177) ARMY OF GHOSTS/DOOMSDAY

1 - 8 July 2006

Viewing Figure: 7.9M/8M

Plot

Inside the Torchwood Institute a deadly traps begins to unfold and Rose' travels in Tardis will come to an end

Cast

David Tennant (The Doctor), Billie Piper (Rose Tyler), Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler), Noel Clarke (Mickey Smith)

Tracy-Ann Oberman (Yvonne Hartman), Raji James (Dr Rajesh Singh), Freema Agyeman (Adeola), Hadley Fraser (Gareth)

Oliver Mellor (Matt), Barbara Windsor (Peggy Mitchell), Hajaz Akram (Indian Newsreader), Anthony Debaeck (French Newsreader)

Takako Akashi (Japanese Newsreader), Paul Fields (Weatherman), David Warwick (Police Commissioner), Rachel Webster (Eileen)

Kyoko Morita (Japanese Girl), Maddi Cryer (Housewife), Derek Acorah (Himself), Alistair Appleton (Himself)

Trisha Goddard (Herself), Paul Kasey (Cyber Leader), Nicholas Briggs (Dalek/Cybermen Voices), Barnaby Edwards, Nicholas Pegg

Anthony Spargo, Dan Barratt, Dave Hankinson (Daleks), Stuart Crossman (Genesis Ark), Shaun Dingwall (Pete Tyler)

Andrew Hayden-Smith (Jake Simmonds)

Uncredited Cast

Ken Hoskings, Ruari Mears, Karl Greenwood, Peter Symonds, Mathew Doman, Jon Davey, Kevin Hudson, Adam Sweet, Telio Trimble

Joe White, JJ Angel, Peter McKinstry (Cybermen)

and introducing Catherine Tate as The Bride

Crew

Russell T Davies (Writer), Phil Collinson (Producer), Graeme Harper (Director), Daleks originally created by Terry Nation

Cybermen originally created by Kit Pedler and Gerry DavisSusie Liggat (1st Assistant Director), Steffan Morris (2nd Assistant Director)

Lynsey Muir (3rd Assistant Director), Lowri Thomas, Garth Skelding (Location Managers), Rhys Griffiths (Unit Manager)

Jess van Niekerk (Production Co-ordinator), Claire Roberts (Production/Script Secretary), Tim Hodges, Sarah Davies (Production Runners)

Debi Griffiths, Kath Blackman, Bonnie Clissold (A/Production Accountants), Non Eleri Hughes (Continuity), Helen Raynor (Script Editor)

Roger Pearce (Camera Operator), Terry Bartlett (Focus Pullers), John Robinson (Grip), Jeff Welch, Bryn Thomas (Boom Operators)

Mark Hutchings (Gaffer), Peter Chester (Best Boy), Chris Davies, Clive Johnson, Stephen Slocombe (Electricians), Alisa Berk (Choreographer)

Abbi Collins (Stunt Co-ordinator), Paul Kennington, James O'Dee (Stunt Performers), Stephen Nicholas (Supervising Art Director)

Jonathan Marquand Allison (Art Dept Production Manager), Arwel Wyn Jones (Standby Art Director)

James North (A/Supervising Art Director), Peter McKinstry, Al Roberts, Matthew Savages (Design Assistants)

Phill Shellard, Trystan Howell (Standby Props), Silas Williams (Standby Carpenter), Bryan Griffiths (Standby Rigger)

Louise Bohling (Standby Scenic Artist), Adrian Anscombe (Property Master), Catherine Samuel (Production Buyer)

Paul Aitken (Assistant Props Master), Phil Lyons (Props Chargehand), Stuart Woddisse (Props Storeman), Matthew North (Forward Dresser)

Albert James (Practical Electrician), Patrick Decay (Art Department Driver), , Mark Cordory (Specialist Prop Maker), Penny Howarth (Prop Maker)

Matthew Hywel-Davies (Construction Manager), Allen Jones (Constrction Chargehand), Shaun Williams (Storyboard Artist)

BBC Wales Graphics (Graphics), Marnie Orminston (Costume Supervisor), Lindsay Bonaccorsi, Barbara Harrington (Costume Assistants)

Anwen Davies, Steve Smith, Moria Thompson (Make-Up Artists), Rob Mayor (Prosthetics Supervisor)

Jo Glover, Martin Rezard (Prosphetics Technicians), Ben Ashmore (Special Effects Co-ordinator)

Paul Kelly, Mike Crowley (Special Effects Supervisor), Danny Hargreaves, Richard Magrin (Special Effects Technicians)

Matthew Clarke (On Line Editor), Mick Vincent (Colourist), Kim Phelan (Visual Effects Co-ordinator), Andy Brierley (Casting Associate)

Ceres Doyles (Assistant Editor), Samantha Hall, Chris Blatchford (Post Production Supervisors), Marie Brown (Post Production Co-ordinator)

Mike Tucker (Model Unit Supervisor), Tim Ricketts (Dubbing Mixer), Paul McFadden, Doug Sinclair (Sound Editors)

Paul Jefferies (Sound FX Editor), Richard Pugsley (Finance Manager), with thanks to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Ron Grainer (Original Theme Music), Andy Pryor CDG (Casting Director), Endaf Emyr Williams (Production Accountant)

Simon Fraser (Sound Recordist), Louise Page (Costume Designer), Sheelagh Wells (Make-Up Designer), Murray Gold (Music)

The Mill (Visual Effects), Will Cohen (Visual FX Producer), Dave Houghton (Visual FX Supervisor), Any Effects (Special Effects)

Neill Gorton and Millennium FX (Porspethics), David Cresswell (Editor), Edward Thomas (Production Designer)

