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The Unquiet Dead
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Synopsis


The Gelth
The Gelth
 The Doctor takes Rose back through time to 1869. But in Victorian Cardiff, the dead are walking, and creatures made of gas are on the loose.

 The time-travellers team up with Charles Dickens to investigate Mr Sneed, the local Undertaker. Can they halt the plans of the ethereal Gelth?

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General Information

Season: Twenty Seven (New Series 1)
Production Code: 1-3
Story Number: 159 (New Series: 3)
Episode Number:699 (New Series: 3)
Number of Episodes: 1
Percentage of Episodes Held:100%
Working Titles:"The Crippingwell Horror" and "The Angels of Crippingwell"
Production Dates: September - October 2004
Broadcast Date: 09 April 2005
Colour Status: Colour
Studio: BBC Wales (Unit Q2, Newport)
Location: New Theatre (Cardiff), Cambrian Place (Swansea), Headlands School (Penarth) and Beaufort Arms Court, Church Street and St Mary's Street (Monmouth).
Writer:Mark Gatiss
Director:Euros Lyn
Producer:Phil Collinson
Executive Producers:Julie Gardner, Mal Young and Russell T Davies
Associate Producer:Helen Vallis
Script Editor:Helen Raynor
Editor:John Richards
Production Manager:Tracie Simpson
Production Designer:Edward Thomas
Director of Photography:Ernie Vincze BSC
Casting Director:Andy Pryor CDG
Costume Designer:Lucinda Wright
Make-Up Designer:Davy Jones
Cameramen:Anna James (Assistant), David Jones (Assistant), Martin Stephens (Operator) and Mike Costelloe (Operator)
Incidental Music:Murray Gold
Special Sounds (SFX Editor):Paul Jefferies
Sound Recordist:Ian Richardson
Visual Effects:The Mill
Special Effects:Any Effects
Stunt Co-ordinator:Lee Sheward
Stunt Performer:Lucy Allan
Title Music:Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Arranged by Murray Gold
Number of Doctors: 1
The Doctor: Christopher Eccleston (The Ninth Doctor)
Number of Companions: 1The Companion: Billie Piper (Rose Tyler) Additional Cast: Alan David (Gabriel Sneed), Huw Rhys (Redpath), Jennifer Hill (Mrs. Peace), Eve Myles (Gwyneth), Simon Callow (Charles Dickens), Wayne Cater (Stage Manager), Meic Povey (Driver), Zoe Thorne (The Gelth)Setting: Cardiff, Christmas Eve (1869) Villain: The Gelth

The Episodes

No. Episodes Broadcast
(UK)
Duration Viewers
(Millions)
In Archive
699The Unquiet Dead09 April 200544'48"8.9Yes

Total Duration 45 Minutes


Audience Appreciation

Average Viewers (Millions) 8.9
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2005)81.58%  (Position = 5 out of 10)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2009)76.36% Lower (Position = 54 out of 200)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2014)74.48% Lower (Position = 86 out of 241)


Archives


 This story exists and is held in the BBC's Film and Videotape Library.



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Notes


This is the first historical adventure of the revived show and features an appearance by noted actor Simon Callow (Four Weddings and a Funeral and Shakespeare in Love) as author Charles Dickens, circa 1869. Simon Callow also starred as Charles Dickens in The Mystery of Charles Dickens which was shown later the same evening on BBC4.

Dickens' quote, "What phantasmagoria is this?" is an in-joke reference to writer Mark Gatiss' script "Phantasmagoria" - the second story released in the Big Finish Productions Doctor Who audio range.

Watch out for an interesting scene at the end of the story where The Doctor reveals to Dickens about the future of his books and then in the TARDIS he reveals to Rose Tyler that Dickens dies during the following year and so he never got to tell anyone about recent events.

Although the story was set in 19th Century Cardiff, filming instead took place in Swansea and Monmouth due to the lack of Victorian-style buildings in the city. Despite being set in the winter it was actually filmed in the summer of 2004. The wintery feel was recreated using artificial snow (paper) and wind devices.

The suggestion that Gwyneth's powers are due to her growing up near the time rift tie in with the idea conceived in the 1977 story "Image of the Fendahl". The suggestion is that by spending childhood near a time fissure helps develop one's psychic abilities. This time rift in Cardiff also reappears in the stories ""Boom Town" and "Utopia", as well as in spin-off series Torchwood.

The phrase 'Bad Wolf' is heard when Gwyneth is looking into Rose's mind

Even though so far in the revived show we have only seen the Console Room within the TARDIS the complicated directions The Doctor gives to Rose when she's trying to locate the TARDIS wardrobe, suggests that the interior corridors still exist in the Space/Time craft.

Like the previous two stories the ending contains a trailer for the next story. In this case "Aliens of London/World War Three".

Following on immediately after this story, on BBC3, was the third chapter of Doctor Who Confidential "TARDIS Tales" looking into the making of this story and inside The Doctor's time machine.



First and Last

The Firsts:

 The first historical adventure of the revived television series.

 Rose Tyler's first trip into the past.

 The first use of the phrase 'Bad Wolf'.

 The first Doctor Who story to be written by Mark Gatiss.

 Helen Raynor's first involvement in the show as Script Editor.


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The Plot

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Finding Out the Correct Date
Finding Out the Correct Date

Having shown his companion Rose Tyler the far future, The Doctor decides to take her back into the past. But instead of arriving in Naples in 1860 the TARDIS materialises in the snowy streets of Victorian Cardiff on the eve of Christmas in 1869. Unbeknown to them things are stirring, the dead are walking and Charles Dickens is also giving a reading of his book ďA Christmas CarolĒ at a local theatre.

