The atmosphere on the TARDIS was strained for a few days after Mickey chose to stay in the parallel world. Once she’d spent some time with her Mum, Rose returned to the ship and wandered around a bit aimlessly, feeling too restless to wallow in bed, too guilty to seek out the Doctor’s company.
He seemed to be under the impression that she needed a break from travelling, needed to spend some time suspended in the vortex to work through her feelings. In reality, that was the last thing she needed. She kept hinting at him that she’d prefer to just get back out there and see the world, the universe, to take her mind off of quite effectively pushing her once best mate away so spectacularly that she’d never ever see him again.
But he didn’t believe her, and made up some excuse about the TARDIS needing rest and recuperation. Consequently, the Time Lord had been stuck under the console for the best part of three days, and Rose was bored, lonely, and feeling a little too emotionally fragile for her liking. She wasn’t used to it, didn’t like it, and wanted to pretend she was fine. And the Doctor - bloody good at doing exactly that himself, she knew - was unfairly not indulging her in that desire. He kept looking at her with sympathy in his eyes and a sad smile on his face, too.
“You just don’t get it, do you? An army’s nothing. Because those ordinary people, they’re the key. The most ordinary person could change the world.
Some ordinary man or woman, some idiot. All it takes is for him to find, say, the right numbers. Say the right codes. Say, for example, the code behind the emotional inhibitor. The code right in front of him.”
Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel - Behind the Scenes (Part Three)
Excerpts from Jason Arnopp’s behind-the-scenes article from DWM #370
First, a rehearsal run-through. When the Cyberman strides up to execute Don [Warrington, playing the President], this is the first time the cast have heard one speak. Most of them can’t help grinning through sheer glee as Nick Briggs’ Cyber-voice emerges from speakers. In one of the actual takes, there’s further hilarity when Don’s earpiece pops out, mid-speech. David [Tennant] nimbly catches it and hands it back.
“You do have to fight down any impulses you have to say stupid lines over the speakers,” confides Nick. “I feel those impulses the whole time! But you have to remember how distracting and annoying that would be if you were directing. If actors incessantly muck around when I’m directing audio plays, you think, “It was funny the first time, now stop it!”
Steffan Morris, the Second Assistant Director, gets an enthusiastic response when he asks for party guests to return for additional filming tomorrow. “I’ve got 13 volunteers,” he announces after a head count, “and we only need ten.”
Nick adopts his finest evil-genius tones: “Kill three of them…”
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