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13 September 2014

Viewing Figure: 7.01M


The Doctor and Clara travel to the past and present to find out if we are ever really alone


Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink/Colonel Orson Pink), Remi Gooding (Rupert Pink)

Robert Goodman (Reg), Kiran Shah (Figure)

Uncredited Cast

Max Phelps (Wartime Boy), Ellie Jones (Roman Girl), Jennifer Denning (Old Lady), Amy Stuckey (Arm under Bed)

Chester Durrant (Man in Spacesuit), Mat Doman (Man [Barn]), Rupert Farley (Man [Barn Voice]), Rhianwen Bailey (Woman [Barn])

Alison Dowling (Woman [Barn Voice]), Michael Jones (Boy in Barn)


Steven Moffatt (Writer), Peter Bennett (Producer), Douglas McKinnon (Director), Crispin Layfield (Stunt Coordinator)

Robert Pavey (Stunt Performer), Scott Bates (1st Assistant Director), James DeHaviland (2nd Assistant Director)

Danielle Richards (3rd Assistant Director), Gareth Jones, Chris Thomas (Assistant Directors), Paul Davies (Location Manager)

Iestyn Hampson-Jones (Unit Manager), Simon Morris (Production Manager), Adam Knopf (Production Coordinator)

Sandra Cosfield (Assistant Production Coordinator), Matthew Jones, Katie Player (Production Assistants)

Bethan Griffiths (Assistant Accountant), Simon Wheeler, Maria Hurley (Art Department Accountants), Steve Walker (Script Supervisor)

Martin Stephens (Camera Operator), Jonathan Vidgen, Matthew Waving (Focus Pullers), John Johnson (Grip)

Cai Thompson, Katy Kardasz, Gethin Williams (Camera Assistants), Sean Cronin (Assistant Grip)

Tam Shoring, Christopher Goding (Sound Maintenance Engineers), Mark Hutchings (Gaffer), Stephen Slocombe (Best Boy)

Gafin Riley, Andy Gardiner, Bob Milton, Gareth Sheldon (Electricians), Paul Spriggs (Supervising Art Director)

Vicki Stevenson (Art Director), Jim McCallum (Standby Art Director), Adrian Anscombe (Set Decorator)

Holly Thurman (Production Buyer), Donna Shakesheff, Helen O'Leary (Prop Buyers), Kartik Nagar, Julia Jones (Draughtspersons)

Paul Smith (Props Master), Kyle Belmont (Props Chargehand), Liam Collins, Matt Ireland (Standby Props)

Jayne Davies, Mike Elkins, Jamie Farrell (Set Dressers), Jamie Southcott (Set Storeman)

Ryan Milton (Assistant Storeman), Chris Lees (Concept Artist), Christina Tom (Graphic Artist), Paul Jones (Standby Carpenter)

Bryan Griffiths (Standby Rigger), Christian Davies (Practical Electrician), Alan Hardy, Jamie Thomas (Props Makers)

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

John Sinnott, Chris Daniels, Lawrie Ferry, Matt Ferry, Julian Tucker, Mark Painter, Joe Painter (Carpenters)

Clive Clarke (Head Scenic Painter), Steve Nelms, Matt Weston (Scenic Painters), Jonathan Tylke (Construction Driver)

Claire Lynch (Costume Supervisor), Katarina Cappallazzi, Gemma Evans, Charlotte Bestwick (Costume Assistants)

Amy Riley (Make-Up Supervisor), Ann Marie Williams, Emma Cowen (Make-Up Artists), Glyn Evans (Unit Medic)

Alice Purser (Casting Associate), Katrina Aust, Carmen Sanchez-Roberts (Assistant Editors), Joel Skinner (VFX Editor)

Samantha Price (Post Production Co-ordinator), Tim Ricketts (Dubbing Mixer), Matthew Cox (ADR Editor)

Darran Clements (Dialogue Editor), Harry Barnes (Effects Editor), Jamie Talbutt (Foley Editor)

BBC Wales Graphics (Graphics), Billy Hanshaw (Title Concept), Mark Hardyman (Online Editor), Gareth Spensley (Colourist)

conducted and orchestrated by Ben Fostermixed by Jake Jackson, recorded by Gerry O'Riordan

Ron Grainer (Original Theme Music), with thanks to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Andy Pryor CDG (Casting Director)

Julie Scott (Production Executive), David P Davis (Script Editor), Nerys Davies (Post Production Supervisor)

Jeff Dunn (Production Accountant), Deian Llyr Humphreys (Sound Recordist), Howard Burden (Costume Designer)

Claire Pritchard-Jones (Make-Up Designer), Murray Gold (Music), Milk, BBC Wales VFX (Visual Effects)

Real SFX (Special Effects), Selina Macarthur (Editor), Michael Pickwoad (Production Designer)

Suzie Lavelle (Director of Photography), Tracie Simpson (Line Producer), Steven Moffat, Brian Minchin (Executive Producers)

Uncredited Crew

Harry Bunch, Delmi Thomas (2nd Assistant Director), Gareth Jones, Delmi Thomas (3rd Assistant Director), Anna Evans, Harry Bunch

Medyr Llewellyn (Assistant Directors), Mark Waters (Camera Operator), Chris Williams, Trevor Speed, Neil Brown (Focus Pullers)

Gary Shepherd, Jodi Clark, James Holloway (Grip), John Davis, Hannah McKimm, Kristian Roosmalen, Max Friswell

Elliot Hale (Camera Assistants), Abdul Amoud (Sound Maintenance Engineers), Steve Guy (Electricians), Ian Davies (Standby Props)

Ian Redmond (Standby Rigger), Beckie Nowicka (Costume Supervisor), Simon Marks, Angela Jones, Nicola Rodd

Michelle McGrath (Costume Assistants), Roz Wilkins, Lisa Pugh, Cat Williams, Sarah Astley-Hughes (Make-Up Artists)

Tim Hunt (Sound Recordist), Mark Waters (Director of Photography)


Filming Locations

  • BBC Roath Lock Studios: Studio 4

  • The Rest, Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan

  • Mimosa, Mermaid Quarry, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff

  • BBC Roath Lock Studios: Studio 2

  • BBC Roath Lock Studios: Studio 3

  • BBC Roath Lock Studios: Studio 6

  • Bute Street, Cardiff

  • Uskmouth Power Station, West Nash Road, Uskmouth

  • Park Davies, Mimhilad Park Estate, Pontypool


  • [death fails to follow The Doctor this time]

Production Days

  • 21 Days between Tuesday 11 February - Monday 21 July 2014

Production Errors

  1. When Clara first enters the Tardis, there is a beverage sitting on the box containing the exterior phone. The beverage has spilled over the side of box. The beverage disappears some moments later 

  2. Orson Pink clearly wears a Sanctuary Base Six badge on his spacesuit. This can't be so, since the site is not established yet - and the suit is not the one that The Doctor wore at the end of The Satan Pit 

Working Titles

  • [no known working titles]


The episode would seem rather pointless because The Doctor just cannot admit he’s afraid of the dark and is probably best suited for an audio-drama but is still an admirable effort. Everything looks very nice and is brilliantly directed filled with nice little details here and there to keep the tension and feel of the episode alive from beginning to end. The lack of background noise during the end of the Universe of the Univese sequences to the depth-of-field shots fading the creature under the bed is brilliant directions. Samuel Anderson gives his best performance whilst the rest of the cast is fine. Twists and surprises are around each corner and the script can be intelligent in places. There is nothing bad about the episode, it’s a good watch and makes for good entertainment. ***​



Number of Production Days: 5

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