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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Behind the scenes of The Waters of Mars (Part Eight)
Excerpts from the podcast commentary with David Tennant, Russell T Davies, and Julie Gardner
RTD: Do you know what? This is probably our last commentary together, us three. JG: It is! DT: Ooooohhhh RTD: Because hopefully there will be commentaries in some shape or form for the last two episodes on various formats, but us three won’t get to be together again! DT: We’re all in different countries these days. JG: Surely in twenty years time we’ll be wheeled out in our bath chairs to… DT: To tell the truth! RTD: [laughs] JG: Yeah, exactly DT: To give the real commentary JG: To dish the dirt. DT: …talk about who we hated RTD: My nights with Yuri DT & JG: [laughs] JG: That sounds like your autobiography [more laughing] RTD: Oh dear. That brings me down to Earth. We will be doing commentaries DT: Do you think we will? RTD: Yes! DT: Will there be commentaries in 20 years time? Or will you just have something downloaded into your head RTD: Actually we’ll appear on screen directly! We’ll actually be like holograms on screen. JG: Holograms in our bath chairs RTD: No - holograms will make us look young and beautiful, surely, otherwise what’s the point DT: We can be CGI’ed.
[…] RTD [during the scene where the Doctor chooses to save the crew]: This is our last commentary together and you are just so amazing! JG: Magnificent RTD: When you take something and.. you’re going berserk, and I think it’s such a brilliant performance, I can’t begin to tell you. DT: Well, it’s because it’s there. It’s in the writing. That’s what you do. RTD: I only said that so you’d pay the compliment back DT & RTD: [hearty laughs] DT: That was Phil Ford’s bit, I’m sure. [Phil Ford is the co-writer of this episode] RTD: But it’s phenomenal. It’s simply phenomenal.
Name the largest single man-made structure on the planet. […] It’s not the Great Wall of China. // The Great Earthworks of Benin, sometimes called the walls of Benin, dug by the Edo people. 10,000 miles in length. 4x longer than the Great Wall of China. Consumed 100x more material than the Great Pyramid of Cheops. Took 700 years and an estimated 150 million hours of digging.
“Back in Stacey’s bathroom, she’s boggling, looking down as
her skin stretches out- nothing actually breaking through, no broken skin or
blood; instead, the stretching skin is whitening and smoothly dividing off and a
lump plops free. Stacey’s standing by the sink; it just plops down into the bowl
and the stomach twangs back to normal and the lump is adipose! Standing in the
sink bowl like a bag of sugar- little arms and legs, little black dots, little
mewling mouth.” -RTD, readthrough for Partners in Crime