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10 May 2008

Viewing Figure: 7.33M


On the planet Messaline, The Doctor meets his daughter as two armies fight for The Source


David Tennant (The Doctor), Catherine Tate (Donna Noble), Freema Agyeman (Martha Jones), Georgia Moffett (Jenny), Nigel Terry (Cobb)

Joe Dempsie (Cline), Paul Kasey (Hath Peck), Ruari Mears (Hath Gable), Akin Gazi (Carter), Olalekan Lawal Jr (Soldier)

Uncredited Cast

Ben Ashley (Cash), Sean Saye, Joe White, Ken Hosking, Oliver Hopkins, Peter Symonds, Richard Tunesi, Jon Davey (Hath)

Adam Sweet (New Hath), David Ullet (Corridor Guard)


Stephen Greehorn (Writer), Alice Troughton (Director), Phil Collinson (Producer), Gareth Williams (1st Assistant Director)

Jennie Fava (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 (Asst Production Co-ordinator), Wayne Humphreys, Kevin Kearns (Drivers), Heddi Joy Taylor (Floor Runner)

Kath Blackman (Contracts Assistant), Non Eleri Hughes (Continuity), Lindsay Alford (Script Editor)

Julian Barber, Joe Russell (Camera Operators), Steve Rees, Duncan Fowlie (Focus Pullers), John Robinson (Grip)

Jeff Welch (Boom Operator), Mark Hutchings (Gaffer), Peter Chester (Best Boy), Crispin Layfield (Stunt Co-ordinator) 

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

Arwel Wyn Jones (Supervising Art Director), James North (Associate Designer), Amy Pope (Art Dept Co-ordinator)

Tim Dickel (Set Decorator), Catherine Samuel (Props Buyer), Ciaran Thompson (Standby Art Director), Al Roberts (Design Assistant)

Shaun Williams (Storyboard Artist), Phill Shellard, Nick Murray (Standby Props), Will Pope (Standby Carpenter)

Ellen Woods (Standby Painter), Keith Freeman (Standby Rigger), Phil Lyons (Property Master), Matthew Wild (Dressing Chargehand)

Barry Jones (Senior Props Maker), Nick Robatto (Props Makers), Matthew Hywel-Davies (Construction Manager)

John Pinkerton (Scenic Artist), BBC Wales Graphics (Graphics), Lindsay Bonaccorsi (Costume Supervisor)

Rose Goodhart (Asst Costume Designer), Barbara Harrington, Louise Martin (Costume Assistants)

Pam Mullins, Steve Smith, John Munro (Make-Up Artists), Andy Brierley (Casting Associate), Ceres Doyle (VFX Editor)

Carmen Roberts (Assistant Editor), Samantha Hall, Chris Blatchford (Post Production Supervisors)

Marie Brown (Post Prod Co-ordinator), Ben Ashmore (SFX Co-ordinator), Danny Hargreaves (SFX Supervisor)

Neill Gorton (Prosthetics Designer), Rob Mayor (Prosthetics Supervisor)

Lauren Welman, Helen Walker, Fiona Walsh, Tim Berry (Prosthetics Technicians), Mark Bright (Online Editor), Mick Vincent (Colourist)

Serena Cacciato, Ruth Bailey, Mark Wallman, Jeff North (3D Artists), Russell Horth, Bryan Bartlett, Sara Bennett, Arianna Lago

Murray Barber, Loraine Cooper, Adrian Cirulli (2D Artists), Jenna Powell, Rebecca Johnson (VFX Co-ordinators)

Marianne Paton (VFX Production Assistant), Tim Barter (On Set VFX Supervisor), Tim Ricketts (Dubbing Mixer)

Paul McFadden (Supervising Sound Editor), Paul Jefferies (Sound FX Editor), Kelly-Marie Angell (Foley Editor)

Chris Rogers (Finance Manager), with thanks to the BBC National Orchestra of WalesRon Grainer (Original Theme Music)

