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17 October 2015

Viewing Figure: 6.56M


Arriving in the ninth-century a young girl called Ashildr declares war on The Mire who are deadly mercenaries in the Galaxy


Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Maisie Williams (Ashildr), David Schofield (Odin), Simon Lipkin (Nollarr)

Ian Cunningham (Chuckles), Tom Stourton (Lofty), Alastair Parker (Limpy), Murray McArthur (Hasten), Barnaby Kay (Heidi)

Uncredited Cast

Wayne Allen, Mark Benfield, Julian Seager, Lewis Watling, Jason Trower-Rundle, Shelby Williams, Andrew Driscoll

Ben Bennett (Vikings), Robert Parker-Dunn (Viking Chief), Liam Jones (Young Viking), Dominic Kynaston, Dave Mann, Chris Lane

Darren Whiting, Alec James (Male Villager Soldiers), Annette Lyons, Kitty Moran, Heather Lawson, Linda Nickson (Female Villagers)

Amy Doubtfire (Lofy's Wife), Andrew Cross, Jon Davey, Matthew Doman, Ian Hilditch, Richard Highgate (Mire Warriors)


James Mathieson, Steven Moffatt (Writers), Derek Ritchie (Producer), Ed Bazalgette (Director)

Crispin Layfield, Gordon Seed (Stunt Coordinators),  Ailsa Berk (Choreographer), Scott Bates (First Assistant Director)

James DeHaviland (Second Assistant Director), Danielle Richards (Third Assistant Director)

Chris Thomas, Gareth Jones, Natalia Alexeeva (Assistant Directors), Sean Evans, Kyle Davies (Unit Drivers)

Nick Clark (Location Manager), Iestyn Hampson-Jones (Unit Manager), Steffan Morris (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)

Steve Walker (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, Rob Fernandes (Electricians)

Dafydd Shurmer (Supervising Art Director), Nick Murray (Stand by Art Director), Adrian Anscombe (Set Decorator)

Sarah Frere (Production Buyer), May Johnson, Vicki Male, Rosy Pearce (Prop Buyers), Julia Jones, Kartik Nagar (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 Electricians), Alan Hardy, Jamie Thomas (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, Campbell Fraser (Carpenters)

Jonathan Tylke (Construction Driver), Mike Cox (Construction Labourer), 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, Robbie Gibbon (Assistant Editors), Dan Rawlings (VFX Editor), Mark Ferda (Dubbing Mixer)

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

Julie Ankerson (Foley Artist), BBC Wales Graphics (Graphics), Billy Hanshaw (Title Concept), Christina Kelly (Assistant Online Editor)

Mark Hardyman (Online Editor), Gareth Spensley (Colourist), music orchestrated & 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)

Samantha Price (Post Production Co-ordinator), Simon Wheeler (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), Adam Green (Editor)

Michael Pickwoad (Production Designer), Richard Stoddard (Director of Photography), Tracie Simpson (Line Producer)

Steven Moffat, Brian Minchin (Executive Producers)  

Uncredited Crew

Danielle Richards (2nd Assistant Director), Chris Thomas, Gareth Jones (Third Assistant Director), Harry Bunch, Paul Rubery, Alyn Luker

Virginia Bonet (Assistant Directors), Amy Laing, Alice Edwards (Assistant Directors [2nd Unit]), Paul Carmichael, Paul Watkins (Unit Drivers)

Richard Pask (Script Supervisor), Jon Priddle (Camera Operator), Nic Lawson (Camera Operator [2nd Unit]), Matt Lepper, Mani Paliwalla Blaxter

Chris Williams (Focus Pullers), James Holloway (Grip), Sarah Mahoney (Camera Assistant), Alex Kelleher (Assistant Grip)

Ashley Whitfield (Assistant Grip [2nd Unit]), Ryan Milton, Rost Pearce (Standby Props), Jamie Farrell (Standby Carpenter), Maria Franchi

Lisa Leighton, Jill Blundell, Sara Morgan (Costume Assistants), Claire Griffiths, Carol Robinson, Huelwen Evans, Daphne Croker Saunders

Louise Fisher, Ros Wilkins (Make-Up Artists), Tim Surrey (Sound Recordist)


Filming Locations

  • Fforest Fawr Woods, nr Tongwynlais, Caerphilly Mountain

  • BBC Roath Lock Studios: Studio 1

  • BBC Roath Lock Studios: Studio 3

  • BBC Roath Lock Studios: Studio 4

  • Cosmeston Medieval Village, off Lavernock Road, Penarth

  • Uskmouth Power Station, West Nash Road, Uskmouth


  • Nollarr [disintegrated on Odin's ship]

  • Hasten [disintegrated on Odin'ship]

  • Vikings [disintegrated on Odin's ship]

Production Days

  • 16 Days between Wednesday 25 March - Wednesday 6 May 2015

Production Errors

  • [no known production errors]​​

Working Titles

  • Ragnorok

  • The All Father's Army


The episode is fine and manages to expertly fool the audience into thinking Ashildr will be the next companion. The story is fine but is nothing special but does manage to get The Doctor to display a moral subtle and kinder side to his already darker tone of the character. The Wire are also fine they’re just the usual creature under helmet, but the aesthetic make-up is brilliant. The script has a few funny moments and a great revelation to explain why The Doctor chose his face, although that was never explained when Colin Baker took over the role. The filming locations and make-up receive top marks and push the enjoyableness of the serial. ****​



Number of Production Days: 5

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