Peter Capaldi experimented with Master-ful kisses

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 4 November 2014
The Doctor and The Mistress

The Doctor and The Mistress

Peter Capaldi and Michelle Gomez practised their kiss for 'Doctor Who' over and over again and the scenes were "magic", director Rachel Talalay has revealed

Peter Capaldi experimented with lots of different kisses with The Master for their smooching scene in 'Doctor Who'.

The 56-year-old actor - who plays the Doctor - had to lock lips with his infamous foe who has changed sex and become a female Time Lord, now known as The Mistress and portrayed by Michelle Gomez, in last weekend's episode 'Dark Water'.

Director Rachel Talalay has revealed the co-stars shot multiple takes of the kiss because Capaldi wanted to get it exactly right.

In an interview with, she said: "Michelle had to experiment with so many things in the read through, and you know she would bring something so funny to it no matter what. And Peter loves doing variety - he loves going again, and trying something completely new.

"We could have spent all day letting them play with that, so I wish you could see all the takes of it. We were all on the floor laughing. I didn't have to do anything but stand back and watch the magic.

"One of Peter's debates was that it was very much scripted so that his eyes were closed ... And we had a long discussion of closed/open. Can you be as shocked by it? Which is most effective?"

Talalay also revealed her experience making 1991 horror movie 'Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare' - the sixth film in the 'Nightmare on Elm Street' franchise - was very useful for bringing to life the Cybermen in the episode.

She revealed: "I'm very glad that I worked on 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' because at that point I learned early on tricks about mechanical effects, physical effects, make-up effects and what then was visual effects, not digital effects. So I had a vocabulary in my head of what you can do, because you're balancing cost, you're balancing efficiency, and you're balancing spectacle. Number one is spectacle, spectacle, spectacle ... Some of the action was so large and significant that I felt like I was directing a Marvel movie."

'Death in Heaven' - the series finale of 'Doctor Who' which Talalay also directed - airs on BBC One this Saturday (08.11.14).

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