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:
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
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
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
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.
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,
RTD: Oh yeah, look there!
DT: Below the red switch.
RTD: You vandal.
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And I think that’s got something to do with the way Russell just tweaked it. And he didn’t change much; and it’s the same show it always was. But he gave it… I don’t know, an emotional accessibility. He gave it a heart, or two… And it always had but he managed to find a way so that it connected with an audience in the twenty-first century. And I think it’s Russell’s fault that we’re all here.
Keri and Matthew as you know are expecting a baby, which is so exciting. What is it like being with them on set, with them as a couple? What are they like? Do you see the chemistry? What are they like off screen? (x)
Behind the scenes of The Waters of Mars (Part Five)
Excerpts from the podcast commentary with David Tennant, Russell T Davies, and Julie Gardner
RTD: Now we did worry about this, we toned these monsters down JG: Yeah we did DT: Oh yes, well… It was only Maggie that got toned down RTD: Yes, because I think the full version and the cataract contact lenses in their eyes, and I made an executive decision. I thought it was too scary. I thought they were exactly like zombies. The difference between that and a zombie was nill. You know, there are 6 year olds watching, and I just went, “Nope”. DT: You did. You made an executive decision. RTD: I came to set, do you remember? When you were… DT: …and I said, “Oh, c’mon. Let’s scare them.” RTD: You were at the glacier. And came down. DT: Yeah, yeah, yeah… and had a look at them. RTD: Yes, ‘cause we got Sharon, Sharon Duncan Brewster [who played Maggie] there to do it with contact lenses which looked amazing, absolutely amazing. JG: They really did RTD: Part of the thing is, she’s such a good actor. You give an actor a prosthetic and a scary scene, and they go for it. She’s absolutely wonderful, so it was terrifying - off the scale! DT: But it’s only Sharon who doesn’t wear the contact lenses, so do you think it makes enough of a difference? RTD: Yes, because you don’t spend as much time with the others. This is a monster who chases after you. She’s behind that glass. To be honest, I would have taken out them all DT: But we’d already shot stuff… RTD: We’d already shot this, and it’s fine. You know, now it’s all put together… DT: But weren’t you a bit annoyed. There were a couple of us, me included, who were kind of saying, “Oh, come on!” RTD: You were. You were in the car park, and Sharon especially wanted the full rig. DT: Yeah. RTD: Bless her, quite right too. They were standing there, soaking wet, still with all their tubes DT: But were you annoyed that you had to be the grown ups? JG: No, not really. Also, it was quite complicated because… RTD: You know what? I felt righteous! DT: Did you? RTD: [Big laugh] I did. I just stood there and thought, “I’m right.” DT: That may well be the case, but we all made you feel like you were being stuffy grown ups, didn’t we? RTD: [still laughing - hard to understand - I think he says “I did - I felt like I was the headmaster”] DT: Of course it is your job to be the stuffy grown up at the end of the day JG: I thought it was more interesting. It was a bit of a jigsaw puzzle, because for ages, I thought it was the blackness in the mouth that was the problem RTD: We couldn’t work out what was so terrifying JG: We couldn’t work out whether that was too weird, because how freaky to think that your inside has disappeared or has blackened DT: Right, right JG: So I was focused on that, and actually it was only when we did the test and saw them without the contact lenses that you thought actually that’s the problem. RTD: Yeah, cause you wanted to get rid of the blackness, and I thought, “Oh no!” I think that’s why they’re distinctive. I think it’s scary. DT: They are properly scary. JG: They are. DT: …and you’re right, the actors all used it for all it was worth. RTD/JG: They love it.
[…] RTD: Later on when they’re all in the corridor with their arms raised and water is pouring down, that’s why they’ve all got their eyes closed - because some of them would have contact lenses and some wouldn’t. DT: Ooooh! I thought that was just because they were facing up to this enormous torrent of water RTD: Well, there is that [much laughter]
(Any transcription errors are mine) …with super-special thanks to everyone who shares their set photos
“Who knows? Maybe years from now I’ll be on a ranch in Colorado with 10 kids. The whole point of life is to experience a little bit of everything, and I think it’s better when there are a few surprises thrown in.” — Keri Russell