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The Christmas Invasion - Behind the Scenes [Part 16]

Excerpt from Benjamin Cook’s articles in Doctor Who Magazine #365

“Kids are going to be terrified,” says James [Hawes, director], as everyone at the tone meeting wonders how to turn trombones into flamethrowers. “Poor bloody kids. Happy Christmas, kids of England!”

“Can we do that to a trombone?” asks Russell [T. Davis, writer/showrunner]

“I think,” concedes Phil [Collinson, producer], “we’ll have to buy our own instruments.”

“No, let’s go and mug some buskers,” suggests James.

“Edwardo, you’re providing the instruments?” asks Phil.

“No,” replies Edward.

“I think you misheard the question. You ARE providing the instruments.”

“Knives?” Edward suggests. “Scalpels?”

“And then,” continues Phil, turning the page of his script, “we have my favorite four words of the episode: ‘tree begins to topple’…”

“Let’s kill Santa!” chuckles Julie [Gardner, exec producer]. “Death by tree!”

“His black boots sticking out from underneath,” laughs Phil.

The murderous Christmas tree in the Tylers’ flat is a greater challenge. Real trees are difficult to recreate in CGI (”lots of fiddly bits,” points out Dave Houghton [visual effects supervisor]). Thankfully, Russell was thinking of an artificial tree. He just forgot to mention that in the script.

“When it activates, all the needles fall off,” he explains, “so it’s just a metal structure. It literally becomes a blur, like the Tasmanian Devil. And then it trashes Jackie’s flat.”

Edward grins. “Can it break her coffee table… again!”

“She’s always sweeping up glass,” sighs Phil.

So what weapons does the tree have?

Dave: “Nunchucks!”

Russell: “Tinselly Nunchucks?”

Phil: “What are nunchucks?”

Russell: “Nunchucks. Things that nuns throw.”

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“Yep… still got it.”

🎶 I wish today was just like every other day

‘Cause today has been the best day

Everything I ever dreamed 🎶


Behind the Scenes of The Unicorn and the Wasp (Part Four)

Excerpts from Jason Arnopp’s article in DWM 396:

DWM: Flashback time: what’s your favorite Doctor Who memory?

David Tennant: Hmmm, gonna say… the trailers for Terror of the Zygons. Because I was just old enough, for the first time, to kind of know what that meant. I could only have been five or something, but I knew that the trailers meant this show that I was becoming very passionate about, was coming back on TV. I couldn’t tell you what was in the actual trailers, but I think there were a few point-of-view slots thought the eyes of the deer’s head on the wall.

DWM: Flashback time: what’s your favorite Doctor Who memory?

Sandy McDonald (David’s Dad): I suppose The Christmas Invasion.  As David has said many times in Doctor Who Magazine, he’s been a Doctor Who fan from the moment he was old enough to watch and take part: even before he went to primary school. As he grew up, of course he wanted to be an actor and he fulfilled that. But the Doctor Who thing was always there: he’s had all the books and the early tapes, and still has a massive collection of that. So when Christopher Eccleston chose to move on and David got the opportunity, it seemed like a dream come true. When the Christmas episode came on, we were all together as a family and there he was, as Doctor Who. That was a very special time, which David even filmed for his video-diary on Series Two.

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The Christmas Invasion - Behind the Scenes [Part 14]

Excerpt from Benjamin Cook’s articles in Doctor Who Magazine #365

Sean [Sycorax leader] is now ready for his big confrontation with the Doctor. “Under all this latex,” he reminds David, “I’m an extremely sexy, gorgeous, attractive, blue-eyed blonde.”

Yeah, right, that’s what all the Sycorax say.

“It seems like ages since I’ve said any lines,” David laughs.  “It’s been like a week! And some people say actors have an easy life…”

And how does he like spending virtually the whole episode in pyjamas?

“It’s fantastic on a day like this,” he laughs. “The caves were quite cold, but I had my dressing gown, which is very warm.  I mean, if it had been bucketing with rain today, I would have been fantastically miserable, obviously, cos these are fairly sheer pyjamas, but it’s worked out all right. It’s boiling. Next to poor old Sean, who’s wrapped under a latex duvet from dawn till dusk, with horrible contact lenses irritating the heck out of him, I’ve got away quite lightly, I think.”

