Behind-the-scenes series looking at the making of Doctor Who. Actress Karen Gillan tells how the Crack in Time series story arc fits into this episode.
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Confidential goes down to the woods today
to join the Doctor Who cast and crew.
In this episode, Amy faces her darkest moment yet.
Amy is on the brink of death, basically.
Doctor, it's coming. I can feel it.
I'm going to die!
And the Doctor has left her again,
and he kind of has a habit of doing this.
I always come back.
Can you imagine walking through a forest
of Weeping Angels with your eyes shut?
It's hideous! That's as bad as it gets!
MUSIC: "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga
And Miss Pond puckers up as she prepares to land one on the Doctor.
And then they have a little smoochie!
-Which we call...
-BOTH: ..smoochie-smoochie time!
In this adventure, it's all about Amy.
Despite a rough ride in the previous episodes, the heavenly host still have her in their sights.
MUSIC: "Bad Day" by Blur
Part of the mission statement of writing a script for Doctor Who
is, "How bad a time
"can you give Amy Pond?"
What's it going to do to me?
I'm going to die! Please, just listen to me!
'In one scene in the spaceship,'
they're trying to run away from the Angels and keep them away,
and Amy takes some instructions from the Doctor,
but she actually says a different number to the number that he tells her.
Spin it clockwise four turns.
-How long have we got?
-Five minutes max.
-Five, right. Yeah.
-Why did you say nine?
What did you say?
-You said seven.
-No, I didn't.
-Yes, you did.
Angel Bob makes her aware that she's actually counting down.
OK, here's what I want to know. What have you done to Amy?
'There's something in her eye.'
-What's in her eye?
What's he talking about?
Doctor, I'm five!
For Amy, I think that was just such a freaky thing, because imagine
saying something else to what you mean to say.
It's a really strange situation for her to comprehend.
And then she gets really freaked out,
because as she counts down further and further to one, she's getting closer and closer to death.
MUSIC: "Where Is My Mind?" by the Pixies
There's a line when the Angel says,
"Oh, we're just doing it for fun."
You know, they're killing Bob and inside Amy's mind and all that.
Bob? Why are they making her count?
-'To make her afraid, sir.'
-OK, but why? What for?
'For fun, sir.'
That riles the Doctor, because it's Amy, it's his Amy,
and the Doctor will always confront that which is just inherently bad.
But when it's taking the mickey as well,
that stirs him.
It stirs him forward, though, in a good way.
Gives him courage to go, "Come on, I can beat these things."
What's the matter with Amelia? Something's in her eye.
-Doctor, I'm scared.
-Of course - you're dying. Shut up!
OK, let him think.
When the Doctor encounters Amy in the clearing
and very quickly works out that he's got seconds, he's got a couple of minutes to solve this,
we get to see the Doctor being very, very basic, very, very pure, simple Doctor.
He hasn't got time to comfort Amy.
That's one thing I rather like. He says, "Shut up, I've got to think."
And River understands that, and she's just saying to Amy,
"Just let him think, just let him think. Just do it."
Come on, come on, come on, wakey-wakey.
She watched an Angel climb out of the screen, stared at the Angel, and...
The image of the Angel IS an Angel.
'Of course he cares -'
but he's got to not let that get in the way.
He's not got to let his compassion drive him away from the right answer.
So he actually has to sort of close all that down, and be the
extraordinary thinking machine he is, and pull an answer out of the air, as he does with seconds to spare.
How would you starve your lungs?
-I'd stop breathing.
-Amy, close your eyes.
No, I don't want to.
Good. Because that's not you, it's the Angel inside you. It's afraid. Close your eyes.
Amy is passionate and a fighter, and she's also really smart.
The Doctor says, "If you open your eyes for more than a second..." And she says, "OK, more than a second -
"I could do a good half-second, then." That'd be Amy's response.
She's SO determined not to be a victim, she's in permanent danger of making herself one.
I need to see it.
-Am I looking the right way?
-You have to be quick.
It's the same shape as the crack in my wall.
This whole series is about cracks in time. They will develop throughout
and you will see them just about every single week, in different forms and in different ways.
Two parts of space and time that should never have touched...
-It's like the crack from my bedroom wall when I was a little girl.
Where the crack comes from is above my younger son Louis's bed.
There was a crack along the wall.
It's not there any more, but there was a roughly crooked smile-shaped crack in the wall,
Which I didn't point out to him, he'd never have slept again.
But I thought, "Ooh, that's good, cracks in walls.
"We should do cracks in walls."
"What's the worst thing that could happen,"
I was thinking when I was writing this, "if you're surrounded by Weeping Angels?"
Well...unable to open your eyes is good, obviously. I thought first of all, blind.
I thought blind, surrounded by Weeping Angels and walking like you can see. That would be cool.
Then I thought, that's kind of ordinary for Doctor Who.
What if you were in a situation -
which I think would be so frightening - where if you open your eyes, you'll die?
Imagine forcing yourself to keep your eyes shut when you're surrounded by scary monsters,
knowing that if you open your eyes, you'll die.
I had to do it with my eyes closed,
which was quite difficult, because the ground was pretty uneven.
