Behind the Scenes of Planet of the Dead - Part Fourteen
Excerpts from Benjamin Cook’s set report in DWM 408
[after the last day of shooting celebration - in Dubai] Later that evening, in the bar of the Holiday Arabian Resort, we watch Wales beat England at rugby on a giant TV, in a “thrilling Six Nations encounter” (copyright all commentators). DWM doesn’t understand rugby, really. Neither do David [Tennant] or Michelle [Ryan], so we all play cards instead, along with Paul Kasey [monster performer] (”It’s like an extended family holiday,” he enthuses) and other rugby dissenters.
“It became a sort of huge card-playing thing on that shoot,” relates Michelle. “Is it a Doctor Who tradition? David won quite a few games, didn’t he?” Like Daniel [Kaluuya, who plays Barclay and who beat Michelle in a race in the desert], David isn’t particularly gracious in victory. “I know, he had a victory dance! I was like, ‘I’ve got to get my sharpness back. I’ve become too comfortable.’
“Although, a few of us did jump in the pool,” she reveals. “That was kind of a last-night-jumping-in-with-all-your-clothes-on thing.” Or was she depressed because Wales won the rugby? “No, I just had the urge to jump in, I think, with David. We weren’t drunk! It was freezing. I climbed out and got changed, and then I was like, ‘I’m ready to play cards again now.’ But others were like, 'WE’RE GOING IN AGAIN!’ So I did as well. It was one of those spontaneous things. Yeah, they’re good to do. It was a great way to finish the shoot.“