Monday, 31 August 2015

Connections What We Did On Our Holiday by DJ Forrest

DW & TW Connections:

What we did on our holiday!

By DJ Forrest

David Tennant, Rosamund Pike, Billy Connolly, Annette Crosby, Ben Miller, Celia Imrie, Ron Donachie, what’s not to like about this film, oh and let’s not forget, it’s set in Scotland!

It is Doug Mcleod’s 75th birthday and the family are coming together at the big house, owned by ‘tight arse’ son Gavin played by Ben Miller, to celebrate father McLeod’s last birthday.  Tennant and his family live in London, so the trip itself is fraught with stress from the off, with two bickering adults behaving like children, while their extremely educated children, or perhaps borderline autistic, or well, you decide are the grown ups in this film.  The family are sworn to secrecy on what they can and cannot tell old man McLeod, so you’re always expecting the moment when one of the kids slips up. 

The child actors especially the boy and the younger sister acted very much as if they were adlibbing the script but as the writers are responsible for Outnumbered, then it’s a given that we’d have the same brilliant scripting for this film.

Annette Crosby’s character explaining to the young boy about lesbians has to be the best scene yet, unless we count all those involving the little girl who undoubtedly steals every scene.
David Tennant always seems to play a character that has lost a pound and found a sixpence but then he plays these hard done roles quite well, but I do wish he’d find a role where he introduces his face to a razor once in a while.

The film lasts 1hr 35 mins, it’s a light hearted comedy, when all is said and done, but there are a few moments in the film where you have to question the children and their reaction on the beach with Connolly.  Are children less susceptible to death, would they not react with just a couple of moments of panic, tears, hugging of each other? Or is that left to the emotional group of adults still preparing everything for the party of the year oblivious to the events unfolding on the beach?

The send off was brilliant, the cast list of characters you hadn’t seen since Hamish Macbeth (god how I wish they’d bring that series back), and let’s not forget Doctor Who here in more ways than one. 

It’s a family film, something for everyone, kids, sarcasm, wit, humour, Tennant need I go on?
It’s a film I’ll watch over and over, it’s got that good old British film feel about it.  The soft Gaelic melody played throughout, reminding us that we’re in Scotland, the home of the brave, kilts, haggis, and Billy Connolly, oh and let’s not forget, David “The Doctor” Tennant.

So obviously there was a need to add this film to our Connections this month.  We’ve as always done the research so you don’t have to. 

Cast & Crew

Written and directed by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, both of whom wrote and produced Outnumbered


David Tennant played Doug McLeod.  He played the 10th Doctor for 49 episodes from 2005 - 2010, but returning for the 50th anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor in 2013.

Appeared as himself in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot in 2013.
Was the voice of the 10th Doctor for Doctor Who: Dreamland in 2009 and Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest in 2007, two animated mini series'.
Appeared as The Doctor in the two parter SJA episodes: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith in 2009.

Was the Doctor for Doctor Who: Music of the Spheres in 2008.
Appeared as the Doctor and himself for the series finale of Extras in 2007. 
Played The Doctor for Doctor Who: Time Crash in 2007 with Peter Davison.
Played the Doctor in Doctor Who: Attack of the Graske video game, which was extremely good fun now I think back.
And appeared as the Doctor for the Children in Need Special in 2005 which introduced us to the Doctor before it crashed onto our screens in front of Rose's Mum and Mickey Smith (if memory serves correct).
Now here's a fair few David moments, so sit back down, we're not done yet!
Was director for Doctor Who Confidential episode - Do You Remember the First Time? in 2007.

In 2014 appeared as himself and 10th Doctor for Doctor Who: The Ultimate Companion in 2014.
In the same year appeared as himself for two episodes of The Real History of Science Fiction - Time and Invasion.
Appeared in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Live Pre-Show in 2013.
As himself in Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited for 6 episodes in 2013.
As himself for Doctor Who in the U.S. in 2012.
As himself for My Sarah Jane: A Tribute to Elisabeth Sladen in 2011.
In 2010 for Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide. 
For 47 episodes of Doctor Who Confidential as himself from 2006 - 2010.
As himself for Doctor Who: Inside the TARDIS in 2009.
Doctor Who Greatest Moments for 8 episodes in 2009 as himself.
Never Mind the Buzzcocks as himself for the Doctor Who Special in 2009.

