Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel - Behind the Scenes (Part Seven)
David’s memories of the episode, from Doctor Who Magazine #375:
“Very cold nights on location. It snowed. They Cybermen were fairly overwhelming. And the Tyler family all together - a nice place to be. I’d never met Shaun Dingwall (Pete Tyler) before, but he quickly became part of the clan. He’s a lovely guy.”
From the DVD commentary with Noel Clarke (Mickey Smith), Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler), and Shaun Dingwall (Pete Tyler)
Camille: Do you think he does make it up as he goes along?
Noel: Partly, yeah. And I think the good thing that David brings to the Doctor is that old eccentricity where he kinda is winging it, winging it. […]
Camille: Oh I love David’s choices as an actor. He’s so commanding, isn’t he? You believe that this CyberLeader would…
Noel: Would listen
Noel: It’s really clever how the Doctor can sort of figure things out without letting you know that he’s figured them out.
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I love this line reading so much. He’s so resigned about it all–he absolutely owns it, which further drives home the point that his pain is part of his power and part of what keeps him fighting. There’s such optimism in the way he says it, even though he’s admitting to having been destroyed emotionally. Something so poignant and human and Whovian about that–pain is what helps shape us, but it does not stop us or make us relinquish hope.
“You Can Shut Up”
Get the Doctor going on multi-dimensional physics and he can talk forever. But bring up affairs of the heart and he readily acknowledges he’s way out of his depth. I love the way he sort of salutes… “Right…I’m shutting up now…”
So much is made of 10 never finishing the phrase that begins “Rose Tyler…”, but I quite like that it takes Rose a moment to say those words too. It somehow shows us how much effort and energy she needs to say them out loud. I’m not the biggest of TenRose shippers personally, but I feel this scene is beautifully acted and appropriately crushing. Definite tears the first time I saw it.
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.”