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14 November 2015

Viewing Figure: 5.61M


The Doctor and Clara are about to discover what happened to the crew of Le Verrier Space Station during their final days


Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Recce Shearsmith (Rassmussen), Elaine Tan (Nagata), Neet Mohan (Chopra)

Bethany Black (474), Paul Courtenay Hyu (Deep-Ando), Paul Davis (King Sandman), Tom Wilton, Mat Doman (Sandmen)

Zina Badran (Morpheus Presenter), Natasha Patel, Elizabeth Chong, Nikkita Chadha, Gracie Lai (Hologram Singers)

Uncredited Cast

Simon Carew (Sandman), Maria Dockree (Woman), Nikki Wilson (Computer Voice)


Mark Gatiss (Writers), Nikki Wilson (Producer), Justin Molonikov (Director)

Crispin Layfield, Dani Biernat, Andy Smart (Stunt Coordinators), Alisa Berk (Choreographer), Dan Mumford (1st Assistant Director)

James DeHaviland (2nd Assistant Director), Danielle Richards (3rd Assistant Director), Chris Thomas, Gareth Jones (Assistant Directors)

Sean Evans, Kyle Davies (Unit Drivers), Iwan Roberts (Location Manager), Iwan Roberts, Nick Clark (Unit Manager)

Steffan Morris (Production Manager), Adam Knopf (Production Coordinator), Sandra Cosfield (Assistant Production Coordinator)

Sion Crowie, Jamie Shaw, Jade Stephenson, Sheryl Bradford (Production Assistants), Justine Woolf (Assistant Accountant)

Bethan Griffiths (Art Department Accountant), Steve Walker (Script Supervisor), Lindsay Alford (Script Executive)

David P Davis (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)

Bob Milton, Gareth Sheldon, Gawain Nash, Rob Fernandes, Andrew Williams (Electricians)

Dafydd Shurmer (Supervising Art Director), Chris Barber (Stand by Art Director), Adrian Anscombe (Set Decorator)

Linda Morgan (Production Buyer), May Johnson, Vicki Male (Prop Buyers), Zofia Ekler, Julia Jones (Draughtpersons)

Paul Smith (Props Master), Kyle Belmont (Props Chargehand), Liam Collins, Ian Davies (Standby Props)

Scott Howe, Nigel Magni, Matt Watts (Prop Hands), Jamie Southcott (Storeman), Stephen Cooper (Concept Artist)

Daniel Lazenby (Motion Graphics), Paul Jones (Standby Carpenter), Shadow Rigging (Rigging), Colin Toms (Standby Rigger)

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 

Mark Painter, Joe Painter (Carpenters), Jonathan Tylke (Construction Driver), Mike Cox (Construction Labourer)

Clive Clarke (Head Scenic Artist), Steve Nelms, Matt Weston, Paul Murray, Tim Hobbis (Painters)

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

Andie Mear, Ian Fowler, Jenny Tindle (Costume Assistants), 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), Hannah Jones (Post Production Coordinator)

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), Geraint Pari Huws (Online Editor), Gareth Spensley (Colourist)

music conducted & orchestrated by Alistair King, 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, Sur-Film Production & Services

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, BBC Wales VFX (Visual Effects), Real SFX (Special Effects)

Millennium FX (Special Creature Effects & Prosthetics), Mike Jones (Editor), Michael Pickwoad (Production Designer)

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

Uncredited Crew

Danielle Richards (2nd Assistant Director), Chris Thomas (3rd Assistant Director), James King, Alice Edwards, Jessica Richards

Lauren Pate, Jade Stephenson, Alex Mirali, Virginia Bonet (Assistant Directror), Jo Davey, Paul Watkins, Rob McKenna, Paul Carmichael

Wayhe Humphreys, Gleen Sawyer, Keith, Paula, Andrew (Unit Drivers), Adam Knopf (Production Manager)

Sandra Cosfield (Production Coordinator), Sion Crowle (Assistant Production Coordinator), Richard Pask (Script Supervisor)

Richard Hines (Steadicam), Peter Wignall, Torquil Flemming Boyd (Camera Operators), Elliot Hale, Matt Lepper (Focus Pullers)

David Bremner (Grip), Kristian Roosmalen, Max Friswell (Camera Assistants), Vic Sopjani (Assistant Grip), John Barclay (Standby Props)

Max Patten (Standby Carpenter), Cathy Davies, Ros Wilkins (Make-Up Artists), Bryn Thomas, Richard Brooks (Sound Recordists)


Filming Locations

  • BBC Roath Lock Studios: Studio 2 

  • BBC Roath Lock Studios: Studio 4

  • G24, South Lake Drive, off Imperial Way, Newport

  • Fillcare, Lanelay Road Pontyclun

  • Wild Water Cold Storage, Cold Stores Road, Queen Alexandra Docks, Cardiff


  • Rassmussen [turned into a Sandman]

  • Chopra [killed by a Sandman]

  • 474 [killed by a Sandman]

  • Deep-Ando [swallowed by a Sandman]

  • King Sandman [crumbles away to dust]

  • Sandmen [destroyed by The Doctor when he destroys the space station's gravity shields]

Production Days

  • 13 Days between Monday 27 July - Wednesday 12 August 2015

Production Errors

  • [no known production errors]

Working Titles

  • [no known working titles]


The selling points of the serial are unfortunately very few. The subtlety wears a little thin with the POV shots and the framing making it look like there’s another crew member who never appears or mentioned by name. The framing makes it look like viewers are the crew member and its becomes very distracting. It could have been an interesting take on viewership and voyeurism but does not do anything interesting in the slightest. The Sandmen are rubbish and are the usual lumbering monsters who do nothing but roar and eat people. The holographic girls are pointless, and the sandman song is forced into every inch of the story. It never works to have a popular song in a television production just to be popular. Everything is explained lazily away, and everything does indeed seem lazy. Chopra is a disgrace, easily hated within a few minutes. . The other characters do not fair better and the ending is terrible. Gatiss is at his all-time low here. *​



Number of Production Days: 5

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