↳ Happy 46th Birthday David Tennant (18th April 1971)
“I think in the end there’s just something so open about him, he
just literally welcomes people in. You find yourself drawn to the
screen, and then you sit down and you stay because you want to spend
that hour with him. Actors like that are golden, people like that are
golden.” (Russell T. Davies on David Tennant)
Excerpts from Benjamin Cook’s “Things We Learned This Christmas” article in DWM 378
Russell T Davies is nine foot tall, according to BBC Radio Wales
But he isn’t remotely scared of spiders. “Cardiff Bay is a breeding ground in the Summer,” he bemoans. “You end up crawling with bloody spiders. Leave your window open at night, and you wake up webbed! I’m fed up of them, and this is my revenge.” The Runaway Bride is all Cardiff-inspired, then? “Yes. Next year, it’ll be Doctor Who and the Speed Bumps!”
Interviewing Euros Lyn as he makes his way up a mountain in Dublin isn’t as hard as you might think. “I’m filming a show for the BBC,” he explains, “about a policeman who wants to avenge his wife’s murder.”
When Donna tries to hail a cab, the script specifies: ‘Fast and zippy sequence. Music like Yello’s The Race.’ However, Murray Gold composed a Yello-inspired orchestral piece.
David Tennant only pretends to be Scottish for a wacky gimmick. Really he’s Welsh. Honest!
How many ‘love’ lines are there between the Doctor and Rose? About six! And yet it’s talked about as the central spine of the series. Well, that’s a bit disingenuous, because that’s what I wanted, but we didn’t really have to try.
(Shipper) Russell T Davies [Doctor Who: The Writer’s Tale: The Final Chapter, Chapter 4]
Behind the Scenes of The Poison Sky / The Sontaran Stratagem (Part Five)
Excerpts from the DVD Commentary with David Tennant, Russell T. Davies, and producer Susie Liggat:
RTD: Do you know, I’ve always wanted to ask you, David. When you get a script what do you do? From scratch DT: I read it. RTD: Yeah, but… DT: I just read it to read it the first time. And then I’ll read it and I’ll usually mark it up, which is literally just underlining my bits RTD: Yep yep yep DT: Which is the first stage of learning it, I suppose, and then you just read it again and you go over certain scenes. Depending upon how much time you’ve got, whether it’s a script that you’ve had a few weeks in advance or whether it’s one of the ones that creep in at the last minute RTD: [laughs] Like they do DT: …for whatever reason. Sometimes you have to sort of just buckle down and start learning specific scenes if a schedule is in front of you… RTD: Do you have to learn it according to the schedule DT: Yeah, you do. RTD: Sort of going, “Right, all of the UNIT scenes are first so I’ll learn those first” DT: Yeah, yeah RTD: That’s hard, isn’t it? DT: Well, it’s easier than just learning it chronologically, because you’re just kind of keeping up with the schedule as it comes RTD: Because it always strikes me, and actually everyone always says this, that you come to read-throughs incredibly prepared. Do you, or are you winging it? DT: Weeellll, it’s somewhere between the two, I think. I think probably as the years have gone on, I enjoy winging it a bit more RTD: Right DT: Because I think it can be a bit more… sometimes you can over-prepare things, I think. RTD: Yep DT: and I think when we started I think I probably, sort of, would come to the read-through having practiced [ RTD & SL laugh ] DT: having made some decisions. As time goes on it’s better sometimes to… especially when you’re meeting actors for the first time and responding to what they do for the first time, if you’re less… Because the first read-through, you’re sitting there thinking… and everyone… all the BBC bods come up from London… and we did three scripts! We did The Christmas Invasion, New Earth, and School Reunion in one day and I’d never read The Doctor out loud before SL: [ gasps ] How frightening! DT: …and there’s all these people, all these bods coming up from London to kind of… and you’re just sitting there thinking, “I’m going to get sacked!” RTD: [ big laugh ] DT: That’s all you’re thinking. So you’re very precious about it, and I think as time goes on you begin to feel slightly more confident of your position, and you think, well, it’s more interesting, actually, to maybe be a bit looser with it. A bit freer with it. RTD: And when do you learn the lines? Is it late at night? Is it first thing? DT: Just as you go. Weekends a lot… you know. SL: Because you are extraordinary. I can say, I’ve worked with you now virtually solidly for four years - on Casanova and then on to this… DT: Yeah, yeah. That’s true, that’s true SL: …so I have seen HOURS of television with you [ DT & RTD laugh at how she dragged out the word “hours” ] DT: Hours of it! RTD: Sound a bit happier about that! SL: Hours of Russell’s great writing! [ waiting for the laughing to die down ] SL: No! What I’m going to say is, I think in all that time, in all those days and all those lines, I think you’ve probably fluffed twice. You know, it’s extraordinary, you are extraordinary. RTD: That’s cursed it! DT: Yeah! SL: No! You really are - at learning your lines RTD: You are, that’s true DT: It’s the homework, isn’t it? You’ve got to do the homework. SL: Well, you say that but you know some people don’t. It’s brilliant - you are a great leader by example. DT: I think you’ve got to. I think we’re in such a privileged position, and I don’t want cameramen standing around waiting for me to remember my lines, you know? RTD: But also it is a skill of yours, actually. Actors who have learned their lines, who’ve done all the work, can fluff on the spot DT: Sure, and sometimes we all do, yeah RTD: Yeah, but you do it less than most. Now we’ve cursed it - it will all just go to pot! DT: Yeah! Tomorrow’s going to be a really long day! RTD: Never speak about it out loud.
A big “thank you!!” to everyone who shares set photos
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by anti-moffat I mean that you, at the very least:
• aren’t praising moffat and his decisions
• acknowledge the show has gone downhill since his takeover, even if you still enjoy it
by RTD doctor who, I mean:
• you mainly post/prefer posting about stuff from the RTD era during DW off seasons, and/or you aren’t basically just an I Love Clara Oswald blog (not that those kinds of blogs are bad, I’m just not interested in them)
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