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12 June 2010

Viewing Figure: 6.44M


The Doctor investigates a staircase in which people walk up but are never seen coming back down 


Matt Smith (The Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), James Corden (Craig Owens) Daisy Haggard (Sophie), Owen Donovan (Steven)

Barbatunde Aleshe (Sean), Jem Wall (Michael), Karen Seacombe (Sandra), Kamara Bacchus (Clubber)

Uncredited Cast

Michael Burrell (Voice of Avatar Man), Darrell Heath (Avatar Man), Ben Peyton (Voice of Avatar Young Man), Andy Jones (Avatar Young Man)

Lydia Fewell (Voice of Avatar Little Girl), Ellie Cursio (Avatar Little Girl)


Gareth Roberts (Writer), Tracie Simpson (Producer), Catherine Morshead (Director), Kiaran Murray-Smith (1st Assistant Director)

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

Nicola Eynon Price, Laura Jenkins (Runners), Gareth Skelding (Location Manager), 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) 

Richard Stoddard (Camera Operator), Ian Adrian (B Camera Operator), Steve Rees, Matthew Poynter (Focus Pullers)

John Robinson (Grip), Tom Hartley, Jon Vidgen (Camera Assistants), Darren Chesney (Camera Trainee)

Dafydd Parry (Boom Operator), Jeff Welch (Sound Maintenance Engineer), Mark Hutchings (Gaffer), Pete Chester (Best Boy)

Ben Griffiths, Steve Slocombe, Bob Milton, Alan Tippets (Electricians), Crispin Layfield (Stunt Co-ordinator)

Stephen Nicholas (Supervising Art Director), Jackson Pope (Assistant Art Director), Amy Oakes (Art Dept Co-ordinator)

Ben Morris (Production Buyer), Keith Dunne (Set Decorator), Catherine Samuel (Props Buyer)

Ellen Woods (Standby Art Director), Al Roberts (Set Designer), James Iles (Storyboard Artist) 

Richard Shaun Williams, Peter McKinstry (Concept Artists), Phill Shellard, Tom Evans (Standby Props)

Will Pope (Standby Carpenter), Keith Freeman (Standby Rigger), Clive Clarke (Standby Painter), Paul Aitken (Props Master) 

Matt Wild (Props Chargehand), Martin Broadbent, Philip Everett-Lyons (Dressing Props), Tom Belton (Art Department Driver)

Barry Jones (Props Fabrication Manager), Penny Howarth, Nicholas Robatto (Props Makers)

Albert James (Practical Electrician), Matthew Hywel-Davies (Construction Manager), Scott Fisher (Construction Chargehand)

Mark Hill (Construction Workshop Manager), John Pinkerton, John Whalley (Scenic Artists), BBC Wales Graphics (Graphics)

Framestore (Title Sequence), Bobby Peach (Costume Supervisor), Sara Morgan, Maria Franchi (Costume Assistants)

Nikki Lightfoot (Costume Trainee), Pam Mullins (Make-Up Supervisor), Abi Brotherton, Morag Smith (Make-Up Artists) 

Sean Evans, Wayne Humphreys, Darren Crowlegroves (Unit Drivers), Becky Torman (Assistant Editor), Cat Gregory (VFX Editor)

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

Paul McFadden (Sound Supervisor), Darren Clement (Dialogue Editor), Paul Jefferies (Sound Effects Editor)

Jon Everett (Colourist), Geraint Parri Huws, Jeremy Lott (On-line Conform), with thanks to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

conducted and orchestrated by Ben Foster, mixed by Jack Jacksonrecorded by Gerry O'Riordan

Ron 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), Murray Gold (Music), BBC Wales Graphics Design (Visual Effects), Real SFX (Special Effects), 

James Pearson (Editor), Tristran Peatfield (Production Designer), Simon Archer (Director of Photography)

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

Uncredited Crew

Jonathan Hunter (1st Assistant Director), Arwel Wyn Evans, Alison Jones (3rd Assistant Director), Eleri Wyn Jones (Continuity)

Chris Reynolds (Focus Puller), Clive Baldwin (Grip), Adam Margettes (Boom Operator), Cathy Davies, Alison Singh (Make-Up Artists)


Filming Locations

  • Westville Road, Penylan, Cardiff

  • Victoria Park, Canton, Cardiff

  • Laneley Hall, Pontyclun, Llantrisant

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 1

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 2

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 5

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 6


  • Steven [killed by the time machine]

  • Sandra [killed by the time machine]

  • Clubber [killed by the time machine]

Production Days

  • 15 Days between Wednesday 3 - Saturday 20 March 2010

Production Errors

  1. A cameraman's reflection can be seen in the painting hanging in the hallway at one point in the episode 

Working Titles

  • Something at the Top of the Stairs


A great low budget episode based on a great comic strip. Matt Smith finally gets time to try out different directions he can take his incarnation of The Doctor. Fun, exciting, engaging, and downright brilliant in places with makes the whole production one of the all the time best of the Matt Smith era. The Doctor and Craig work well off of each other and would have worked well as Doctor and companion. At least Craig has a personality unlike Scottish Girl and Nurse Boy. The plot deals with various ideas – a time machine, perception filter, time distortion, a staircase which nobody walks down and The Doctor playing football remarkably well, all brilliantly woven together to form first rate entertainment. *****


Number of Production Days: 5

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