Appeared in Tonight's the Night for the episode involving John Barrowman in the TARDIS (so funny) in 2009.
For Children in Need as The Doctor from 2005 - 2008, appearing in 2006 as himself.
Appeared in 12 episodes of Totally Doctor Who as himself, voice of the Doctor and as the Doctor for 2007.
As himself for the Doctor Who Special of The Weakest Link in 2007.
The narrator of 'Doctor Who': A New Dimension docu in 2005

He is the voice of The Tenth Doctor for Lego Dimensions in 2015.  Appeared in the CBBC series 12 Again as The Doctor in Doctor Who Special in 2013.
Including Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty, The Next Doctor and Doctor Who Adventures tv short - Heart of Steel part 1 all in 2013.

Was uncredited as the Doctor in The Eleventh Hour and The Lodger in 2010, and The Name of the Doctor in 2013.
For Destinations of the Doctor, The Timey-Wimey of Doctor Who, The Women of Doctor Who and the Science of Doctor Who in 2012, where only the first was credited.
Uncredited for SJA for episodes: Secrets of the Stars part 1 in 2008, The Mad Woman in the Attic part 2 in 2009, and Death of the Doctor parts 1 & 2 in 2010.

The Doctor for SJA: Alien Files episode #1.1 in 2010, again uncredited. 
The Doctor Prom10: Doctor Who at the Proms 2010, uncredited.
Great TV Mistakes as the Doctor Uncredited.
in 2010.
For Video short Cybermen as the Doctor uncredited again. in 2009.
Doctor Who at the Proms as The Doctor, uncredited in 2009.
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year as the Doctor again uncredited in 2008.
Doctor Who Confidential, as 10th for Top Five Christmas Moments in 2008.
Uncredited as John Smith for Verity Lambert: Drama Queen in 2008.

As the Doctor for The Big Finish and The Big Fat Quiz of the Year in 2007.
Heroes Unmasked as The Doctor in The Story so Far in 2007.
Uncredited in The Big Fat Quiz of the Year in 2006.

Timeshift as The Doctor for episode - Parallel Worlds: A User's Guide.

Right I'm off for a cuppa and a lie down in a dark room!!!

Ben Miller played Gavin the tight arse brother, owner of the big house in Scotland.  He played The Sheriff of Nottingham in Doctor Who: Robot of Sherwood in 2014.

Appeared as himself for Doctor Who Extra for the episode Robot of Sherwood in 2014.
Was uncredited in Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty in 2013.
Was an uncredited audience member for The Science of Doctor Who in 2013.

Emilia Jones played Lottie the eldest of the three children belonging to Tennant and Rosamund Pike.  She played Merry in Doctor Who: The Rings of Akhaten in 2013.

Celia Imrie played Agnes Chisolm.  She played Miss Kizlet in Doctor Who: The Bells of Saint John in 2013.

Annette Crosbie played Doreen.  In Doctor Who she played Mrs Angelo in The Eleventh Hour in 2010.

Ron Donachie played Sgt. Murdoch.  He played the Steward in Doctor Who: Tooth and Claw in 2006.

Appeared in Doctor Who Confidential episode Fear Factor in 2006 as himself.

Art Department

Dave Simons was props.  He was chargehand props for An Adventure in Space and Time in 2013.

Sound Department

Martin Ireland was boom operator.  He was sound assistant for 11 episodes of SJA, some uncredited in 2007.


Abbi Collins was stunt coordinator.  She was stunt coordinator for 11 episodes of Doctor Who from 2006 - 2009.  Was stunt co-ordinator for 12 episodes of SJA from 2007 - 2008.  Appeared as herself for 3 episodes of Doctor Who Confidential - Space Craft in 2007, Oods and Ends in 2008 and Is There Life on Mars? in 2009. 

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