Behind the scenes of The Waters of Mars (Part Five)
Excerpts from the podcast commentary with David Tennant, Russell T Davies, and Julie Gardner
RTD: Now we did worry about this, we toned these monsters down JG: Yeah we did DT: Oh yes, well… It was only Maggie that got toned down RTD: Yes, because I think the full version and the cataract contact lenses in their eyes, and I made an executive decision. I thought it was too scary. I thought they were exactly like zombies. The difference between that and a zombie was nill. You know, there are 6 year olds watching, and I just went, “Nope”. DT: You did. You made an executive decision. RTD: I came to set, do you remember? When you were… DT: …and I said, “Oh, c’mon. Let’s scare them.” RTD: You were at the glacier. And came down. DT: Yeah, yeah, yeah… and had a look at them. RTD: Yes, ‘cause we got Sharon, Sharon Duncan Brewster [who played Maggie] there to do it with contact lenses which looked amazing, absolutely amazing. JG: They really did RTD: Part of the thing is, she’s such a good actor. You give an actor a prosthetic and a scary scene, and they go for it. She’s absolutely wonderful, so it was terrifying - off the scale! DT: But it’s only Sharon who doesn’t wear the contact lenses, so do you think it makes enough of a difference? RTD: Yes, because you don’t spend as much time with the others. This is a monster who chases after you. She’s behind that glass. To be honest, I would have taken out them all DT: But we’d already shot stuff… RTD: We’d already shot this, and it’s fine. You know, now it’s all put together… DT: But weren’t you a bit annoyed. There were a couple of us, me included, who were kind of saying, “Oh, come on!” RTD: You were. You were in the car park, and Sharon especially wanted the full rig. DT: Yeah. RTD: Bless her, quite right too. They were standing there, soaking wet, still with all their tubes DT: But were you annoyed that you had to be the grown ups? JG: No, not really. Also, it was quite complicated because… RTD: You know what? I felt righteous! DT: Did you? RTD: [Big laugh] I did. I just stood there and thought, “I’m right.” DT: That may well be the case, but we all made you feel like you were being stuffy grown ups, didn’t we? RTD: [still laughing - hard to understand - I think he says “I did - I felt like I was the headmaster”] DT: Of course it is your job to be the stuffy grown up at the end of the day JG: I thought it was more interesting. It was a bit of a jigsaw puzzle, because for ages, I thought it was the blackness in the mouth that was the problem RTD: We couldn’t work out what was so terrifying JG: We couldn’t work out whether that was too weird, because how freaky to think that your inside has disappeared or has blackened DT: Right, right JG: So I was focused on that, and actually it was only when we did the test and saw them without the contact lenses that you thought actually that’s the problem. RTD: Yeah, cause you wanted to get rid of the blackness, and I thought, “Oh no!” I think that’s why they’re distinctive. I think it’s scary. DT: They are properly scary. JG: They are. DT: …and you’re right, the actors all used it for all it was worth. RTD/JG: They love it.
[…] RTD: Later on when they’re all in the corridor with their arms raised and water is pouring down, that’s why they’ve all got their eyes closed - because some of them would have contact lenses and some wouldn’t. DT: Ooooh! I thought that was just because they were facing up to this enormous torrent of water RTD: Well, there is that [much laughter]
(Any transcription errors are mine) …with super-special thanks to everyone who shares their set photos
“At the center of the story is Jyn Erso (played by Felicity Jones), an outlaw who becomes a key agent for the struggling alliance of Rebels. Here, we see her and pilot Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed) in a familiar Star Wars scene — a gathering around a briefing room to discuss the plan of attack. But she is surrounded by new faces: Senator Jebel (Jonathan Aris, of Sherlock) in red and grey; Senator Vaspar (Fares Fares, of Tyrant and Zero Dark Thirty) in blue; and Senator Pamlo (Sharon Duncan-Brewster, EastEnders and Bad Girls) in gold. In the foreground with her back to the camera is the leader of these leaders: Mon Mothma, played by Genevieve O'Reilly (Glitch) who is reprising the role from the prequels.” [x]