Charlie McDonnell - Decorating Bus[1] was one of several short episodes of Doctor Who Confidential broadcast via BBC Red Button in the run-up to A Christmas Carol. Like all in this special series of Confidential, it featured young internet filmmaker, Charlie McDonnell, giving his thoughts on a ramble round the Upper Boat Studios. It was thus a kind of video diary, but one nevertheless produced by, and released under the banner of, Doctor Who Confidential.

Unlike the previous two episodes, however, the dress of the people on camera clearly indicate this episode was filmed in cold weather. Thus, it is reasonable to assume that this episode was filmed around Christmas itself, rather than during the July production of A Christmas Carol. McDonnell's appearance is also radically more mature than that seen in the earlier episodes.

Aspects of production covered[edit | edit source]

This episode covered no aspect of production whatsoever. As the title suggests, the major focus of the episode was to have Charlie decorate a bus — in this case, the crew's lunch bus. It featured video of him going to a local store to buy Christmas decorations, and then showed him putting them up in time for a few members of the crew to arrive.

People interviewed[edit | edit source]

Charlie is shown conversing mainly with his cameraman, who is never seen in this episode.

Home video releases[edit | edit source]

As of August 2020, no version of the episode is available commercially.

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. Although the episode had the on-screen title of simply "Day 3", Charlie McDonnell - Decorating Bus is what was given on the official BBC Three website
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