I’ve got a bunch of Whovian tidbits for you today. ;-) First off, Colin Baker narrating the making-of documentary for “The Day of the Doctor”, which really is a pleasure to watch. There was an awful lot of green screen work. Also, watch out for David Tennant wearing *real* 3D glasses; they’re all watching rushes, but since it’s in 3D, everybody’s got the funky polarized specs.
Talking of Tennant, he and Smith discuss the differences between their characters:
Next, what if we could make the planet Gallifrey actually exist? No, not by seeking out a super-Earth in the habitable zone of an older star and then founding an ancient civilization on it, but simply by paperwork? There’s a petition out to name the newly discovered planet HD 106906b “Gallifrey”. They picked it because the planet was announced around the time of the 50th, and because it’s impossible, at least according to planetary scientists — it’s a super-Jupiter, orbiting way farther from its parent star than current models give it any right to. It’s a cute idea, but personally, my biggest problem with the idea is that it’s clearly not a terrestrial planet. It’s a gas giant seven times the mass of Jupiter and nowhere remotely near a habitable zone; it’s hard to find a planet *less* like Gallifrey, quite honestly. Maybe call it Polarfrey, the fictional gas giant that, in spin-off fiction, orbits the star Kasterborous alongside Gallifrey and Karn?
And then lastly, the latest little semi-spoilery bit of fan-trolling from Stephen Moffat: he’s finally acknowledge what he was hinting at about “you’ve all been counting the regenerations wrong”. Matt Smith may be the 11th Doctor, but he’s used up 12 regenerations to get there. John Hurt’s Doctor used up one, of course, and then there’s the little “cheat” regeneration that the 10th used. So now we know the cost of that little stunt: the cost is that the Doctor is now out of lives. So what, exactly, will he do about that at the fields of Trenzalore, at the Fall of the Eleventh?