“You know after I sent that kid to the hospital years ago they said I had an anger problem, but that’s not true. I was angry because of something else. Something I’d lost. Trying so hard since not to be angry got me all defenseless and I lost more, and more, and more… that’s not getting better. I want to be angry. When I ran home from college, on the bus I had this dream… or maybe I saw it out the window, last leaf on the tree finally blown off. I’m so scared all the time, and the fear hurts, feeling like everything is over… was over long before I got here, so long, hiding or trying to outrun this. I get it. This won’t stop until I die. But when I die I want it to hurt. When my friends leave, when I have to let go, when this entire town is wiped off the map, I want it to hurt. Bad. I want to lose. I want to get beaten up. I want to hold on until I’m thrown off and everything ends. And you know what? Until that happens I want to hope again and I want it to hurt. Because that means it meant something. It means I am… something, at least. Pretty amazing to be something at least.”
David Tennant’s Contributions to Doctor Who Episodes Silence in the Library “Scanning a Planet” Edition
Excerpt from the Silence in the Library DVD commentary track
Steven Moffat: I expanded this a bit [scene toward the beginning of the episode with the Doctor and Donna talking in the library], which set off David on some whole thing about the sonic screwdriver
David Tennant: Oh yeah… [laughs]
Steven Moffat: I get a message saying, “David is worried about whether or not the sonic screwdriver could do that”
Julie Gardner: …and you were like “shut up, they’re extra pages!”
Steven Moffat: You think, “He’s working hard, the boy” isn’t he? I mean it could mend barbed wire and light candles… It’s a bit late to object..
David Tennant: Well we changed it, didn’t we? Because at one point the idea was I stick the sonic screwdriver up in the air and it took a sound reading of the whole planet! I just queried if we were stretching it…
Excerpt from David Tennant’s Panel at AwesomeCon in D.C. (June 2017)
David Tennant: It’s always interesting, the relationship between real science and the science of science fiction. I think it works best, on Doctor Who, even though you’re talking about time travel which doesn’t necessarily exist yet, or things that we might aspire to, or things that we can dream of, it works best when it seems credible. When you can just about imagine that we might be able to get there one day. Everyone has their own threshold for that, I suppose. […] If it gets too preposterous, it takes you out of it [the story]. I think that’s quite a tricky thing to navigate. Occasionally I bump up against it myself. I remember in the library story, there was this point where, with the sonic screwdriver, in 1 second I had to scan the entire planet. I thought, yeah it can mend barbed wire, I’ll buy that, but scan an entire planet in 1 second? Or should we just use that computer monitor over there - somehow for me that felt a little bit more… I can buy that, I can just about stretch to that. But that was my own particular threshold.
Orig.Poster’s note: This post is part of a series on some of the contributions that David made to episodes of Doctor Who, because he sometimes gets questions about ad-libs or input he may have had to episodes, but he tends to not take credit for his various additions/suggestions - so I figured I’d list some for him. This instance is an example of David questioning the believably of a particular plot point, and others agreeing with him and changing the story due to David’s good idea (and I agree with David - that is a bit much to ask of the sonic, particularly when you’re on a planet that has a giant computer at its core - a computer that easily could be linked to sensors scattered over the planet’s surface to determine the current attendance/population).
I liked this moment at Jaxcon (video) because it contributes to my sense that oftentimes when we see Jared all over Jensen in panel, it’s either about him grounding himself, or him letting Jensen know that he’s okay. Here, somebody asked a question that was kind of emotionally heavy (it referenced suicide), and Jared answered it with his usual sincerity. This moment is just after Jared’s finished talking: Jensen doesn’t even say anything, just shifts his gaze away from the questioner to look at Jared, and Jared pats him firm and reassuring on the head, “I’m good.” Then they turn to hear the next question. (It reminded me a lot of this moment at Nerd HQ 2015, which also shows Jared kind of patting Jensen to let him know he’s alright to carry on.)
The fused form of Ishizu and Mai! Her character has a moon theme and even has like a tiny mirror decorated on her headwear. Her powers are kinda tricky:
She can tie you up with her whip and will cast you a fortune. She doesn’t SEE the future per say, she makes your future. Like for example, she’ll say that you’ll encounter three beings that will test your bravery, and then it happens the next day.
She might give you a good fortune or a bad fortune, whatever she thinks it’s fair.
(She does kinda have a bit of a prankster-side, and mostly puts a cold face just to play tricks on you)