking about a boy and it just felt wrong. I couldn’t say why exactly I didn’t like it but then I changed it to a girl and then it was just right - she’s gay.”
- Steven Moffat explaining how they decided to make Bill gay
they didn’t decide they needed an LGBT character, they simply wrote a character and discovered that being gay was part of her in the process
make me choose; chancehouse asked: doctor who season 3, season 7 or season 9 When something goes missing, you can always recreate it by the hole it left. I know her name was Clara. I know we travelled together. I know that there was an Ice Warrior on a submarine and a mummy on the Orient Express. I know we sat together in the Cloisters and she told me something very important, but I have no idea what she said. Or what she looked like. Or how she talked. Or laughed. There’s nothing there. Just nothing. There’s one thing I know about her. Just one thing. If I met her again, I would absolutely know.
Looking over some screencaps from the TV Movie the other day, I started asking myself how the initial confusion over the colour of the Doctor’s coat ever came about. I mean, look; it’s green (though not bottle green as it’s usually described; to me it looks more like a very dark olive green) in almost every light:
Then I remember that this was pre-DVDs and high-res and the costume being on display and that it looks brown
(There are a handful in which it looks green but those weren’t really seen back then)
It’s fascinating (to me, anyway) how one fabric can change colour so dramatically.
Behind the scenes of The Stolen Earth / Journey’s End (Part 2 of 8)
Excerpts from Doctor Who Magazine #398, behind the scenes of The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End as reported by Benjamin Cook
Production on Doctor Who has ground to a halt. Tools have been downed. Cameras abandoned. And for why? Because make-up artist Steve Smith has arrived on set, in the Nobles’ living room, carrying a mongrel puppy dog called Jack. “What is it?” asks Bernard Cribbins.
“It’s a dog,” explains Steve.
“Well, I can see that.”
He belongs to the lady across the road. “She just threw it at me,” explains Steve, “and said, Catherine would like to see Jack, wouldn’t she?”
“Oh, I do, I so do,” coos Catherine Tate, taking Jack in her arms.
“Can we get all puppies off set!” pleads Simon Morris, the First Assistant Director. But no one is listening.
“Aww, he still smells of his mother’s womb,” says Catherine, taking a sniff.
“That’s disgusting,” exclaims David Tennant. “Just wait til he pees on you.”
“Nah, I couldn’t have a dog that’s smaller than a cat,” reasons Catherine. “He is lovely, though.”
“Tell people it’s a hamster,” suggests David. Meanwhile, across the room, Phil Collinson is ripping up today’s shooting schedule.