250) FLATLINE

18 October 2014

Viewing Figure: 6.71M

Plot

The Doctor becomes trapped in a miniaturised Tardis as Clara confronts aliens from another dimension

Cast

Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Joivan Wade (Rigsy), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), John Cummins (Roscoe)

Jessica Hayles (PC Forrest), Christopher Fairbank (Fenton), Matt Bardock (Al), Raj Bajaj (George), James Quinn (Bill), Michelle Gomez (Missy)

Crew

Jamie Mathieson (Writer), Nikki Wilson (Producer), Douglas McKinnon (Director), Crispin Layfield, Gordon Seed (Stunt Coordinators)

Dani Biernat, Rob Jarman, Rob Pavey (Stunt Performers), Jo Lea (1st Assistant Director), Iain Atkinson (2nd Assistant Director)

Gareth Jones (3rd Assistant Director), Kyran Davies, Michael Williams, Rheinallt Rees (Assistant Directors)

Iwan Roberts (Location Manager), Nick Clark (Unit Manager), Simon Morris (Location Manager), 

Sandra Cosfield (Assistant Production Coordinator), Medyr Llewelyn (Production Secretary)

Amorette Kristina Darby, Matthew Jones, Katie Player (Production Assistants), Bethan Griffiths (Assistant Accountant)

Maria Hurley (Art Department Accountant), Sandy McKellar (Script Supervisor), David P Davis, Richard Cookson (Script Editors)

Trevelyan Oliver (Camera Operator), Neil Brown, Mark Kyte (Focus Pullers), Bob Freeman (Grip)

Elliot Hale, John Davis, Tom Rowe (Camera Assistants), Ben Freeman (Assistant Grip)

Dafydd Parry, Jeff Welch, Matt Jones (Sound Maintenance Engineers), Mark Keeling (Gaffer), Francis Sparey (Best Boy)

James Foy, Matt Challenger, Dan McCole, Pat Crawford (Electricians), Paul Spriggs (Supervising Art Director)

Tristan Peatfield (Art Director), Sian M Hughes (Standby Art Director), Adrian Anscombe (Set Decorator)

Claire Trumble (Production Buyer), May Johnson (Prop Buyer), Kartik Nagar (Draughtsperson)

Paul Smith (Props Master), Chris Dudley (Props Chargehand), Liam Collins, Mike Elkins (Standby Props)

Matt Watts, Scott Howe, Roger Hendry, Jayne Davies, James Farrell (Set Dressers), Jamie Southcott (Storeman)

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

Dave Bayliss (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, Tim Burke (Carpenters)

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

Carly Griffith (Assistant Costume Designer), Angela Jones (Costume Supervisor)

Thomas-Huws Hopkins, Michelle McGrath, Gemma Evans (Costume Assistants), Steve Williams (Make-Up Supervisor)

Sarah Astley-Hughes, Emma Cowen, Ann Marie Williams (Make-Up Artists), Glyn Evans (Unit Medic)

Alice Purser (Casting Associate), Katrina Aust, Urien Deninol (Assistant Editors), Dan Rawlings (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 Jacksonrecorded 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), Nerys Davies (Post Production Supervisor)

Jeff Dunn (Production Accountant), Bryan Thomas (Sound Recordist), Howard Burden (Costume Designer)

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

Real SFX (Special Effects), Phil Hookway (Editor), Michael Pickwoad (Production Designer), Nic Morris (Director of Photography)

Tracie Simpson (Line Producer), Steven Moffat, Brian Minchin (Executive Producers)  

Uncredited Crew

Peter Bennett (Director), Francesco Reidy, Simon Morris (1st Assistant Director), Matthew Jones, James DeHaviland (2nd Assistant Director)

Medyr Llewellyn (3rd Assistant Director), Rhun Llewellyn, Danielle Richards, Chris Thomas, Jordan Wallace (Assistant Directors)

Iestyn Hampson-Jones (Location Manager), Angela Godfrey (Scipt Supervisor), Roger Tooley, John Piggott, Jaz Castleton

Dave Brice (Camera Operators), Mari Yamanura, Paul Andrew (Focus Pullers), John Robinson, Gary Shepeard (Grip)

Tom Shawcroft, Samantha Patterson,  Dan Toomer, Sarah Jones (Camera Assistants), Gareth Robinson (Assistant Grip)

Miles Croft (Sound Maintenance Engineer), Mark Hutchings, Andy Gardner (Gaffer), Stephen Slocombe (Best Boy)

Roy Williams (Standby Carpenter), Bryan Griffiths, Ian Redmond (Standby Rigger), Simon Marks (Costume Supervisor)

Amy Riley, Emma Cowen (Make-Up Supervisor), Gareth Meirion Thomas, Deian Humphreys, Tim Surrey, Henry Milliner (Sound Recordists)

Stuart Biddlecombe (Director of Photography)

Broadcast

Filming Locations

  • Britannia Quay, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff

  • BBC Roath Lock Studios: Studio 4

  • The Day Room, Channel View Flats, Channel View Road, Grangetown, Cardiff

  • Assault Systems Ltd, Station Approach, Barry Island

  • Cambrian Transport Depot, off Hood Road, Barry

  • Winchcombe Station, Greet Road, Winchcombe

  • Maelfa Shopping Centre, Llanedeyrn Drive, Llanedeyrn

  • Cambrian Transport Depot

  • Ten24Stuios, Lydgate House, Lydgate Lane, Sheffield

  • BBC Roath Lock Studios: Studio 3

  • Cambrian Transport, Plymouth Road, Barry Island

  • Own Manor B&B, Plymouth Road, Barry Island

  • Enfys Studios, Portmanmoor Road, Splott, Cardiff

  • BBC Roath Lock Studios Studio 1

  • Mamhilad Park Estate, Pontypool

Deaths

  • Roscoe [killed by the Boneless]

  • Forrest [killed by the Boneless]

  • Al [killed by the Boneless]

  • George [killed by the Boneless]

  • Bill [killed by the Boneless]

Production Days

  • 16 Days between Wednesday 28 May - Monday 21 July 2014

Production Errors

  1. When Clara walks up to the mini Tardis, her mobile phone can be seen in her right hand. When she squats down, her phone has moved to her left hand 

  2. Whilst The Doctor hands Clara his sonic screwdriver, Clara's right hand is on the side of the Tardis. When the camera switches angles, Clara's right hand is holding the psychic paper

  3. When The Doctor  banishes the Boneless with his sonic screwdriver, its diode doesn't illuminate 

  4. When The Doctor emerges from the Tardis and declares himself as 'the man that stops the monsters', the interior of the Tardis ripples revealing it to be a backdrop and not a set construction 

Working Titles

  • [no known working titles]

Verdict

An experimental episode which has a type of villain never seen before on the show. The possibilities that 2-D monsters could bring are numerous and plenty and the show does exactly that. The Boneless brilliant in name and effects are a satisfying villain and one of the most original in a long time. Great effects from the tiny Tardis prop to The Doctor’s hand guiding the tiny Tardis all add up to a fun, looking adventure. Great ideas are thrown into the plot aswell, Rigby a likeable character whose  second appearance the following year is truly justified. The episode of course has dispensable characters who are killed-off to make way for The Doctor to come up with a rescue plan. The script is neat and has plenty of good ideas galore and has a good pace. An overall good episode and highly entertaining. ****

76) THE ARK IN SPACE

Number of Production Days: 5