Wait what is this story about colin baker in the woods, you can't just say that and leave us hanging
oh god, okay… this is a fairly long story that colin baker relates in the dvd commentary for mark of the rani, i will be paraphrasing it but i’m pretty certain i remember all the major details because i was laughing SO hard the first time i heard it
first of all you have to know that mark of the rani was filmed on location in this particular village and the public woods surrounding it, and also that the weather was being rather inconsistent on this one day. it kept raining and then the rain would stop again, so every time the rain shifted, the whole filming crew would immediately jump up and run between two locations – for continuity reasons, because they were alternately filming one scene where it needed to be raining and one where it was sunny
so they’re doing this scene where the doctor is tied up and hanging from a pole like so:
it’s super uncomfortable to be actually hanging from a pole by one’s wrists and ankles for multiple takes of a scene, so the crew built some kind of contraption to make it easier on him… it was basically a metal frame-like thing that was hidden under his jacket and pants, supporting his back so that he wouldn’t actually be straining his wrists, i guess? at any rate, the downside of this was that this thing took a LONG time to set up, so it wasn’t possible to UNTIE him from the pole in between takes, so they just kind of. set him down on the ground. during the moments when they weren’t filming
anyways, in the middle of this situation with the intermittent weather, at some point it starts raining and the director calls for everyone to go to the other current filming location!! everyone is rushing about trying to get the cameras and props and people over there as quickly as possible (because you never know when the rain will change again) and in all of this hullaballoo they somehow manage to
forget colin baker on the ground
(actually he said that he sort of noticed them leaving him behind but was initially hesitant to say anything, thinking “surely i’m just missing something and they’ll come get me in a moment” and then by the time he fully realized he was left behind, they were too far out of earshot for him to say anything)
so he’s just like. well. i’ll just wait. and they’ll figure it out soon enough
he lies there tied to this pole for a good ten minutes or so until he hears someone coming down the path
but it is not the film crew, because these are PUBLIC WOODS they are filming in. it’s a random middle-aged couple walking their dog. and the dog comes running up to colin baker (who is a little ways off of the main path) and sniffing him and barking
and the couple just … look at him, tied to the pole on the ground… he said he could tell that they didn’t recognize him as being dr. who, so god knows what they thought about his COAT
he looks at them
there is a deeply awkward silence in which he doesn’t know what he could possibly say about the situation of him being TIED TO A POLE IN THE WOODS and they are clearly being TOO POLITE AND PROPER AND BRITISH-Y to bring it up
eventually one of them is like “nice weather today isn’t it” and he’s like “er yes quite” and they just keep going and leave him lying there on the ground tied to the pole
he just stays there for another twenty minutes or so until FINALLY he sees one of the camera crew running back to get him while yelling “COLIN OH MY GOD WE’RE SO SORRY”
…aaand that is the colin baker tied to a pole in the woods story, more or less as related by colin baker himself, aka my all time favorite thing that ever happened behind the scenes of doctor who!! ACTOR DVD COMMENTARIES ARE SO WORTH WATCHING, KIDS
“Do you ever look in the mirror and think, ‘I’ve seen that face before’?”
Talk about a regeneration gone wrong, artist Brandon Bird has painted a series of portraits of Shia LaBeouf as every version of the Doctor from Doctor Who. In some alternate universe there may be a version of Doctor Who done by Shia LaBeouf. Of course, he would try to defeat the Daleks by wearing a paper bag on his head and he’d claim that he came up with idea for Doctor Who and the BBC copied him.
A really big announcement from (really) Big Finish!
River Song will apparently be in Doctor Who: Doom Coalition 2 with Paul McGann and Nicola Walker! She also will get a solo box set entitled Doctor Who: The Diary of River Song!
Also announced today: Ian McNeice as Winston Churchill in a box set Doctor Who: The Churchill Years. Apparently it is in the small-cast style of the Companion Chronicles as Churchill relates some of his adventures with the ninth, tenth, and eleventh Doctors.
Also a Doctor Who: Classic Doctors, New Monsters box set (not sure why Sontarans are “new monsters,” but that doesn’t matter, it’s bound to be good):
Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor confronting the Weeping Angels
There should totally be a scene in a future episode of Doctor Who where Clara walks in on the Doctor baking a cake and she’s like “I didn’t know you made cakes” and he’s all “You know, I used to be a baker once or twice” Then everybody laughs