At least Moffat isn’t letting the 3D aspect of the episode go to waste. The writer says that he kept the format in mind when writing the episode and that it’s been exploited to make things a little more scary. Let’s hope that means something more than just monsters jumping out towards the audience:
“My first impulse was if we’re going to do 3D it had to be part of the plot. We actually have to make 3D part of the story and if at all possible, to try and make 3D a bit scary. I wouldn’t say it’s in every scene, but there is an element of the show that exploits the fact of 3D.”
It’s only right for such a great British anniversary to feature a little royalty, and Welsh actress Joanna Page is obliging by playing the fiery-haired Queen Elizabeth I. Further solidifying his rather strange reputation as a ladies’ man, the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) gets to enjoy a little bit of romance and a kiss with Her Majesty – though Page says that this scene was not particularly romantic:
“Filming the romantic scenes were quite difficult because my first day was on top of a mountain in Neath. It was absolutely freezing, it was blowing a gale and David, the Tenth Doctor and I, are having a picnic. So I’m lying across him and he probably couldn’t breathe, because I’ve just got this massive costume on, and he’s feeding me grapes as I’m just desperately shivering.
“You’ve got to try and play it romantic and relaxed, when actually you’re freezing cold. I think our lips were turning blue and I stopped feeling my hands. The next day, because it had been so cold with the wind my hands were bright red and all blistered because they were so chapped. So everyone is probably jealous, thinking she gets to kiss the Tenth Doctor and it’s all romantic, but it’s not; my lips were numb and my hands were chapped.”
The rest of the interview mostly plays it safe with questions along the lines of, “Did you enjoy working with X” and, “Do you watch the show?” but there are some interesting tidbits and funny set stories in there to make up for the lack of details about the plot. The actual images from the episode also do not give too much away, beyond the fact that it appears to be set partially in 16th century England and partially in more futuristic times. With 76 minutes to play with, the script could jump around all over time and space.
Tell us in the comments if you’re hyped for November 23rd and if you’re planning to see the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special episode in a theater or settle in with it at home.
The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special will be simulcast around the world on November 23rd, 2013.