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David Tennant’s Contributions to Doctor Who Episodes
“I Don’t Want To Go” Edition

From Doctor Who Confidential:

David Tennant: The final line, saying “I don’t want to go,” of course it’s a very emotive final line.
Euros Lyn: We did four takes on David’s final line, “I don’t want to go,” and with each take we pushed the emotion and the grief further.
David: We tried being very unemotional about it, we tried a little smur of an emotional moment, and we also did one with a full-on kind of breaking down version
Euros:  My feeling on the day was that we really wanted to pull at the audience’s heart strings at that point, and I wanted David to be overcome with grief, but actually that wasn’t right.
[David, Euros, and Julie Gardner watching the footage]
David: I worry four’s not quite in character.  I just worry if you see him breaking down, it stops you breaking down as well.  There’s always a danger of that, isn’t there?
Julie: Yes
David: If that’s the final image and you’re left with him in total distress, it’s pretty grim.  That’s not really who he is, is it?
Julie: I think it’s three.
David: I think three’s more… I find three more moving, actually.
Euros: Because he’s fighting.  
Julie: He’s holding it
Euros: Facing his death with bravery, yeah.  There’s a stoicism to take three.
David: Which is more like him
Julie: There’s a heroic stoicism 
[end of them watching the footage on filming day]
Euros: In the end we’ve got take three in there, which is the take where he’s a bit more controlled.  He’s a bit more like the Doctor, in fact.  He’s brave.
David: We didn’t want him to lose all that bravery in that final moment.  There’s something stoical and long-suffering and… strong about the Doctor that – I don’t think he can get too self-pitying even in a moment like that.

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.  I can certainly understand why Euros and Julie originally wanted to use Take #4 - it was a gut-wrenchingly, heart-breakingly beautiful performance from David. It does seem a shame to not use it - but I also think that David was absolutely right to argue that Take #3 was more in-character for his Doctor, and a better way to deliver his final line. 

Full set of David’s Contributions Posts (tag):
Bigger on the Inside Edition
Walking on Theatre Chairs Edition
Scanning a Planet Edition
Shakespeare Code Bedroom Edition
Interrupting Jackie Edition
Sarah Jane Smith Edition
Stone Arm Edition
Hand in a Jar Edition
Killing the Vespiform Edition 
Void Stuff Edition

Where to Watch the Season 10 Premiere of Doctor Who: ‘The Pilot’

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Behind the Scenes of The Waters of Mars (Part Two of Many)

Excerpts from Benjamin Cook’s interview with Lindsay Duncan in DWM 415:

“Loads of energy,” bellows Graeme [Harper, director], as the cast and crew gear up for another take. “Let’s kick it up the bottom - really fast and pacey, c’mon! It’s a lovely, chaotic moment.”  He turns to William Hartley, the First Assistant Director.  “It’s like being in a circus, isn’t it?”

“What does that make you, then?” chips in Russell T. Davies, Doctor Who showrunner and - with Phil Ford - the writer of this episode.  “The lion tamer?”

“I’d like to start over there,” explains Graeme, “and pull focus, so you’ve got the Doctor as a loose, lonely figure, watching on…”

“Is that when I get changed?” teases David, removing his helmet.  “Is that when I slip into something more comfortable?  I left my space shoes by the door! Sorry about the helmet hair,” he adds.

“Wear it like that out,” suggests Russell. “You’ll start a trend.”

Other posts in this set:
[ one ] [ three ] [ four ] [ five ] [ six ] [ seven ] [ eight ]
Full list of behind-the-scenes posts:  [ here ]

Thank you to all set visitors who shared their photographs

Where to Watch episode 2 of Doctor Who: ‘Smile’

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Answers to some Infinity Train Questions

@sleeplessleo

I didn’t. I had to look up what that acronym stood for. Glowing things in or on people’s hands are a very old sci-fi and fantasy concept. I would say it was more inspired by Logan’s Run than anything else.

@impeterperez

Thanks! Before I was born, my mom and dad used to watch Doctor Who together. Eventually, their schedules made it so they couldn’t do that, so my dad recorded all the episodes of Doctor Who that they couldn’t watch when they aired. I found all these tapes when I was like 4 and the handwriting on the labels of “Dr. Who” was, I’m pretty sure, one of the earliest things I learned to read. Tom Baker was my first Doctor. I used to watch the show all the time. My neighborhood friends thought I was crazy. I remember hammering a bottle cap into a piece of wood and saying I’d invented something and I was the doctor and my friends would say “What do you mean?” and I’d say “No! You’re supposed to say ‘Doctor who?’ and then I say ‘yes!’”

