Behind the Scenes of The Unicorn and the Wasp (Part Two)
Excerpts from Jason Arnopp’s article in DWM 396:
As we lurk, watching the Doctor interview his suspects - David corpsing at one point when Felicity Kendal improvises a belch on top of the planned hiccup - we decide to launch our own covert investigation. You see, these people harbour secrets…
DWM: How’s Catherine getting along?
David Tennant: After her first day, I was a bit worried that we hadn’t made enough of a fuss of her! Because she slotted in so utterly seamlessly. I just though, “I really hope Catherine’s aware of how thrilled we are to have her back on set, and how much fun it is!” She’s so great to play off and act with. It’s such a new dynamic for the Doctor, too.
DWM: With a script this ticklesome, has there been much corpsing?
David Tennant: Funnily enough, it’s often the way that rehearsing tragedy is hilarious, whereas rehearsing comedy is really hard work!
DWM: You were having trouble keeping it together earlier, while interviewing Lady Eddison…
David Tennant: Felicity Kendal! Belching to cue! Given everything she brings to a role and everything we expect of her, it was so funny, every single time.
DWM: Is there any particular scene you’re looking forward to shooting?
David Tennant: The big Miss Marple-style-de-brief, where they all sit around to be exposed for the charlatans that they are. Or, indeed, the amorphic creature that they are. So that’ll be fun, although it’ll be difficult to shoot - it must be one of the longest scenes we’ve ever had!