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25 December 2008

Viewing Figure: 13.10M


The Doctor discovers Cybermen in London, 1851 and a mysterious man called The Doctor is trying to stop them


David Tennant (The Doctor), David Morrissey (Jackson Lake), Dervla Kirwan (Miss Hartigan), Velile Tshabalala (Rosita)

Ruari Mears (Cybershade), Paul Kasey (Cyber Leader), Edmund Kente (Mr Scoones), Michael Bertenshaw (Mr Cole)

Jason Morell (Vicar), Neil McDermott (Jed), Ashley Horne (Lad), Tom Langford (Frederic), Jordan Southwell (Urchin)

Matthew Allick (Docker), Nicholas Briggs (Cybermen Voices)

Uncredited Cast

Paul Kasey, Ruari Mears, Matthew Doman, Karl Greenwood, Ken Hosking, Jon Davey, Kevin Hudson, Joe White White

Adam Sweet (Cybermen), Roger Bailey (Mr Fetch), Anthony Brannan (Mr Milligan), Jeremy Harvey, John Herbert, Max Cahn

Claudio Laurini, Steve Walden, Simon Challis, James Welsh, Phil Sutton, Trevor Lacey, John Childs, Christopher Finch, Andy Watts

Martin Sackett, Alistair Anderson, Richard Tunesi, Gary Dobbs, Rhys Thomas Oxenham (Mourners), Maria Honneker (Caroline Lake) 


Russell T Davies (Writer), Susis Liggat (Producer), Andy Goddard (Director), Richard Harris (1st Assistant Director)

Jennie Fava (2nd Assistant Director), Heddi Joy Taylor (3rd Assistant Director), Gareth Skelding (Location Manager)

Beccy Jones (Unit Manager), Jess van Niekerk (Production Co-ordinator), Claire Thomas (Production Secretary)

Sian Warrilow (Production Runner), Wayne Humphreys, Kevin Kearns (Drivers)

Nicola Brown, Tom Evans, Bobby Williams (Floor Runners), Kath Blackman, Lisa Hayward (Contracts Assistants) 

Non Eleri Hughes (Continuity), Lindsay Alford (Script Editor), Roger Pearce, Joe Russell (Camera Operators) 

Jamie Southcott, Duncan Fowlie (Focus Pullers), John Robinson (Grip)

Jeff Welch, Glen Jenkins, Bryn Thomas, Patrick O'Doyle (Boom Operators), Mark Hutchings (Gaffer), Peter Chester (Best Boy)

Alan Tippetts, Steve Guy, Clive Johnson, Gavin Tiley (Electricians), Tom Lucy (Stunt Co-ordinator)

Gordon Seed, Dean Forster, Jason Hunjan, Maurice Lee, Nick Wilkinson (Stunt Peformers), Alisa Berk (Choreographer)  

Stephen Nicholas (Supervising Art Director), Ciaran Thompson (Standby Art Director), Julian Luxton (Associate Designer)

Jonathan Allison (Art Dept Production Manager), Christina Tom (Graphic Designer), Al Roberts (Model Maker)

Peter McKinstry, Sarah Payne (Concept Artists), Shaun Williams (Storyboard Artist), Ciaran Thompson (Standby Art Director)

Keith Dunne (Set Decorator), Ben Morris (Props Buyer), Paul Aitkin (Props Master), Phil Lyons (Props Chargehand)

Matt Wild (Forward Dresser), Pat Deacy (Props Driver), Albert James (Practical Electrician)

Penny Howarth (Props Fabrication Manager), Phil Shellard, Jackson Pope (Standby Props), Julia Challis (Standby Painter)

Will Pope (Standby Carpenter), Keith Freeman (Standby Rigger), BBC Wales Graphics (Graphics) 

Rose Goodhart (Assistant Costume Designer), Lindsay Bonaccorsi (Costume Supervisor)

Barbara Harrington, Louise Martin (Costume Assistants), Pam Mullins, Steve Smith, Morag Smith (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), Dan Bentley, Henry Brook, Gareth Jolly (SFX Technicians) 

Neill Gorton, Rob Mayor (Prosthetics Designers), Pete Hawkins, Jon Moore, Sarah Lockwood, Lauren Wellman, Alex Wathey

Lenny Sant, Jill Reeves, Karen Spencer, Darren Nevin, Martina Hawkins, Kate Walshe, Lisa Crowley (Prosthetics Technicians) 

Mark Bright, Matthew Clarke (Online Editors), Mick Vincent (Colourist), Nicholas Hernandes, Matthew McKinney

Jean-Yves Audouard, Nick Webber, Neil Roche, Serena Cacciato, Adam Burnett, Jeff North, Edmond Kolloen, Will Pryor

