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18 May 2013

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The Doctor is summoned to Trenzalore where the mystery of The Doctor's greatest secret will be revealed


Matt Smith (The Doctor), Jenna-Louise Coleman (Clara), Alex Kingston (River Song), Richard E Grant (Dr Simeon)

Neve McIntosh (Vastra), Catrin Stewart (Jenny), Dan Starkey (Strax), Eve De Leon Allen (Angie), Kassius Carey-Johnson (Artie)

Nasi Voutsas (Andro), David Avery (Fabian), Michael Jenn (Clarence), Rab Affleck (Archie), Samuel Irvine (Messenger Boy)

Sophie Downham (Young Clara), Paul Kasey (Whisper Man)

Uncredited Cast

Mat Doman, Jon Davey, Claudio Laurini (Whisper Men), Matthew Cox (Voice of the Whisper Men)

and introducing John Hurt as The Doctor


Steven Moffat (Writer), Marcus Wilson (Series Producer), Denise Paul (Producer), Saul Metzstein (Director)

Crispin Layfield, Jo McLaren (Stunt Coordinators), Dani Biernat, Gordon Seed, Matthew Stirling (Stunt Performers) 

Nick Brown (First Assistant Director), Heddi-Joy Taylor-Welch (Second Assistant Director), Danielle Richards (Third Assistant Director)

Gareth Jones, Louisa Cavell (Assistant Directors), Nicky James (Location Manager), Monty Till (Unit Manager)

Isetyn Hampson-Jones (Location Assistant), Phillipa Cole (Production Manager), Claire Hildred (Production Coordinator)

Gabriella Ricci (Asst Production Coordinator), Sandra Cosfield (Production Secretary), Rachel Vipond (Production Assistant)

Rhys Evans (Assistant Accountant), John Phillips (Script Editor), Rory Herbert (Script Supervisor)

Joe Russell (Camera Operator), James Scott, Chris Reynolds (Focus Pullers), Gary Norman (Grip)

Meg de Koning, Sam Smithard, Cai Thompson (Camera Assistants), Owen Charnley (Assistant Grip)

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

Bob Wilton, Nick Powell, Gafin Riley, Gareth Sheldon (Electricians), Paul Spriggs (Supervising Art Director)

Amy Pickwoad, Daniel Martin (Art Decorators), Adrian Anscombe (Set Decorator)

Adrian Greenwood, Holly Thurman (Production Buyers), Richard Hardy (Assistant Art Director)

Donna Shakesheff (Art Department Coordinator), Paul Smith (Props Master), Ian Griffin (Prop Chargehand), Jayne Davies (Set Dresser)

Austin J Curtis, Jamie Farrell, Jamie Southcott (Prophands), Helen Atherton, Rob Brandon (Standby Props)

Jayne Davies, Mike Elkins, Paul Barnett (Dressing Props), Chris Lees (Graphic Designer), Christina Tom (Graphic Artist)

Andrew Wildman (Concept Artist), Florence Tucker (Petty Cash Buyer), Will Pope (Standby Carpenter)

Bryan Griffiths (Standby Rigger), Christian Davies (Practical Electrician), Penny Howarth, Alan Hardy (Props Makers)

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

John Pinkerton (Scenic Artist), Fraser Purfit (Assistant Costume Designer), Carly Griffith (Costume Supervisor)

Katarina Cappallazzi, Gemma Evans (Costume Assistants), Vivienne Simpson, Sara Angharad, Allison Sing (Make-Up Artists)

Alice Purser (Casting Associate), Samantha Price (Post Production Coordinator), Becky Torman, Katrina Aust (Assistant Editors)

Joel Skinner (VFX Editor), Tim Ricketts (Dubbing Mixer), Matthew Cox (ADR Editor), Darran Clements (Dialogue Editor)

Paul Jefferies (Sound Effects Editor), Jamie Talbutt (Foley Editor), Peter Anderson Studio (Graphics)

BBC Wales Visual Effects (Additional Visual Effects), Jon Everett (Online Editor), Gareth Spensley (Colourist)

Silurians created by Malcolm HulkeSontarans created by Robert Holmeswith thanks to The BBC National Orchestra of Wales

conducted and orchestrated by Ben Fostermixed by Jake Jacksonrecorded by Gerry O'Riordan

Ron 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)

Stargate Studios (Visual Effects), Real SFX (Special Effects), Millennium FX (Prosthetics), Matt Canning (Editor)

Michael Pickwoad (Production Designer), Neville Kidd (Director of Photography), Des Hughes (Line Producer)

Steven Moffat, Caroline Skinner (Executive Producers)  

Uncredited Crew

David Mack (First Assistant Director), Delmi Thomas, Harry Bunch, Marie Devatour (Third Assistant Director), Charlotte Lailey de Ville

Rebecca Konig, Gareth Webb (Assistant Directors), Nick Clark (Unit Manager), Gabriella Ricci (Production Coordinator)

Steve Walker (Script Supervisor), Martin Stephens (Camera Operator), Mary Kyte, Trevor Speed, Sally Low, Leo Holba, Jamie Phillips

Matt Poynter (Focus Pullers), Damien Robers, Clive Baldwin, Dave Summerfield (Grip), James Brown, Matt Lepper, Tomoi Summers

Laurence Watson, Chris Johnson (Camera Assistants), Sam Reeves, Ryan Jarman, Jac Hopkins (Assistant Grip)

Chris Hughes, Laura Coates (Sound Maintenance Engineers), Scott Napier (Gaffer), Ian Jewels, Colin Price (Best Boy)

Claire Lynch (Costume Supervisor), Helen Tucker, Steve Williams (Make-Up Artists), Christian Joyce (Sound Recordist)

Lin Davie (Make-Up Designer), Tim Palmer BSC, Richard Stoddard (Director of Photography), Faith Penhale (Executive Producer)


Filming Locations

  • Coal Exchange, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff

  • BBC Roath Lock Studios: Studio 1

  • BBC Roath Lock Studios: Studio 4

  • Beatty Avenue, Roath, Cardiff

  • Uskmouth Power Station, West Nash Road, Newport

  • Merthyr Mawr House, Merthyr Mawr, Bridgend

  • Cardiff Castle, Castle Street, Cardiff

  • BBC Roath Lock Studios: Studio 2

  • BBC Roath Lock Studios: Studio 3


  • The Great Intelligence [destroyed upon entering The Doctor's time stream]​

Production Days

  • 15 Days between Friday 16 November 2012 - Friday 3 April 2013

Production Errors

  1. When Clara sees the Fifth Doctor in the Matrix, the ring on her left-land switches to her right 

  2. When Clara follows the Fourth Doctor on Gallifrey she does not have a reflection on the floor 

  3. Vastra's letter to Clara has a request date for delivery for the year 'Twenty thousand & Thirteen' (20013)

Working Titles

  • The Finale


The episode itself only serves as a set-up for the anniversary special and that’s that. The opening does very little explain how the prisoner knows about The Doctor and Trenzalore, the Whisper Men, and why Vastra should believe him. This is how the episode begins and is crudely woven together which results in a boring, unengaging tale. The episode attempts to delve into The Doctor darker side but the effort feels very like a very first draft. The Great Intelligent justifies The Doctor’s violent side just by referencing the Sycorax Leader. Time and time again The Doctor has had to resort to violent measures many times to save the day – 158, 160, 162, 166, 170, 174, 179, 183, 185, 192. The script nonetheless is great but never lives up to an instant classic where Strax once again loses his wit and charm and becomes nothing more than your run-of-the-mill laugh track character. A mouth dropping ending but not much can be said about this one. **​


Number of Production Days: 5

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