They didn’t get it.

I wanted to get that feeling of adventure and mystery that I felt then (though I didn’t come up with this idea until 2010). Also, I got super SUPER into Myst as a kid and other point and click adventure games. I remember one of the earliest kind of mysterious games I played when I was 5 was called Countdown. It’s a DOS game about a guy in a prison and you’re trying escape, so you search your cell and you solve various puzzles. However, if you get caught, you get a lobotomy, which my parents then had to explain the concept of to me.

So Infinity Train is just all of that stuff.

Something I just wanna point out quick: I’ve noticed a lot of people seem to assume that I was heavily affected by anime as a kid, and I was, but only in that I HATED anime. All the anime stuff I’ve done in Regular Show was based on research (given to me by @tobyjones). My sister liked anime when we were kids, and we would argue about it constantly. When we got home from school, she would want to watch Dragon Ball Z and I would want to watch Twilight Zone or Sliders. I didn’t learn to even start considering anime as a valid idea until mid-late college. I’m fine now, but it’s not where my biggest, deepest influences come from.

@cadmus-fire3

Thanks! And wow yeah, that face stealer is cool looking. I’ve seen people mention the face stealer and also people saying it’s inspired from no face from Spirited Away.

The Steward is actually based on a song. I thought of the steward while I was driving through Yosemite a few years ago. I had just bought OK Cowboy by Vitalic and I was blasting it while driving through the mountains. The steward was the face/robot I thought of when the song My Friend Dario popped up. I imagined her rising from the ground, nodding her head to the beat, and then when the guitar comes in, that’s when she starts shooting like crazy. I wasn’t sure what she was shooting at, just that she was shooting stuff. I thought it could be cool (in my very early ideas of what infinity train might be) if she was terrorizing some small band of villagers and someone had to go confront it. This song inspiration is also why she has a sound effect that’s like a chugging, but constant electronic beat.

I would say, design wise, she’s most influenced by the couple’s mask from Majora’s Mask mixed with @hypnothalamus‘s work. I had just discovered Lucian Stanculescu and fallen in love with his art, so it was permeating my mind at the time. When I finally thought of the corgi scenario, I realized she was the perfect monster for it. She looks so different than anything we’d seen in the world so far, that the contrast would make her feel shocking and a little scary.

Here are the two original Steward drawings I drew in a tent cabin in June 2013. She wasn’t even named Steward at this point:

As always, thanks for watching the pilot and for your continued support of Infinity Train! We’re inching ever closer to a million views!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oY6kfVWv01k

My Doctor: How I Found Him the Long Way Around

A lot of people say that their first Doctor is “their Doctor”. That wasn’t the case for me. It took almost 25 years to find my Doctor.

When I had turned thirteen, my family moved from our home in a small town to a house in an even smaller small town. To have cable TV in the late 80s to early 90s was difficult to obtain when you were poor & living in the boonies. A small farm house in the sticks was unlikely to get that kind of luxury. So we were stuck with the Big 3 plus one – ABC, NBC, CBS (if the weather wasn’t too bad) and PBS.

My dad usually controlled the TV when he arrived from work, but Mom would take back the remote once he went to bed. She would watch the British comedy block with us on PBS, but on Friday nights at 10pm she would let my little brother & I have a treat by staying up late to watch Doctor Who. It was a ritual for us. At 10pm Jack Horkheimer Star Gazer would come on and this would signal that in five minutes time Doctor Who would start.

Unlike most UK viewers that originally watched Doctor Who when it aired, I didn’t see the Doctors in any kind of serialized order. We watched the omnibus versions of the Doctor’s adventures – which was fabulous for a kid trying to stay up two to three hours past their bedtime. I started out with Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor while he engaged the Silurians, then I would see him fight his way out of a miniscope with Jo Grant in Carnival of Monsters the following week. Next I would see William Hartnell traveling to discover the Keys of Marinus, then a week later I would watch as Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor and Leela do battle with a killer dummy and a rodent of unusual size. In my mind, the Doctor was just like James Bond. I didn’t know about regeneration. I knew he had different faces & it was just accepted. At the time Pertwee was my favorite of the Doctors, but I enjoyed all of them to varying degrees. I had yet to find my Doctor.

Then came Logopolis and my world was torn apart & rebuilt again.

