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17 September 2011

Viewing Figure: 6.77M


In a seemingly ordinary 1980s Earth hotel a strange monster stalks the corridors and bad dreams inhabit the rooms


Matt Smith (The Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), Arthur Darvill (Rory), Sarah Quintrell (Lucy Hayward), Amara Karan (Rita)

Dimitri Leonidas (Howie Spragg), Daniel Pirrie (Joe Buchanan), David Willams (Gibbis), Dafydd Emyr (PE Teacher)

Spencer Wilding (The Creature), Rashid Karapiet (Rita's Father), Caitlin Blackwood (Amelia Pond), Roger Ennals (Gorilla)

Uncredited Cast

Gary Dobbs (Photographer), Louise Bowen (Weeping Angel), Damon Jeffrey (Clown)

Joanna Blewitt, Kally Davies, Louise Garrett Evans, Louise Harris, Hollie Miles, Vicky Russell (Girls)


Toby Whithouse (Writer), Marcus Wilson (Producer), Nick Hurran (Director), Crispin Layfield (Stunt Coordinator)

Gordon Seed (Stunt Performer), William Hartley (1st Assistant Director), James DeHaviland (2nd Assistant Director)

Heddi-Joy Taylor-Welch (3rd Assistant Director), Michael Curtis, Janine H Jones (Assistant Directors), Nicky James (Location Manager)

Rhys Griffiths (Unit Manager), Geraint Williams (Location Assistant), Phillipa Cole (Production Manager)

Claire Hildred (Production Coordinator), Helen Blyth (Asst Production Coordinator), Scott Hancock (Production Secretary)

Charlie Coombes (Production Assistant), Ceredig Parry (Asst Production Accountant), Lindsay Alford (Script Executive)

Elaine Matthews (Script Supervisor), Joe Russell (Camera Operator), Steve Rees, Jonathan Vidgen (Focus Pullers), Gary Norman (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), Stephen Nicholas (Supervising Art Director)

Julian Luxton (Set Decorator), Ben Morris (Production Buyer), Amy Pickwoad (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, Helen Atherton (Standby Props)

Tom Belton, Kristin Wilsher (Dressing Props), Christina Tom (Graphic Artist), Julia Jones (Draughtsman), Dan Martin (Design Assistant)

Kate Wilson (Petty Cash Buyer), Will Pope (Standby Carpenter), Bryan Griffiths (Standby Rigger), Jayne Davies (Store Person)

Penny Howarth, Nicholas Robatto, Alan Hardy (Props Makers), Medard Mankos (Props Driver), Albert James (Practical Electrician)

Matthew Hywel-Davies (Construction Manager), Scott Fisher (Construction Chargehand)

Samantha Keeble (Assistant Costume Designer), Vicky Salway (Costume Supervisor)

Jason Gill, Yasemin Kascioglu, Frances Morris (Costume Assistants), Pam Mullins (Make-Up Supervisor) 

Vivienne Simpson, Allison Sing (Make-Up Artists), Beewan Athwal (VFX Producer), Alice Purser (Casting Associate)

Becky Torman (Assistant Editor), Cat Gregory (VFX Editor), Nerys Davies, Ceres Doyle (Post Production Supervisors) 

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), Gareth Spensley (Colourist)

with thanks to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted and orchestrated 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), BBC Wales Graphics (Visual Effects)

Real SFX (Special Effects), Prosthetics (Millennium FX), Tim Porter (Editor), Michael Pickwoad (Production Designer)

Owen McPalin (Director of Photography), Denise Paul (Associate Producer), Diana Barton (Line Producer)

Steven Moffat, Piers Wenger, Beth Willis (Executive Producers)  

Uncredited Crew

Gordon Seed (Stunt Co-ordinator), Heddi-Joy Taylor-Welch 92nd Assistant Director), Janine H Jones (3rd Assistant Director)

Harry Bunch, Danielle Richards, Ross Southard (Assistant Directors), Clive Baldwin (Grip), Katie Kardasz, Gail Jenkinson

Elliot Hale (Camera Assistants), Lou Franklin (Sound Maintenance Engineer), Julie Fox (Make-Up Artists)


Filming Locations

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 6

  • Seabank Hotel, Esplanade, Porthcawl

  • Manor Parc Hotel, Thornhill, Cardiff

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 2

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 5

  • Bute Esplanade, Cardiff Bay

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 1


  • Lucy Hayward [killed by The Minotaur]

  • Rita [killed by The Minotaur]

  • Howie Spragg [killed by The Minotaur]

  • Joe Buchanan [killed by The Minotaur]

  • The Creature [dies due to a lack of food source]

Production Days

  • 16 Days between Wednesday 16 February - Friday 18 March 2011

Production Errors

  1. When the Minotaur bursts into Amelia's room, Rory disappears from the scene despite the fact that he was the one attempting to keep the Minotaur out

  2. Lucy Hayward open the door to room 214. The room then becomes 215, and changes back to 214. 

Working Titles

  • [no known working titles]


A fully functional episode which creates a little masterpiece told in just forty-five minutes filled with sight gags, memorable characters, a great villain and an interesting look at psychological issues and the dark side of people’s mind. The Minotaur is a marvellous monster a mixture of the Minotaur from 64 and the Nimons from 108 which combine to creating a totally interesting villain. The cast are one the all-around greats where everyone is putting on their best performances. The direction is one of the best in the revived series, opting for a wide range of shots and blurred images to create the effect the hotel has on people. A brilliantly written episode from Whitehouse and without a doubt his best contribution for the show. *****


Number of Production Days: 5

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