About a Boy Doctor Who Confidential


About a Boy

Confidential is on location, presenting behind-the-scenes action from a 17th century estate in the Gloucestershire countryside and a high-rise housing estate in Bristol.


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It's a fun episode, different from the others

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cos it's about tension and building suspense.

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SCREAMING

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Crazy, eerie dolls creeping along, moving malevolently.

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The demonic dolls are playing a spooky game of house.

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And we get down and dirty in a vat of slime.

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I'm the Doctor getting to have a bit of a double act with someone's dad.

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-We can't open the cupboard!

-No, no, we mustn't.

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But it all hinges on the emotions of a little boy.

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Doctor Who is scary, but this is the scariest of all time.

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MUSIC: "Summertime" by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince

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-Ooooh!

-Yo!

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-That's Youth TV Confidential.

-Let's do it.

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-I like it.

-Yo, this is Arthur.

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This is... Don't know if I can do this. Gosh, it's Karen.

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All right, anyway, here we are at Durham Park.

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-What are we doing here, Arthur?

-Which isn't in Durham.

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-No. Durham.

-We are filming a dolls' house.

-Yes.

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We're filming an episode about a dolls' house.

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Amazing place.

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It was very nice because it was sunny

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and we got to sit outside in the garden.

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That was rather glorious.

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I travelled around South Wales,

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photographing all the Georgian houses,

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but this one was quite fine

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with a lovely staircase and the archetypal

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black and white checked floor which we didn't see anywhere else.

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It felt very dark and magical, so that's why we came here.

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'Rory and I get separated from the Doctor

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'and we have to run around and figure out where we are.

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'We don't know it's a dolls' house.'

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Then these freaky looking dolls chase us around,

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and they are freaky.

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They've got these big heads.

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RORY AND AMY SCREAM

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AMY PANTS

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It's a dummy. It's just a dummy.

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'I've always been frightened of dolls,'

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particularly China-faced, Victorian ones with their hair missing

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and those holes where the hair's punched in.

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Those terrible glass eyes.

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"Have you ever seen a shark's eyes, like a doll's eyes? Black, lifeless."

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All that.

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MUSIC: "Doll Parts" by Hole

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HE SCREAMS

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No, no, no, no, no.

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Come on!

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Amy, come on!

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Rory!

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-There's a doll of me.

-Which looks a bit like you.

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-It's got the same shaped face.

-No, it doesn't.

-It does.

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Apparently, I've got a moon head. Do I have a moon head?

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-If you shine a light on Karen's face, she looks like the moon.

-Shut up.

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Stop it. I've got a really nice-shaped face.

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-Yeah, moons are all right.

-Are they?

-They're all right.

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Not craters though, yeah?

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It was always a balance between

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making them credibly look like dolls,

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but also making them scary.

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That was a trial and error approach with the clay.

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They'd make new clay models and send through photos.

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Small things changed quite quickly,

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but we noticed we wanted the features to feel slightly wrong.

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The ones I've always found the most sinister,

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are things that are slightly artless.

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Not so finely detailed.

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If you've got something which is meant to be a peg doll,

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and someone has painted the face like that, and obviously

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when they get big in the process of that, something gets even cruder.

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There's just something brilliant about...

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They feel like they've been carved with a knife

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and there's something a bit cracked about them.

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The hair's like wool. It's just a primal fear, I think.

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I think they'll be a real hit, actually.

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Well done, Mark. It's brilliantly designed,

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they have great colour and life to them.

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The way they move,

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and the way they slowly turn their heads is really creepy and eerie.

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At a bit like the clockwork robots can, sort of...you know,

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they have that slow, malevolent sort of feel to them.

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Bergerac? God help us! 30 years old, that.

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There's meant to be boxing on.

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The delightful Mr Purcell gets a sinking feeling,

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when he gets sucked into his carpet.

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Never anything on, is there?

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His only friend in the world is his dog. He is actually rather

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soft about, I think. But I love the way it has been shot.

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It worked out so well. He is sort of crying for help and Bernard

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-just looks at him.

-Aaaaaargh!

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Help me, Bernard! Help me...

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This sinking scene was a tough one,

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involving a vat of good old Doctor Who style green gunge.

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Lovely. This is the...

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descending rig that sends our character through the floor.

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We've got this platform here - this hydraulic platform,

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and it basically descends down a variable control.

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It sends our character down,

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looks like he's disappearing into the floor.

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The things I do for this show!

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There was endless discussions about how thick the goo needs to be.

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We were also worried about our actor going under it.

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Too thick and you don't want to shove your head under thick goo.

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That was the trickiest bit, getting the viscosity right. Interesting filming day!

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OK. Settle.

