The BBC press office have released a press pack for The Christmas Invasion.
As well as the plot synopsis published is yesterday’s Christmas Highlights press release, the pack includes interviews with David Tennant and Billie Piper.
The Doctor and Rose Return at Christmas
Explaining his reaction to being cast as The Doctor David says: “It was funny, when I first got asked I just laughed! I found it hilarious and impossible! And I remember Russell, very perceptively, saying: ‘Don’t say anything now, because I know the experience is quite a weird one.’
“But it’s such a great job! I [mean], I get to play a Time Lord and have a TARDIS: you can’t knock that!”
The regeneration process is something David admits is an attractive part of the role.
“The fantastic thing about the regeneration process is that every time the Doctor goes through it, he changes to an extent. So as an actor, you get to work on a blank canvas where you don’t have to worry too much about what has gone before.
“It’s interesting, because he’s always going to be the moral egalitarian, humanitarian, slightly wild, slightly anarchic bloke that he’s always been. But because he’s getting older he’s moving on. He’s seen it all before, every alien creature with a superiority complex.”
David continues: “Viewers are going to see a slightly more no-nonsense Doctor and that is influenced by what Chris did with him. We are more aware that he’s someone who fought a war, lost all his people and because he’s the last Time Lord, the last authority in the universe, he’s less indulgent, more ruthless.”
Meanwhile Billie Piper has been speaking about the impact of the regeneration on her character; “Rose feels so unloved and isolated at the start of the episode”
“She’s returned home to her mother and Mickey and as ever they are there for her. But she feels like she’s lost her best friend. The earth is being invaded and Rose has no control over the situation.
“The Doctor, who is still going through the regeneration process, isn’t there to give her the answers and she’s scared.”
With The Doctor out of action for some of the special Rose must step up to the mark. “Rose is very smart,” says Billie. “She’s very instinctive and has great strength of character. She’s travelled all over the galaxy with the Doctor, and taken note of how he handles situations, so tries to mimic his actions.”
“It’s very amusing to see Rose trying to copy the Doctor, but she looks up to him. He’s her best friend, her personal hero and she believes in him, so tries to act like him.”