Andy Guest, Wayde Duncan Smith, Sam Lucas, Bruce Magroune, Ruth Bailey, Grant Bonser, David Jones, Emily Pearce

Virgil Manning, David Benett (3D Artists), Sara Bennett, Michael Harrison, Tim Barter, Russell Horth, Arianna Lago

James Etherington, Adriano Circulli, Simon C Holden, Joe Courtis, Loraine Cooper, Lyndall Spahnoletti, James Moxon

Julie Nixon (2D Artists), Simon Wicker, David Early, Charlie Bennett (Digital Matte Painters), 

Jenna Powell, Rebecca Johnson, Kamila Ostra (VFX Co-ordinators), Marianne Paton, Alexander Fitzgerald (VFX Production Assistants)

Tim Barter (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 Wales

Ron 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), Richard Cox (Editor)

Edward Thomas (Production Designer), Ernie Vincze BSC (Director of Photography), Catrin Lewis Defis (Production Manager)

Russell T Davies, Julie Gardner (Executive Producers)  

Uncredited Crew

Rhys Griffiths (Location Manager), Kevin Myers (Production Secretary), Robert Young, Colin Bull, Bob Tamlyn, Steve Williams

Graham Jones, Sean Rosser (Drivers), Kevin Rudge (Camera Operator), Mari Yamanura (Focus Puller), Crispin Layfield (Stunt Co-ordinator)

Nick Goodey (Stunt Performer), Nick Murray (Standby Art Director), Caroline Thorpe, Maria Franchi, Katie Hicken

Marie Jones (Costume Assistants), Sara Angharad, Rachel Clark, Kate Roberts, Carol Robinson (Make-Up Artists)


Filming Locations

  • Fonmon Castle, Fonmon, Rhoose

  • St Woolos Cemetery, Bassaleg Road, Newport​​

  • Upper Boat Studios

  • The Matlings, East Tyndall Street, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff

  • Building 568, Caerwent Training Area, Dinham Rd, Caldicot, Caerwent

  • Tredegar House, Newport

  • Hensol Castle, Hensol, Vale of Glamorgan

  • Millers Green, Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester

  • Shire Hall, Agincourt Square, Monmouth

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 1

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 2

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 6


  • Miss Hartigan [killed in a pit of horror and remorse]

  • Cyber Leader [destroyed by Miss Hartigan]

  • Mr Scoones [killed via their ear-pods]

  • Mr Cole [killed via their ear-pods]

  • Vicar [killed by Cybermen]

  • Cybermen [destroyed in several ways]

  • Cybershades [destroyed by Miss Hartigan during her pit of horror and remorse]

  • Mr Fitch [killed via their ear-pods]

  • Mr Milligan [killed via their ear-pods]

  • Mourners [killed by the Cybermen]​


Production Days

  • 23 Days between Monday 7 April - Saturday 3 May 2008

Production Errors

  1. When Miss Hartigan is testing the earpod pieces, the four men begin the scene facing her. Miss Hartigan instructs them to turn to the right. The four men turn 90 degrees clockwise to the right. Miss Hartigan them tells them to turn to the left. The four men turn 180 degrees anticlockwise. Their movements are incorrect, they should only have turned 90 degrees anticlockwise to face Miss Hartigan, since from their prospective Miss Hartigan is to their left. 

Working Titles

  • [no known working titles]


Whilst very Christmassy the Cybermen do not fill well with the story nor are they used to their full advantage after two long years absence. The Victorian scenes are well produced with character and energy, but the setting feel a little random, any time period could be substituted and nothing much would change. The world of the Cybermen is expanded with their own pets, the Cybershades but they do not live up to expectations and only serve as sight gags. The two plot points the CyberKing/Jackson Lake do not mesh and the reveal of the said mysterious man is not that surprising. Some awful choreographed and blocked out scenes of the mourners running around like mad, tripping over each and pushing each other in harm’s way makes for some humour viewing. Terrible child acting – I’m sorry – some of the kids looks far too disinterested – come on you’re on 'Doctor Who' many kids will kill to be on the show – the scenes where they’re supposed to be running away from danger is some of the corniest acting ever. I’m sorry but other extra child actors have put more effort in over the years. The CyberKing is naff but the Cyberleader has been regenerated with a visible brain and different coloured face plate. Whilst the pacing is fine for a weak script the plot never really feels polished which is a shame because there are a few great moments, the opening is suspenseful, and the Fob Watch scenes can bring a laugh or two. The plot is hammered with questionable moments which can be cringeworthy and very, very annoying to forgive.  The Next Doctor is nothing but a reminder of the one of the best Doctor we never got – David Morrissey. **​

Number of Production Days: 5

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