David Tennant’s Contributions to Doctor Who Episodes
“Hand in a Jar” Edition
From the DVD commentary for Utopia with David Tennant and Russell T Davies:
David Tennant: The hand in the jar there is actually a cast of my hand.
Russell T Davies: At last!
DT: At last! Which we did just before this episode, because the hand that you’d had on Torchwood and elsewhere had been… I don’t know who it had been.
RTD: I used to know who it was. It’s one of the Millennium FX guys.
DT: One of the Millennium FX guys’ hands.
RTD: I can’t remember which one
DT: It was a good bit bigger than mine. And when you put that in water it looked bigger still!
DT: So I thought, if my hand’s going to be right next to it I think we might need to address that.
RTD: Oh, did you ask?
DT: Yeah! Yeah, yeah… and they ignored me for about three weeks, and then I said, “Please!” So we did it about two days before…
RTD: [more laughter]
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. David’s hands are quite distinctive. With his extraordinarily long, thin fingers it was quite noticeable (to those paying close attention - and to those who are fans of David’s hands) that the original hand-in-a-jar didn’t look much like David’s hand. I find it impressive that it was David himself who kindly asked (multiple times) if a cast could be made of his actual hand, so the hand-in-the-jar would be more believable & accurate. I’m thankful for his attention to detail and his desire to get things just right.
Semi-related Bonus (from Turn Left’s Confidential Episode):
Full set of David’s Contributions Posts (tag):
Bigger on the Inside Edition
Walking on Theatre Chairs Edition
Scanning a Planet Edition
Shakespeare Code Bedroom Edition
Interrupting Jackie Edition
Sarah Jane Smith Edition
Stone Arm Edition
Hand in a Jar Edition
Killing the Vespiform Edition