Andy Pryor CDG (Casting Director), Julie Scott (Production Executive), Oliver Ager (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), Philip Kloss (Editor), Edward Thomas (Production Designer)

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


Uncredited Crew

Simon Morris (1st Assistant Director), Anna Evans (2nd Assistant Director), Paul Bennett (3rd Assistant Director)

Jonathan Allott (Location Manager), Dragon TaxiPete Newman, Wyn Finney, Sean Evans (Drivers)

Andy Newbery, Paul Bennett (Floor Runners), Lisa Hayward (Contracts Assistant), Vicky Cole (Continuity), Jon Vidgen, Tom Hartley

Penny Shipton (Camera Operators), Penny Shipton, Chris Reynolds (Focus Pullers), Dave Holliday, Steve Pugh (Grip)

Bryn Thomas (Boom Operator), Peter McKinstry, Sarah Payne (Design Assistants), Neal Ruck, Des Ward (Standby Rigger)

Paul Aitken (Property Master), Penny Howarth, Jon Grundon (Props Makers), John Whalley (Scenic Artist), Sheenagh O'Maragh, Andi Mears

Gemma Evans, Amy Clarke, Susie Lewis (Costume Assistants), Julie Davis, Cathy Davies, Ros Wilkins (Make-Up Artists)

Amy Roberts (Casting Associate), Jon Moore, Sarah Lockwood (Prosthetics Technicians),  Matthew Clarke (Online Editor)

Ray Parker (Sound Recordist), Roger Pearce, Sian Ellen Palfrey (Director of Photography)


Filming Locations

  • Upper Boat Studios, Trefforest

  • Aberbaiden Open Cast Colliery, Fford Y Gyfraith, Cefn Cribwr, nr Kenfig

  • Marble Room, City Hall, Cathays Park, Cardiff

  • Newbridge Memorial Hall, Celynen Colliers Inst & Memorial Hall, High Street, Newbridge

  • Dupont Building, Mamhilad Park Industrial, Old Abergavenny Road, Pontypool

  • Plantasia, Parc Taw, Swansea

  • Rhondda Heritage Park, Lewis Merthyr Colliery, Trehafod, nr Pontypool

  • Johnsey Estates, Mamhilad Park Estate South, Pontypool, Torafen

  • Barry Shooting Range, Breaksea Drive, Barry Island

  • Mark Street, Cardiff

  • Roath Conservatory, Lake Road, Cardiff

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studios 6, Trefforest


  • Hath Peck [drowns in quicksand]

  • Carter [shot dead by a Hath]

  • Cash [shot dead by a Hath]

Production Days

  • 16 Days between Tuesday 11 December 2007 - Thursday 24 January 2008

Production Errors

  1. During a scene set in the Tardis, a studio light can be seen towards the right of the controls 

  2. Whilst the Hath carry the battering ram, the Hath Leader stop the others by holding up a hand. The Hath clearly says "Halt!" despite the fact that the Hath communicate through bubbles and groaning

  3. During the scene where Donna, Jenny and The Doctor get the past the laser beams, the beams changes positions continually between shots 

Working Titles


  • Alien Planet


A middle-classic alien planet episode which while looks epic in the trailer is a little bit of let down when you see the whole thing. The classic human vs. alien race war story seems a little tired and everybody involved looks a little tired too. Certain scenes are reminiscent of popular action-packed thriller movies which are charmingly amusing but oddly out of place at the same time. A lack of atmosphere results in some bland direction and anything set in the human and Hath bases is boring although the style is something else. The episode get viewers to be observant with hidden clues along the way which will help solve the mystery. The endless war which has been going on before The Doctor arrives is interesting but the truth behind it is a little rushed.  There is a build-up, but the pacing and timing makes it hard for someone to exclaim ‘ah so the war is a lie and this is what has been happening’ its just turns to be false and that’s that. Some lovely visuals and a great new alien race are highlights but in terms of a classic alien planet adventure we have to wait longer for that. ***​

Number of Production Days: 5

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