It was a muddy place.
MUSIC: "In A Forest by The Cure
And I had to fall over a step at the end -
with my eyes closed still - which was the most scary thing,
because it was throwing myself into the unknown.
And all Karen has to do is start the trip,
and as long as she ducks out through a tight one, we're OK.
'Although I knew there was a crash mat there, your instincts tell you not to do it.'
But I had to, so, erm... so that was quite a challenge.
I can't find the communicator.
Acting with your eyes open, you kind of channel a lot of emotion into your eyes and out of your eyes.
Without the eyes, you kind of have to up your performance and make it
a little bit more animated, almost as if you've got a mask on,
and you have to be a bit more animated
to convey the emotions that you want to get across.
After her brush with death, Amy's up for returning home to share
something with the Doctor. Perhaps a bit more than he was expecting.
Amy's bed is amazing. It's got like, two mattresses on it,
and it's really high, and it's kind of like, old and cool.
And I love the blue.
And that was Adam's idea, Adam the director, to kind of have lots of blue
in Amy's house, because it kind of symbolises the colour of the TARDIS and Amy's love for the Doctor.
Hi! No-one cares about your silly bedroom.
It's interesting. You don't often find them in a bedroom, sat on a bed, chilling out.
Usually they're being chased by an Angel or a Silurian or something.
-And we're just kind of having a normal conversation without the fear of...
-"A normal conversation"!
Shut up! That's how I talk!
Let me do that again. We're just having a normal conversation.
We're just having a normal conversation...
-"We're just having a normal conversation"!
-Oh, will you shut up!
..without the fear of death, which is really nice and refreshing for us to do.
I'm getting married in the morning.
Why did you leave it here?
Why did I leave my engagement ring off when I ran away with a strange man the night before my wedding?
You really are an alien, aren't you?
It's a light-hearted scene. It's at the end of episode five, and Amy decides to come on to the Doctor!
And he's completely oblivious at the beginning, so it's quite funny.
-Well, let's hope so.
-As funny as HE gets.
-But erm...yeah, and then they have a little smoochie!
-Ooh! Which we call...
-BOTH: ..smoochie-smoochie time!
-Yeah, all right, that's enough.
MUSIC: "Pumpkin Soup" by Kate Nash
# I just want your kiss, boy, kiss, boy, kiss boy
# I just want your kiss
# I just want your kiss, boy, kiss, boy, kiss boy... #
Here's this man, this generally rather good-looking man -
sometimes older, sometimes younger, but generally good-looking -
who's wonderful, funny, passionate and kind
and the nicest, bestest human being - apparently - you'll ever meet.
And all those girls didn't notice?
Ever? Not once? They didn't think, "Well, he's quite nice"?
When we rehearsed for the wide,
Karen actually subconsciously put
her hand on Matt's inner thigh.
-Subconsciously(!) I've been batting her off for months.
-And denied it afterwards.
-But it was on camera, wasn't it?
In a word, in one very simple word even you can understand...
-You were lost in the moment, weren't you?
-You were. I seduced you.
You didn't seduce... Ohhh!
-And come on, you know, the Doctor... 900 years...
-They've been through a tough time.
-Amy and the Doctor have just been through a big, big adventure, haven't they?
So why does that make her want to kiss him?
-They've shared something together.
-She was going to die.
And also, sometimes you do things in the heat of the moment.
-Well, SHE does.
-Yeah. Well, she certainly does.
I don't know, when you're excited and you've shared something with someone and,
-Will you stop?
-And he hasn't tried it on yet.
Yeah! Amy can't understand why this man hasn't tried it on with her.
We know from episode one
that Amy isn't restrained in thinking about those things.
-I heard you on the radio. You called for backup.
-It's a pretend radio.
-But you're a policewoman.
-I'm a kissagram!
The way we've played it up until now is people falling in unrequited love with the Doctor. Great, why not?
But actually, Amy isn't offering that at all.
She's just thinking, "Well, we've got some time!
"You're kinda hot, and I've had a bad night!" And I think, "OK, why not?"
Now, Amy, listen to me. I am 907 years old.
-Do you understand what that means?
-It's been a while?
And the Doctor isn't very good at facing off that at all!
He just gets embarrassed and flustered, which I love about the Doctor.
He's so wise in so many ways, but he's tripping over his shoelaces the moment a woman is behaving that way.
But you're human! You're Amy!
You're getting married in the morning! In the morning...
It's you. It's all about you.
Everything. It's about you.
Hold that thought.
But possibly the single most important thing in the history of the universe
is that I get you sorted out right now.
-That's what I've been trying to tell you!
And for those of us who can't read the base code of the universe...?
Amy, it's time.
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Actress Karen Gillan tells how the 'Crack in Time' series story arc fits into this episode, while writer Steven Moffat describes how the very first crack in time was actually in his son's bedroom wall. As we prepare to say goodbye (for now) to River Song, the cast and crew examine the character's shady story so far and speculate about her possibly even shadier future, while Gillan gives a guided tour to Amy Pond's bedroom. Featuring interviews with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Alex Kingston.