179) SMITH AND JONES

31 March 2007

Viewing Figure: 8.7M

Plot

When a hospital is taken to the Moon, The Doctor joins medical student, Martha Jones to track down a murderer 

Cast

David Tennant (The Doctor), Freema Agyeman (Martha Jones), Anne Reid (Florence Finnegan), Roy Marsden (Mr Stoker)

Adjoa Andoh (Francine Jones), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Tish Jones), Reggie Yates (Leo Jones), Trevor Laird (Clive Jones), Kimmi Richards (Annalise)

Ben Righton (Morgenstern), Vineeta Rishi (Julia Swales), Paul Kasey (Judoon Captain), Nicholas Briggs (Judoon Voices)

Uncredited Cast

Channon Jacobs (Leo's Girlfriend),  Joanna Lawton, Michael Green, Val On Ho (Med Students), Michael Williams, Mat Doman (Slabs)

Ruari Mears, Ken Hosking, Adam Sweet, Richard Tunesi, Scott Baker, Mark Llewellyn Thompson, Karl Greenwood (Judoon)

Crew

Russell T Davies (Writer), Phil Collinson (Producer), Charles Palmer (Director), Gareth Williams (1st Assistant Director)

Steffan Morris (2nd Assistant Director), Sarah Davies (3rd Assistant Director), Gareth Skelding (Location Manager)

Rhys Griffiths (Unit Manager), Jess van Niekerk (Production Co-ordinator), Kevin Myers (Production Secretary)

Debi Griffiths (Production Assistant), Sian Eve Goldsmith (Production Runner), Heddi Joy Taylor (Floor Runner)

Bethan Britton (Contracts Assistant), Non Eleri Hughes (Continuity), Simon Winstone (Script Editor), Julian Barber (Camera Operator)

Steve Rees (Focus Pullers), Steve Hall (2nd Camera Operator), John Robinson (Grip), Jeff Welch (Boom Operator)

Mark Hutchings (Gaffer), Peter Chester (Best Boy), Tom Lucy, Crispin Layfield (Stunt Co-ordinator)

Will Willoughby, Geroge Cottle, Dean Forster (Stunt Performers), Alisa Berk (Choreographer)

Stephen Nicholas (Chief Supervising Art Director), Jonathan Marquand Allison (Art Dept Production Manager)

Matthew North (Art Dep Co-ordinator), Adrian Anscombe (Chief Props Master), Arwel Wyn Jones (Supervising Art Director)

James North (Associate Designer), David Morison (Set Decorator), Tim Dickel (Standby Art Director)

Ian Bunting, Al Roberts (Design Assistants), Anna Coote (Cyfle Trainee), Shaun Williams (Storyboard Artist)

Phill Shellard, Clive Clarke (Standby Props), Paul Jones (Standby Carpenter), Ellen Woods (Standby Painter)

Bryan Griffiths (Standby Rigger), Phil Lyons (Property Master), Catherine Samuel (Props Buyer), Gareth Jeanne (Props Chargehand)

Stuart Woddisse (Props Storeman), Amy Chandler (Forward Dresser), Albert James (Practical Electrician)

Barry Jones (Senior Props Maker), Matthew Hywel-Davies (Construction Manager), BBC Wales Graphics (Graphics)

Marnie Orminston (Assistant Costume Designer), Lindsay Bonaccorsi (Costume Supervisor)

Sheenagh O'Marah, Kirsty Wilkinson (Costume Assistants), Pam Mullins Steve Smith, John Munro (Make-Up Artists)

Andy Brierley (Casting Associate), Ceres Doyle (Assistant Editor), Chris Blatchford, Samantha Hall (Post Production Supervisors)

Marie Brown (Post Production Co-ordinator), Ben Ashmore (Special Effects Co-ordinator), Paul Kelly (Special Effects Supervisor)

Neill Gorton (Prosthetics Designer), Rob Mayor (Prosthetics Supervisor), Matthew Clarke (On Line Editor), Mick Vincent (Colourist)

Mark Wallman, Matthew McKinney, Bruce Magroune, Will Pryor (3D Artists), Simon C Holden, Sara Bennett, Russell Horth

Bryan Bartlett, Melissa Butler-Adams, Joseph Courtis, Tim Barter (2D Artists)

Rebecca Johnson, Jenna Powell (Visual Effects Co-ordinators), Simon Wicker, Charlie Bennett (Digital Matte Paint

Barney Curnow (On Set VFX Supervisor), Tim Ricketts (Dubbing Mixer), Paul McFadden (Supervising Sound Editor)

