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Synopsis


Facing the Raven
Facing the Raven
 The Doctor and Clara, with their old friend Rigsy, find themselves in a magical alien world, hidden on a street in the heart of London.

 There they discover Ashildr who is taking care of some of the most dangerous creatures in the universe.

 With a death sentence hanging over their heads not everyone will get out alive as one of them must pay the price and Face the Raven.



General Information

Season: Thirty Five (New Series 9)
Production Code: 9-10
Story Number: 260 (New Series: 104)
Episode Number:823 (New Series: 127)
Number of Episodes: 1
Percentage of Episodes Held:100%
Working Titles:"Trap Street"
Production Dates: May - June 2015
Broadcast Date: 21 November 2015
Colour Status: HD Colour
Studio: BBC Wales (Roath Lock Studios, Cardiff)
Location: Park and Westgate streets (Cardiff)
Writer:Sarah Dollard
Director:Justin Molotnikov
Producer:Nikki Wilson
Executive Producers:Brian Minchin and Steven Moffat
Assistant Directors:Chris Thomas and Gareth Jones
Script Executive:Lindsey Alford
Script Supervisor:Steve Walker
Script Editor:David P. Davis
Editors:Mike Jones, Becky Trotman (Assistant) and Robbie Gibbon (Assistant)
Head of Production:Gordon Ronald
Production Manager:Steffan Morris
Production Assistants:Jamie Shaw and Sion Crowle
Post Production Supervisor:Samantha Price
Production Designer:Michael Pickwoad
Director of Photography:Mike Spragg
Casting Director:Andy Pryor CDG
Line Producer:Tracie Simpson
Costume Designer:Ray Holman
Make-Up Designer:Barbara Southcott
Cameramen:Cai Thompson (Assistant), Matthew Lepper (Assistant), Scott Waller (Assistant) and Mark McQuoid (Operator)
Incidental Music:Murray Gold
Special Sounds (SFX Editor):Harry Barnes
Sound Recordist:Deian Llyr Humphreys
Visual Effects:Milk
Special Effects:Real SFX
Prosthetics:Millennium FX
Special Creature Effects:Millennium FX
Stunt Co-ordinator:Dani Biernat
Title Sequence:Billy Hanshaw
Title Music:Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Arranged by Murray Gold
Cybermen Created By: Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis
Ood Created By: Russel T Davies
Music Performed By: The BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Music Conducted and Orchestrated By: Ben Foster
Music Mixed By: Jake Jackson
Music Recorded By: Gerry O'Riordan
Number of Doctors: 1
The Doctor: Peter Capaldi (The Twelfth Doctor)
Number of Companions: 1The Companion: Jenna-Louise Coleman (Clara Oswald) (Dies) Guest Cast: Maisie Williams (Ashildr), Joivan Wade (Rigsy), Additional Cast: Naomi Ackie (Jen), Simon Manyonda (Kabel), Simon Paisley Day (Rump), Letitia Wright (Anahson), Robin Soans (Chronolock Guy), Angela Clerkin (Alien Woman), Caroline Boulton (Habrian Woman), Jenny Lee (Elderly Woman)Setting: London (21st century) Villains:Ashildr and Quantum Shade

The Episodes

No. Episodes Broadcast
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Duration Viewers
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In Archive
823Face the Raven21 November 201546'50"6.1Yes

Total Duration 47 Minutes


Audience Appreciation

Average Viewers (Millions) 6.1
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2016)78.90%  (Position = 4 out of 9)


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



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Notes


The most significant thing about this story is it sees the rare death of a companion. In this case it is Clara Oswald, as played by Jenna Coleman, who is seen being killed during the climax of this story. The situation that led to her demise dealt with the consequences of what happens when a companion starts thinking too much like The Doctor, jeopardising herself by imitating his self-sacrificial actions. Clara had been shown to act more recklessly throughout this season, since the death of her boyfriend, Danny Pink in "Dark Water/Death in Heaven".

This story is written by Sarah Dollard - a newcomer to the show. Her earlier work includes episodes of Neighbours, Being Human and The Game.

Sarah Dollard has commented ‘Getting to play in The Doctor Who toy box is a dream come true. It’s a total honour to contribute to a show that has brought me such joy as a fan. However, writing for Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman has presented a serious problem: some days I've been too excited to actually sit down and type!’.

This story has been directed by Justin Molotnikov whose previous credits include episodes of Merlin, Atlantis and Da Vino's Demons.

The story sees the return of Joivan Wade as Rigsy - the young graffiti artist who helped save the world in the 2014 story "Flatline". After finishing filming for the story he tweeted ‘And that’s a Wrap! On @bbcdoctorwho episode 10! I've had an amazing time! Can't wait for the series!’. In that story The Doctor called him ‘Local Knowledge’ a name he resurrects in Face the Raven.

