Hi, guys! You’re awesome! Thanks for all that you do.
My question is for Jenna. (But Matt can answer it too because obviously my goal is to get recipe tips from the stars.) I know that you found out that you were going to be in Doctor Who while holding an avocado. So my question is inspired by that avocado, as a college grad trying to learn how to cook. What is your favorite thing to cook (with or without avocados)?
(happy holidays!!! I hope you both get lots of wonderful time with the people you love!)
JENNA: I do like to cook but I haven’t cooked for awhile.
MATT: Dude, she eats avocados, like, every hour. Breakfast this morning: chopped avocado on toast.
JENNA [laughs]: I did!
MATT: She loves avocados. It’s no surprise to me that that’s what you would buy.
JENNA: But I was literally holding it. It was in the palm of my hand as I answered the phone. That’s why I didn’t know what to do.
MATT: Did you eat that avocado?
JENNA: No I had to put it back.
MATT: No way!
JENNA: Because I can’t check out now! I can’t! I was just like “What do I do?” I had a basket full of things and I just left it. I didn’t know where to go or what to do. I went for a walk. And I had no socks on and I got sore feet. I just slipped out of the house to go to the market.
JENNA: The fact that every single day is something completely new and different. You can literally walk onto a set and be in one world and then the next day it’s ripped down and suddenly you’re like in Victorian Yorkshire. By locations and casting, I don’t think there’s any other show like it.
Well since I have absolutely no talent in art I’ll just do a text post..
1. For Matt.. I just wanted to know if your mum still checks your fanmail :)
MATT: Yeah, she does all my fan mail. She’s always gets cross with me because I never… It’s hard, I have to go home and sign as many cards as I can. I’ve got no cards! So to all those fans waiting for fan mail, it will all come back at ya I promise!
I was wondering ( as a huge Whovian ) what kind of things do you do on set to pass time between takes?
( Had a massive fangirl fit when i saw the Q&A post , I think I scared my mum ALSO I think this will be one of the best Christmas Episodes yet, can’t wait! )
JENNA: [to Matt] We did the whole going around and you have to name a pop star. And at the end of that letter you have to go and name another pop star using that letter…. We did that for quite a few days.
MATT: We’re such good friends with the crew that we just hang. Keep it real with the crew, man. That’s it. Listen to music. But you know, generally, you sort of work between takes. There’s always a photo to do or you are catching up with whatever you’re having to do with on your phone…
JENNA: Trying to get ahead on scenes.
MATT: Learning other scenes. There isn’t a great deal of, like, just down time.
JENNA: Lots of changes, like costume changes…There really isn’t a still moment is there?
MATT: I try to wind up and annoy my costumer Kat, long suffering Kat. she’ll come in and she’ll go to check me… [To JENNA] Go on, you be Kat. [JENNA adjusts MATT’s “costume” and MATT suddenly yelps in surprise. They laugh.]
MATT: You know, I’m just appalling to her.
JENNA: I like to hide.
MATT: Yeah, a bit of hiding when they come to check you.
JENNA [laughs]: Check time! You’re jumping from the costume assistant and I’m hiding underneath the set.
Do you have fun with the wardrobe? What, in your opinion, is the best costume you have gotten to wear?
MATT: Yeah. We’ve got this new costume designer called Howard— [JENNA: The Big H!]—who has just really, reinvented the show in an amazing way. For me he’s given me this great purple coat.
JENNA: (wait a sec…) That’s the fandom trying to figure out where I come from? That’s a sneaky little trick! I think just Christmas, the two Victorian ones which Howard handmade from scratch. Oswin was fun, there was a great utility belt that I got to play with.
And by “ask box” we mean “we’re no longer browsing the ‘Tumblr Who and A’ tag” by which we mean we’re boarding up the imaginary door to our Dalek head.
Wow. The response to The Great Matt Smith and Jenna Louise Coleman Tumblr Ask of Christmas 2012 has been incredamazing! So much so that we coined a new word: superwhelming. Superwhelming translates to roughly ‘incredimazing’. (Our translation circuit is a little wobbly.)
As we mentioned earlier, we’ve received THOUSANDS of questions for Matt and Jenna and we’re about to sit down with them (SQUEE!!!) to answer a bunch of them.
Just FYI, we’re still going to wait until tomorrow to post their answers so still expect them to come around noon tomorrow.
Reminder: Get your questions in for Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman for the Absolutely Brilliant Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman Tumblr Q&A of Christmas 2012! Post it to your blog and tag it 'Tumblr Who And A'. We're reading through *thousands* of questions now before sitting down with Matt and Jenna to answer them. We'll reblog the questions with their answers starting at 12PM EST tomorrow (Friday Dec 7.)
Fancy having a go at writing an episode of Doctor Who or learning more about acting on screen? Check out the National Institute of Dramatic Art’s Doctor Who themed courses in January (there’s also a $50 discount if you book before the end of today):
Did you know that Spearhead from Space is the only Classic Who story that can be remastered into genuine HD?
Originally broadcast in January 1970, the story features John Pertwee’s first outing as the Third Doctor and was the first colour production of the iconic series.
A scene-shifters strike at Television Centre in 1969 meant that the entire story was filmed on location using 16mm film rather than recording to video tape, which allowed the team at BBC Studios & Post Production to remaster the story.
Working with the 16mm format meant BBC S&PP’s Digital Media Services lead colourist Jonathan Wood took a different approach to the grading of Spearhead from Space. He explains: “The look of this HD remaster is a low-key filmic approach, which gives it more of a dramatic result. Working with the original negative and using a powerful non-linear grading system, we decided to treat this four-part story like an individual filmed drama rather than thinking of it as part of an ongoing series normally shot in a TV studio.”
With the Christmas Special drawing nigh, insanity levels are rising in the Doctor Who fandom. Expect curiosity about the new companion, frustrated cries of “Moffat!” and a probable resurgence of Pond feels. It is suggested that you give any Whovian friends a cookie and then hunker down until the storm passes.