255) UNDER THE LAKE/
BEFORE THE BLOOD

3 - 10 October 2015

Viewing Figure: 5.63M/6.05M

Plot

The Doctor and Clara arrive on an underwater base where ghosts are roaming the corridors

Cast

Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Colin McFarlane (Moran), Sophie Stone (Cass), Zaqi Ismail (Lunn)

Morven Christie (O'Donnell), Arsher Ali (Bennett), Steven Robertson (Pritchard), Paul Kaye (Prentis), Neil Fingleton (Fisher King)

Peter Serafinowicz (Voice of Fisher King), Corey Taylor (Roar of Fisher King)

Crew

Toby Whithouse (Writer), Derek Ritchie (Producer), Daniel O'Hara (Director)

Crispin Layfield, Gordon Seed, Jo McLaren (Stunt Coordinators), Matt Crook (Stunt Performers), Ailsa Berk (Choreographer)

Scott Bates (First Assistant Director), Danielle Richards (Second Assistant Director), Gareth Jones (Third Assistant Director)

Chris Thomas, Nick Goolding (Assistant Directors), Sean Evans, Kyle Davies (Unit Drivers)

Nick Clark (Location Manager), Iestyn Hampson-Jones (Unit Manager), James DeHaviland (Production Manager)

Adam Knopf (Production Coordinator), Sandra Cosfield (Assistant Production Coordinator)

Hannah Jones, Jamie Shaw (Production Assistants), Justine Woolf (Assistant Accountant), Bethan Griffiths (Art Department Accountant)

Jean St Clair (BSL Monitor), Nicki Coles (Script Supervisor), Lindsay Alford (Script Executive), Nick Lambon (Script Editor)

Mark McQuoid (Camera Operator), Jonathan Vidgen, Steve Rees (Focus Pullers), John Johnson (Grip)

Cai Thompson, Matthew Lepper, Scott Waller (Camera Assistants), Sean Cronin (Assistant Grip)

Tam Shoring, Christopher Goding (Sound Maintenance Engineers), Mark Hutchings (Gaffer), Andrew Gardiner (Best Boy)

Andrew Williams, Bob Milton, Grant Armstrong, Gawain Nash, Matt Wilson (Electricians), Tristan Peatfield (Supervising Art Director)

Nick Murray (Stand by Art Director), Adrian Anscombe (Set Decorator), Sarah Frere (Production Buyer)

May Johnson, Vicki Male (Prop Buyers), Kartik Nagar, Ursula Marshall (Draughtpersons), Paul Smith (Props Master)

Kyle Belmont (Props Chargehand), Liam Collins, Ian Davies (Standby Props), Scott Howe, Nigel Magni, Matt Watts (Set Dressers)

Jamie Southcott (Storeman), Chris Lees (Concept Artist), Matthew Clark (Graphic Artist), Mike Collins (Storyboard Artist)

Paul Jones (Standby Carpenter), Shadow Rigging (Rigging), Christian Davies, Austin Curtis (Practical Electrician)

Alan Hardy, Jamie Thomas, Paul Lynch, Jamie Farrell (Props Makers), Gareth Fox (Prop Driver), Terry Horle (Construction Manager)

Dean Tucker (Construction Chargehand), John Sinnott (Chargehand Carpenter), Tim Burke, Lawrie Ferry, Matt Ferry, Chris Daniels

Julian Tucker, George Rees, Dan Berrow, Keith Richards, Alan Jones, Campbell Fraser (Carpenters)

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

Georgie Sayer (Assistant Costume Designer), Simon Marks (Costume Supervisor)

Andie Mear, Ian Fowler, Jenny Tindle (Costume Assistant), Sara Angharad (Make-Up Supervisor)

Megan Bowes, James Spinks (Make-Up Artists), Glyn Evans (Unit Medic), Alice Purser (Casting Associate)

Becky Trotman (Assistant Editor), Dan Rawlings (VFX Editor), Samantha Price (Post Production Co-ordinator)