Maisie Williams returned for her third story in this season, reprising her role as Ashildr/Me. She was last seen in "The Woman Who Lived" and we glimpse a flashback of that story when we see her on Clara’s mobile phone.

Robin Soans, who plays the Chronolock Guy, appeared as Luvic in the 1981 Fourth Doctor story "The Keeper of Traken". Simon Paisley Day, who plays Rump, made an appearance in the 2005 Ninth Doctor story "The End of the World".

The read through for this story took place on the 28th May 2015 and recording began on the 8th June, finishing on the 25th June 2015.

Filming locations include the intersection of Park and Westgate streets in Cardiff for the scenes where the pub Clara passes, the office building outside which The Doctor, Clara and Rigsy rendezvous, and the gap leading to the Trap Street.

A Trap Street is a misrepresented street on a map that is intended to catch potential copyright violators who would copy their maps without giving a proper credit. If caught they would be unable to explain the inclusion of the Trap Street on their map. Trap streets are often nonexistent streets but sometimes, rather than actually depicting a street where none exists, a map will misrepresent the nature of a street but is less likely to interfere with navigation. For instance, a map might add nonexistent bends to a street, or depict a major street as a narrow lane, without changing its location or its connections to other streets. On maps that are not of streets other copyright traps may be included (such as nonexistent towns or mountains with the wrong elevations).

This is the first story to feature the Twelfth Doctor in a burgundy version of his signature navy blue Crombie coat, similar to the one he was first seen wearing during "The Day of The Doctor". The colour red often symbolises fury or death, two elements which play a crucial role at the close of this story.

Once again The Doctor is cut off before he is able to express his feelings to a beloved companion (see the 2006 Tenth Doctor story "Army of Ghosts/Doomsday"). This time due to Clara telling him she already knows what he is going to say.

Clara is heard telling The Doctor to ‘heal himself’. This is reminiscent of the Eighth Doctor's final words ‘Physician, heal thyself’ in "The Night of The Doctor".

Clara tells The Doctor that ‘Your reign of terror will end with the sight of the first crying child, and you know it!’. Clara’s comment echoes Amy’s question to the Eleventh Doctor in "The Beast Below". ‘You never interfere in the affairs of other peoples or planets, unless there’s children crying?’ In that instance The Doctor replied with a simple, ‘Yes’, emphasising his inability to stand by as children suffer. Similarly, Clara’s plea ‘You don’t be a warrior! Promise me! Be a doctor!’ This is the same plea she made to the Eleventh Doctor when he planned to detonate the Moment, and so destroy Gallifrey to end the Time War in "The Day of The Doctor", ‘We've got enough warriors... Be a doctor!’.

Clara mentions having a romantic relationship with writer Jane Austen. Clara previously taught classes about her and, in "The Magician's Apprentice/The Witch's Familiar", she even calls her ‘a great kisser’. Earlier, in "The Caretaker", The Doctor disputes with Clara about when Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice.

Clara mentions her deceased lover Danny Pink saying that if he could face death, as he did in "Dark Water/Death in Heaven", then so can she.

As revealed, in the second episode of "Heaven Sent/Hell Bent", the moment Clara perishes is later delayed through the use of an extraction chamber, but ultimately not prevented.

We get to see many familiar faces in Ashildr’s haven and amongst them we see a passing return of the Judoon, the Ice Warriors, the Silurians, the Sontarans and an Ood caring for a Cyberman.

The Janus is an aptly named species. In ancient Roman mythology, Janus was the god of beginnings and changes/transitions, usually depicted as having two faces as he was peering into both the future and the past.

The Doctor and Clara find that Rigsy's memory of the last 24 hours have been wiped or ‘retconned’. It is revealed that Rigsy has been injected with Retcon, a drug that was introduced in the Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood and frequently used by Torchwood Three to cause those that take it to lose their memory of meeting Torchwood and having alien encounters.

Where Ashildr obtained this drug from is not revealed but The Doctor previously suggested to her that being a fellow immortal she would cross paths with Captain Jack Harkness one day (see "The Woman Who Lived").

Rigsy tells The Doctor in anger and fear to call him anything except his actual name, suggesting ‘pudding brain’. The Doctor had a habit of using this term about humans.

The raven has long been associated with death and in fiction it is often used a portent of disaster. The Black Guardian’s headwear included what appeared to be a representation of a raven but on a lighter note, in "The Day of The Doctor" it was suggested that the ravens ‘guarding’ the Tower of London were actually robots!

