Behind the Scenes of Planet of the Dead - Part Nine
Excepts from the podcast with Julie Gardner (executive producer), James Strong (director), and David Tennant
David: Can I just say, Adam James, I’ve known for 10 years. We did a play together at Manchester Royal Exchange, and he’s been banging on to me about getting him into Doctor Who since I started - to get him to come and play a part - I’ve had no joy whatsoever, but then…
James: Then I met him last year doing Hustle
James: …and then he banged onto me
David: [laughing] Yeah, and you managed to get him in!
James: And there he is!
Julie: Also, I met him last year when we all went on a little trip together
David: Of course, yes, yes
Julie: He is hilarious. He’s one of the funniest men I’ve ever met!
James: Bless him.
David: There he is. Very pleased to finally be in Doctor Who.
Julie: He’s great, and he just kept going on these cold nights.
James: Yes, he did - and his bits were always right at the end. He was always sat in his little police car with Norman the extra, pull out right at the end.
Julie: David, you can’t have had much time with him
David: No, that was the only slightly disappointing thing. We have sort-of one scene together at the end, a tiny little thing, yeah. So no we didn’t really. We hung out a bit between
Holy shit guys, I went to Let’s Play Live last night, and oh my god it was the best thing ever. Despite all the screaming of the other fans, it was a great show. Jack is a great host, and I loved the whole experience of watching these people who I have admired from a screen be there, up on stage, doing things that I love to see them do. In addition, I never thought I would be able to say this, but I got bench-pressed by none other than Bruce Greene of Funhaus. That is certainly something I didn’t think I would cross off my bucket list, but there you go. And in true New Jersey style, the show ended with everyone jamming out to Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” on Rock Band, with our favorite Jersey boy, Michael Jones, on the vocals.
I got to meet Funhaus and Achievement Hunter after the show as well, and they are the sweetest people ever. In talking to everyone, it’s apparent that they care about their fans. No matter what you wanted, whether it be a hug or a picture or an autograph, they were willing to talk to you and accommodate you. My favorite thing was that while I was in line for Geoff Ramsey to sign my stuff, security was telling everyone that time was up, and I let out a disappointed “oh no”. But Geoff walked over to me and asked what I wanted (a picture and an autograph), and gave me it, despite the fact that time was up. My interactions with these people has increased my respect for them more, and I can’t wait to see where their channels will take them.
Summary: the show was great, I had fun, was bench-pressed by Bruce Greene, met the sweetest people ever, feel free to ask any questions about what happened, I’ll do my best to answer.