203) THE ELEVENTH HOUR

3 April 2010

Viewing Figure: 10.08M

Plot

After regenerating The Doctor crash lands in Amelia Pond's garden and discovers a dangerous criminal is living in her home

Cast

Matt Smith (The Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams) Caitlin Blackwood (Amelia), Nina Wadia (Dr Ramsden)

Marcello Magni (Barney Collins), Perry Benson (Ice Cream Man), Annette Crosbie (Mrs Angelo), Tom Hopper (Jeff)

Arthur Cox (Mr Henderson), Olivia Colman (Mother), Eden Monteath (Child 1), Merin Monteath (Child 2), David de Keyser (Atraxi Voice)

William Wilde (Prisoner Zero Voice), Patrick Moore (Himself)

Uncredited Cast

Andy Elvin (Coma Ward Patient (Dr Hall)), Anne Lyken Garner (Coma Ward Patient (Mrs Turner)), Catrin O'Neill (Coma Ward Patient (Mrs Brown))

Graham Smith (Coma Ward Patient (The Colonel)), Sarah Maya (Coma Ward Patient (Mrs Brown)) 

Crew

Steven Moffat (Writer), Tracie Simpson (Producer), Adam Smith (Director), John Bennett (1st Assistant Director)

James DeHaviland (2nd Assistant Director), Heddi Joy Taylor Welch (3rd Assistant Director)

Nicola Eynon Price, Laura Jenkins (Runners), Gareth Skelding, Paul Davies (Location Managers), Rhys Griffiths (Unit Manager)

Jess van Niekerk (Production Co-ordinator), Claire Thomas (Production Management Asst), Sian Warrilow (Production Runner) 

Carole Wakefield (Asst Production Accountant), Lindsay Alford (Script Editor),  Non Eleri Hughes (Continuity)

Joe Russell (Camera Operator), Steve Rees, Matthew Poynter (Focus Pullers), John Robinson (Grip)

Tom Hartley, Jon Vidgen (Camera Assistants), Dafydd Parry (Boom Operator), Jeff Welch (Sound Maintenance Engineer)

Mark Hutchings (Gaffer), Peter Chester (Best Boy), Ben Griffiths, Steve Slocombe, Bob Milton, Alan Tippets (Electricians)

Crispin Layfield (Stunt Co-ordinator), Stephen Nicholas (Supervising Art Director), James North (Associate Designer)

Ben Morris (Production Buyer), Keith Dunne (Set Decorator), Sue Jackson Potter (Props Buyer), Ciaran Thompson (Standby Art Director)

Rhys Jarman (Set Designer), James Iles (Storyboard Artist), Richard Shaun Williams, Peter McKinstry (Concept Artists)

Jackson Pope (Graphic Artist), Phill Shellard, Tom Evans (Standby Props), Will Pope (Standby Carpenter)

Keith Freeman (Standby Rigger), Ellen Woods (Standby Painter), Pail Aitken (Props Master), Matt Wild (Props Chargehand)

Martin Broadbent, Rhys Jones (Dressing Props), Penny Holdwarth, Nicholas Robatto (Props Maker), Albert James (Practical Electrician)

Matthew Hywel-Davies (Construction Manager), Scott Fisher (Construction Chargehand), John Pinkerton, John Whalley (Scenic Artists)

BBC Wales Graphics (Graphics), Framestore (Title Sequence), Anthony Dickenson, Dan Lowe (Roaming Eye SFX Directors)

Bobbie Peach (Costume Supervisor), Sara Morgan, Maria Franchi (Costume Assistants), Pam Mullins (Make-Up Supervisor)

Abi Brotherton, Morag Smith (Make-Up Artists), Thanks to Temple Clarke & Alastair Siddons

Andy Brierley, Alice Purser (Casting Associates), Cat Gregory (Assistant Editor), Ceres Doyle (VFX Editor)

Chris Blatchford. Samantha Hall (Post Prod. Supervisors), Marie Brown (Post Prod. Co-ordinator), Tim Ricketts (Dubbing Mixer)

Paul McFadden (Supervising Sound Editor), Paul Jefferies (Sound Effects Editor), Helen Dickson (Foley Editor)

