Behind the Scenes of The Poison Sky / The Sontaran Stratagem (Part Four)
Excerpts from Jason Arnopp’s set report from DWM 396
[Discussion while eating deserts and tea with David] The Doctor’s relationship with violence is a complex one, though, isn’t it? Much as we’re doing now, he often has his cake and eats it. “The violence is the final resort,” David stresses. “You should always give people the benefit of the doubt. In the final moment of the story, the Doctor basically knows he’s gonna have to sacrifice himself and go back up to the Sontaran ship. But it’s important and valid that he allows them the chance to back down. It’s important that he will always allow people to find the good in themselves. He gives them that opportunity even though he knows that because they’re Sontarans and because of what they’re about, they’re not going to back down. But it’s the morally correct thing to do, to allow that possibility”
That ‘second chance’ opportunity is a very Tenth Doctor thing, isn’t it?
“He would have you believe that he has quite strong rules about it,” nods David. “'You get once chance, and then I’ll do ya!’ And again, that came up in Partners in Crime, when he tells Ms Foster, ‘You get once chance. I’d advise you to take it.’ And she doesn’t, and ends up splattered on the pavement! Of course, it’s not quite as straightforward as that, and he will bend his own rules now and again. But that moral framework, that moral righteousness, is very important to him.”
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A scene was filmed with a shirtless Newt Scamander, which showed off all the scars he had collected on his body during his work with dangerous animals. Eddie Redmayne had worked out considerably before filming, just for that one scene. However, unfortunately for him, the scene was deleted from the final print.
Revenge of the Sith | Deleted Scene | A Cry for Help
The scene where Obi-Wan defeats Anakin was originally slightly longer and included additional dialogue between the two men. After everything what happened between them on Mustafar and after everything Anakin has done Obi-Wan’s first impulse is to reach out to help the man who became his brother and Anakin’s first impulse is to reach out to Obi-Wan for help. Anakin’s cry for help (together with his outstretched hand) is actually left intact in the movie, even though the sound was muted. You can see Hayden Christensen’s lips clearly pronouncing the words.
“Christensen groans to get into character, and then gives an emotional delivery of the two lines, ‘Help me, Master,’ and “’I hate you!’” - The Making of Star Wars Revenge of the Sith
The Making of Star Wars Revenge of the Sith by J. W. Rinzler documents the filming of that dialogue and there is actual BTS footage where Obi-Wan refuses to help the fallen Jedi. It’s only then that Anakin’s eyes turn from blue to the Sith red (the 4th gif). This revelation adds a new dimension to the scene and makes it even more heartbreaking.
“I love you but I can’t help you.” - Obi-Wan Kenobi
According to the book, after Anakin implores Obi-wan to save him, George Lucas asked Ewan McGregor to say “I will not…” softer, almost to himself because after Anakin bursted into flames it’s as if Obi-Wan was talking to a dead person. That’s why he also suggested, to drive home this point, that McGregor changed the words in the script to the past tense “I loved you”. Ewan agreed, but pointed out that his subsequent line would have to change to “But I could not help you.” Lucas also explained that what Obi-Wan is basically saying to Anakin is “you were my only hope - you blew it. Now we don’t have any hope.”
You know a worrying thought I’ve had after watching the Season 1 Finale…
I think the Red Lion’s (Keith’s) comms are broken.
The main reason I think this, is because in the last few minutes of the episode, all the Paladins speak once over the comms except Keith.
The last thing we hear from him (not counting the horrific chaotic screaming as the wormhole starting sucking everyone up) was the pleading ‘Come on! Come on!’ when he was trying to get the damaged Red Lion to work. He didn’t even offer a response when Shiro saved him.
The Red Lion wasn’t even standing when Shiro and the Black Lion brought it back to the Castle-ship. (Sorry for the blurry image, the scene was moving too much).
It’s probably the reason why Keith and the Red Lion were sucked up first. The Red Lion was too damaged to be piloted, even a little.
By the way, if there was any way to contact each other on the comms after their separation, Keith has no chance. Let’s hope Allura can use her spidey lion-sense to locate them.