Mark Ferda (Dubbing Mixer), Matthew Cox (ADR Editor), Darran Clements (Dialogue Editor), Harry Barnes (Effects Editor)

Julie Ankerson (Foley Editor), BBC Wales Graphics (Graphics), Billy Hanshaw (Title Concept), Geraint Pari Huws (Online Editor)

Gareth Spensley (Colourist), music orchestrated and conducted by Ben Foster, music mixed by Jake Jackson

music recorded by Gerry O'Riordan, Ron Grainer (Original Theme Music), with thanks to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales 

Andy Pryor CDG (Casting Director), Gordon Ronald (Production Executive), Nerys Davies (Post Production Supervisor)

Ceredig Parry (Production Accountant), Deian Llyr Humphreys (Sound Recordist), Ray Holman (Costume Designer)

Barbara Southcott (Make-Up Designer), Murray Gold (Music), Milk (Visual Effects), Real SFX (Special Effects)

Millennium FX (Special Creature Effects & Prosthetics), Will Oswald (Editor), Michael Pickwoad (Production Designer)

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

Uncredited Crew

James DeHaviland (Second Assistant Director), Chris Thomas (Third Assistant Director), Natalia Alexeeva (Assistant Director)

Jon Moore (Unit Manager), Steffan Morris (Production Manager), Sandra Cosfield (Production Coordinator), Heulwen Jones (Script Supervisor)

Scott Williams, Matt Lepper (Focus Pullers), Daf Shurmer (Supervising Art Director), Gareth Thomas (Standby Carpenter)

Tim Surrey (Sound Recordist), Mike Valentine (Director of Photography) 

Broadcast

Filming Locations

  • BBC Roath Lock Studios: Studio 1

  • BBC Roath Lock Studios: Studio 2

  • BBC Roath Lock Studios: Studio 3

  • BBC Roath Lock Studios: Studio 4

  • MOD Caerwent, Caerwent

  • BBC Roath Lock Studios: opposite reception

Deaths

  • Jonathan Moran [turned into a ghost by Albar Prentis]

  • Richard Pritchard [drowns and turned into a ghost]

  • Albar Prentis [killed by the Fisher King and turned into a ghost]

  • Alice O'Donnell [killed by the Fisher King and turned into a ghost]

  • The Fisher King [killed when The Doctor blows up a dam]

Production Days

  • 29 Days between Monday 5 January - Friday 27 March 2015

Working Titles

  • Ghost in the Machine

Production Errors

  1. Whilst being chased by ghosts and heading towards the Faraday cage, Jenna Coleman ducks below the camera 

  2. If The Doctor nor Clara have told O'Donnell about the Tardis, how does she know its on the other side of the flood doors? Perhaps she saw it on a security camea

  3. Towards the end of Under the Lake, a boom microphone shadow can be seen across Clara's face

  4. Whilst The Doctor explains the ghosts to the crew, his body position and the lighting change 

  5. The Fisher King's gun is strangely missing when he watches the dam break up. The gun is back in his hand when he roars as the flood approaches him 

  6. When Prentis discovers the bandages inside the spaceship, they strangely rearrange themselves between shots

Working Titles

  • Ghost in the Machine

Verdict

A excellently put together base under danger episode compared to other similar stories 130 etc. The cinematography and sets are superb with a lot of detail suggesting a sense of isolation and dampness. The plot is beyond excellent incorporating time-travel, different timelines, alternative timelines, and paradoxes. Very easy to follow and very engaging all thanks to the first fifteen minutes which set up the nature of the episodes and beyond. Some of Whithouse’s finest moments after a brief absence working on the show. One of the all-time best cliffhangers and Capaldi showing off his talents as a ghost are only just but a few highlights to the episodes. Visual effects such as the water flooding the base and the Fisher King, an all-around awesome villain, even if he doesn’t appear for a long time. Excellent. *****​

 

76) THE ARK IN SPACE

Number of Production Days: 5