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1 September 2012

Viewing Figure: 8.33M


Abducted and taken to the Parliament of the Daleks, The Daleks ask, The Doctor to save them


Matt Smith (The Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), Arthur Darvill (Rory), Jenna Louise-Coleman (Oswin), Anamaria Marinca (Darla)

Naomi Ryan (Cassandra), David Gyasi (Harvey), Nicholas Briggs (Voice of the Daleks), Barnaby Edwards (Dalek 1)

Nicholas Pegg (Dalek 2), Zac Fox (Photoshoot PA)

Uncredited Cast

David Stock (Photographer), Lanie Rose (Stylist), Peter Rawdanowicz (Bus Driver), Adrian Brown, Robin Brown (Dalek Humans), Harry Burt

Matthew Doman, Chester Durrant, Jeremy Harvey, Richard Husban, Claudio Laurini, Richard Knott, Mickey Lewis, Gwion Ap Rhisiart

Alistair Anderson, Richard Roberts, Jon Davey, Mark Barton Hill, Dominic Kynaston, Darren Swain, Tony Evans (Daleks)

Mickey Lewis, Richard Roberts, Tristan Lloyd, John Ninnis, Alistair Anderson (Skeletons)


Steven Moffat (Writer), Marcus Wilson (Producer), Nick Hurran (Director), Crispin Layfield, Gordon Seed (Stunt Coordinators)

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

Danielle Richards (Assistant Director), Nicky James (Location Manager), Geraint Williams (Unit Manager)

Phillipa Cole (Production Manager), Claire Hildred (Production Coordinator), Gabriella Ricci (Asst Production Coordinator)

Sandra Cosfield (Production Assistant), Rachel Vipond, Samantha Price (Production Assistants)

Rhys Evans, Justin Woolff (Asst Production Accountants), John Phillips (Assistant Script Editor), Steve Walker (Script Supervisor) 

Joe Russell (Camera Operator), James Scott, Julius Ogden (Focus Pullers), Gary Norman (Grip)

Meg de Koning, Sam Smithard, Evalina Norgren (Camera Assistants), Owen Charnley (Assistant Grip) 

Ross Adams, Chris Goding (Sound Maintenance Engineers), Mark Hutchings (Gaffer), Stephen Slocombe (Best Boy)

Bob Wilton, Gareth Sheldon, Matt Wilson (Electricians), Paul Spriggs (Supervising Art Director)

Adrian Anscombe (Set Decorator), Charlie Lynam, Adrian Greenwood (Production Buyers), Lucienne Green (Art Director)

Richard Hardy (Assistant Art Director), Donna Shakesheff (Art Department Coordinator), Paul Smith (Props Master)

Bernies Davies (Props Chargehand), Jayne Davies (Set Dresser), Austin J Curtis (Prophand) 

Phill Shellard, Helen Atherton (Standby Props), Mike Elkins, Ian Griffin (Dressing Props), Christina Tom (Graphic Artist)

Chris Lees (Graphic Designer), Helen O'Leary (Petty Cash Buyer), Will Pope (Standby Carpenter)

Bryan Griffiths (Standby Rigger), Penny Howarth, Alan Hardy, Jamie Thomas, Tom Belton (Props Makers)

Gareth Fox (Prop Driver), Terry Horle (Construction Manager), Dean Tucker (Construction Chargehand)

Fraser Purfit (Assistant Costume Designer), Carly Griffith (Costume Supervisor)

Katarina Cappallazzi, Gemma Evans (Costume Assistants), Sara Angharard, Vivienne Simpson, Julie Simpson (Make-Up Artists)

Alice Purser (Casting Associate), Becky Torman (Assistant Editor), Joel Skinner (VFX Editor)

Tim Ricketts (Dubbing Mixer), Matthew Cox (ADR Editor), Darran Clements (Dialogue Editor), Jamie Talbutt (Foley Editor)