Ernie Vincze BSC (Director of Photography), Tracie Simpson (Production Manager), Russell T Davies, Julie Gardner (Executive Producers)  

Uncredited Crew

Clare Nicholson (1st Assistant Director), Anna Evans Nick Britz (3rd Assistant Director), Jamie Harcourt, Joss Lowe, Paul Lang

Sian Elin Palfrey, Rory Taylor (Camera Operator), Steve Rees, Donald Ng, Mari Yamanura, Penny Shipton (Focus Pullers)Dai Hopkins

Adam Young, Peter Muncie (Grip), Rhydian Yeoman, Richard Brooks (Boom Operator), Nick Burnell (Standby Art Director)

Zach Henderson (Standby Rigger), Angela Jones (Costume Assistant), Neil Batt, Barbara Southcott (Make-Up Artists), Phil Edward

Richard Dyer (Sound Recordist) 

Broadcast

Filming Locations

  • Brandon Estate, Kennington, London

  • Tredegar House & Park, Newport

  • UNIT Q2, Imperial Way, Newportr

  • St Nicholas, nr Cardiff

  • Heol Spencer, Brynceithyn, Bridgend

  • Brackla Bunkers, Brackla, Bridgend

  • Mount Stuart Squarem Bute Street, Cardiff Bay

  • HTV Studios, Culverhouse Cross, Cardiff

  • Unit 878 Picketson Site, RAF St Athan, Barry

  • Loudoun Square, Cabalfa, Cardiff

  • Cardiff Dockside, Cargo Rd, Cardiff

  • Basement, Capital Arcade, Churchill Way, Cardiff

  • Southerndown Beach, Ogmore Vale, nrr Bridgend

  • Broadstairs Road, Canton, Cardiff

  • St Mary's Street, Cardiff

  • The Hayes, Cardiff

  • Teddington Studios, London

  • Enfys Television Studios, Unit 31, Portmanmoor Road, Cardiff

Deaths

  • Yvonne Hartman [possibly sucked into the Void as a Cybermen]

    • cause of death is unknown

  • Dr Rajesh Singh [brainwaves sucked dry by the Cult of Skaro]

  • Adeola [partially ungraded and is later 'killed' by The Doctor]

  • Gareth [partially ungraded and is later 'killed' by The Doctor]

  • Matt [partially ungraded and is later 'killed' by The Doctor]

  • Alistair Appleton [deleted by a Cyberman]

  • Cybermen [sucked back into the Void]

  • Daleks [sucked back into the Void]​​

    • deaths confirmed in 'The Next Doctor'

    • plus many others exterminated by Daleks

76) THE ARK IN SPACE

Production Days

  • 35 Days between Wednesday 2 November 2005 - Thursday 11 April 2006

Production Errors

  1. The Bazoolium which Rose presents to Jackie switches back and forth between her left and right hand

  2. When a Cyberman kills Alistair Appleton there is no electricity coming out of its hand

  3. When Rose boards a bus at the beginning of Army of Ghosts, another man boards the bus and takes the seat behind her. When the camera cuts to the inside of the bus, the man is now two rows behind Rose 

  4. When standing outside the Sphere Room, the Torchwood Sign can be seen behind The Doctor and Yvonne. When Rose stands in the same place later on, the sign now has extra features 

  5. When The Doctor breaks the glass in Yvonne's office, the glass is suddenly fixed when The Doctor tells Jackie that he has a reputation to maintain

  6. After being exterminated by a Dalek, one of the Cybermen falls right in-front of the Dalek. However throughout the scene, the Cybermen are much, further away 

  7. The fires which are seen from Yvonne's Hartman office are not present when the Dalek fly across London

  8. The Doctor's hair moves slightly as he and Rose talk on Bad Wolf Bay 

  9. One Cyberman has its Cybus 'C' icon on backwards/upside-down 

  10. When the Cult of Skaro introduce themselves - 'Dalek Thay' introduces himself as Dalek Thay. However 'Dalek Thay' is actually 'Dalek Jast'. Dalek Thay can be seen behind Dalek Sec before this

  11. Despite the fact that both Cybermen and Dalek are pulled back into Void, the shot of the Torchwood Tower only shows Daleks being pulled in. ​​​​​

Working Titles

  • [no known working titles]

Verdict

In many ways the Cybermen battling the Daleks should be the easiest thing to get right – right? Well as it is the script spends too much time getting the two-alien races together and when they do meet its basically just your average – your weaker, no you are, no you, to heck we aren't argument. The Cybermen spends all their time marching in the streets and killing Army Soldiers whilst The Daleks are locked away in a room for most of the story. The Daleks are at their weakest in the new series here, doing nothing remotely Dalek and when they eventually get outside we don’t even get to see them for any length of time.  The Torchwood Institute, the series arc is serious underplayed with a few sight gags and references thrown in which do not even simmer at the surface. The script feels very disjointed with one idea flowing into the next without much pace or timing. The end result makes you feel like the plot wants to get to the gut retching departure of Rose – sorry it is not that good. Everything which made Rose’s time on the show special are thrown out of the episodes without much care or thought. Mickey’s return is incredibly convenient, Pete Tyler returns out of the blue and Jackie gets to ride in the Tardis. Good for her. The Doomsday tracks and backing vocals do infact help Rose' departure along but they over play the necessity which makes a good companion’s departure. Can’t Rose just be trapped in the parallel world  with the memories to remind us of the good times? The subtlety and energy are heavily sucked away from the two-parter which spends too much time looking gigantic and epic but at the same time feel totally out of place and not a fitting element to the story. Davies scripts are by no means terrible or awful it is just surprising that such a talented writer gets a departure of a companion so wrong. He goes on to write Martha and Donna’s departures and guess what, he gets them right. Series two does not end well on any level which it deserves. **​

Number of Production Days: 5