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doctor who meme: [1/10] quotes

“When you run with the Doctor, it feels like it will never end. But however hard you try, you can’t run forever. Everybody knows that everybody dies, and nobody knows it like the Doctor. But I do think that all the skies of all the worlds might just turn dark, if he ever, for one moment, accepts it. Everybody knows that everybody dies. But not every day. Not today. Some days are special. Some days are so, so blessed. Some days, nobody dies at all. Now and then, every once in a very long while, every day in a million days, when the wind stands fair, and the Doctor comes to call.”

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Luger Parabellum RSD night pistol

Manufactured by Deutsche Waffen- und Munitionsfabriken AG c.~1942 - serial number 1110T.
7,65x21mm Parabellum tracer rounds, eight-round removable box magazine, toggle-lock short recoil semi-automatic, manual and grip safeties, anodized brass flashlight barrel sleeve with battery slot.

The user’s skin conductivity would bridge the gap between the two brass grip plates, and light up the flashlight attachment through a wire running from a slot on the right side of the frame to the batteries on the barrel sleeve.
These pistols were used by very few officers of the Reichssicherheitsdienst bodyguards during WW2.

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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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In one corner of a cluttered, book-lined study at St Luke’s sits a blue police box, an ‘OUT OF ORDER’ sign on its door. In a cup on the desk are a selection of screwdrivers, all of them sonic, and framed photographs of the two women that one man holds closest to his hearts: River Song and his granddaughter, Susan.
—  DWM #511 (May 2017) [’The Pilot’, Episode Preview]

The latest Doctor Who Magazine has an interview with Steven Moffat, who talks about Peter Harness’ upcoming episode The Pyramid at the End of the World (the second story in the upcoming three-parter).

The episode stands out because it’s the only one this year where Moff is credited as a co-writer. The reason for this, which he talks very movingly about, is because his mother passed away during the writing process of that episode and he wasn’t able to give Harness all the meetings and notes that he is generally able to give other writers for redrafts.

He was literally working at his mother’s bedside in hospital to redraft the episode.

He turns it on himself to say that Harness deserved better and he feels that he let him down to meet the production schedule, the whole situation sounds incredibly sad, but that is some incredible commitment…

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Behind the Scenes of Planet of the Dead - Part Six

Excerpts from Benjamin Cook’s set report in DWM 408:

[on trying to film during a sandstorm]
“Not only was what we were shooting looking horrible,” James tells DWM, “because we had no light… and this massive desert landscape, you couldn’t see it… I mean, we could have been in a car park at Upper Boat… but also sand was being blown in our faces constantly. The actors couldn’t open their eyes.”

“Problem is,” says make-up designer Barbara Southcott, “it’s on high-def, so you’ll see every bit of sand on their skin.”

“You’ll have to paint it out,” make-up artist Steve Smith teases The Mill’s Dave Houghton.

“Frame by frame,” nods Dave, “grain by grain.”

“I know it’s not easy, guys,” calls out John [Bennett, First Assistant Director]. “Let’s just do what we can.” But David’s hair has turned blonde. (Daniel [Kaluuya, who plays Barclay] dubs him “Barry Manilow”.)

The sand is sticking to everything. Worst hit is Tracie Simpson, whose lips are actually yellow. This is her first episode as Doctor Who’s producer. It’s a baptism of fire - no, of wind! Of wind and sand and lipstick.

Forgetting that Dubai is four hours ahead of the UK, DWM decides to text a message of support to Russell T Davies in Cardiff - you know, something encouraging and inspiring. But somehow we manage to send one that says: “SANDSTORM! CODE RED! ABORT! ABORT!” Surprisingly, Russell messages back: “I’ve got you texting with ‘SANDSTORM!’ and Julie [Gardner, executive producer] phoning with ‘SANDSTORM!’ I’m hooting. Save yourself, Ben.” Perhaps we should hide in a Portaloo until it’s all over? (We don’t last long. It stinks in here. Besides, a queue was forming.)