Peter Anderson Studio (Graphics), Mark Bright (Online Conform), Jeremy Lott (Online Editor),  Mick Vincent (Colourist)

Daleks created by Terry Nationwith thanks to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted and orchestrated by Ben Foster

recorded and mixed by Jake JacksonRon Grainer (Original Theme Music), Andy Pryor CDG (Casting Director)

Julie Scott (Production Executive), Nerys Davies (Post Production Supervisor), Jeff Dunn (Production Accountant), 

Deian Llyr Humphreys (Sound Recordist), Howard Burden (Costume Designer), Barbara Southcott (Make-Up Designer)

Murray Gold (Music), The Mill (Visual Effects), Real SFX (Special Effects), Prosthetics (Millennium FX), Jim Pearson (Editor)

Michael Pickwoad (Production Designer), Neville Kidd (Director of Photography), Denise Paul (Script Producer)

Diana Barton (Line Producer), Steven Moffat, Caroline Skinner (Executive Producers)  

Uncredited Crew

Nick Brown, Marcus Wilson (First Assistant Director), Delmi Thomas, Harry Bunch, Helena Oliva

Iestyn Hampson-Jones (Third Assistant Director), Delmi Thomas, Harry Bunch, Rachel Stacey, Kate Trevethan (Assistant Directors)

Pere Aguilo (Location Manager), Clarissa Dickhaut (Unit Manager), Pere Aguilo (Production Manager), Leo Holba (Focus Pullers)

Martin Peters (Grip), Katie Kardasz (Camera Assistants), Sam Reeves (Assistant Grip), Alan Tippetts, Jack Gibbons (Electricians)

Lucienne Suren (Supervising Art Director), Gareth Meirion Thomas (Sound Recordist)


Filming Locations

  • Sierra Nevada National Park, Almeria, Spain

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 2

  • BBC Roath Lock Studios: Studio 2

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 3

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 6

  • Bute Esplanade, Cardiff Bay

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 1

  • Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff Bay

  • Bristol University/Royal Fort House, Tyndall Avenue, Bristo

  • BBC Roath Lock Studios: Studio 3

  • BBC Roath Lock Studios: Studio 4


  • Daleks [killed in an explosion when the Dalek Asylum is destroyed]

  • Oswin [killed when the Dalek Asylum is destroyed]

Production Days

  • 21 Days between Thursday 15 March - Tuesday 1 May 2012

Production Errors

  1. The Doctor has a plaster on his finger which continually disappears and reappears 

  2. During the ending scene, the overhead camera can be seen reflected on the glass floor 

  3. There are numerous problems between the wide shots and close-up shots in the Dalek Parliament 

  4. Oswin's hair continually moves over her forehead and behind her ear during one dialogue

  5. At 10:52, all of the Dalek's eye-stalks follow The Doctor, apart from one who looks up at the ceiling 

  6. When Rory escapes the awakening Daleks, the direction the Special Weapons Daleks faces changes twice

  7. When the Tardis dematerialises from the Dalek Parliament, the right door is still open 

Working Titles

  • [no known working titles]


The story is not so much a Dalek story but rather The Doctor being thrown into a situation where he is surrounded by hundreds of Daleks. The rest of the plot is riddled with a story where Amy and Rory no longer love each other and are getting divorced. The sets of the Dalek Asylum have money and effort put into them as does the Dalek Parliament but the latter does not really lend itself to the plot rather than to get The Doctor into the asylum. New and Old Daleks are used in a variety of ways which will either honour them gracefully or not at all. There is not a lot of characters to talk about apart from Oswin and Harvey due to the rest of the characters being turned into Dalek puppets. A lack of imagination is apparent right throughout apart from the Daleks eyestalk pushing through people’s foreheads which is better suited for a horror movie. The script can be witty at times and Moffat uses some clever dialogue to form some cleverly written lines. The whole thing looks nice and is nice to look compared to a few Daleks serials in the past while. ****​


Number of Production Days: 5

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