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Behind the Scenes of Love and Monsters

Excerpts from Benjamin Cook’s set report from DWM #371

      It’s 12 days since the read-through, and filming is underway in the ominously-named Impounding Station - a dirty, spacious, warehouse-like building on Newport Docks.  David Tennant and Billie Piper are chasing a monster, with the buckets, and the water, and the shouting, and the screaming.  “It’s splashing me,” cries David, when Billie lobs a bucketful over the monster
      “D’you want your trousers dried?” sighs a lady from wardrobe.
      “It’s okay.  I’ve got two pairs of thermals on, so it hasn’t soaked through.”
      “It’s the best monster yet,” Billie tells me, as we stand admiring the prosthetic spectacle.  “For a cameo monster, the amount of effort that’s gone into it is just incredible.  Ha!  My nails are like that,” she teases, pointing at the creature’s mouldy, spindly toenails.  “I share my nails with that beast.”
      As long as you don’t share your teeth with it…
      “I know!  Look at all that drool,” she laughs.  “It’s the most K-Y Jelly we’ve ever used.  Hmm.  Actually, maybe not.”
      “That last take was great,” enthuses Dan Zeff.  “This has a real deadpan quality about it.”
      “We’re putting the realism back into Doctor Who,” jokes David.  “I wonder what people will make of this episode.”

The rest of the behind-the-scenes photosets are available [ here ]