Behind the scenes of The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit
Excerpts from director James Strong’s “Director’s Diary” (DWM #372)
It’s our last night in the quarry, and we hang David off a cliff to represent him abseiling into the pit… We had him about 20 feet in the air, with wires and a safety harness attached to his chest, which made him really uncomfortable, but the effect is incredible. I love this scene - such a beautiful, sad, brave moment, as the Doctor unclips himself and hints of his feelings for Rose, before falling into the abyss. Now David hangs some 100 feet in the air, off the side of the quarry wall, and we just manage to get the shot before we fracture any of David’s ribs.
[Shooting with David & Billie on the TARDIS set] - We do the scene where they’re reunited, and you’d have to be a Cyberman to not be touched by their genuine affection for each other. I didn’t know it then, but this is the last scene that Billie Piper shoots on Doctor Who. What a truly special and proper way to end such an amazing journey. Russell, Phil, and the entire production team gather for the final shots. … Tears and champagne all around! It’s a wrap!
I have so many behind-the-scenes photos from this two-parter that I should probably do a “Part 2” photoset in the future.
All of my previous behind-the-scenes photoset posts can be found here.
Amell has been posting workout video after workout video lately. Clearly he’s gearing up for something MAJOR. And while some might think it is for some major battle scene in the mid season finale— is it SO WRONG for a girl to assume that he’s clearly getting in shape for a mid season throw down of a different sort? One that involves Felicity and that bed she bought him??
If that assumption is wrong, then I don’t want to be right.