216) THE DOCTOR'S WIFE

14 May 2011

Viewing Figure: 7.97M

Plot

The Doctor is drawn to a pocket Universe and upon landing the Tardis' soul disappears into a woman called, Idris

Cast

Matt Smith (The Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), Arthur Darvill (Rory), Suranne Jones (Idris), Michael Sheen (Voice of House)

Paul Kasey (Nephew), Adrian Schiller (Uncle), Elizabeth Berrington (Auntie)

Crew

Neil Gaiman (Writer), Sanne Wohlenberg (Producer), Richard Clark (Director), Mick Pantaleo (1st Assistant Director)

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

Janine H Jones, Michael Curtis (Assistant Directors), Nicky James (Location Manager), Rhys Griffiths (Unit Manager)

Geriant Williams (Location Assistant), Steffan Morris (Production Manager), Claire Hildred (Production Coordinator)

Helen Blyth (Asst Production Coordinator), Scott Handock (Production Secretary), Charlie Coombes (Production Assistant)

Rhys Evans (Asst Production Accountant), Lindsay Alford (Script Executive), Caroline Holder (Script Supervisor)

Bob Shipley (Camea Operator), Steve Rees, John Vidgen (Focus Pullers), John Robinson (Grip)

Simon Ridge, Svetlana Miko, Matthew Lepper (Camera Assistants), Owen Charnley (Assistnt Grip) 

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

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

Stephen Nicholas, Karl Probert (Supervising Art Directors), Julian Luxton (Set Decorator), Ben Morris (Production Buyer)

Ciaran Thompson  (Standby Art Director), Jackson Pope (Assistant Art Director), Richard Shaun Williams (Concept Artist)

Paul Aitken (Props Master), Adrian Anscombe (Props Buyer), Rhys Jones (Props Chargehand)

Phill Shellard, Katherine Archer (Standby Props), Martin Broadbent, Kristin Wilsher (Dressing Props), Christina Tom (Graphic Artist)

Julia Jones (Draughtsman), Kate Wilson (Petty Cash Buyer), Will Pope (Standby Carpenter), Bryan Griffiths (Standby Rigger)

Helen Atherton (Standby Painter), Jayne Davies (Store Person), Penny Howarth, Nicholas Robatto (Props Makers)

Medard Mankos (Props Driver), Albert James (Practical Electrician), Matthew Hywel-Davies (Construction Manager)

Scott Fisher (Construction Chargehand), BBC Wales Graphics (Graphics), Caroline McCall (Assistant Costume Designer)

Bobbie Peach (Costume Supervisor), Jason Gill, Yasemin Kascioglu, Emma Jone (Costume Assistants)

Pam Mullins (Make-Up Supervisor), Vivienne Simpson, Allison Sing (Make-Up Artists), Hybrid Enterprises ('Old Rory' Prosthetic)

Beewan Athwal (VFX Producer), Alice Purser (Casting Associate), Becky Torman (Assistant Editor), Cat Gregory (VFX Editor) 

Nerys Davies (Post Production Supervisor), Marie Brown (Post Production Co-ordinator), Tim Ricketts (Dubbing Mixer)

Paul McFadden (Dialogue Editor), Paul Jefferies (Sound Effects Editor), Jamie Talbutt (Foley Editor), Jeremy Lott (Online Editor)

Mick Vincent (Colourist), Mark Bright (On-line Conform), Ood created by Russell T Davies

with thanks to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted and orchesterated by Ben Fostermixed by Jake Jackson

recorded by Gerry O'Riordan, Ron Grainer (Original Theme Music), Andy Pryor CDG (Casting Director)

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

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

Real SFX (Special Effects), Prosthetics (Millennium FX), Peter H Oliver (Editor), Michael Pickwoad (Production Designer)

Owen McPolin (Director of Photography), Diana Barton (Line Producer), Steven Moffat, Piers Wenger, Beth Willis (Executive Producers)  

Uncredited Crew

Nicky Coles, Sue Mahoney (Script Supervisors) 

Broadcast

Filming Locations

  • Dragon Studios, Pencoed, near Bridgend

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 6

  • Cemex, Taff's Well Quarry, Ty Nant Road, Taff's Well

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 1

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 2

Deaths

  • Idris [dies when she reaches the end of her life]

  • House [is evicted from The Tardis]

  • Nephew [basically obliterated]

  • Uncle [dies when House leaves the asteroid]

  • Auntie [dies when House leaves the asteroid]

Production Days

  • 14 Days between Wednesday 22 September - Tuesday 12 October 2010

Production Errors

  1. When Amy hold the 'mail cube' at the beginning of the episode, her nail polish is red during close-ups but in other shot her nail polish is purple 

  2. When Amy finds the aged Rory, it is obvious that his arms and hands belong to someone relatively young. No make-up was applied to them, thus ruining the illusion 

Working Titles

  • Bigger on the Inside

  • The House of Nothing (outline)

  • The Tardis Trap (outline) 

Verdict

An overall good space adventure which finally takes us to an alien planet. A proper alien planet. Neil Gaiman shows promise as a 'Doctor Who' writer with a plot about The Doctor believing he has found other Time Lords after so long, which turns out he’s landed in a major trap set up by an alien who eats Tardises. The small cast of character are great which Michael Sheen, Adrian Schiller and Elizabeth Berrington giving memorable performances. The Ood (Nephew) now with green eyes brings another side to the beloved race but again Nephew is just another puppet controlled by a powerful identity but does manage to get some spooky chase scenes in an even scarier Tardis. The production design is on top form with basic but ingeniously designed junk-yard scenes. Auntie and Uncle are original, a composite couple of people who are made out of people long time dead. Intelligent, spooky, and often heart-breaking makes for the second decent tale in what is going to prove to be a disappointing season. ****​

76) THE ARK IN SPACE

Number of Production Days: 5