WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THIS SCENE
OK, so this scene wasn’t originally scripted. RTD added it into the script based on Bernard Cribbins’ experience of the war.
Bernard Cribbins fought in World War Two
Bernard Cribbins never killed a man
And Bernard Cribbins is incredibly proud of that.
AND IN THAT MOMENT I LOVED WILFRED MOTT’S CHARACTER EVEN MORE!!
So this old load of hockey is making the rounds again, I see. Here’s the same information I passed on the last time this hit my TL:
Bernard Cribbins was 11 years old when WWII started. He was too young to have fought in the war, hence the comment that the war passed him by.
He did, however, perform his national service in the Parachute Regiment (hence the pin) during the end of the British mandate in Palestine. Wilf’s description to the Doctor, in Part II, is taken directly from Bernard.
Pause. Then, of the view, indicating the Mediterranean:
1948, I was over there. End of the Mandate in Palestine. Private Mott! Skinny little idiot, I was. Stood on this rooftop, middle of a skirmish, like a blizzard, all these bullets in the air. World gone mad.
Among other places this topic is discussed, is one fan’s recap of a Bernard Cribbins convention appearance, though RTD discussed it himself either/both in the Confidentials for The End of Time and The Writer’s Tale.
Music tattoo done by Santa Perpetua at Black Sails Tattoo (Brighton, UK)
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