Doctor Who: P.S. - by Chris Chibnall (the scene that was never shot)
This is the difficult bit. If I got this right, you’re reading this letter a week after we left in the TARDIS. The thing is: we’re not coming back. We’re alive and well and stuck in New York, 50 years before I was born. We can’t come home again, I won’t ever see you again and that breaks my heart.
I’m so sorry, Dad. I thought about this for years and I realised there was one thing that I could do, I could write you, tell you everything about how we lived, about how, despite it all, we were happy. But before I do, I need you to know…
you are the best dad any son could have had.
And for all the times I drove you mad and you drove me mad, all the times I snapped at you… I’m sorry. I miss everything about you, especially our awkward hugs.
I bought a trough, we have a small yard, a garden. But one more important bit of business, the man who delivered the letter, Anthony. Be nice to him…
because he’s your grandson.
We finally adopted in 1946: Anthony Brian Williams. He can tell you everything, he’ll have the family albums and I realise having a grandson who’s older than you is so far beyond weird.
But I’m sorry. I love you, Dad. I miss you.
As simple as this. Close on the TARDIS. Our three heroes dashing towards it, turning for a moment to look back, waving goodbye (oh, stop it) and then disappearing inside.
A few takes, of course, and then: “Just one more!” says director Douglas Mackinnon, my old friend from Jekyll. Because he knows we’ve just slipped past the finish time, he’s giving a jaunty smile to the producer. “Just going again.”
“I heard you,” says Marcus, like all of Yorkshire uniting in a massed-voice disgruntlement.
And so, watching this time, I knew it was definitely the final shot. In a few moments’ time, Douglas would call ‘cut’, and Matt, Karen and Arthur would step back out of the box for a laugh and a cry, I’d make some highly inappropriate jokes in place of a speech, and a few hours later, we’d all be at a party, and I’d be dancing very badly.
But that’s just real life. What about the story? What about the Ponds? Amy and Rory wouldn’t be coming out of the box. Where do the characters go when their story is over?
I don’t know, of course - but wherever they go, I watched them leave. Douglas called ‘action’, our three heroes made their very last dash for the TARDIS, and then Amelia Pond and Rory Williams stepped into the blue box and out of this world.
And I never saw them again."
Steven Moffat on Karen’s and Arthur’s final filming day, for the closing scene of The Power of Three - DW Magazine (via watch-it-spaceman)
“It’s not one of those things you can fix like you fix your bow tie.”
Dearest Des, I am writing this letter to you as you leave for prison. And I’ve hidden it in the one place you would turn to in a moment of great desperation. I know you go away with the weight of what happened on your shoulders. And I know the only person who can ever take it off is you. Sorry to be so dramatic, but these are dramatic times, are they not? Please don’t give up, Des. Because all we really need to survive is one person who truly loves us. And you have her. I will wait for you. Always. I Love you, Pen