Back outside, the majestic crane shots intended for this morning are abandoned. The crane is dismantled and taken away. “I thought, let’s shoot everything that we can against the bus,” James explains later. “…but the actors all looked like they’d been tarred in sand and dragged through a hedge.”

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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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doctor who meme: [4/6] companions, amelia pond

“There’s a little girl waiting in a garden. She’s going to wait a long while, so she’s going to need a lot of hope. Go to her. Tell her a story. Tell her that if she’s patient, the days are coming that she’ll never forget. Tell her she’ll go to see and fight pirates. She’ll fall in love with a man who’ll wait two thousand years to keep her safe. Tell her she’ll give hope to the greatest painter who ever lived. And save a whale in outer space. Tell her, this is the story of Amelia Pond. And this is how it ends.”

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The Shakespeare Code - Behind the Scenes (Part 4)
Excerpts from Benjamin Cook’s set report from DWM #382

DWM quizzed David and Freema (separately, of course - no conferring!) to determine who knows the most about the Bard. They get one point for completing each famous Shakespeare quote, and one more for naming the play. 

Q: To be or not to be, that is the question…

DT: “’Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer / the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune’ - Hamlet”  (2 pts)

FA: “’Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him well’? Um - it’s from Hamlet.” (1 pt)

Q: And thus the whirligig of time…

DT: “Oh bum. ‘And thus the whirligig of time draws on, um…’ That’s not right. It’s that kind of thing. [DWM: ‘And thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges.’] “I was close, though! Is it from Macbeth? [DWM: Twelfth Night.] This is terrible.”  (0 pts)

FA: “Is that from A Midsummer Night’s Dream? I’m not even going to pretend that I know. My God, I’m awful. I bet David got them all right.” (0 pts)

Q: Friends, Romans, countrymen…

DT: “’…lend me your ears; / I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.’ Julius Caesar.”   (2 pts)

FA: “’Friends, Romans, countrymen, um, listen up!” Ha! It’s from… ooh, is it Julius Caesar? Yes? It is? Put that I said that with conviction.”  (1 pt)

Q: By the pricking of my thumbs…

DT: “’Something wicked this way comes.’ That’s Macbeth.” (2 pts)

FA: “It rhymes? Um - ‘By the pricking of my thumbs / I’ll end up smacking those big bums.’ Ha ha!”  (0 pts)

Final Score: David got 16 out of 20, Freema got 6 out of 20 

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doctor who meme: [2/3] otps, amy and rory

“You know when, sometimes you meet someone so beautiful, and then you actually talk to them and five minutes later, they’re as dull as a brick? Then there’s other people, and you meet them and you think, ‘Not bad; they’re okay.’ And then you get to know them, and their face sort of becomes them, like their personality is written all over it. And they just turn into something so beautiful. Rory’s the most beautiful man I’ve ever met.”

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

Excerpts from Jason Arnopp’s set report from DWM 396

[Discussion while eating deserts and tea with David]
The Doctor’s relationship with violence is a complex one, though, isn’t it? Much as we’re doing now, he often has his cake and eats it.  “The violence is the final resort,” David stresses.  “You should always give people the benefit of the doubt.  In the final moment of the story, the Doctor basically knows he’s gonna have to sacrifice himself and go back up to the Sontaran ship.  But it’s important and valid that he allows them the chance to back down.  It’s important that he will always allow people to find the good in themselves.  He gives them that opportunity even though he knows that because they’re Sontarans and because of what they’re about, they’re not going to back down.  But it’s the morally correct thing to do, to allow that possibility”

That ‘second chance’ opportunity is a very Tenth Doctor thing, isn’t it?

“He would have you believe that he has quite strong rules about it,” nods David.  “'You get once chance, and then I’ll do ya!’  And again, that came up in Partners in Crime, when he tells Ms Foster, ‘You get once chance.  I’d advise you to take it.’ And she doesn’t, and ends up splattered on the pavement!  Of course, it’s not quite as straightforward as that, and he will bend his own rules now and again.  But that moral framework, that moral righteousness, is very important to him.”

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