“You don’t want to be photographed next to Matt and Karen. Have you seen them? It’s like the two most beautiful people in the world.” - Steven Moffat
Terrifying Fact Number Two, is that I’ve just watched Matt Smith carrying a flaming torch on screen. Oh, it’s for such a thrilling scene in Episode 12. Really and truly, magnificent and epic. A proper movie moment. But never mind that, it’s Matt carrying a FLAMING TORCH. Look, Matt’s lovely, he’s a magnificent, brand new, hilarious, heartbreaking, heroic Doctor — but the fact is, if that man walks into a room with a coffee then it’s only so long before you’re wearing it. No, really, clumsiest man on earth. He walks like he’s in a constant state of surprise at his own limbs. I remember when he turned up at a Worldwide meeting really early on, and the first thing he did was spill a cup of coffee over a rather lovely woman. Naturally she giggled, flushed and introduced her mother. (Ahh, life when you’re Matt ! I accidentally made eye contact with the same woman — she phoned the police and shot me in the face.) On the way out he apologised to a completely different woman for the coffee incident. “That was the wrong woman,” I said, as he went out the doors. “Nope,” he replied, “That was the second cup.”
Oh, and there was the top secret, very special, extra readthrough for Episode 10 (I’m talking that up, but what the hell) and Matt came striding in with a GUITAR ON HIS BACK. I have honestly never seen a whole roomful of people flatten themselves against a wall with such a high-pitched squeal of terror. Except Karen, of course, who trotted along behind him without a care in the world. Oh, the horror as the Doctor spun and chatted and coffeed a series of delighted women. How that guitar arced and scythed! Swish! Get down, Karen! Swish! Karen, save yourself! Swish! Not her face, Matt, NOT HER FACE!! Ah, the memories. You know, to this day I’m not sure if Matt knew he had a guitar on his back — he might just have collided with a musician."
As simple as this. Close on the TARDIS. Our three heroes dashing towards it, turning for a moment to look back, waving goodbye (oh, stop it) and then disappearing inside.
A few takes, of course, and then: “Just one more!” says director Douglas Mackinnon, my old friend from Jekyll. Because he knows we’ve just slipped past the finish time, he’s giving a jaunty smile to the producer. “Just going again.”
“I heard you,” says Marcus, like all of Yorkshire uniting in a massed-voice disgruntlement.
And so, watching this time, I knew it was definitely the final shot. In a few moments’ time, Douglas would call ‘cut’, and Matt, Karen and Arthur would step back out of the box for a laugh and a cry, I’d make some highly inappropriate jokes in place of a speech, and a few hours later, we’d all be at a party, and I’d be dancing very badly.
But that’s just real life. What about the story? What about the Ponds? Amy and Rory wouldn’t be coming out of the box. Where do the characters go when their story is over?
I don’t know, of course - but wherever they go, I watched them leave. Douglas called ‘action’, our three heroes made their very last dash for the TARDIS, and then Amelia Pond and Rory Williams stepped into the blue box and out of this world.
And I never saw them again."
Steven Moffat on Karen’s and Arthur’s final filming day, for the closing scene of The Power of Three - DW Magazine (via watch-it-spaceman)
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