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Published on July 28th, 2006 | by Christian Cawley

Hot & Bovvered

Yes, the puns can get worse. David Tennant and Catherine Tate have been spotted shooting on several occasions over the last week as work continues on the production of The Runaway Bride.

Set at Christmas 2006 (like The Christmas Invasion…), a portion of Cardiff city centre has been sectioned off for filming in the searing British heat. Non-Brits and expats – I kid you not.

According to reports – including This Is London

Producers decked Cardiff shopping centre with giant snowmen and Christmas trees yesterday as the city baked in 30C heat.

When fans asked David Tennant, who plays the Doctor, how he was coping he yelled back: “It’s blinking boiling.”

There’s also mention of the filming in The Sun:

An onlooker said: “It was surreal seeing all the Christmas decorations – but it’s quite nice to look at them on a hot day like this.

“It feels like the Time Lord has put us in the Tardis and whisked it off for Christmas.”

Elsewhere, icwales.co.uk tells us about the fake bank notes being used for a scene in The Runaway Bride. Adorned with the face of the Tenth Doctor, the notes read:

“I promise to pay the bearer on demand the sum of 10 Satsuma’s.

No second chances – I’m that sort of man.”

I dare say those lucky enough to grab hold of one will find they are worth more than 10 Satsuma’s… A BBC insider – can no one there keep a secret? – said:

“Obviously we can’t have real cash fluttering about – TV licence-payers wouldn’t be too impressed,” he said.

“Nor could we scan or copy a real banknote to change it – that’s highly illegal.

“So we started from scratch and made our own.

An onlooker said, “From a distance they almost look like real notes but you’d never be able to use them in the pub.”

It’s great when the National Press get carried away with the intricacies of prop design, isn’t it, especially with war, terror, famine and hate weeping the globe. There just isn’t enough to report on, is there?

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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