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Behind the Scenes of The Poison Sky / The Sontaran Stratagem (Part Three)

Excerpts from the DVD Commentary with David Tennant, Russell T. Davies, and producer Susie Liggat:

DT: It’s funny how the weirdest things can be very difficult.  That bit where I chuck that gun away, which has to look terribly carefree, careless, and yet throwing a gun away is so difficult because it’s an expensive prop

RTD: Yeah, yeah

DT: …that you can’t afford to break or scratch.  So to toss it away with such elan, you have to have fourteen people holding up duvets and cushions, desperately trying to catch this gun before it scratches itself or something else.

SL: I think Phil is an ex-rugby player or something because he’s got pretty safe hands, hasn’t he?

DT: Phil Shellard the grand-master of props

SL: He’s a legend

DT: I broke that [the device the Doctor makes in Rattigan’s lab].  There’s a Phil Shellard story!  The first time I did that, hitting that thing with a hammer, the prop broke in two.

RTD: [ laughs loudly ]

DT: And Phil Shellard mended it in about 30 seconds to go for another take.

SL: He was amazing.

DT: And you can’t tell.  Maybe if you freeze-frame you can just see a hairline crack, but I bet you can’t.  Oh you can!  Just at the bottom, see?

RTD: Oh yeah, look there!

DT: Below the red switch.

RTD: You vandal.

DT: Sorry 

A big “thank you!!” to everyone who shares set photos

Additional parts of this photoset: [ one ] [ two
The rest of the behind-the-scenes photosets are available [ here ]

The Stolen Earth Commentary: David Tennant Regularly Shaming Russell T Davies For Leaving His Telly On
  • RTD: You know where I am this Saturday? I’m in the final of I’ll Do Anything with John Barrowman. I’m in the audience! I’ve given up! Even I’m not watching Doctor Who that night. Sorry. I’ll leave my telly on though. In two cities.
  • David: You leave your telly on anyway.
  • RTD: You’ve told me off for that.
  • David: You walk out of rooms leaving everything blaring all night. It’s terrible! Global warning is all down to Russell T Davies.
  • RTD: David, it’s such a lonely life. It’s like I have a friend. I walk back into the flat and there- there’s a voice.
  • Julie: We don’t care. Think about the bees.
  • David: That’s why the bees are leaving.
  • RTD: You know, I came to London today- I switched it off.
  • David: Quite- I’m glad to hear it!
  • Julie: Don’t you feel better?
  • RTD: And as I did it, I thought of [David]!
  • [They all laugh]
  • RTD: I actually did! That is true!
  • David: I’m glad. I’m glad.
  • RTD: I have actually been sitting in Cardiff Bay having a meal with David and across the bay he’s gone “You’ve left your telly on”. Leave me alone!
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10 YEARS OF (NEW) DOCTOR WHO!

Happy 10th birthday to the show that changed my life forever!

“When they made this particular hero, they didn’t give him a gun, they gave him a screwdriver to fix things. They didn’t gave him a tank or a warship or an x-wing fighter, they gave him a call box from which you can call for help. And they didn’t give him a superpower or pointy ears or a heat ray, they gave him an extra heart. They gave him two hearts. And that’s an extraordinary thing; there will never come a time when we don’t need a hero like the Doctor.” (Steven Moffat)

“Getting to tell the stories that you get to tell and travel in the Tardis and friendship, and just so many magical things. There’s nothing as whimsical as this show, I don’t think. It’s a dream. It kind of feels a bit like an adventure.” (Jenna Coleman)

The marvelous thing about Doctor Who is that it tells stories that no one else can tell.” (Russell T.Davies)

“The world would be a poorer place without Doctor Who” (Steven Spielberg)

Journey's End Commentary, Part 2: The DoctorDonna
  • Russell: And Donna Noble IS the Doctor! See now- do you count as a Doctor now? Printed on official lists of Doctors? Catherine Tate-
  • Catherine: Oh, I hope so.
  • Russell: -as the Doctor, yeah?
  • Catherine: [to David] Because you're also the Eleventh Doctor now-
  • Russell: [about David at the same time] Oooh, he's mad about-
  • David: Nooo, *mutters*
  • Catherine: *cackles with laughter*
  • Russell: David Tennant just made a face!
  • David: [indignant] I DIDN'T MAKE A FACE!
  • Russell: Sentimental! [I think that's what he says]
  • David: I CONSIDERED it! As an interested viewer- as someone that might have drawn up one of those lists at some point in the past-
  • Catherine: Yeah, you've left me off it, is that what you're saying?!
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Behind the scenes of The Waters of Mars (Part Eight)

Excerpts from the podcast commentary with David Tennant, Russell T Davies, and Julie Gardner

RTD:  Do you know what?  This is probably our last commentary together, us three.
JG: It is!
DT:  Ooooohhhh
RTD: Because hopefully there will be commentaries in some shape or form for the last two episodes on various formats, but us three won’t get to be together again!
DT: We’re all in different countries these days.
JG: Surely in twenty years time we’ll be wheeled out in our bath chairs to…
DT: To tell the truth!
RTD: [laughs]
JG: Yeah, exactly
DT: To give the real commentary
JG: To dish the dirt.
DT: …talk about who we hated
RTD: My nights with Yuri
DT & JG: [laughs]
JG: That sounds like your autobiography [more laughing]
RTD: Oh dear.  That brings me down to Earth.  We will be doing commentaries
DT:  Do you think we will?
RTD: Yes!
DT: Will there be commentaries in 20 years time?  Or will you just have something downloaded into your head
RTD:  Actually we’ll appear on screen directly!  We’ll actually be like holograms on screen.
JG: Holograms in our bath chairs
RTD: No - holograms will make us look young and beautiful, surely, otherwise what’s the point
DT: We can be CGI’ed.

[…]
RTD [during the scene where the Doctor chooses to save the crew]: This is our last commentary together and you are just so amazing!
JG: Magnificent
RTD: When you take something and..  you’re going berserk, and I think it’s such a brilliant performance, I can’t begin to tell you.
DT:  Well, it’s because it’s there.  It’s in the writing. That’s what you do.
RTD: I only said that so you’d pay the compliment back
DT & RTD: [hearty laughs]
DT: That was Phil Ford’s bit, I’m sure. [Phil Ford is the co-writer of this episode]
RTD: But it’s phenomenal. It’s simply phenomenal.  

(Any transcription errors are mine)

Other Waters of Mars behind-the-scenes posts: [ one ] [ two ] [ three ] [ four ] [ five ] [ six ] [ seven ]
Full list of behind-the-scenes posts:  [ here ]

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“What Rose brings to the Doctor’s life is completion. It’s completing a circle – he’s male, he’s alien, he’s a traveler. Between the two of them together they complement each other and discover each other. And are in love with each other – absolutely, unashamedly, unreservedly.”  - Russell T. Davies