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20 May 2017

Viewing Figure: 5.53M


The Pope summons the blind Doctor to discover the secrets of the Veritas which results in all readers taking their own lives


Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Jennifer Hennessy (Moira)

Corrado Invernizzi (Cardinal Angelo), Joseph Long (The Pope), Ronke Adekoluejo (Penny), Ivanno Jeremiah (Rafando)

Francesco Martino (Piero), Alana Maria (Pentagon Woman), Laurent Maurel (Nicolas), Jamie Hill (Monk), Tim Bentinck (Voice of the Monks)

Uncredited Cast

Tim Reid, Liam Carey, Sam Rush, Andrew Sweet, James O'Neil (Monks)


Steve Moffat (Writer), Peter Bennett (Producer), Daniel Nettheim (Director), Crispin Layfield (Stunt Coordinator)

Troy Kenchington (Stunt Performer), Ailsa Berk (Choreographer), Fletcher Rodley (1st Assistant Director)

James DeHaviland (2nd Assistant Director), Christoper J Thomas (3rd Assistant Director)

Rhun Llewellyn, Lauren Pate (Assistant Directors), Sean Evans, Paul Watkins (Unit Drivers), Nicky James (Location Manager)

Beccy Jones (Unit Manager), Adam Knopf (Production Manager), Sandra Cosfield (Production Coordinator)

Nicola Chance (Assistant Production Coordinator), Virginia Bonet, Jamie Shaw (Production Assistants)

Matthew Fisher (Assistant Accountant), Bethan Griffiths (Art Department Accountant), Nicki Coles (Script Supervisor)

Lindsay Alford (Script Executive), Emma Genders (Script Editor), Mark McQuoid (Camera Operator)

Jonathan Vidgen, Elhein DE Wet (Focus Pullers), Gethin Williams, Drew Marsden, Dan Patounas (Camera Assistants)

John Johnson (Grip), Sean Cronin (Assistant Grip) , Tam Shoring, Christopher Goding (Sound Maintenance Engineers)

Mark Hutchings (Gaffer), Andy Gardiner (Best Boy), Gawain Nash, Gareth Sheldon, Bob Milton, Sion Davies

Andrew Williams (Electricians), Paul Spriggs (Supervising Art Director), Tim Overson (Art Director)

Christina Tom (Standby Art Director), Adrian Anscombe (Set Decorator), Jen Saguaro (Production Buyer)

Jo Pearce, Charlotte Lailey de Ville (Prop Buyers), Matt Sanders (Draughtsperson)

Paul Smith (Props Master), Kyle Belmont (Prop Chargehand), Matt Ireland, Jonathan Barclay (Standby Props)

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

Lawrence Hearnn (Graphic Artist), Jack Bowes (Graphic Assistant), Paul Jones (Standby Carpenter)

Shadow Rigging (Rigging), Colin Toms (Standby Rigger), Callum Alexander, Austin Curtis (Practical Electricians)

Gareth Fox (Props Driver), Terry Horle (Construction Manager), Dean Tucker (Construction Chargehand)

John Sinnott (Chargehand Carpenter), Tim Burke, Keith Richards, Matt Ferry, Campbell Frazer, Chris Daniels, Joe Painter

George Rees, Alan Jones, Dan Berrow, Mike Venables, Tom Berrow (Carpenters), Jonathan Tylke (Construction Driver)

Jason Tylke (Construction Labourer), Clive Clarke (Head Scenic Artist)

Steve Nelms, John Nelms, Paul Murray, Debby McShane (Painters), Zoe Howerska (Assistant Costume Designer)

Kat Wills (Costume Supervisor), Rebecca Cunningham, Leila Headon, Jenny Tindle (Costume Assistants)

James Spinks (Make-Up Supervisor), Megan Bowes, Lolly Goodship (Make-Up Artists), Glyn Evans (Unit Medic)

Ri McDaid-Wren (Casting Associate), Louis Constantine (Casting Assistant), Carol Griggs (Business Affairs Executive)