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Action.

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I liked the idea of having this very technically complicated effect shot,

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for him to sink into his grotty carpet.

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I quite like that sort of juxtaposition.

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It feels rather good to me.

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# Confidential, it's a secret

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# Don't tell anyone

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# You've got to kee-eeep it! #

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-Oh, also - just so we...

-Oh my God!

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It's funny, flicking through one of our...

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-"Karen Gillan's timeless trends..." Wow!

-Karen, look.

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"Fiery Karen shows us how to do retro chic with a modern twist...

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"Whether it's a sleek jumpsuit and natty scarf...."

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-Shut up!

-"..a tiger print bag."

-Put it away! You know nothing about fashion.

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"Doctor Who's lady friend nails it."

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-What?!

-That's right - "nails it".

-Oh, yeah!

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The rising star at the heart of the episode is the young actor playing troubled child George.

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Who are you, George?

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Jamie is brilliant!

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I met him for the first time the other day and he is such a little personality.

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He's tiny, he's so little, but he's hilarious.

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He was like, "Hello, are you Karen?" And I was like, "Yeah, hi, nice to meet you,"

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and he started telling me all this stuff.

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The thing. You have to do the thing, Mum.

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'Jamie, who plays George - I think he's lovely.'

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He's got a lovely little catch in his voice.

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He is very believably Emma and Danny's son, I think.

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I love that bit when the Doctor appears in the doorway and he says...

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-I'm the Doctor.

-A doctor! Have you come to take me away?

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And he actually sounds quite like an old lady. I love it! "Come to take me away?"

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He's very sweet.

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-Something's broken.

-He's the most excitable,

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lively child I've ever met in my life.

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He's very cool, confident. Apparently he likes sweet things, which he's been eating all lunchtime,

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which means we'll have a wonderful afternoon. He does not stop talking,

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I have no idea how he does it. He just seems to... He is the best conversationalist.

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You could just say nothing to him and he would carry on, he's brilliant.

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A fine addition to the Doctor Who cast.

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SHOUTS EXCITEDLY

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What is going on now?

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Um, I am just sitting here enjoying myself.

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I think I'm going back in to do more acting.

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-Right, how is that going?

-Good.

-Good.

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Good... Right, I'm on my way!

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Run it continuously and I will talk through it.

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Jamie, again, sort of unnerving to find young children

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that are quite astute and savvy and he is definitely that.

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Great energy and great enthusiasm, and was a real hit among the set.

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I think he has turned in a really good performance.

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-What's it been like working with Matt Smith then?

-Very nice. He's a very funny chap.

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Rehearsal...I think we should give this a go.

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Are you ready, Jamie? Does Jamie have an eye line upstairs?

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Yeah, so pretend that's the Doctor, yeah?

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The thing that makes it snap as they're all on the staircase inside the dolls' house

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and the dolls are all converging on George, the Doctor realises that the nub of his problem is

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he thinks he's going to be rejected - the one thing he can't stand.

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-Action!

-Something's holding him back. That's it! That's what the trigger was.

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He thought someone was going to come and take him away.

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-We talked about it.

-Yes, and he heard you, Alex. His sole function is to fit in.

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-You were rejecting him.

-We just couldn't cope, we needed help!

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But George didn't know that. He thought you were rejecting him. He still thinks it.

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He's not...

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human.

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# In your heart, you know it to be true

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# You know what you got to do... #

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EVIL LAUGHTER

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Whatever you are, whatever you do,

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you're my son and I'll never, ever, send you away.

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Dad...

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And then Alex knocks them aside, like the good dad he is, and says,

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"You're my little boy, I won't let you go", it makes me cry.

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Cut, that was good. Well done, Jamie. That's good.

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Did someone mention something about planets and history and stuff?

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We shot a scene in the TARDIS with a bit of the nursery rhyme which has sinister implications for the Doctor.

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-Or universes, ooh...

-I wanted a prefiguring of the doctor's death,

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so I suggested to Mark he write a nursery rhyme.

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So he wrote this rather wonderful Tick Tock Goes The Clock.

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EERIE SINGING

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All I know is the Doctor is going to die.

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# ..Goes the clock, even for the Doctor... #

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Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd

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Confidential is on location with the Doctor Who crew, presenting behind-the-scenes action from a beautiful 17th century estate in the Gloucestershire countryside and a high-rise housing estate in Bristol.

Matt, Karen and Arthur give us a bit of a sing-song, we spend a long night with the one of the assistant directors and the special effects team show us that, sometimes, good old-fashioned green gloop is the only way.

Mark Gatiss talks to us about writing for three consecutive TV Doctors and, in Script to Screen, find out who plays an all-important historical figure.

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


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