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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:

DT: 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 expensive prop

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 something else.

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

DT: 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.

DT: 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, see?

RTD: Oh yeah, look there!

DT: Below the red switch.

RTD: You vandal.

DT: Sorry 

A big “thank you!!” to everyone who shares set photos

Additional parts of this photoset: [ one ] [ two ] [ four ]
The rest of the behind-the-scenes photosets are available [ here ]

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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.  

(Any transcription errors are mine)

Other Waters of Mars behind-the-scenes posts: [ one ] [ two ] [ three ] [ four ] [ five ] [ six ] [ seven ]
Full list of behind-the-scenes posts:  [ here ]

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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. 

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“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