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Doctor Who – “The Ballad of Russell and Julie” Wrap Party Special

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The Ballad of Russell and Julie. Lyrics.

Julie and Russell sat one night.
Russell sparked up a Marlboro Light.
Julie’s eyes were all ablaze,
As Russell tried to shun her gaze.
He knew the look, he knew the score;
It seemed more manic than before.
Russell cringed in fear and dread
As Julie pulled him near and said:

Let’s do it, let’s do it.
I’ve had a really good idea.
We’ll re-vamp, make more camp
A sci-fi show from yester-year.
I’ve had banter with Tranter.
Your written word will be hailed in the ming mong mantra.
Let’s do it, let’s do it tonight.

But he said…

I can’t do it, I can’t do it.
You’re asking far too much of me.
I’m harasssed, embarassed;
I’ve watched the show since I was three.
Don’t choose me, don’t use me,
My mother sent a note to say you must excuse me.
I can’t do it, I can’t do it tonight.

So she said…

Let’s do it, let’s do it-
Make a brand new Doctor Who.
We’ve got Chris in, all’s missing
Is a sidekick and an all-Welsh crew.
It’s not silly to ask Billie.
We’ll film in every quarry from here to Caerphilly.
Let’s do it, let’s do it tonight.

Ooh, then he said…

I can’t do it, I can’t do it-
The pressure of the BBC.
I must e-mail some young male
To alleviate the stress on me.
I can’t block out, please lock out,
Images of Johnny B getting his cock out.
I can’t do it, I can’t do it tonight.

She replied…

Let’s do it, let’s do it.
Phil okayed my offer to produce.
We’ll get Trac to take flack
When he lets his raging temper loose.
My decision to use your vision
Will make the show the best thing on the television.
Let’s do it, let’s do it tonight.

And he squawked…

I can’t do it, I can’t do it.
Chris is giving up his role.
No Time Lord? Oh good Lord,
How we’re gonna fill this hole?
It’s too complex, we’re all wrecks.
My brain is overflowing with a bloody Dalek.
I can’t do it, I can’t do it tonight.

She excitedly said…

Let’s do it, let’s do it.
We’ll get another Time Lord in.
Don’t sweat it, you can’t let it
Make you sad and maudlin.
It’s not over, and moreover,
We’ll get the lovely fellow in from Casanova.
Let’s do it, let’s do it tonight.

And he yelled…

I can’t do it, I can’t do it.
I really think that I can’t cope.
More re-writes, no respite-
I think I’ve given up all hope.
It’ll get canned, it’ll be panned.
Lou says there’s no costumes in the whole of England.
I can’t do it, I can’t do it tonight.

Then she proclaimed…

Let’s do it, let’s do it.
Martha Jones is Freema Agyeman.
We’ll bring back Captain Jack
To fight against the Cybermen.
We’ll cast a great Master,
He can plunge the planet into global disaster.
Let’s do it, let’s do it tonight.

And he screamed…

I can’t do it, I can’t do it.
You’ve cast Australia’s pop princess.
It’s madness, my sadness
Will make this episode a mess.
My panic is manic-
The uproar when I kill her off on the Titanic!
I can’t do it, I can’t do it tonight.

And she expelled…

Let’s do it, let’s do it.
The Doctor needs a brand new mate.
Don’t linger, go ginger.
I’m gonna bring back Catherine Tate.
I wanna, you’re gonna,
Reunite the Doctor with the fabulous Donna.
Let’s do it, let’s do it tonight.

He punctuated…

I can’t do it, I can’t do it.
I’ve got obsessed with E4’s Skins.
Writer’s block. Please don’t mock,
It takes my mind off other things.
It’s so lame, I must blame dirty thoughts I’m having about Midshipman Frame.
I can’t do it, I can’t do it tonight.

Excitedly she said…

Let’s do it, let’s do it.
To film abroad will get my vote.
I promise Ed Thomas can’t bring Ancient Rome to Upper Boat.
It’s D-Day in Pompeii;
The forums will be buzzing on Outpost Gallifrey.
Let’s do it, let’s do it tonight.

And he roared…

I can’t do it, I can’t do it.
The studio in Rome’s ablaze.
On fire, it’s dire-
How the hell are you not phased?
It’s mental. Be gentle.
They say the cause of fire was a Berkley Menthol.
I can’t do it, I can’t do it tonight.

So she roared…

Let’s do it, let’s do it.
We’ve got kids back behind settees.
Our mission, ambition,
Was a show for all the families.
we should try as our goodbye
A hassle-free excursion to sunny Dubai.
Let’s do it, let’s do it tonight.

But he shouted…

Oh, let’s do it. Let’s do it!
I feel like I’ve been set free.
I won’t sweat it, now Moffat
Is taking up the reins from me.
I can’t wait, it’s just great-
I’ve got a cracking way for Dave to regenerate.
Let’s do it, let’s do it tonight!

Guess what?

They did it! They did it!
They opened up the TARDIS door.
They’re terrific, prolific.
Made it better than it was before!
A ‘thank you’ from your crew.
We crown you both the King and Queen of Doctor Who.
You did it, you did it tonight!