After Mrs Peace, one of the deceased at the Sneed and Company undertakers, suddenly becomes reanimated and, glowing with ghostly light, heads out into the darkness towards the theatre a chain of events is set in motion.

At the local theatre during Charles Dickens reading Mrs Peace, who is in the audience, comes to life again releasing ghosts into the theatre causing a mass panic that attracts The Doctor and Rose who are taking in the delights of Victorian Cardiff. Also outside the theatre are Gabriel Sneed, the proprietor of the undertaking firm, who with the help of his servant girl, Gwyneth, are attempting to locate Mrs Peaceís body so that they can return it to the morgue.

Saying Good-Bye
Saying Good-Bye

Witnessing the removal of Mrs Peace from the theatre Rose investigates the dead body inside Sneedís hearse but before she can alert The Doctor she finds herself chloroformed and placed inside the hearse by Sneed. The Doctor is just in time to see the hearse leave the vicinity and hails a cab instructing the driver to follow. Unknown by The Doctor the cab belongs to Charles Dickens who, on following The Doctor out of the theatre joins him in the chase.

After gaining access to the Sneed and Company undertakers they are just in time to rescue Rose from more awakening corpses. It is then that The Doctor, on witnessing first hand the ghosts enter the gas pipes, that they are dealing with an alien intelligence. So that he can deduce what is going on he suggests holding a sťance using Gwyneth, who it appears is likely to be able to communicate with these creatures telepathically.

Sneed and Gwyneth
Sneed and Gwyneth

This they do, despite the sceptical Charles Dickens, and so learn from a glowing alien entity that the ghosts are in fact the Gelth, a race that was decimated by the 'Time Wars' and who now only exist in a parallel reality, connected to this one by a rift that centres on the house.

After convincing The Doctor that the Gelth only want to reclaim the dead bodies here on Earth, so as to exist in a physical form, Gwyneth agrees to help by opening the rift, which is located in the morgue. Unfortunately, not everything goes to plan when Gwyneth allows the Gelth to use her as a conduit.

With more corpses being reanimated, including the recently killed Sneed, The Doctor finds himself trapped, along with Rose, within the morgue and realising that he has made a terrible mistake now that the Gelthís true intentions are made known. It appears that they plan to kill every human being on Earth in order to inhabit this planet.

Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens

It is left to Charles Dickens, who has managed to escape from the morgue, to rescue The Doctor and Rose. This he does allowing The Doctor to try and get Gwyneth to close the conduit and so stop the Gelth from carrying out their invasion plans. Luckily for them Gwyneth is more than willing to destroy the Gelth's only hope to cross over to this world.

With the danger over The Doctor and Rose depart in the TARDIS leaving Charles Dickens to ponder over recent events and to formulate his next book. The Doctor though is not perturbed that this will change established history as he knows what the future has in store for Charles Dickens.

 
Possessed
Possessed
Gwenth
Gwenth
Rose Tyler
Rose Tyler
Rose Tends to Gwenth
Rose Tends to Gwenth
 
The Doctor
The Doctor
The Doctor with Charles Dickens
The Doctor with Charles Dickens
The Gelth
The Gelth
The Gelth Disposed
The Gelth Disposed




Quote of the Story


 'Charles Dickens! You're brilliant, you are! Completely one hundred per cent brilliant! Iíve read 'em all Great Expectations, I love that book! Oliver Twist - and what's the one with the ghost?'

The Doctor



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Release Information

FormatTitleRelease Date (UK)Code NumberCover ArtRemarks
Video
DVD
Rose - The End of the World - The Unquiet DeadMay 2005BBCDVD 1755Photo-montage
Video
DVD
The Complete First SeriesNovember 2005BBCDVD 1770Photo-montageTARDIS Boxed Set containing all 10 stories
Video
DVD
Series 1 - 4 Box SetOctober 2009BBCDVD 3058Boxed set containing all 43 stories on 23 Discs
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete Series 1-7 Box Set (Limited Edition)December 2013BBCBD 0242Photo-montageLimited Edition Blu-Ray boxed set containing all Series 1-7 stories at full 1080p high definition
Video
DVD
The Complete First Series (2014 Re-release)August 2014BBCDVD 3965Photo-montageBoxed set containing all 10 stories
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete First Series Box SetAugust 2015BBCBD 0261Photo-montageBlu-Ray boxed set containing 10 stories
Video
DVD
The Complete First Series Box Set (Limited Edition Steelbook)March 2017Photo-montageLimited Edition DVD Steelbook boxed set containing 10 stories (Amazon Exclusive)
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete First Series Box Set (Limited Edition Steelbook)March 2017Photo-montageLimited Edition Blu-Ray Steelbook boxed set containing 10 stories (Amazon Exclusive)


In Print

No Book Release
Doctor Who Magazine - PreviewIssue 355 (Released: April 2005)
Doctor Who Magazine - After ImageIssue 356 (Released: May 2005)
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of FictionIssue 363 (Released: December 2005)
Doctor Who Magazine - Time TeamIssue 432 (Released: April 2011)
Doctor Who DVD FilesVolume 2 (Released: January 2009)

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Complete Series 1-7 Ltd Edition Blu-Ray Box Set
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Complete Series DVD Box Set<BR>(2014 Re-release)
Complete Series DVD Box Set
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Complete Series Blu-Ray Box Set
Complete Series Blu-Ray Box Set

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Complete Series DVD Limited Edition Steelbook Box Set
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Magazines

Doctor Who Magazine - Preview: Issue 355
Doctor Who Magazine - Preview: Issue 355

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - After Image: Issue 356
Doctor Who Magazine - After Image: Issue 356

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of Fiction: Issue 363
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of Fiction: Issue 363

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 432
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 432

Marvel Comics
   
Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 2
Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 2

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