Because this exact leaf had to grow in that exact way, in that exact place, so that precise wind could tear it from that precise branch and make it fly into this exact face, at that exact moment. And if just one of those tiny little things had never happened, I’d never have met you. Which makes this the most important leaf in human history.
When you run with the Doctor, it feels like it’ll never end. But however hard you try you can’t run forever. Everybody knows that everybody dies and nobody knows it like the Doctor. But I do think that all the skies of all the worlds might just turn dark if he ever for one moment, accepts it. Everybody knows that everybody dies. But not every day. Not today. Some days are special. Some days are so, so blessed. Some days, nobody dies at all. Now and then, every once in a very long while, every day in a million days, when the wind stands fair, and the Doctor comes to call… everybody lives.
Verity Lambert: I wanted the schoolteachers to be the sort of representatives of the very best of schoolteachers. They were going to be reasonable and not too frightening, just people who we’d have confidence in.
David Tennant’s Contributions to Doctor Who Episodes “Partners in Crime Reshoot” Edition
Excerpts from The Writer’s Tale by Russell T Davies and Benjamin Cook:
From an e-mail from RTD dated Friday 19 October 2007: 4.1[Season 4, Episode 1 - Partners in Crime] is cursed! Last night’s filming had been rescheduled from its original date, because of the rain two nights ago, so we ended up shooting the Donna-goes-to-the-TARDIS-with-her-hatbox scene up against a nightclub, with BAM BAM BAM music and crowds of drunk Welsh, literally, yelling. Very loud. On and on and on. The offstage noise is terrible. With David and Catherine soldiering on bravely. Take after take after take. Today, David sent Phil, Julie and me an e-mail, complaining - well, complaining is too strong a word for him. He was just genuinely sad, because it’s a lovely scene and he thinks that their performances were constrained. Ideally, we’ll have to reshoot.
Orig.Poster’s note: This post is part of a series on some of the contributions that David made to episodes of Doctor Who, because he sometimes gets questions about ad-libs or input he may have had to episodes, but he tends to not take credit for his various additions/suggestions - so I figured I’d list some for him. Bless David for speaking up about his concerns and bless Russell T. Davies for taking his lead actor’s concerns to heart and carving out the time and budget for a reshoot. I appreciate how hard they all tried to produce the best show they possibly could. In my opinion David and Catherine were both fantastic in the original scene, but I do believe that the re-shot scene is even better. I’m thankful the original shoot’s footage was included with the deleted scenes on the Series 4 boxed set so we can see the differences.