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Behind the Scenes of Evolution of the Daleks / Daleks In Manhattan (Part Five)

Excerpt from the DVD Commentary by David Tennant, Nick Briggs (voice of the Daleks), and Barney Curnow (Visual Effects On Set Supervisor)

[talking about the Tenth Doctor being hit by lightening]
Nick: I love it when you get electrocuted

[Nick laughs as the Doctor starts to scream]

David: What are you laughing at?  I’m in agony!

Nick: I love the way you go up a notch as well… and now it’s agony plus.

[now David laughs]

Nick: I thought, what’s he gonna do?  It’s the shaky thing, isn’t it?

[everyone laughs]

David: You can see my gold filling there.

Barney: You’ve got a gold filling?

David: Well, the Doctor does, obviously. Obviously I remove it in real life.

[later in the commentary]
David: It was a great guest cast on this actually, I think particularly good.  It became quite a tight ensemble, didn’t it?  With a two-part story, of course, everyone is together for five weeks - it’s usually two-and-a-half weeks on a single story. It was a really nice bunch to hang out with. Andrew Garfield I think will become a large star in the near future.

Nick: Yeah, he’s excellent. His American accent was superb. Very specific as well, Tennessee.

David: Yeah. And he’s terrifyingly young, he’s terrifyingly young.  In years to come we’ll go, “He was in an episode of Doctor Who? That’s amazing!”

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89th Academy Awards

So, the idea of this post is to have a look at any Doctor Who connections of this year’s Academy Awards nominees. However, as far as I can see, the only example of this is Andrew Garfield.

The Spider-Man actor played Frank, who teamed up with the Tenth Doctor & Martha to take down the experiments of the Daleks in New York, 1930, in the Series 4 two-parter Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks.

Originally posted by giselleanjelica

Garfield is nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for Hacksaw Ridge. The film is based on the true story of Desmond Doss (Garfield) who was the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor (the USA’s highest military honour), whilst serving as a combat medic in WW2.

Hacksaw Ridge is also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.

So Mr Garfield…

…on Sunday 26th February!


‘Keep reading’ for other nominated films starring Who alumni.

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Behind the Scenes of Daleks In Manhattan / Evolution of the Daleks (Part One)

Excerpts from James Strong’s “Director’s Diary” of the filming for DWM issue #383

- Tue 14 November -
It’s trying to rain.  Ignore it, you fools!  Tonight, the Doctor defies the Daleks, and we defy the showers.  Take after take, David delivers a spellbinding mix of anger, fear, and determination.  Afterwards, he sounds a little hoarse.  I hope he hasn’t overdone things.  Finally, we kill Solomon, who has to fall into the mud and ruin his costume, so we make doubly-sure that we’ve shot everything with actor Hugh Quarshie before he drops, which he does with consummate elegance - a fine and noble death.

- Thur 16 November -
[…] And then Phil calls with some really bad news:  David has lost his voice. His exertions over the past few weeks have taken their toll.  Guiltily, I think back to that extra take of him defying the Daleks.  We have to reschedule the day, and hope that his voice recovers in time for the Doctor’s confrontation with the remaining Daleks tomorrow.

- Fri 17 November -
The Doctor faces the remaining Daleks and the imprisoned Sec in the theatre.  We have to use the whole space, so I decide to put the Doctor and the company in the stalls.  However, that puts them miles away from - and at least six feet lower than - the Daleks on stage.  I ask David how he feels about crawling to the front and leaping on stage, but he suggests standing on the seats instead.  Genius!  David is now eye to eyestalk with his nemesis.

- Thur 23 November -
Torrential rain!  And on Doctor Who’s birthday too!  It’s the last night of the shoot, and finally our luck with the weather has run dry - or more precisely, wet. [… bits about miraculous short breaks in the weather, allowing them to film the scenes on the girders …]  We’re underway.  It’s freezing, though, and the poor cast are suffering as the rain comes and goes.  But we get it, we’ve done it, it’s a wrap.  I shake hands with my crew, I hug David - thank you for everything.  It’s going to be a cracker.

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Behind the Scenes of Evolution of the Daleks / Daleks In Manhattan (Part Three)

Excerpt from the DVD Commentary by David Tennant, Nick Briggs (voice of the Daleks), and Barney Curnow (Visual Effects On Set Supervisor)

David Tennant: This big main hall was a huge, big room, and it was absolutely freezing. The rest of the factory wasn’t so bad, but this bit… ooohhh…

Nick Briggs: The trouble is, see, you can all run around and do things, whereas I’m sitting most of the time.

