251) IN THE FOREST OF THE NIGHT

25 October 2014

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Plot

A mysterious forest grows across the Earth overnight which The Doctor realises means the end of humanity is coming

Cast

Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), Abigail Eames (Maebh)

Jaydon Harris-Wallace (Samson), Ashely Foster (Bradley), Harley Bird (Ruby), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Siwan Morris (Maebh's Mum)

Harry Dickman (George), James Weber Brown (Minister), Michelle Asante (Neighbour), Curtis Flowers (Emergency Services Officer)

Jenny Hill (Herself), Kate Tydman (Paris Reporter), Nana Amoo-Gottfried (Accra Reporter), Eloise Barnes (Annabel)

Crew

Frank Cottrell-Royce (Writer), Paul Frift (Producer), Sheree Folkson (Director), Dani Biernat (Stunt Coordinator)

Jo Lea (1st Assistant Director), James DeHaviland (2nd Assistant Director), Danielle Richards (3rd Assistant Director)

Gareth Jones, Chris Thomas (Assistant Directors), Sean Evans, Kyle Davies (Unit Drivers), Iwan Roberts (Location Manager)

Nick Clark (Unit Manager), Adam Knopf (Production Coordinator), Sandra Cosfield (Assistant Production Coordinator)

Matthew Jones, Katie Player (Production Assistants), Jenni Tarr, Jan Gordon, Alison Nelson (Chaperones)

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

David P Davis (Script Editor), Mark McQuoid (Camera Operator), Jonathan Vidgen, Jason Oxley (Focus Pullers), John Johnson (Grip)

Cai Thompson, Katy Kardasz, Tom Rowe (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, Steve Hopkins (Electricians)

Sian M Hughes, Vicki Stevenson (Art Directors), Jim McCallum (Standby Art Director), Adrian Anscombe (Set Decorator)

Helen O'Leary (Production Buyer), May Johnson, Vicki Male (Prop Buyers), Paul Smith (Props Master)

Kyle Belmont (Props Chargehand), Liam Collins, Ian Davies (Standby Props), Jayne Davies, Scott Howe, Jamie Farrell (Set Dressers)

Jamie Southcott (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, Tim Burke (Carpenters), Clive Clarke (Head Scenic Artist), Steve Nelms, Matt Weston (Scenic Painters),

Jonathan Tylke (Construction Driver), Carly Griffith (Assistant Costume Designer), Melissa Cook (Costume Supervisor)

Michelle McGrath, Gemma Evans, Simon Marks, Charlotte Bestwick (Costume Assistants), Amy Riley (Make-Up Supervisor)

Emma Cowen, Ann Marie Williams (Make-Up Artists), Glyn Evans (Unit Medic), Alice Purser (Casting Associate)

Katrina Aust, Will Burgess (Assistant Editors), Dan Rawlings (VFX Editor), Samantha Price (Post Production Co-ordinator)

Mark Freda (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), Geraint Pari Huws (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), 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)

Lucien Clayton (Editor), Michael Pickwoad (Production Designer), Mark Garrett (Director of Photography)

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

Uncredited Crew

Medyr Llewellyn (3rd Assistant Director), Lewis Kenting, Nick Goolding, Matthew Jones (Assistant Directors)

Iestyn Hampson-Jones (Location Manager), Alf Tramontin, Roger Tooley (Camera Operators), Shirley Schumacher, Jason Guddy (Focus Pullers)

Richy Holt (Grip), Laurence Watson, Tom Meadows, Steven Owen (Camera Assistants), Vis Sopjani, Gareth Robinson (Assistant Grip)

Steve Guy, Greg Mould, Jonathan Cox (Electricians), Paul Spriggs (Art Director), Ian Redmond, Lyn Moses, Laurence Jones (Standby Rigger)

Tom Hopkins (Costume Assistants), Emma Cowen (Make-Up Supervisor), Tim Surrey (Sound Recordist)

Broadcast

Filming Locations

  • BBC Roath Lock Studios: Studio 1

  • BBC Roath Lock Studios: Studio 4

  • Caerwent Training Area, Caldicot, Caerwent

  • Trafalgar Square, London

  • Fforest Fawr Woods, near Tongwynlais, Caerphilly Mountain

  • National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, Cardiff

  • College Buildings, Courtenay Road, Splott, Cardiff

  • BBC Roath Lock Studios: Studio 3

  • Partridge Road, Roath, Cardiff

  • Amazing Animals, Heythorp Zoological Gardens, Garden Lane, Heythorp, Chipping Norton, Oxon

Deaths

  • [death fails to follow The Doctor this time]

Production Days

  • 17 Days between Friday 11 July - Thursday 14 August 2014

Production Errors

  1. When Clara picks up Maebh's pink phone, she is also holding her own white mobile phone. Clara is holding her phone in her left hand, and Maebh's in her right hand. In the following shot, the phones have switches place. They later return back to normal in subsequent shots ​​

Working Titles

  • [no known working titles]

Verdict

An episode which takes a classic fairy tale and mixes in some science-fiction (easy to follow science-fiction), themes of mythology and human psyche to create an adventure made to delight and bring smiles. The plot takes clichéd fairy tale qualities and puts them into the plot in a neat fashion which create an entertaining tale filled with delights and some of light-heartiest acting of all time. The kids are clearly loving being on the show, most of them at least, Abigail Eames is heart-warming whilst the nonspeaking kids were evidently dropped into scenes with no direction or care and its clearly shows in their expressions. The whole missing Sister plotline is thrown in halfway through and the revelation at the end is not really called for, everything about it seems unnatural to say the least. Some weird scenes which do not lead directly into one and some cringeworthy, unfunny moments really bring down the episode from being a cult classic. Still enjoyable though. ****​

 

76) THE ARK IN SPACE

Number of Production Days: 5