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3 September 2011

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The Doctor receives a message "Please save me from the Monsters" from ayoung boy who is afraid of everything


Matt Smith (The Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), Arthur Darvill (Rory), Daniel Mays (Alex), Jamie Oram (George)

Emma Cunniffe (Claire), Andy Tiernan (Purcell), Leila Hoffman (Mrs Rossiter), Sophie Cosson (Julie)

Uncredited Cast

Louise Bowen (Female Doll), Natalie Cuzner (Mrs Rossiter Doll), Russell Cuzner (Purcell Doll), Barbara Fadden (Soldier Doll)

Ruth Webb (Amy Doll)


Mark Gatiss (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 Henry (Script Editor)

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

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

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

Ben Griffiths, Bob Milton, Stephen Slocombe, Alan Tippets (Electricians), Crispin Layfield (Stunt Coordinator)

Gordon Seed, Bean Peel, Danielle de Costa (Stunt Performers), 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 Jones (Costume Assistants)

Pam Mullins (Make-Up Supervisor), Vivienne Simpson, Allison Sing (Make-Up Artists), Robert Allsopp (Dolls)

Alisa Brk (Choreographer), 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 (Online Conform)

with thanks to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted and orchesterated by Ben Foster

mixed 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), 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

Jeremy Webb (Director), Nick Brown (1st Assistant Director), Hannah Haffenden, Sarah Bentley, Iestyn Hampson Jones (3rd Assistant Director)

Iwan Roberts (Location Manager), Phillipa Cole (Production Manager), James Leigh (Camera Operator), Dai Hopkins (Grip)

Tom Hartley (Camera Assistant), Sion Hopkins (Assistant Grip), Ian Remond (Standby Rigger), Vicky Salway (Costume Supervisor)

Emma Bevan, Caroline Thorpe, Kitty Kallister (Costume Assistants), Cathy Davies, Ros Wilkins, Meinir Jones-Lewis (Make-Up Artists)

Tim Palmer (Director of Photography)


Filming Locations

  • St Winefride's Hospital, Romilly Road/Conway Road, Canton, Cardiff

  • Dyrham Park, Dyrham, near Bath, Gloucestershire

  • Waring House, Redcliffe Hill, Birstol

  • Dragon Studios, Pencoed, near Bridgend

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 1

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 2

  • Upper Boat Studios


  • [death fails to follow The Doctor this time]

Production Days

  • 15 Days between Monday 6 September 2010 - Saturday 16 April 2011

Production Errors

  1. As The Doctor and Alex are pulled into the cupboard, everything in George's room can be seen toppling over. However when the cupboard slams shut, everything has returned to its original position 

Working Titles

  • What Are Little Boys Made Of?


An episode which tries to get back to the show's routes of contemporary Earth settings where a monster threat lurks in the most unlikely of places. The episode feels like a mixture of 'Eastenders' and that’s it. They even make a joke about it. The Dolls are fine monsters each uniquely different, but the childish voices and annoying laughs do not match at all. The plot is simply about The Doctor helping a little boy overcome his fear of the dark. Before he finds him we need to a sit through a unfunny montage of The Doctor, Amy and Rory interacting with small unneeded characters. While all of that is fine it just doesn’t lend itself to good 'Doctor Who' storytelling. Whilst there is nothing terrible about the plot the repetition becomes tedious and often very awkward. **​


Number of Production Days: 5

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