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Kylie Special (also known as Christmas Confidential on the DVD and Confidential at Christmas) was the episode of Doctor Who Confidential broadcast in conjunction with Voyage of the Damned.

Unusually, the "Cut Down" version of this episode was never broadcast on BBC Three, it was only available on DVD.

Starting with this episode, the clips used in the title sequence would be unique for each episode.

Aspects of production covered[edit | edit source]

  • Kylie Minogue discusses Astrid as a character, and her desire to travel.
  • The casting of Kylie Minogue, and how it spawned out of meeting William Baker at the press launch for Series 3.
  • Louise Page's costume choices for Astrid, and the need to create multiple versions of it for Kylie, and her stunt & stand-in doubles.
  • The complexities of locations and supporting extras for a grand locale like the Titanic.
  • The sealing-off and secrecy of filming on a street in public for the scene where the Doctor and company are on Earth.
  • The logistics of filming Astrid driving the forklift into Max Capricorn, and then over the side of the platform.
  • David Tennant having to film the goodbye to Astrid without having Kylie there in some shots, and vice versa, as some shots would require her to be added in later in her 'stardust' form in post-production.

Additional topics covered[edit | edit source]

Discussion of British television at Christmas, illustrated with clips from the following programmes:

  • Porridge: The Desperate House, 1976
  • Steptoe & Son Christmas Special, 1973
  • Only Fools And Horses: Diamonds Are For Heather, 1982
  • Christmas Night With The Two Ronnies, 1987
  • Mike Yarwood Christmas Show, 1978
  • EastEnders, 1986
  • To The Manor Born Christmas Special, 1979

People interviewed[edit | edit source]

Music list[edit | edit source]

  • "Santa Baby" by Kylie Minogue[1]
  • "Can't Get You Out of My Head" by Kylie Minogue, Album: Fever
  • "I Should Be So Lucky" by Kylie Minogue, Album: Ultimate Kylie
  • "Especially for You" by Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan, Album: Ultimate Kylie
  • "Locomotion" by Kylie Minogue, Album: Ultimate Kylie
  • "2 Hearts" by Kylie Minogue, Album: X
  • "Love at First Sight" by Kylie Minogue, Album: Ultimate Kylie
  • "Shocked (contains elements of "Madskillz-Mic Chekka" by BT)" by Kylie Minogue, Album: KylieFever2002
  • "Got to Be Certain" by Kylie Minogue, Album: Kylie: Greatest Hits 87-92
  • "Ghost Town" by The Specials, Album: Now That's What I Call Music 1981 (also used in TV: The Rings of Akhaten)
  • "God Put a Smile upon Your Face" by Mark Ronson, Album: Version
  • "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" by Diana Ross & the Supremes, Album: The No. 1 Christmas Album
  • "Last Goodbye" by Jeff Buckley, Album: Grace

Crew[edit | edit source]

Elements retained in Cut Down[edit | edit source]

  • Kylie Minogue discusses Astrid as a character, and her desire to travel.
  • The casting of Kylie Minogue, and how it spawned out of meeting William Baker at the press launch for Series 3.
  • The sealing-off and secrecy of filming on a street in public for the scene where the Doctor and company are on Earth. (Trimmed slightly)
  • The logistics of filming Astrid driving the forklift into Max Capricorn, and then over the side of the platform. (Condensed)
  • David Tennant having to film the goodbye to Astrid without having Kylie there in some shots, and vice versa, as some shots would require her to be added in later in her 'stardust' form in post-production.

Home video releases[edit | edit source]

Doctor Who: Voyage of the Damned DVD cover.

The "Cut Down" version of this episode was exclusive to the Doctor Who: Voyage of the Damned DVD released on 10 March 2008; and the Doctor Who: The Complete Fourth Series DVD box set released on 17 November 2008.

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. Kylie Special. bbc.co.uk. Retrieved on 31 December 2018.
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