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The Christmas Invasion - Behind the Scenes [Part 13]

Excerpt from Benjamin Cook’s articles in Doctor Who Magazine #365

How is David enjoying himself, now that he’s had a couple of weeks to settle into the role of the Doctor?

“It’s been great fun so far,” he tells me after the take. “Very exciting.”

Has he slipped into it effortlessly? Or is he still getting used to being Doctor Who?

“It’s in between the two at the moment,” David admits. “You turn up every day and you get on with it - there’s a schedule and you’ve got a job to do - but, every now and again, standing in these caves in my pyjamas, with a broadsword, I look around and there’s Sean dressed up as a huge alien, and down the other end of the cave is the TARDIS blinking away, and I do have a moment of going, ‘This is just unreal! This is impossible!’ I think this episode is particularly good fun, because there’s the sword fight, and the Doctor waking up, and there’s some really great, juicy stuff, so it’s a lovely one to start with.”

It’s just like an Andrew Pixley Archive come to life, isn’t it? [Andrew Pixley wrote behind-the-scenes “Archive” features for Doctor Who Magazine]

“It is!” says David, roaring with laughter. “I mean, it really is! It’s got all the same kind of ridiculousness, and compromises, and highs, and lows, and madness that I suppose this show has always had. It’s very quick, very fast - there’s an awful lot to do. We’ve got a schedule like all TV dramas have a schedule, but also we’ve got special effects, and CGI, and prosthetics, and all that stuff just takes so much time. The attention to detail is amazing.”

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Voyage of the Damned - Behind the Scenes (Part Two)

Excerpts from Benjamin Cook’s interview with Kylie from DWM #390 & #391

     The Mamhilad Park Industrial Estate is not the most glamorous of locations.  It’s Tuesday, 24 July, and it’s like the Black Hole of Calcutta in here.  Except bigger.  And darker.  BBC film crews have been known never to return from the Mamhilad Park Industrial Estate.  On a serious note, it smells strongly of black paint.  Kylie, in a waitress’ uniform, is scrambling up a grimy stairwell.
      “Am I too dusty?” she laughs after the take.
      “No, no, no, you need to get dustier,” jokes David.  “Shall I fetch you some dust?  Oh, Christmas Day - my enjoyment is ruined by the dust distribution in an otherwise excellent episode!”
      Kylie is in hysterics.  “Oh, don’t!”
      By Friday lunchtime, the Doctor Who team has moved on to Kylie’s heroic turn in a forklift.
      It’s a funny old sight: international pop icon Kylie Minogue sat in the driver’s seat of a forklift truck - ‘Warning: Machine Must Be Operated By Authorised Personnel Only’ - squared up to Max Capricon’s head-in-a-box combo.  But we always knew that it would be.  “Look, it’s Driving Miss Daisy,” exclaims Kylie, gripping the steering wheel.
      “it’s a laugh, innit?” says David.  “Do a seven-point turn, Kylie!  It looks quite complicated, the number of gears you’ve got there.”
       She nods.  “They’re only letting me touch this one.”
       “Why that one?”
       “I don’t think it does much.  Basically, they don’t trust me.”

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David’s Colorful Converse Collection

Question:  Did you get to decide what you wore <on Doctor Who>
David:  It was certainly kind of based on ideas that I’d had, yeah.  I was very keen to have some soft shoes.  I thought I’m in them for 9 months, I’ve got to do a lot of running up and down corridors, I don’t want a big pair of clumpy boots.
                             – Totally Doctor Who


He’d been wearing his favorite plimsolls all summer and suggested he wear those instead.  Louise’s only reservation about them was what would happen when it came to December and it was cold and snowing on location?  His feet would freeze and he’d regret his decision then.  David promised her he wouldn’t.  “We did use his own shoes for The Christmas Invasion and then I bought another five identical pairs.  I’ve got about nine now, but we used his own initially because they were already very broken down, very distressed, ripped and torn.  David liked the idea that the Doctor’s shoes were worn in.  He didn’t want him being this neat, perfect character.”
                             – Louise Page in Doctor Who - The Inside Story


Twelve in Death in Heaven (8.12)

I am not a good man! I’m not a bad man. I’m not a hero. I’m not a President, and no, I’m not an officer. You know who I am? I … am … an idiot! With a box and a screwdriver, passing through, helping out, and I don’t need an army, I never have. Because I’ve got them, and love is not an emotion; love is a promise, and he will never hurt her.