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The Christmas Invasion - Behind the Scenes [Part 12]

Excerpt from Benjamin Cook’s articles in Doctor Who Magazine #365

“Buckle down, folks,” calls out John Older [first assistant director], his voice resonating around the caves [representing the inside of the Sycorax ship], “cos it’s very difficult to work in here. Let’s go for a take…”

“The door!” screams Billie. “Close the door!”

Noel spins around. As the Sycorax grabs him, he manages to pull the TARDIS door shut just in time. Slam! Door closes. Well, not quite.

“Er - he didn’t close the door,” says Jon. “It’s swung back open.”

“Oh fiddlesticks,” cries Noel, frustrated. “That TARDIS door is such a naughty old thing.”

Actually, that’s not exactly what Noel said. I’m paraphrasing. But this is a family magazine, so let’s just leave it.

“Okay, Noel, you blew the plot,” laughs James [Hawes, director]. “If the door doesn’t close, we’re screwed.”

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The Christmas Invasion - Behind the Scenes [Part 14]

Excerpt from Benjamin Cook’s articles in Doctor Who Magazine #365

Sean [Sycorax leader] is now ready for his big confrontation with the Doctor. “Under all this latex,” he reminds David, “I’m an extremely sexy, gorgeous, attractive, blue-eyed blonde.”

Yeah, right, that’s what all the Sycorax say.

“It seems like ages since I’ve said any lines,” David laughs.  “It’s been like a week! And some people say actors have an easy life…”

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And how does he like spending virtually the whole episode in pyjamas?

“It’s fantastic on a day like this,” he laughs. “The caves were quite cold, but I had my dressing gown, which is very warm.  I mean, if it had been bucketing with rain today, I would have been fantastically miserable, obviously, cos these are fairly sheer pyjamas, but it’s worked out all right. It’s boiling. Next to poor old Sean, who’s wrapped under a latex duvet from dawn till dusk, with horrible contact lenses irritating the heck out of him, I’ve got away quite lightly, I think.”

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The Christmas Invasion - Behind the Scenes [Part 13]

Excerpt from Benjamin Cook’s articles in Doctor Who Magazine #365

How is David enjoying himself, now that he’s had a couple of weeks to settle into the role of the Doctor?

“It’s been great fun so far,” he tells me after the take. “Very exciting.”

Has he slipped into it effortlessly? Or is he still getting used to being Doctor Who?

“It’s in between the two at the moment,” David admits. “You turn up every day and you get on with it - there’s a schedule and you’ve got a job to do - but, every now and again, standing in these caves in my pyjamas, with a broadsword, I look around and there’s Sean dressed up as a huge alien, and down the other end of the cave is the TARDIS blinking away, and I do have a moment of going, ‘This is just unreal! This is impossible!’ I think this episode is particularly good fun, because there’s the sword fight, and the Doctor waking up, and there’s some really great, juicy stuff, so it’s a lovely one to start with.”

It’s just like an Andrew Pixley Archive come to life, isn’t it? [Andrew Pixley wrote behind-the-scenes “Archive” features for Doctor Who Magazine]

“It is!” says David, roaring with laughter. “I mean, it really is! It’s got all the same kind of ridiculousness, and compromises, and highs, and lows, and madness that I suppose this show has always had. It’s very quick, very fast - there’s an awful lot to do. We’ve got a schedule like all TV dramas have a schedule, but also we’ve got special effects, and CGI, and prosthetics, and all that stuff just takes so much time. The attention to detail is amazing.”

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Doctor Who Confidential: David Tennant Per Episode

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Behind the scenes of The Christmas Invasion (Part One)

Excerpts from Benjamin Cook’s article for DWM #365

I head off to watch David save the world with a satsuma. Little do I know, I’m walking into the middle of a major controversy…

“It’s supposed to be a satsuma,” screams David, holding up the fruit in question, “but it’s actually… a clementine!! This really won’t do. It’s a lack of attention to detail, which I think is shocking at this late stage.”

Then, of course, he cracks up. For the next shot, he has to stroll along the spaceship wing with Billie, and throw the clementine towards the camera - without actually hitting it, obviously.

“I got him square with the satsuma!” shrieks David, as it rebounds off the boom operator’s head. “What are the chances of that happening?”

“Not to worry,” says the boom operator, “I’m getting used to it.” [Billie had hit him earlier when trying to throw the sword]
——-
“Can we have David’s other hand on set, please?” requests Jon [Older, first assistant director].

“It’s a bit chunky, isn’t it?” says David, comparing the prosthetic hand - when it arrives - to his own. “You could have some fun with it, though. You could freak someone out if you dropped it next to them.”

“Oh, the things we do on cliff tops in Barry,” laughs James [Hawes, director], as David struggles to squeeze his own hand inside the prosthetic one.

“I can’t fit it right down inside it.”

“Can you scrunch it up any more?” asks James.

But no one can stop laughing long enough to get through a take. It’s Corpse City Central. It’s what’s known as ‘a slight weakness in the dorsal tubercle’. When David starts talking to his prosthetic hand-glove, that only makes things worse…

“Hello, Sooty,” says David, and he raises the hand to his ear. “What’s that, Sooty? You want to do some magic?”

“Okay, folks,” calls out James, trying to restore some order, “let’s go for another take.”

“As serious as we can be, please,” sniggers Jon.

“And… action!”

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The Christmas Invasion - Behind the Scenes [Part 11]

Excerpt from Benjamin Cook’s articles in Doctor Who Magazine #365

[Benjamin Cook asking David Christmas-themed questions]

BC: Which gift from ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ would you most like to receive this year?

DT: If the pipers piping were Billie Pipers, then obviously I’d go for that. But that would be quite creepy. It’s got to be ladies dancing, hasn’t it? I mean, there’s not really much contest. Five golden rings you could flog, if they were really nice. But I don’t think you’d get much for them.

