When Time Froze Doctor Who Confidential


When Time Froze

Series going behind the scenes of Doctor Who. Alex Kingston gets back into character as River Song and takes a personal journey through her timeline with The Doctor.


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'It's the series finale, and on set,

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'the cast are getting patched up and ready for action.'

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This is a really exciting moment, the emotional and practical climax

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of all 13 episodes.

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Attention, all personnel.

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-OVER LOUDSPEAKERS

-"Attention, all personnel."

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We're in, right now, a pyramid

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which is the result of an alliance between ancient Egypt

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and modern America.

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Hi, honey. I'm home.

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And what sort of time do you call this?

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The death of time.

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History has collapsed. All of history is happening at once.

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Amy and Rory are basically deciding to get married

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in a different time zone. River's being difficult as always,

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and Madame Kovarian's about to meet her brutal death.

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'And all of that using just one eye.'

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It's really disconcerting.

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You feel slightly dizzy, actually,

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when you're just working with that one eye.

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It's very, very odd.

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It's kind of weird. It weirded us all out,

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especially when I'm trying to flirt with Alex Kingston.

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It's easy to flirt with two eyes.

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Matt managed to flirt perfectly well with the eye patch,

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so that's all right. And he can carry on as long as he likes.

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'Flirty or not,

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'what they are is essential gear for Silent spotting.'

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Eye-drives, very important things. Don't forget your eye-drive.

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If you do, you'll forget a Silent, and that's not good.

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It's no use, with a memory-proof creature, to say, "Could you fetch me a coffee?"

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and they wander off and don't come back.

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..former envoy of the Silence.

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So just in order for the Silence to get some decent admin done

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back in the office, they require eye-drives.

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119, take one.

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But they can be controlled and used as a weapon,

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which none of us know.

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And you're wearing eye-drives based on mine, I think.

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-Whoops!

-What do you mean?

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Tell me! What? SHE SCREAMS IN AGONY

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Cut. That was excellent. Well done.

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And...cut.

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So, er, how do you feel about being in an Egyptian pyramid

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-on the set of...

-It's amazing. I love the Egyptians,

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-and I love hieroglyphics.

-I love their use of sand.

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-Yeah. OK.

-I find that really cool.

-And Tut and Khamun.

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Er, yeah. And, um... You know, it's...

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Yeah, OK. That's all we've got time for today.

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-You are great at interviewing.

-You are really good.

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-The questions were hot.

-I am impressed.

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Emma!

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-Hey, Emma.

-Howdy.

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How's your... This is day two on Who.

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Day two on Who. It is!

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-How's that going for you?

-Pretty well,

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-except I die in about two seconds.

-Oh, and that's you done?

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-That's me done.

-Oh, no.

-Kaput.

-Oh, God.

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-SHE SCREAMS

-She's dead.

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Cut. Good.

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Three, two, one...

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Argh! Argh!

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'Pretty scary, huh? But outside in the car park,

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'there's something even more frightening.

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'It's Karen Gillan with a machine gun.'

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Sorry if I'm talking really loudly. I've got earplugs in.

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I came in this morning thinking I'd be doing small, fake guns.

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They were, like, "No, you're going to learn how to fire a full-on machine gun."

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I was, like, "Oh, my God!"

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They're real guns, converted to fire blank for film and TV.

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Right. Are you watching?

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-I see.

-All right?

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-So firm grip on there, OK?

-OK.

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You're going to be spraying these guys, so it's like a...

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dagga-dagga-dagga. And fire!

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SHE SCREAMS All right. That's it.

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SHE LAUGHS

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SHE WHISPERS

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-It's, like...

-SHE GROWLS

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That's it. You're going really aggressive.

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SHE ROARS

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-OK. You're fine.

-Yay!

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Whoo! That felt cool!

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Really cool!

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132, take 1, A marker.

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Amy finally remembers to come back for the love of her life,

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and says she loves him the only way Amy could - with a machine gun.

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You know, nothing says "I love you" more than a machine gun.

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SWELLING ROMANTIC STRING MUSIC

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-Wah!

-SHE LAUGHS

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How was that, Karen? How does that feel?

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Yeah. I'm a bit shaky, but, um...

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Cos I'm firing at people. Do you know what I mean?

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-That would freak me out.

-I just don't want the guilt!

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Ear pieces out. No firing on this.

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The Doctor's getting married, would you believe?

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SONG: "I Do, I Do, I Do" by ABBA

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-Then, you may kiss the bride.

-I'll make it a good one.

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You better.

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# Love me or leave me

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# Make your choice, but believe me

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# I love you

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# I do, I do, I do, I do, I do #

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-Cut.

-THEY LAUGH

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Ooh, I could just kiss you all night!

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And I you, Miss Kingston.

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Oh, the wedding and the kiss!

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Well, I wouldn't say it was necessarily much of a wedding.

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I think, um, when it comes to getting married,

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River may have preferred something a little more splendid

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then just standing on top of a pyramid.

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'It was a pretty good kiss, though.'

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I mean, if that's how robots kiss, that's how Teselectas kiss,

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-I'm all for it.

-SHE LAUGHS

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-Cut.

-THEY LAUGH

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Was it even really a wedding and was it even really a marriage?

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Um, that's the big question.

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River, I'm about to whisper something in your ear,

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and you have to remember it very, very well.

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What the Doctor whispers in my ear at that moment

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is the fact that I should look into his eyes very deeply,

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and of course, when I do, I see the teeny, teeny, tiny real Doctor.

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Because actually he's a Teselecta. He's not the Doctor at all.

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-Ssh!

-He's actually a robot at the time,

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albeit one operated by a version of himself.

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and he doesn't give his name, so does that count?

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And yet clearly River, at that stage in her life, does know his name,

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so who knows?

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So...yes. Is there more to come?

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Confidential takes a front pew at the wedding of the year. Alex Kingston gets back into character as River Song and takes us on a personal journey through her timeline with The Doctor.

Featuring the premiere of Death is the Only Answer - a three-minute Doctor Who episode written by a group of schoolchildren.

Plus exclusive backstage access to the final scenes provide a chance to take a look back at some of the highlights of the series.

Featuring interviews with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and Steven Moffat.


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