I finally added pics to my Fifth Doctor Cosplay post!
I’ve been watching some of the extras on the blu-rays I got this week, and I highly enjoyed “Music and Monsters” on the Series 3 set, which showed the making of the Children in Need concert in Cardiff, back in 2006. It made me sick to think that if I had gotten into Doctor Who back when it rebooted, I might have been able to attend this concert, or any of the Doctor Who Proms. I love orchestral and concert band music, and the concert looked wonderful. Oh, the missed opportunities.
One of the things I really love, when going through bloopers and behind-the-scenes material, is finding out little bits that were altered on the fly from the way it was written in the script and that turned out really well. Here are a couple I’ve learned about recently.
- In “Smith and Jones,” when Martha enters the TARDIS for the first time, she’s talking about how the room is just crammed into the police box as she passes the Doctor, then says, “It’s bigger on the inside.” David Tennant asked if he could mouth the phrase at the same time she says it, since the Doctor has heard it so many times and expects it. That addition, followed immediately by the sarcastic, “Is it?” made the scene so much funnier.
- In “The Poison Sky,” when everyone was wearing the gas masks, Mr. Tennant forgot his line and filled it in with the first thing he could think of, which was “Are you my mummy?” This ad-lib was a great reference to a memorable Ninth Doctor episode and made me laugh out loud. Luckily, the actor who was supposed to speak next kept his wits and asked the Doctor to focus, and the scene continued.
And just because I’m doing stream-of-consciousness here, I also love when real life affects the show. Such as…
- The Tenth Doctor’s love of the Fifth Doctor reflects Mr. Tennant’s own love of the Fifth Doctor. I don’t know if the trainers and brainy specs were chosen by him to mimic the Fifth Doctor, but if they were, that’s wonderful.
- Matt Smith was planning to be a footballer when an injury made him switch over to acting. I love to watch the football scenes in “The Lodger” because you can see that he really is a good athlete.
- Mr. Tennant requested the long coat, saying he wanted a coat that “goes down to here,” indicating his ankles.
- Mr. Smith chose the suspenders and bow tie look, so that he would look like a “boffin” (go look it up, Americans; I had to). The brown tweed sport jacket is his own.
- Mr. Tennant is a huge fan of the show from back in the classic days. During the Ninth Doctor’s run, Christopher Eccleston was credited as “Doctor Who,” but when Mr. Tennant became the Tenth Doctor, he insisted that the credits be changed to “The Doctor,” as they should be.
- Peter Davison was also a fan of the show, and when he became the Fifth Doctor, he also insisted that the credits be changed to “The Doctor.”
Ok, done for now. Hope you’re having a great Sunday!