Excerpts from Benjamin Cook’s “Things We Learned This Christmas” article in DWM 378
Russell T Davies is nine foot tall, according to BBC Radio Wales
But he isn’t remotely scared of spiders. “Cardiff Bay is a breeding ground in the Summer,” he bemoans. “You end up crawling with bloody spiders. Leave your window open at night, and you wake up webbed! I’m fed up of them, and this is my revenge.” The Runaway Bride is all Cardiff-inspired, then? “Yes. Next year, it’ll be Doctor Who and the Speed Bumps!”
Interviewing Euros Lyn as he makes his way up a mountain in Dublin isn’t as hard as you might think. “I’m filming a show for the BBC,” he explains, “about a policeman who wants to avenge his wife’s murder.”
When Donna tries to hail a cab, the script specifies: ‘Fast and zippy sequence. Music like Yello’s The Race.’ However, Murray Gold composed a Yello-inspired orchestral piece.
David Tennant only pretends to be Scottish for a wacky gimmick. Really he’s Welsh. Honest!
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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Happy 6th Wedding Anniversary, The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge!
In 2001, Prince William of Wales & Miss Catherine Middleton met while they were students in residence at St. Salvator’s Hall at the University of St. Andrews, and in 2003, the two began dating. In 2005, Prince William of Wales graduated with a degree in Geography & Miss Catherine Middleton graduated with a degree in the History of Art. In October 2010, the couple became engaged, and on November 16, 2010, Clarence House officially announced the engagement of His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales to Miss Catherine Middleton. The official engagement portraits were released in December 2010. The couple married on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 11:00am BST at Westminster Abbey. On April 29, 2011, HRH Prince William of Wales & Miss Catherine Middleton become Their Royal Highnesses The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge. Now, The Duke & Duchess have two children: HRH Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge (b. 2013) & HRH Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge (b. 2015).
“They were just very much boyfriend and girlfriend. They seemed very normal, they were happy in each other’s company. They could relax and again that’s part of the thing about St Andrews.”
Simon dug the toe of his shoe into the dirt. He wasn’t sure why he felt so nervous. His mom had just bought him brand new light up sketchers. He felt bad for scuffing them up, but his feet wouldn’t hold still. “Calm down,” he whispered to them. They didn’t listen.
The new boy said he liked dandelions. Said they looked like sunshine. Miss Catherine told him they were weeds, and that boys didn’t give flowers to other boys.
“But what if I really like him? And what if they look like sunshine?”
“Maybe go pick some daisies instead,” she suggested, ignoring both questions. Simon didn’t care what she thought. The new boy was dark and serious and had pretty hair. He seemed so sad sometimes. Simon figured he could use a little sunshine in his life.
“Hey, Baz!” Simon called out when he spotted him across the playground. Baz looked at him, his dark hair, almost shoulder length, swinging around with his head. “Come here!”
Baz nodded and smiled. He was missing his front tooth. Simon was, too. Maybe they could talk about it. Did Baz still believe in the tooth fairy, Simon wondered?
“What do you want?” Baz asked, a little out of breath from running across the playground.
Simon held out the dandelions. “For you.”
“You said they looked like sunshine.” Simon giggled. Baz took the flowers from Simon and gave him a big grin.
“Your hair looks like sunshine!” Baz exclaimed, tucking the flowers in the chest pocket of his shirt. “Want to play firefighters with me?”
“Obviously,” Simon answered. Baz grabbed his hand and tugged him along. Simon grabbed back.
The film is an adaptation of the Mexican entry for best foreign-language film at the 84th Academy Awards in 2011. It centers on a woman named Laura Guerrero who, along with her friend, enters a Miss Baja beauty pageant. She witnesses during rehearsals a gang killing Drug Enforcement Administration agents and nightclub-goers, which turns her life upside down. She’s then kidnapped by the men and forced to work for them in the deadly drug war.