Mick Vincent (Colourist), Matthew Clarke, Mark Bright (On-line Conform), with thanks to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

with special thanks to Nikki WilsonRon Grainer (Original Theme Music), Andy Pryor CDG (Casting Director)

Julie Scott (Production Executive), Ceri Tothill (Production Accountant), Bryn Thomas (Sound Recordist)

Ray Holman (Costume Designer), Barbara Southcott (Make-Up Designer), Real SFX (Special Effects), Murray Gold (Music)

Jamie Pearson (Editor), Edward Thomas (Production Designer), Owen McPollin (Director of Photography)

Patrick Schweitzer (Line Producer), Steven Moffat, Piers Wenger, Beth Willis (Executive Producers)  

Uncredited Crew

Jonathan Hunter (1st Assistant Director), Heddi-Joy Tayl0r-Welch (2nd Assistant Director), David Chalstrey (3rd Assistant Director)

Sian Lewis, Daniel Wheatley (Runners), Nicki Coles (Continuity), Martin Stephens, Nick Dance (Camera Operator), Terry Bartlett

Mani Paliwala Blaxter, Shirley Schumacher (Focus Pullers), James Holloway, Dave Holiday, Phil Coleman (Grip), Alia Bianco

Pete Cartwright, Sarah Mahoney, Clare Connor (Camera Assistants), Terry Horle (Standby Carpenter), Dave Mountstevens (Standby Rigger)

Neane Wilder (Standby Painter), Amy Brown, Vicki Selway (Costume Assistants), Derek Lloyd, Ros Wilkins, Julie Davis (Make-Up Artists)

Jeff Matthews (Sound Recordist), Ciaran Tanham, Peter Thornton (Director of Photography)

Broadcast

Filming Locations

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 1, Trefforest

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 2, Trefforest

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 5, Trefforest

  • St Cadoc's Hospital, Lodge Road, Caerleon

  • A48 between Tredegar House (M4 Junction 28) and LG Factory

  • Johnsey Estates, Mamhilad Park Industrial Estates South, Pontypool

  • Llandaff Cathedral Green, Llandaff Village

  • The Vicarage, Lawn Terrance, Rhymney

  • Abertillery Hospital, Pendarren Road, Aberbeeg, Abertillery

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 3, Trefforest

  • London [Helicopter Shoot]

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 6, Trefforest

Deaths

  • Dr Ramsden [murdered by Prisoner Zero]

  • Nurses [persumably killed by Prisoner Zero]

Production Days

  • 24 Days between Thursday 24 September 2009 - Tuesday 12 January 2010

Production Errors

  1. When The Doctor is eating the yoghurt, he gets a smear of it on his chin. When the shot goes back to him, the smear is nowhere to be seen 

  2. When The Doctor slaps himself on the forehead, he gives himself a red mark on his forehead. When the camera cuts to a close-up, the red mark has vanished 

  3. In the final Tardis scene, The Doctor pockets his new sonic screwdriver twice in the same scene 

  4. When Prisoner Zero takes on the form of the Mothers and two Daughters, the longer haired girl is to the right of the mother, and the short haired girl is on the left. However the girls switch places in subsequent scenes

  5. During the scene of the Atraxi showing aliens who have appeared on the planet. The Atraxi shows images of an Ood, the Hath, the Vashta Nerada, these aliens never came to Earth 

76) THE ARK IN SPACE

Working Titles

  • The Doctor's Return

Verdict

With a new era comes new changes and boy does The Eleventh Hour have a lot of changes. Matt Smith’s new Doctor is youthful, full of energy and clearly loves being in the role, he will continue to do so right about to very end. The plot is nothing special where a giant-one eyed alien race attempt to recapture their prisoner who escapes through a crack in the fabric of reality. The episode is filled with post-regenerative activities from putting The Doctor's new state buds to the test which can bring a laugh at first but wares a little thin as it goes on. Order than Olivia Coleman the cast is not that interesting, and their respective characters do not fare much better. Amelia Pond as a companion has very little in ways of skills and traits that would prove useful for The Doctor. The resolution is one of the best it’s just The Doctor using his smarts to outsmart the villain. Arguably there’s nothing terrible about the episode and makes for some really light-hearted stuff. ***​

Number of Production Days: 5