Ashildr reminds The Doctor of her way of letting him know she was doing well (see "The Woman Who Lived").

Sometime between the filming of "The Woman Who Lived" and "Face the Raven", Maisie Williams got a nose piercing, which means that between the 17th century and the late 2010s Ashildr had her nose pierced.

At the beginning of this story the TARDIS' internal telephone is heard to ring. It seems The Doctor no longer needs to access the phone located on the exterior of the TARDIS and that he has finally got around to wiring it back into the console (see "The Time of The Doctor").

At the very end of this story, after the end credits, Rigsy is seen painting a mural on the outside of the TARDIS. This is not the first time the TARDIS has been panted with graffiti (see "Aliens of London/World War Three") nor the first time someone has painted the TARDIS in his absence (see the 1988 Seventh Doctor story "The Happiness Patrol").

The Doctor and Clara visited the ‘second most beautiful garden in all of time and space’, where Clara saved The Doctor from marrying a ‘giant sentient plant thing’, Clara was nearly eaten, and now they are not allowed to return due to something Clara did.

In one scene, there is a poster with a diagram of a flux capacitor - a direct reference to the film trilogy Back to the Future. It is accompanied by writings in Aurebesh, the main alphabet used in the Star Wars franchise. This writing spells out ‘Delorean’ - the car used in the Back to the Future films.

The Doctor has previously had to deal with dangerous countdowns (see the 2007 Eleventh Doctor story "42" and the 2010 Tenth Doctor story "The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone").

Once again The Doctor consults his response cards in ‘an effort to be nice’ before breaking the news to Rigsy of his impending death. One of them is seen to say ‘I could be wrong, let's try it your way’. These cards were first seen in "Under the Lake/Before the Flood".

When trying to find the mysterious cause of Rigsy's tattoo Clara is seen hanging outside of the TARDIS. The Eleventh Doctor once hung completely on the outside of the TARDIS after falling out while the TARDIS is picked up by a helicopter and transported by UNIT to the Tower of London in "The Day of The Doctor". Like The Doctor, Clara seems to thoroughly enjoy the experience.

The Doctor, Clara and Rigsy are seen visiting the Great British Library and its Map Room.

When The Doctor searches for the Trap Street, he tells a young boy to ‘remember 82’. This is possibly a reference to the Fifth Doctor story "Earthshock" – that featured the death of companion Adric and which aired in 1982.

The Trap Street uses a misdirection circuit. Ashildr is heard to say that this is actually the light from lurkworms. Ashildr also states that she had been in the Trap Street ‘since Waterloo’.

Ashildr considers the Trap Street to be a more favourable way of housing aliens on Earth as opposed to the settling of the Zygons that occurred in "The Day of The Doctor" and "The Zygon Invasion/The Zygon Inversion".

As they prepare to investigate the truth of what happened to Rigsy, Clara suggests that she and The Doctor employ the good cop/bad cop interrogation method, with her as the 'good cop’. When The Doctor asks why he can't play the 'good cop', Clara replies that his face won't allow him.

Ashildr asks for, and receives, The Doctor's confession dial that is first seen in "The Magician's Apprentice/The Witch's Familiar". When Ashildr asks what the confession dial is The Doctor replies with ‘in your terms my Last Will and Testament’. Clara and Missy had the same conversation also in "The Magician's Apprentice/The Witch's Familiar".

The Doctor threatens Ashildr to save Clara, saying that he will bring UNIT, the Zygons, the Daleks, and the Cybermen down on her Trap Street.

Ashildr uses a teleport bracelet to transport The Doctor away from the Trap Street.

This marks the first Doctor Who story to have a post-credits scene. Previously, "Dark Water/Death in Heaven" had a mid-credits scene, but this is the story to have a short seen that follows the end credits.

In the closing credits, the word ‘Oods’ is used to denote more than one Ood, rather than the established ‘Ood’, as used in the 2006 Tenth Doctor story "The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit".

This story contains a number of errors. Namely: The arrangement of Clara's hair changes noticeably between shots while she gives her farewell to The Doctor (in one shot her ears are visible and the next her hair covers them then, when she enters the street, her hair is noticeably fuller than it was a moment earlier); When Rigsy is on the phone to Clara, he uses a mirror to look at the Chronolock tattoo on the back of his neck. The clock is reading the correct way round in the reflection, instead of it being a reverse image as a result of the mirror. Rigsy is standing in front of a mirror. What we see is his reflection in this mirror, so the reflection of the mirror he's holding is reversed, making it look in the correct way.

