Doctor Who’s Best Stunts | Den of Geek

5. Doctor’s Day – The TARDIS is lowered into Trafalgar Square by crane

Again, this is the main character who is actually suspended from the TARDIS over a very real solid surface. Paul Seed doubles for Matt Smith in the more dangerous moments, with the lead man performing a TARDIS prop exit with Jenna Coleman.

Wider shots show Seed’s work more impressively, with the stunt coordinator hanging over Trafalgar Square in full costume (the effect has people wondering if Smith performed all the stunts himself) for The Day of the Doctor. It’s said that filming in front of huge crowds in one of the country’s most iconic locations certainly piqued interest in the ’50sth Anniversary Special.

4. Inferno – Roy Scammell shoots himself off a tower

Roy Scammell plays the soldier who shoots Private Wyatt (Derek Ware), but then Scammell performs the stunt fall himself, while Wyatt then falls out of a gasometer. This was a record-breaking fall by a stuntman at the time of filming, with Scammell falling from 50 feet on location at what is now the Kingsnorth Industrial Estate in Kent. It looks like the towers were still there in 2006, but we strongly advise you not to re-enact this scene (especially if, like Jon Pertwee, you’re afraid of heights).

3. The spirit of evil – the prison fight


In Episode 5 of The Mind of Evil, UNIT successfully attacks a prison that has been taken over by the inmates. The prison is an old castle because it looks new. As soon as the brig announces that the prison is in military hands, he’s immediately shot at, returning fire and someone falling off the battlements yelling “aargh”. Then there’s a lot of gunshots, grunts, people falling down the stairs, people falling from things, people climbing up the castle walls on ropes, people playing “Oh I’m Good” actresses, a guy who looks like he’s about to sneeze, and the director gets involved – taking out a few UNIT soldiers before they get shot from behind. It’s great, although close-ups require reshoots. Derek Martin arranged the fights and they are edited together to make UNIT look efficient and fast. Given the recurring stunt arrangers seen in this era, it’s a sane mind thing that UNIT clones many of their soldiers, which may be why they’re so ruthlessly expendable.

2. The Greatest Show in the Galaxy – Sylvester McCoy gets his butt on fire, just blinks

I guess this isn’t a stunt, it’s an actor running away from an explosion. As you can see from the video below, fire and explosion stunts are now rigorously tested so the production team can be sure no harm is done to the main character. An actor safely moving away from an explosion counts as a stunt.

However, time was against the production team on The Greatest Show in the Galaxy. The original plan was not to use explosives but air mortars (using compressed air to blast debris). Equipment was hired, but they decided to use pyrotechnics late in the day. The only problem was that Sylvester McCoy hadn’t told anyone and he was expecting the air blast. Doctor Who’s Best Stunts | Den of Geek

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