From the DVD Commentary with Julie Gardner [executive producer] and Matthew Graham [writer]
Julie Gardner: I love this finger-in-jam moment. I remember seeing it on the rushes and just loving it.
Matthew Graham: Well that’s how it goes with this show. One minute the Doctor is saying, “There’s a terrible evil in your house and I’m here to help,” and the next minute he’s eating your jam, and being ticked off for it.
JG: I remember at one point, in one draft of the script, there was a big discussion about whether we should see the Doctor and Rose asleep overnight, because they are trapped in this house. And I was very, very keen on that because that’s something we’ve never seen before, and I think Russell and you both said, “Actually, no - we’ve got to keep the energy going, and given what’s happening he’s never going to be off-guard.”
MG: Do you know what, it would have been a really nice scene. The thing is, we probably would have cut it out at this stage
JG: Because you’d want to keep moving. Absolutely. Oh, all these nice ideas that never make it in.
Okay but you can not deny that Rose had a special relationship with the Doctor, one that was different and so much more important than any of the New Who companions. Yes, they were all important and special in their own way, but Rose was something so, so different. She was there for him when he came back from one of the most horrifying experiences of his long long life. She made him smile again. She made him happy. She made him want to save the world, even when he didn’t want to himself. And that is so important and it lives on with him even when she’s gone and he’s changed again and again. He still remembers Rose and how she made him feel, how she brought him back from those dark places time and time again. And maybe it had nothing to do with Rose herself. Maybe it was because she happened to come around at the right time, a coincidence. But maybe, just maybe, the universe knew that Rose Tyler was exactly what the Doctor needed most at that time. His Rose.
In light of Tentoo’s Day I’d like to point something out. I think most people tend to forget the greatest gift Russell T. Davies gave us with Tentoo. Not only is he The Doctor (YES HE IS DAMN IT.) But he’s also part human now. “Specifically the aging part.” Which means that no matter how long the show runs and no matter how old they are, David and Billie could return as The Doctor and Rose canonically at any time since their lifespans now match. Let that warm and fuzzy thought wash over you for a few minutes. :)
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.”
Behind the scenes of The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit (Part 6)
Excerpts from the DVD commentary for The Impossible Planet (with David Tennant, Shaun Parkes [played Zachary Cross Flane], and Will Cohen [visual effects producer] )
Will Cohen: This - not that I often go into fan forums or anything, but this scene caused a bit of controversy.
DT: Did it really? Why?
WC: …and a certain amount of delight amongst fans because - the sort-of domestic conversation that you have with Rose Tyler.
WC: Talking about mortgages and settling down.
WC: It was the subject of many threads.
Shaun Parkes: They didn’t like that?
WC: Well, there was the usual split
DT: For and against?
WC: That’s what makes it brilliant
DT: Part of this is, of course, as the series goes on there’s a cranking-up of this whole idea of the Doctor and Rose being inseparable and talking about things like this is part of that, I suppose. Just so the finale of the season, which - if you’re listening to this commentary I presume you know what’s coming for Rose - it’s just to, you know, make that feel all the more painful and poignant when they’re finally torn apart forever. In fact, I think it’s episode nine when the devil says,“The young girl who will die in battle very soon,” was the first bald reference to what was coming at the end.
DT: Yeah, you got it?
SP: But she didn’t die… but she did…
DT: Well, she sort-of died, didn’t she? She’s dead in the real world.