Julie Gardner: It was a jamboree going from the Tenth Doctor to the Eleventh Doctor. The only people not on set were the caterers. I mean, everyone was there. It was like, standing room only.
Peter Bennet: We kind of tried to thin it out a bit, and try and lose a lot of the crew and the crowd, ‘cause everybody was keen to see the new Doctor, but it would’ve been unfair to him. So, out of courtesy, we just cleared the set of most people.
RTD: In order to clear the studio, everyone goes outside and stands outside the studio. How does Matt Smith get to the tardis? By walking through all the people that had been cleared out to avoid him (laughs), he had to walk through in order to get to the tardis, which must have been like… must have been walking over coals for him. I’d never met him before. That’s the first time I met him, as he’s walking to the tardis for his first scene. I saw him coming and I thought: He doesn’t want to stop and talk to me now. It’s a big day for him. You know, I’m old news. I want to get out of the way. So I sort of turned away to get out of the way and he saw me. So I thought, I look really rude now ‘cause I’m turning away to get out of his way. And at the same time I’m staring at him, ‘cause he’s wearing David’s suit. I think: “That’s wrong! That’s wrong. He’s got a suit on. No! Wear your own clothes!” Like that. And he was so lovely and so polite and charming, he came up and chatted to me and then he went on and did it.
- The end of time, part 2 Confidential