David Tennant’s Contributions to Doctor Who Episodes
“Sarah Jane Smith” Edition
Excerpt from Benjamin Cook’s interview with David Tennant from DWM 440:
He stops mid-sentence, and smiles. “I got to call her Sarah. Everyone else had to call her Sarah Jane. When we did School Reunion, she was very much written as Sarah Jane, and that’s how she referred to herself. It was Lis who came to me and said, ‘It’s a wonderful script, but the Doctor always used to call her Sarah, back in the day.’ I said, ‘You’re absolutely right. Of course! I remember that vividly.’ It was Lis’ idea, although I was very happy to go along with it.”
“What almost never happened when I worked on Doctor Who was, the scripts just never needed tinkering with,” he continues. “If there were anything to change, Russell and I might have a brief chat, but once the cameras had started rolling, the scripts basically remained unchanged. That name thing was an exception. Lis and I just did it. It was a little tribute to the days of old. A couple of times, people queried it, and we’d just go, ‘Ah, no, that’s just… that’s what it’s meant to be.’ We were kind of stubborn about it. Until, in the end, a line or two was put in to slightly explain why I was calling Sarah something different to everyone else,” he laughs.
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. Most of the credit for this one actually goes to the lovely Elisabeth Sladen for bringing it to David’s attention. I love his telling of the story above, with he and Lis conspiring together to go off-script and being “kind of stubborn about it”.
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