BC: If there were five of them, they’re unlikely to be top-notch quality.

DT: Well thought through. I mean, all the others would just be irritating, frankly. And dirty. Colley birds? French hens? Yes, you could eat them, but then you’d have to murder them yourself. I don’t want to do that at Christmas. That’s far too much effort. I want a shrink-wrapped turkey from Sainsbury’s. No, ladies dancing - much better. They can come and dance in my Christmas parlour.

BC: What’s the worst Christmas record of all time?

DT: Ooh jings. No, there’ve got to be some terrible ones, haven’t there? Well, anything by Cliff Richard. Mistletoe and Wine? It’s got to be Mistletoe and Wine. That is a heinous piece of work, isn’t it? My mum likes it. She likes everything by Cliff Richard. But she is wrong! It’s saccharine, and repulsive, and when all those kids start singing at the end, you just want to murder. It’s horrible.

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The Christmas Invasion - Behind the Scenes [Part 8]

Excerpt from Benjamin Cook’s articles in Doctor Who Magazine #365

After dinner, the cast and crew move up to a balcony on the storey to shoot David’s ‘neuron implosion’ scene. It’s raining now (”Ooh hello, is it wet? Oh God, it’s tipping it down! That’s a bit of a worry,” says James [Hawes, director]), but the balcony is undercover, so we’re all keeping nice and dry. Except for the three extras down below, who are dressed in Santa costumes and getting soaked to the skin. Ho, ho, ho.

[…] Several takes later, and David is still imploding. “You woke me up too soon,” he wheezes. “I’m still regenerating.”

“I felt like that this morning,” mutters James, and then yells: “Cut! That’s good, guys. I’m really enjoying it. I like the way you come forward, David, then lurch towards Camille. But let’s go for one more. As he collapses there, you could support him,” he suggests to Camille. “You’re helping him up. Improvise it. You too, Billie. Noel, grab David’s knee. Make a bit more of it. I’m going to let you milk it.”

The next shot is a close-up of Camille delivering her big speech on the balcony. The one that ends with the Doctor telling her to shut up. “Do you want me to keep almost interrupting her?” asks David.

“Good idea!” responds James. “Yes, I love that.”

On the first take, as Camille tries to help David to his feet, she falls arse over tit, and lands with her bottom in the air.  “That’s not your best side,” comments James.

“I’ve been like this all day,” she chuckles, “one way or another.”

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The Christmas Invasion - Behind the Scenes [Part 2]

It seemed appropriate to post photos from David Tennant’s first episode on the day of Peter Capaldi’s first episode. 

There are just sooooo many great behind-the-scenes photos from this special (even though the Doctor was unconscious for most of it)

Excerpts from Benjamin Cook’s article for DWM #365

[filming the first scene where the Doctor stumbles out of the TARDIS]
David and Billie step into the TARDIS and close the door behind them.  Standing outside in the rain, we can still hear their excited chatter.
    David:  “I can’t believe this!  I’m inside the TARDIS!”
    Billie:  “Sorry, it’s a wee bit cramped in here.”
    Then we hear a girlish giggle.  It’s David’s.

[filming the balcony/pilot fish scene]
“You can write in Doctor Who Magazine,” says David, showing me the plastic imitation screwdriver that he’s been given, “that they don’t trust me with the real prop yet. Look,” he cries, “it’s a fake!”

[filming the swordfight]
    “Have you got padding on your arse?” Noel asks David.
    “No, it’s all mine,” he replies.
    “Do you think that’s the paparazzi?” Billie asks her co-stars, pointing at a speedboat on the water.
    “Maybe it’s the News of the World,” Noel shrugs.  “Those boats have been circling all morning.”
    “I’m going to show them my arse!” declares David, standing up and promptly pulling down his pyjama bottoms, mooning out to sea.  Unbeknownst to David, a make-up artist is standing right behind him.  The poor lady gets quite the eyeful.
    “Oh jings,” gasps David, “I’m so sorry.”
    “It’s okay,” she stutters.  “It’s nothing I haven’t seen before.”

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The Christmas Invasion - Behind the Scenes [Part 3]

Excerpt from Benjamin Cook’s articles in Doctor Who Magazine #365

It’s actually the middle of summer, but British summertime long ago gave up hope of impressing anyone. Unusually, though, no one is complaining: these just so happen to be the ideal conditions for filming a Christmas special, in particular one as unashamedly Christmassy as this. Blue skies and sunshine would have looked out of place.  T-shirts and short skirts likewise. It’s almost as though someone has planned this wintry weather in advance. (That’ll be the producer, Phil Collinson!)

The entire crew breaks into applause as David Tennant - wearing stripy pyjamas, slippers and a dressing gown - arrives on set. He greets James Hawes, the director, and they pat each other on the back. 

[…]The regulars share a group hug before their first shot together: looking up in the sky at a spaceship that isn’t really there.

[…] As the take is completed, James looks into his monitor and yells, “Cut!” He adds: “Everyone, that is David’s first shot of the series.”

“You can send wee Jimmy Krankie home,” shouts out David, as everyone on set applauds him again. “She’s not needed! That’s it, it’s in the can. You can’t get rid of me now.”

Not that anyone would want to.

“The extraordinary thing about David”, explains James, “is his incredible energy and enthusiasm. I mean, he literally bounces onto the set. It’s quite amazing. At the end of the first week, he texted me to say, ‘Thank you so much for a lovely first week, an inspiring first week. Honestly, I think I’m sad that I’m a week nearer to the end.’ which I thought was great. He’s a joy. He has what Billie has, which is that they both clearly get a real buzz out of the adventure of film-making itself, as well as the adventure in the story.”

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