FORMER Doctor Who star David Tennant got carried through a river and failed to make a ‘magical donkey’ move while on the set of his latest film.
Filming at Llanrhaeadr Waterfall last Thursday, David Tennant was playing the part of supply teacher Mr Pieterson for the sequel to the 2009 hit comedy Nativity!, when he learned why they say you should ‘never work with animals or children’.
One scene in particular left Tennant in no doubt wishing he could escape Mid Wales in his Tardis.
The Scottish actor and co-star Marc Wooton stumbled across a ‘magic donkey’ who was supposed to point them in the direction to go, but the ass had other ideas, refusing to move regardless of how hard Wooton tried pulling at its reigns.
The patience of the two actors became somewhat strained and when producers suggested changing the plan so one of the children try moving the donkey, Wooton snapped “let me get this right, you are suggesting one of the kids make this donkey move when a man like me can’t?”
To the amusement of everyone watching, the plan proved a good one as the young girl was able to persuade the donkey to follow her at the first time of asking.
Wooton stormed off as soon as the scene was finished, closely followed by David Tennant, who darted into his blacked-out car, ignoring autograph hunters holding out Doctor Who boxsets.
Earlier that day, Tennant had to be carried through a cold river by Wooton and spent hours filming scenes over-and-over again as slow progress was made.
He spent large parts of the day walking up and down muddy hills while holding one of the child actors in his arms.
As a result the normally bubbly star seemed out of sorts and refused to speak with anyone unrelated to the movie, telling the press “I am to busy” when asked what it is like making a film in Mid Wales?
Earlier in the week David Tennant was spotted filming at Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant’s market Square and driving a large amphibious vehicle on Lake Vyrnwy.
n Nativity 2 is expected to be completed ahead of a release in time for Christmas 2012.
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