I watched Tom Baker climb up the radio telescope. I watched him fall. I watched him die. I was shattered. Was this the end? Would there be no more stories? I sat on the floor and watched as he regenerated into the Watcher/Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison). It was astounding. It was mind-bending. It was something I had to learn more about. This was the moment I changed from a kid that enjoyed the show to a Whovian. 

I went to the library, read any book I could that had the slightest blurb about Doctor Who and checked out the novelizations of the show. I’d go to the book store and scan the sci-fi mags for any reference to the series. And I kept watching on Friday nights until the final episode of the series aired on PBS – which just so happened to be Survival

This was the beginning of the drought.

I had started to record a few episodes to re-watch when I heard about the 1989 hiatus. I would save up my lunch money to buy VHS tapes of episodes I hadn’t seen. And I would go to the rental store & rent the only episode of Doctor Who they had when I was really desperate: The Pyramids of Mars. In 1996 the TV Movie came & went. It was lovely. But it was fleeting.

By 2005, I heard the news that the Doctor was returning and I was ready. I found a way to watch Christopher Eccleston’s Nineth Doctor. I loved him, he was dynamic. He was amazing, but he wasn’t my Doctor. I watched him as he regenerated explosively into David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor. Again, he was flirty and nice. I enjoyed him, but he wasn’t my Doctor. And the same went for Matt Smith. He was like a fluffy, big-chinned, excitable puppy, but still… not my Doctor.

Then came The Day of the Doctor.

That was exciting. He looked very intense. I started to wonder what kind of Doctor Peter Capaldi would be?

I watched Series 8 and I enjoyed it. I began to really like his interpretation of the Twelfth Doctor. You could see that the series was setting up a long game for the character’s development. I was interested to see where it was heading. I had almost found my Doctor.

At last, Series 9 came. It was sweeping. It was epic. The stories were dynamic & I watched as Capaldi’s Doctor not only grew but blossomed into an exceptional Doctor. The character was acted in one moment with perfect stillness and subtlety and the next with an over-blown enthusiasm that tried to reach the rafters. I was so close to finding my Doctor.

Then I watched Heaven Sent. There you are! There’s my Doctor. No other previous Doctor could have pulled off that episode. It was tailor made to showcase Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor. I found him! I found him at last!! 

Now that I found him, I needed to go back and re-watch Series 8. Confirm my suspicions. Confirm that I, at last, have found my Doctor. I was able to see the subtle & not-so-subtle cues he gave that informed the audience about his feelings about Clara. I watched as he struggled to find his identity. I watched as slowly, but surely Peter Capaldi stepped into the role, stretched it and made it his own. He became the Doctor.

He became my Doctor.

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Remember when he said that and laughed. Re-watching that scene now, after everything, I couldn’t help but be like ‘if it came to that you actually would Doctor…yeah just to save her you would!’.

creds: x

Where to Watch episode 4 of Doctor Who: ‘Knock Knock’

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Comfort, Confessions and Resolutions

Happy Christmas Eve, everybody! :D

I’d just like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of you- all you lovely shippers who share my passion for these cuties, to all my fabulous tumblr followers as well as all the lovely people on fanfiction.net who always leave such lovely reviews. You guys have all been completely wonderful and supportive and you’re all fantastic!

In appreciation of your fabulousness, I have a special festive gift for you- a super special Valdangelo fic! Special in that it’s Christmas themed, not prompt-based, and most importantly it’s in three parts! This is the first part, the second will be uploaded tomorrow as your Christmas present from me to you, and the third part will be uploaded on New Year’s Eve- what better way to end the year than with Leico? :3

Hope you enjoy it! Obviously I have no one to blame but myself if it’s terrible since I haven’t been taking prompts for it, but I thought I should try and come up with my own plots for once XD

So here it is- part one! Enjoy! :D

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Where to Watch the Season Finale of Doctor Who Season 10: ‘The Doctor Falls’

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Where to Watch episode 11 of Doctor Who: ‘World Enough and Time’

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Where to Watch episode 5 of Doctor Who: ‘Oxygen’

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Where to Watch episode 6 of Doctor Who: ‘Extremis’

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Where to Watch episode 8 of Doctor Who: ‘The Lie of the Land’

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Where to Watch episode 7 of Doctor Who: ‘The Pyramid at the End of the World’

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Where to Watch episode 10 of Doctor Who: ‘The Eaters of Light’

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Where to Watch episode 9 of Doctor Who: ‘Empress of Mars’

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