River Runs Wild Doctor Who Confidential


River Runs Wild

Confidential is back on set with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan in 1930s Berlin, hanging out backstage with cast and crew and bringing all the behind-the-scenes action.


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A beautiful summer's day in Cardiff.

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The sun has got his hat on, the birds are singing

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and in the middle of a meadow... there's a Mini?!

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We're in a cornfield, trying to work out what corn is.

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Karen said, "Is it for the cattle?" I said, "Is it for burgers?"

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-Arthur said it's sweet corn.

-It's corn.

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No, but what does corn make?

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What other properties does it then go on to...?

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They can't have all that for just sweet corn.

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All this corn, peace and tranquillity

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is about to be disrupted - Doctor Who-stylee.

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# It's going to get, going to get It's going to get louder

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# We're going to get We're going to get

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# We're going to get stronger

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# We're going to feel going to feel, going to feel better

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# You can't tame this energy inside. #

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Whoo-hoo!

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We wanted a big, exciting moment

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when all three characters come back together

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and I wanted to kick off the story of Mels

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without giving away who she really is.

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So, to make her grand entrance, Mels picks some sort of fancy car.

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What was it again, Prince?

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# Little red Corvette

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# Baby, you're much too fast Yes, you are

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# Little red Corvette. #

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Action!

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-You said he was funny. You never said he was hot.

-Cut!

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Me and Matt are going on a road trip.

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-We're getting rid of Karen first.

-Rehearsal, please.

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She brings down our level of cool.

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If I had an Aston Martin with an ejector seat, I'd eject you!

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Right! Let's roll! A wee rehearsal, ladies and gents.

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Yeah.

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Here we go. And action!

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That's me, out of time.

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-Mels!

-For God's sake!

-I need to get out of here, now.

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-Anywhere in particular?

-Let's see. You've got a time machine, I've got a gun.

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What the hell, let's kill Hitler.

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Cut there, thank you.

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'As luck would have it, that's exactly where they went next.'

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With the TARDIS having made such an impression...

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Look at this, Confidential. Hey, guys.

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That looks great. What a set.

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..the crew quickly find the clues to which party they've crashed.

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We are meant to come out of the TARDIS

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and not realise we're in Nazi Germany.

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I don't know if you've noticed,

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but there's big signs with swastikas.

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Sorry, is this your office? Had a sort of collision with my vehicle,

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faults on both sides. Let's say no more about...

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..it.

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Maybe we're all just a bit hazy from the smoke from the TARDIS.

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Taking it a bit too far, Kaz.

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I'm about to punch Hitler in the face,

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which is not something that happens every day.

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And action!

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I didn't think I'd get to punch Hitler in the face when I got this job.

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When I read it in the script, I did go, "That's probably the coolest line I've ever been given."

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-He was going to kill me.

-Shut up, Hitler!

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126, Take 2, "A" camera.

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I, Mels, die and regenerate into River Song, which is quite mad.

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When I was little, I was going to marry you.

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Good idea, let's get married. You stay alive and I'll marry you, deal?

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-Cross your heart and hope to die?

-Yes, of course. Twice.

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She regenerates into River and we suddenly work out what's going on,

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it's a huge revelation for us and for everyone at home.

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-OK, explain what is happening, please.

-Mels. Short for...

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-Melody.

-Yeah. I named my daughter after her.

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You named your daughter...

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after your daughter.

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Mels, who has been Amy's childhood friend,

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is in fact Melody Pond,

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and Melody Pond, then,

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regenerates into River Song.

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You're Melody?

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But if she's Melody, she's also...

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Oh, shut up, Dad. I'm focusing on a dress size.

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SHE SCREAMS

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SHE GASPS

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Right. Let's see, then.

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0h, it's all going on down there, isn't it?

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'She's almost like a snake who's shed a skin, or, I guess,'

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like one of the Time Lords,

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who sheds a skin and becomes somebody else.

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She's suddenly learning to live in this new body, new look,

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new personality, even.

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Look at that! Everything changes!

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Oh, but I love it.

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I'm all sort of...mature.

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It's her, all right.

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Melody Pond.

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The woman who kills the Doctor.

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She's been programmed and brainwashed to be the woman who kills the Doctor.

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So the first thing she wants to do when she sees him is kill him.

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That's what she was brought up and reared to be.

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I was trained and conditioned for one purpose.

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-I was born to kill the Doctor.

-Demon's Run. Remember?

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This is what they were building.

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My bespoke psychopath.

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-I'm all yours, sweetie.

-Only River Song gets to call me that.

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-And who's River Song?

-An old friend of mine.

-Stupid name.

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In this episode, she kisses him

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because she's poisoning him.

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I'm all yours, sweetie.

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Kiss kiss.

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'This is the start of her story.'

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Where she gets the blue book from, we realise it's the Doctor.

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Why she becomes an archaeologist,

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cos it's the only decent way she can think of to find the Doctor.

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So it's the beginning, the start, it's the beginning of the River.

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We've got a lot to do this afternoon.

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We've got to get it finished because they need this location,

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and if we don't, we're in trouble because we can't come back here.

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It will cost lots of money. So wish us luck, Confidential.

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Marker.

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We're nearing the end of the sequence at the Temple of Peace.

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It's looking great. We got some really good stuff.

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We're just gearing up to shoot the sequence

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where River gives her regeneration energy

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to the Doctor to save his life.

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It's quite an emotional sequence,

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so the cast are getting really stuck into it. We had a great rehearsal.

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I need to talk to your daughter.

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'What she's giving up are all her future regenerations.

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'Because she knows, in the end,'

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if you are told that yourself,

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"That man you just killed will become the love of your life,"

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you think, "Can I spend the rest of my life knowing this man,

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"who I'll fall in love every time I see him, is the man I have killed?"

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Find River Song...

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and tell her something from me.

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Tell her what?

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This man is dying in front of her and she knows somehow

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that he is more important to her than she really understands.

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She then is shown a Teselecta of herself.

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Show me River Song.

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And she realises, from seeing this image of herself,

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who she really is and what the Doctor really means to her.

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River takes matters into her own hands and says, "I'll bring him back."

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It is predestined.

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She thinks, "That's my man and I believe it.

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"I believe it's true."

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What are you doing?

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Just tell me. The Doctor,

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is he worth it?

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Yes. Yes.

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He is.

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And she then makes somewhat of a sacrifice

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in order to keep him alive.

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MUSIC: "End Credits" by Chase & Status

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For a moment, the Doctor is there with a lady Time Lord who loves him.

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For a brief moment, then it all goes wrong, but that's relationships for you.

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Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd

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E-mail [email protected]

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Achtung! Explosions, vintage bikes, cornfields and time travel make for a mind-boggling start to the second batch of Doctor Who adventures.

Confidential is back on set with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan in 1930s Berlin. We hang out backstage with the cast and crew and bring you all the behind-the-scenes action as the series gets back into full swing.

We also bring you Script to Screen - the making of a mini Doctor episode written by schoolchildren and brought to life by Matt Smith and the Doctor Who team.

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


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