Doug Sinclair (Sound Editor), Paul Jefferies (Sound FX Editor), Chris Rogers (Finance Manager)

with thanks to the BBC National Orchestra of WalesRon Grainer (Original Theme Music), Andy Pryor CDG (Casting Director)

Julian Scott (Production Executive), Endaf Emyr Williams (Production Accountant), Julian Howarth (Sound Recordist)

Louise Page (Costume Designer), Barbara Southcott (Make-Up Designer), Murray Gold (Music), The Mill (Visual Effects)

Will Cohen, Marie Jones (Visual FX Producers), Dave Houghton (Visual FX Supervisor), Any Effects (Special Effects)

Millennium FX (Porspethics), Matthew Tabern (Editor), Edward Thomas (Production Designer), Ernie Vincze BSC (Director of Photography)

Patrick Schweitzer (Production Manager), Russell T Davies, Julie Gardner (Executive Producers)  

Uncredited Crew

James Strong (Director), Richard Harris (1st Assistant Director), Jennie Fava, Dafydd Parry (2nd Assistant Director)

Anna Evans, Heddi Joy Taylor (3rd Assistant Director), Lowri Thomas (Location Manager), Huw Jones (Unit Manager)

Graham Huxtable (Production Runner), Lowri Denman (Floor Runner), Pam Humphries (Continuity), Ant Hugill, Marc Covington

Sue Cane, Mark Isaac, Sam Morris, Pete Bateson, Shirley Schumacher (Focus Puller), Sian Elin Palfrey, Paul Edwards

Rory Taylor (2nd Camera Operator), Clive Baldwin, Ron Nicholls, Steve Pugh, Steve Baldwin (Grip), Bryn Thomas, Stephen Longstaff

Robin Green, Kevin Staples (Boom Operator), Leonie Rintler, Lisa McDiarmid (Standby Art Director), Paul Aitken (Property Master)

Angela Jones, Susie Lewis (Costume Assistants), Ron Bailey, Ray Parker (Sound Recordist), Rory Taylor (Director of Photography)

Tracie Simpson, Debbie Slater (Production Manager)

Broadcast

Filming Locations

  • University of Glamorgan, School of Science, Glyntaff, Pontypridd

  • Quay Street, Cardiff

  • Upper Boat Studios, Trefforest

  • Usk Valley Business Park, Pontypool, Torfaen

  • Market Street, Pontypool

  • Singleton Hospital, Sketty Lane, Swansea

  • Market Street, Pontypridd

  • Tyfica Cresent, Pontypridd

  • Taff Street, Pontypridd

  • Market Tavern, Market Road, Pontypridd

  • The Friary, Cardiff

  • Queen Street, Cardiff

  • Lloyds TSB, Tresillian Way, Cardiff

  • Old NEG Glass Site, Trident Park, Glass Avenue, Cardiff Bay

Deaths

  • Florence Finnegan [killed by the Judoon]

  • Mr Stoker [blood simulated by Florence Finnegan]

  • Slab [killed by radiation] 

  • Slab [killed by a Judoon blaster]

  • Patient [killed by a Judoon blaster]

Production Days

76) THE ARK IN SPACE

  • 20 Days between Tuesday 8 August 2006 - Wednesday 17 January 2007

Production Errors

  1. During the ending scenes, when Martha looks inside and around the Tardis, the doors continually changes from open to closed and open​​​

Working Titles

  • [no known working titles]

Verdict

A new companion. A new series. A new direction for the show results in a surprisingly fast-paced episode filled with plenty of imagination from the imaginative Russell T Davies who is back on top form. The confident, outgoing, smart mouthed Martha is a breath of fresh air whose ultimate purpose will be to teach The Doctor some humanity and fill a void which he so desperately needs filled. The relationship is great, the story allows time for Martha to become interested in The Doctor while the latter must learn that being alone will do him no good. The Judoon have a realistic approach mixing Policemen with brutal Rhinos to form a race who only want to be uphold the law. The hospital scenes have a great vibe to them, all because the production team were allowed to use real hospitals rather replicating them in a studio which would be far too small. The Plasmavore is a little forgettable as are the leather, motorbike cladded Slabs. The script is kept going by Davies' talent of mixing fast paced chase scenes with slow drawn out scenes where The Doctor figures out how to save the day. It is also a sight of relief that the plot is in full swing by the ten-minute mark an essential goal all good scripts must hit if they are to succeed. Smith and Jones is a prime example of Doctor Who introducing the new approach the series will take. Just be glad the obvious, ditzy, gold digging girlfriend only appears in two scenes. Can you image if she was a recurring character? No thanks. ***​

Number of Production Days: 5