David Tennant’s Contributions to Doctor Who Episodes “Partners in Crime Reshoot” Edition
Excerpts from The Writer’s Tale by Russell T Davies and Benjamin Cook:
From an e-mail from RTD dated Friday 19 October 2007: 4.1[Season 4, Episode 1 - Partners in Crime] is cursed! Last night’s filming had been rescheduled from its original date, because of the rain two nights ago, so we ended up shooting the Donna-goes-to-the-TARDIS-with-her-hatbox scene up against a nightclub, with BAM BAM BAM music and crowds of drunk Welsh, literally, yelling. Very loud. On and on and on. The offstage noise is terrible. With David and Catherine soldiering on bravely. Take after take after take. Today, David sent Phil, Julie and me an e-mail, complaining - well, complaining is too strong a word for him. He was just genuinely sad, because it’s a lovely scene and he thinks that their performances were constrained. Ideally, we’ll have to reshoot.
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. Bless David for speaking up about his concerns and bless Russell T. Davies for taking his lead actor’s concerns to heart and carving out the time and budget for a reshoot. I appreciate how hard they all tried to produce the best show they possibly could. In my opinion David and Catherine were both fantastic in the original scene, but I do believe that the re-shot scene is even better. I’m thankful the original shoot’s footage was included with the deleted scenes on the Series 4 boxed set so we can see the differences.
He’s like fire and ice and rage. He’s like the night, and the storm in the heart of the sun. He’s ancient and forever. He burns at the center of time and he can see the turn of the universe. And… he’s wonderful.