223) CLOSING TIME

24 September 2011

Viewing Figure: 6.93M

Plot

The Doctor discovers that an old Cyberman force is working underneath a department store

Cast

Matt Smith (The Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), Arthur Darvill (Rory), James Corden (Craig Owens), Daisy Haggard (Sophie)

Alex Kingston (River Song), Frances Barber (Madame Kovarian), Seroca Davis (Shona), Holli Dempsey (Kelly), Chris Obi (George)

Lynda Baron (Val), Paul Kasey (Cyberman), Nicholas Briggs (Voice of the Cybermen)

Uncredited Cast

Mat Doman, Kevin Hudson, Adam Sweet, Richard Tunesi (Cybermen), Harrisen Larner Main, Jamie Hill (Silents)

Chester Durrant, Jon Davey (Clerics)

Crew

Gareth Roberts (Writer), Denise Paul (Producer), Steve Hughes (Director), Crispin Layfield (Stunt Coordinator)

Gordon Seed (Stunt Performer), Sarah Davies (1st Assistant Director), James DeHaviland (2nd Assistant Director)

Michael Curtis (3rd Assistant Director), Harry Bunch (Assistant Directors), Ivan Roberts (Location Manager), 

Jason Keatley (Unit Manager), Geraint Williams (Location Assistant), Phillipa Cole, Claire Hildred (Production Managers)

Helen Blyth (Asst Production Coordinator), Scott Hancock, Sian Warrilow (Production Secretaries)

Charlie Coombes, Ross Southard (Production Assistants), Kristina Raschboeck (Asst Production Accountant)

Lindsay Alford (Script Executive), Caroline Holder (Script Supervisor), Joe Russell (Camera Operator)

James Scott, Julius Ogden (Focus Pullers), Clive Baldwin (Grip), Svetlana Miko, Becky Pesco, Kyle Brown (Camera Assistants)

Gary Sheppard (Assistant Grip), Ed Brookes, Laura Coates (Sound Maintenance Engineers), Micky Reefes (Gaffer)

Francis Sparey (Best Boy), Geoff Holloway, Peter Scott, Scott Smallwood (Electricians), Stephen Nicholas (Supervising Art Director)

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)

Catherine Samuel (Props Buyer), James North (Props Chargehand), Julia Challis, Dewi Thomas (Standby Props)

Phil Everett Lyons (Dressing Props), Christina Tom (Graphic Artist), Julia Jones (Draughtsman)

Dan Martin (Design Assistant), Kate Wilson (Petty Cash Buyer), Paul Jones (Standby Carpenter), Zac Henderson (Standby Rigger)

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)

Samantha Keeble (Assistant Costume Designer), Vicky Selway (Costume Supervisor), Jason Gill, 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, Lee Boghal (Assistant Editors), Cat Gregory (VFX Editor)

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

Matthew Cox (ADR Editor), Darran Clements (Dialogue Editor), Paul Jefferies (Sound Effects Editor), Jamie Talbutt (Foley Editor)

Jeremy Lott (Online Editor), MGareth Spensley (Colourist), Cybermen created by Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis

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), Helen McIlveen-Wilson (Sound Recordist)

Barbara Kidd (Costume Designer), Barbara Southcott (Make-Up Designer), Murray Gold (Music)

BBC Wales Graphics,The Mill (Visual Effects), Real SFX (Special Effects), Prosthetics (Millennium FX), Anthony Boys (Editor)

Michael Pickwoad (Production Designer), Balazs Bolygo (Director of Photography), Diana Barton (Line Producer)

Marcus Wilson (Series Producer), Steven Moffat, Piers Wenger, Beth Willis (Executive Producers)  

Uncredited Crew

Rhidian Evans (1st Assistant Director), Barry Phillips, Jenny Morgan (3rd Assistant Director), Nicky James (Location Manager)

Rhys Griffiths (Unit Manager), Nicky Coles (Script Supervisor), Mark Waters, Nick Beeks-Saunders (Camera Operators)

Matt Poynter, Chris Reynolds (Focus Pullers), Gail Jenkinson (Camera Assistant), Mark Hutchings (Gaffer)

Dave Mount Stephens (Stanby Rigger), Nikki Lightfoot, Nicola Rodd, Sally Mason, Louise Martin, Amy Brown, Elle Kent (Costume Assistants)

Gareth Merion Thomas (Sound Recordist), Mark Waters (Director of Photography)

Broadcast

Filming Locations

  • House of Fraser, St Mary Street, Cardiff

  • Church  Road, Penarth

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 2

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 6

  • Hensol Castle, Hensol, Vale of Glamorgan

Deaths

  • Shona [upgraded into a Cyberman and later destroyed]

  • George [upgraded into a Cyberman and later destroyed]

  • Cybermen [destroyed due to a concept of love]

Production Days

  • 16 Days between Thursday 3 March - Thursday 21 April 2011

Production Errors

  • [no known production errors]

Working Titles

  • Three Cybermen and a Baby

Verdict

A low budget episode which just allows The Doctor to say goodbye to his friends, well one of them at least. The Cybermen are pushed into a plot about stealing power to get their crashed spaceship back in action and kidnapping humans to convert into more Cybermen. The plot is nothing special and the writing, which is not bad, shows it. There is a lot of padding at the helm and the resolution is basically your classic love conquer bad. It would be inaccurate to say there is nothing good about the special.  The scenes with Craig and his new-born baby warm up the plot which is fitting considering the number of children who have appeared in the season. As an episode its fine but that’s that. ***​

76) THE ARK IN SPACE

Number of Production Days: 5