“Look guys, that was beautifully done, and I’ve got to cover David, but we need to do that again.”
Billie’s honesty makes everyone move quickly.
“Well, you’d better do it now, because if all that’s got to come out of me again. I can do it if we go for it now…”
Very quickly, briskly, we’re ready to go.
David’s watching Billie like a hawk, making sure that she’s okay. This is just as difficult a scene to play for him.
The Doctor knows that he’s lost Rose forever and it’s his last chance to say goodbye.
Billie does it exactly as, if not better than, before. The only problem was that it’s so windy her fringe falls across her face several times. But, in character, she manges to pull it to one side.
Between those two takes, I’ve got enough to show everything we need.
“Are you really happy? Because I can do it again.”
There’s a look from David as if to say, “No way, you don’t need to.” And he’s right.
I was absolutely thrilled and moved by her performance, as were the rest of the crew who were on the beach that day. There was not a dry eye in sight, and every time I see that sequence I am still moved to tears.
David’s there for her, as soon as we cut, hugging her tight."