[搬旧文]Inspiring!! – The Writer’s Tale读后感

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May, 2010

一般而言,粉丝,特别是科幻奇幻粉丝,普遍爱好看花絮。但是这本书远远不仅仅是一本可以满足粉丝看花絮的爱好的书。这本书是关于如何写剧本、以及RTD是如何工作的书。看这本书的时候我想到,wxb曾经说,写作,就像是发出的信,是单方面的,是孤独的。这本书是两位作者互相通信的集合。因此一部分缓解了作者的孤独。

考察自己是如何做一件事情并从中汲取经验和教训,并不是一件很容易的事情。这位和RTD通信,帮助他写下这样一本书的Benjamin Cook,是一位记者,经常为Doctor Who Magazine写文。他起到的作用,是发问,并且提醒RTD他们写这本书的这个项目的目的。我简直希望能也有个这样的人来提醒我,帮助我记录呢!

有趣的花絮,和感动点,还有觉得很有道理的地方,实在是太多太多了。我早就不准备整理了。昨天看完的书,现在随便列一些我觉得有道理或者感动的地方。另外,这本书是我读过的最厚的一本英文书了,但我丝毫不觉得在“啃”。感觉就像在看花絮一样。而且我忽然觉得,我的英文其实很大的一块是DW培养起来的,所以看RTD写的书很符合我的习惯……

记得一个很感动的地方,是RTD说到他被邀请去给一群年轻作家讲一堂课。他说他最反对把如何写作条条框框列出来,所以他几乎不会答应参加这种活动。不过那次是个例外。他对台下的年轻学生说:你们是不是觉得自己还年轻,什么生活体验都没有,所以不会写出好的作品来?慢慢地,下面的学生一个一个都点起头来。他又说,(具体我忘了,一下子翻不到|||)不管你的经历多么有限,你肯定感受到过真正的情绪。如果它们是真实的情绪它们就是你的财产,你可以把它们当作素材来写作。然后他说“看起来就像那些学生头上的灯泡一个一个亮了起来”(RTD的想像也非常漫画啊^^)。我相信每个人,不管他们表面是什么样的,也许他们的经历不算深刻,也许他过着舒服的生活,但他们内心的挣扎都是一样剧烈的。(哦转念一想,我也不知,也许有些人不是这样的?比如某种一直抱怨工作待遇太低的同事……?我想像这种人不会在乎很多真正让人觉得深刻的感受。)

有一章叫做Bastards,话题围绕着:你觉得在电视业中成功,是不是需要你作bastard?我想这个问题在其它行业也是值得问一下的。是不是如果做老好人,就不会成功?RTD说,可能他自己就算是个bastard吧。如果他认为对整个作品好,他会改剧本,会临时要求演员学新台词;有一次他做一档儿童节目,有一位儿童演员表现不够好,虽然剧组的工作人员都觉得,儿童演员应该得到保护,不应该辞退他,但是RTD还是坚持辞退了那位演员。每个人的底线都不一样,你很容易就跨过了一些人的底线。但RTD说,他认为这些都不是坏人的表现。他没见过几个真正的bastard,而那几个人后来也都没有成功。我感觉这个问题取决于你工作的性质和你本人的目标。如果你目标就是要做出最好的产品,那你可以不遗余力去达到这个目的,就算作出有违普常识的举动,相信大家还是会理解的。(可是,工作的目的是要努力做出最好的产品呢,还是为了让自己过得舒服,这个问题一般人都会犹豫不决。所以我羡慕艺术家、科学家,羡慕那些做着有意义工作的人。)

我还很喜欢的一点,是这本书事无巨细把他们的通信都收录下来。(前言中说,这本书基本没有编辑和修改过,尽量做到真实,只有第五季的剧透的内容,和一些脏话(!)被后来删除和修改。)这其实很违背常识中的效率概念:你要说什么,就概括地说一下吧,何必把什么都列出来,让人从细节中寻找。我现在越来越觉得,无论什么概括,对于原来的内容都是有损害的。只是在一般的工作中,你做的事情有别人也在做,或别人也做过,所以很多细节不用展示出来别人会知道。但是在做一件创新的事情的时候,追求管理效率会带来很大的损伤。这就是为什么我们会听说很多非凡的电影无法被大的制片公司赞助。因为制作那些电影是创新,而大公司讲究的是管理,这两者不是兼容的,特别是在它们都在各自的极端上的时候。

我总体感觉前半本书(也就是hardcover的那部分内容),对写作的讨论更加多一点。后半部,也就是The Final Chapter加出来的部分对DW工作组里发生的事情记录得多一点。对我来说是不介意的,因为仅仅是那些花絮我就能看得很乐。(The Final Chapter加出来的内容在量上面,基本和原先hardcover差不多多,当然也不乏有意义的讨论,还有可以看到RTD写后面的剧本的思路。不过由于和Ben写了一年的信,他们更加熟悉了,所以感觉文体更加个人化了一点点。)

后半部有一次,嵌在一大堆RTD对自己思路和自己当天生活琐事的叙述中,有一句话,在我看来是我喜爱RTD写的故事的核心。当时他正在构思End of Time,构思Doctor会如何死去。他写道:
“I’ve got to save the world.” isn’t half as powerful as “I’ve got to save Donna.”

然后我读到收在书中的End of Time结尾的剧本的时候,发现我和看那片子的时候一样泪流满面。

Inspiring!!!