David: Yes, but you can wrap yourself up in a big parka, and…

Nick:  It’s the lack of… the total inaction just makes you…

David: I seem to remember you huddling quite close to the big red Rad radiator

Nick: I thought you were going to say, ‘huddling quite close to the Confidential girls’

<everyone laughs>

Nick: …which is also true.  So what I did to keep myself warm was drink lots of tea.

David: Yeah

Nick: And of course then you just want to go for a wee all the time

David: And when you’re wearing that many layers that can take a while

Nick: And also it’s slightly humiliating for a man of my years to have to keep asking the third assistant to go to the loo, and this 23 year old says, “You went just now!”

<all laugh>

Nick: “I’ve got to go again. I’m really sorry!”

<more laughing>

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Behind the Scenes of Evolution of the Daleks / Daleks In Manhattan (Part Four)

Excerpt from the DVD Commentary by David Tennant, Nick Briggs (voice of the Daleks), and Barney Curnow (Visual Effects On Set Supervisor)

[talking about the Tenth Doctor screaming up at the Daleks]
Nick Briggs: Now this was incredible, David, you doing this.  You had to do so many takes and so many different shots of this, and every time you were working yourself up. Of course, I do hear everybody’s mics on my headphones

David Tennant: Oh, all the radio mics get sent through to you

Nick: Yeah, I get that all the time, so I could really hear you going through agony to get yourself to the right pitch <tries to mimic David’s heavy, fast breathing noises> …and it’s really quite disturbing, actually.

David: We did do a lot of coverage on this, didn’t we? Because there’s so many people to cover, I suppose. You try to give it your all each time, but unfortunately I think I slightly overdid it because there’s a scene that we filmed the next day, which we’ll come to later, where I sound a little bit vocally worse-for-wear, frankly.  That will come ‘round in about 20 odd minutes time.

Nick: I think it paid off, because you just have that fear that… It’s like with me doing the voice, because it’s never about the shot for my voice. Every time I have to do it at the big pitch just in case they decide to use that bit for technical reasons.

David: Right.

Nick: And likewise for you - it would be Murphy’s Law, as it were, that the one take you weren’t happy with and up to pitch that for some techinical reason that should be the shot

David: Exactly

Nick:  I was very impressed

David: Well thanks, Nick

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Behind the Scenes of Daleks In Manhattan / Evolution of the Daleks (Part Two)

Excerpts from James Strong’s “Director’s Diary” of the filming for DWM issue #383

- Fri 3 November -
”It looks like a hat!” cries Phil, on my answerphone.  “Can we take more light off it?”  If we take off any more, Phil, the Human Dalek head will be in darkness!  Too late - we’ve no choice but to continue.

It’s our third day in the freezer, and it’s slow progress.  Far too slow.  Things pick up with David Tennant’s first encounter with the new Dalek leader.  it’s a long scene, but David is note-perfect every time.  I am embarrassed to claim that I ‘direct’ him sometimes, because he’s so low-maintenance.  He and Eric spar like a pair of Championship heavyweights.

- Mon 6 November -
Crisis point!  Too much to shoot, too many Daleks, not enough time. […] With so many characters in long, complicated scenes, the requirement for coverage is huge.  Despite two cameras shooting constantly, we’re struggling.  Interesting camera moves that I’d planned have to be staged more simply.  It’s heartbreaking, but unavoidable.

The last sequence of the day is a monologue from the Doctor as he’s about to save Laszlo.  I had a detailed and quite involved set of camera moves designed to convey the manic energy and buzz of excitement as the Doctor is in full flow.  Sadly, we’re left with 15 minutes to shoot it, so we turn two cameras towards David and - bless him - he delivers a virtuoso performance.  Even so, that’s a fraction of the coverage that I wanted.  Will the audience notice?  Probably not.  Is it good enough?  For me?  Not really. 

- Wed 8 November -
We’re shooting the TARDIS landing at the bottom of the Statue of Liberty… except it’s a wall outside Penarth Leisure Center.  Oh, the glamour!  […] The wall that we’re shooting against actually belongs to a local primary school.  They get wind of what we’re doing - not hard, with the TARDIS parked on their sports field - and David agrees to pop into the school, where he’s duly mobbed.  We rescue him… eventually.


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