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Yesterday, Blogtor got the chance to sit down with his favourite Doctor Who, Peter Davison, at the Official Doctor Who Celebration at the ExCel in London and chatted to him about his recent special, The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot. Check out what he had to say below.
“It’s been in my head and going around every moment of my time for the past year and a bit, ever since I foolishly answered this question by saying I’d make my own 50th Anniversary Special. [Laughs] Because now at conventions everybody records everything, so then I discovered people saying, ‘He’s gonna make his own if he’s not in it!’ So here it is! [Laughs]”
How do you feel with the finished product?
“I was very happy with it. We had, which is apparently perfectly normal, huge editing battles with the powers that be who wanted to cut bits I didn’t want to cut. I tried to make the point that people, unlike a normal TV audience, who wanted to see this would go looking for it. So they’re not going to be sitting there going ‘Oh I don’t want to see that, it’s a bit boring. Let’s switch off!’
Of course, it turned out we came to a compromise so I think it’s pretty good. We didn’t actually cut anything, we shaved bits off here and there, a couple of bits. I said I wouldn’t mind doing a Director’s Cut [Laughs]. But I said Director’s Cut should not be the best thing, the best thing should be the first thing you put out, the Director’s Cut should really be a whole lot of other bits put back in that maybe you think you rather like.”
So was there much cut?
“I suppose there was a bit but there was nothing dramatic. In the end we didn’t cut anything dramatic. I think it started out around 38 [minutes] and we got it down to around 32.”
My kids, who are in it, are quite dismissive. I keep asking, ‘Have you sat down and watched it yet?’ And they go [cue teenage grumbling] ‘Uhh, I wanna watch another Matt Smith episode!’ [Laughs]”
But David Tennant’s in it, surely they want to watch David? [Laughs]
“[Laughs] Of course, well I’ve got one child who’s a big Matt Smith fan and one who’s a David Tennant fan. They’re into the dramatic things, they’re not into whimsy and parody [Laughs]. They loved doing it and, of course, they want to be actors. Which is a complete disaster as far as my old age is concerned because there won’t be anyone with a penny to look after me. [Laughs]
Future Doctors in the making?
“Maybe so, yeah! I look on it as a North Korean dynasty, where I hand it on. [Laughs]
Thanks to BBC Worldwide and Peter “The Guv’nor” Davison