Becky Trotman, David Davies (Assistant Editors), Dan Rawlings (VFX Editor), Hannah Jones (Post Production Coordinator)

Mark Freda (Dubbing Mixer), Matthew Cox (ADR Editor), Darran Clement (Dialogue Editor), Harry Barnes (Sound Effects Editor)

Simon Clement (Foley Editor), Julie Ankerson (Foley Artist), BBC Wales Graphics (Titles)

Billy Hanshaw (Title Concept), Geraint Pari Huws, Mark Hardyman (Online Editors), Christine Kelly (Assistant Online Editor)

Gareth Spensley (Colourist), music conducted & orchestrated by Alistair Kingmusic mixed by Jake Jackson

music recorded by Gerry O'Riordan, Jack Sugden (Music Score Assistant)

Ron Grainer (Original Theme Music), with thanks to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales 

Andy Pryor CDG (Casting Director), Gordon Ronald (Head of Production), Tracie Simpson (Production Executive)

Samantha Price (Post Production Supervisor), Simon Wheeler (Production Accountant), Deian Llyr Humphreys (Sound Recordist)

Hayley Nebauer (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)

Xavier Russell (Editor), Michael Pickwoad (Production Designer), Ashley Rowe (Director of Photography)

Steffan Morris (Line Producer), Steven Moffat, Brian Minchin (Executive Producers)  

Uncredited Crew

Delmi Thomas (2nd Assistant Director), Rhun Llewellyn (3rd Assitant Director), Ella Morgan, Chris Pratt, Arianrhod Engeboe, Max Webborn

Alun Reynolds (Assistant Directors), Jolyon Davey, Steve Darwent, Beverly Spinola, Darren Davies, Montil Jalil, Graham Huxtable

Paul Carmichael (Unit Drivers), Richard Pask, Megan Lynas (Script Supervisors), Will Huckle, Paul Andrew

Steve Rees, Matt Lepper (Focus Pullers), Scott Waller, Victoria Harris, Rhodri Wyn Davies (Camera Assistants), Gary Sheppeard (Grip)

Elliot Sebestyen-Regan (Assistant Grip), Daf Parry (Sound Maintenance Engineer), Jamie Farrell (Standby Carpenter)

Gethyn Mills, Tom Williams (Standby Riggers), Gayle Woodsend, Ali Kedge, Edwina Jones (Costume Assistants), Cathy Davies (Make-Up Artist)

Richard Brooks (Sound Recordist)


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

  • BBC Roath Lock Studios: Pobol y Cwm Lot

  • Reardon Smith Lecture Hall, National Museum of Wales, Park Place, Cardiff

  • Cardiff University, Museum Avenue, Cardiff

  • St Andrews Quarry, St Andrews Road, Dinas Powys

  • Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff

  • Cardiff Metropolitan University, Llandaff Campus, 200 Western Avenue, Cardiff


  • [any deaths uncertain]

Production Days

  • 15 Days between Wednesday 23 November 2016 - Tuesday 17 January 2017

Production Errors

  1. During Missy's exeuction scene, the position of Nardole's hood changes between shots 

  2. A cameraman can be seen reflected on the TV at CERN when the camera pans in on the bomb countdown 

  3. When The Doctor turns the headphones on and is tortured with pain, his eyes continually open and closed

  4. One of the Monks in the Haerecticum does not have a Monk's face

Working Titles

  • [no known working titles]


A story which would have worked better as a two-parter than one-parter where the plot is never fully developed and can be extremely confusing for younger viewers. There’s an intelligent idea buried under the exposition and can feel very pixeled as though the whole thing were a video game just as The Doctor describes it. Excellent production design throughout and a race of great villains who are far too similar to The Silence in a number of ways. At least The Monks all have different faces, suggesting different identities instead of a race of creatures who all look alike. The humour tries far too hard for its worth and scenes are far too fast-paced and action-packed for a plot which takes too much time to explain itself. Some nice lenses and shots used here and there but other than that the whole thing seems pointless as it turns out everything is fake. **​



Number of Production Days: 5

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