David Tennant On Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary
When SFX catches up with him, it is on the Stirlingshire set of his upcoming comedy of errors,What We Did On Our Holiday, which sees him appear opposite comedy legend Billy Connolly and former Bond babe Rosamund Pike.
Naturally, though, we could not help but ask the performer about his comeback toWho-lore with the upcoming50th Anniversary Special, in which he returns to the role that made him a household name…
So how does it feel to be back in the role that made you a sci-fi icon?
“Well it is all done – I’ve filmed everything. Now I just have to wait for everyone to see it. But, yes, it is lovely to have returned to something that meant so much to me and that was such a happy time. I am grateful that it was a happy time again. There is always that danger of going back to something and it does not turn out quite how you remember it, but that was not the case with this…”
Was it easy enough for you to slip back into the role?
“Kind of. When there is more than one of you, as is the case this time, it becomes a slightly different character. The Doctor tends to lead every scene he is in and when you are sharing that out it becomes slightly different. You have a new relationship with that aspect of the character and that gives you fresh challenges to work on. But it was really good fun actually – and that was a big part of what I enjoyed about this.”
Read the rest of the interview here
“We’ve got the most fantastic episode by Mark Gatiss,” executive producer Caro Skinner tells SFX, “where we are bringing back the Ice Warrior… on a submarine! It’s a really wonderful kind of ‘bunker’ episode, and a classic monster which Mark has brought his own inimitable twist to.”
Armed with lethal sonic technology, the reptillian warmongers first tangled with Patrick Troughton’s Doctor in 1967′s “The Ice Warriors”, returning two years later in “The Seeds Of Death”. Jon Pertwee’s incarnation encountered them in 1972′s “The Curse Of Peladon” and 1974′s “The Monster Of Peladon”. Traditionally seen as one of the show’s “Big Four” pantheon of monsters – along with the Daleks, the Cybermen and the Sontarans – the militaristic Martians won a throwaway mention in 2009′s “The Waters Of Mars” but have remained unseen in the 21st Century series.
SFX has an interview with Toby Whithouse about next weekend’s episode, ‘A Town Called Mercy’:
He was fantastic. I was really, really pleased that we got him because it’s an odd part, that character Isaac, and you need somebody who has… Ben has this rather beautiful innate nobility that he manages to just convey, very simply and very economically. It was absolutely how I saw the character, so I was really thrilled with him, and delighted with his performance.
@NickSetchfield (SFX): Utterly blown away by Asylum Of The Daleks. Strongest season opener yet. Epic, heart-punching, hilarious… and sneaky.
Alex: How did you get to do Doctor Who?
Mark: I was asked to do it. I didn’t even have to audition, they just asked me to do it. That’s probably because I was on a series called Battlestar Galactica and a series called Firefly and a series called Dollhouse which were known to the writers and producers of Doctor Who. I probably had the coolest role in Battlestar. It was the hardest, strangest role I’ve ever done.
We just realized that this didn’t post on Saturday. :-/
BEST TV SHOW: DOCTOR WHO
Shortlisted: Game Of Thrones, Misfits, Fringe
BEST ACTOR: MATT SMITH for DOCTOR WHO
Shortlisted: Peter Dinklage for Game Of Thrones, Michael Fassbender for X-Men: First Class, Iwan Rheon for Misfits
BEST ACTRESS: ALEX KINGSTON for DOCTOR WHO
Shortlisted: Karen Gillan for Doctor Who, Eve Myles for Torchwood: Miracle Day, Maisie Williams for Game Of Thrones
SCREENWRITING EXCELLENCE: NEIL GAIMAN for Doctor Who “The Doctor’s Wife”
ELISABETH SLADEN AWARD* : THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES * This is a new award instigated this year in honour of Elisabeth Sladen. In future years, the award will continue to recognise outstanding contributions to children’s sci-fi and fantasy, in any medium.
Of all time.