This story received highly positive reviews from critics. Jim Shelly, writing for the Daily Mail said that ‘Jenna Coleman was no Billie Piper. But her farewell episode was one of her best’.



First and Last

The Firsts:

 The first Doctor Who story to be written by Sarah Dollard.

 The first Doctor Who story to have a post-credits scene.

 The first Doctor Who story to feature the Twelfth Doctor in a burgundy version of his signature navy blue Crombie coat.


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The Plot

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Rigsy's Call for Help
Rigsy's Call for Help

The Doctor and Clara have just arrived back in the TARDIS, after an adventure, when the TARDIS' phone starts to ring. Clara answers it to find that it is Rigsy (who they last met in "Flatline"), asking for their help. Intrigued they arrive at Rigsy's flat in London, finding he has settled down with a wife and newborn daughter. He explains that he has no memory of the previous day and so has no idea on how he got a tattoo that is on the back of his neck. More worryingly the tattoo is counting down to zero.

Looking at his mobile phone they discover it's screen is cracked and Clara is not able to find any evidence of any activity as all the data from the previous day has been wiped. The Doctor scans Rigsy with the TARDIS, discovering that he has had contact with aliens in the last day, and is due to die when the countdown reaches zero. The Doctor feels there's nothing he can do, Clara insists that he at least try.

The Doctor and Clara attempt to help Rigsy by trying to piece together his movements over the last twenty-four hours. Assuming the presence of aliens hiding in London and after Clara mentions something called a 'Trap Street' - a street invented by map makers to catch people who would copy their maps without giving the proper credit - the three of them look for such a hidden street where aliens might be hiding. They eventually come across a Trap Street, aided by a flood of memories that Rigsy recalls once the TARDIS is able to restore the data on his mobile. Within the Trap Street they find that it is occupied by various aliens species using a misdirection system to both hide the street and to make themselves appear human to each other. They also discover Ashildr, who is acting as mayor among the group.

Clara Receiving the Call
Clara Receiving the Call

Ashildr, still going by the name Me (see "The Woman Who Lived"), explains that the aliens are refugees, and that Rigsy had been sentenced to death for killing Anah, a two-face Janus female. He was injected with Retcon to forget what happened, and then given the time to say goodbye to his family. She also reveals that the tattoo is a Chronolock that leads a Quantum Shade, which appears normally as a raven, to its bearer anywhere they might flee to - killing the victim at the predetermined time when the countdown reaches zero. The Doctor and Clara though believe that Rigsy did not kill Anah and has been framed for the murder. Ashildr allows them to investigate the case, but tells them they have to convince those that live on the street of Rigsy's innocence to keep the tense truce between the various alien species that live there.

When a resident of the Trap Street is killed by the raven, for stealing medical rations, Clara learns that the Chronolock can be removed either by the person that placed it, or transferred willingly to another. Believing she is protected by Ashildr's assurance of her personal safety, Clara persuades Rigsy to pass on the Chronolock to her. So, without anyone else's knowledge, she now has the tattoo counting down on her.

Saving Rigsy
Saving Rigsy

Meanwhile, during his investigation The Doctor discovers that Rigsy had called for The Doctor when he was found in the street the previous day, and believes that Ashildr was trying to contact him and lead him to the Trap Street. They speak to Anahson, the daughter of Anah who is forced to dress as a male to hide her ability to see the past and future, and confirms that Ashildr had to fabricate the mystery to bring The Doctor to her. They go back to where Anah's body is being kept, for return to Janus, but find it is a stasis chamber with a keyhole to deactivate it within a recess on a control panel.

The Doctor thinks that the TARDIS key will unlock it, and proceeds to use the TARDIS key on the keyhole but the panel traps his arm temporarily to place a metal band on his arm and to take his TARDIS key while Anah is released, alive and well. Ashildr arrives, and explains that the band is a teleportation device, a means to send The Doctor away to keep the peace on the street, and asks him for his confession dial before she activates it.

However, when Ashildr goes to remove the Chronolock from Rigsy, Clara's transfer is discovered and Ashildr regretfully reveals that she had arranged the first Chronolock with the Quantum Shade, assuring it of a soul which only she could break with no intent of anyone dying. However, by accepting Rigsy's Chronolock Clara broke the terms of that contract and now Clara is doomed to die as there is nothing that can be done to save Clara from having to face the raven that will kill her.

Discovering the Trap Street
Discovering the Trap Street

Though Ashildr appears to be genuinely stunned and horrified at this, protesting that she never meant to harm anyone, The Doctor is furious and angrily begins to verbally attack Ashildr, demanding that she save Clara. Horrified by The Doctor's anger Clara tries to calm him down begging him not to be angry. She spends her last moments with The Doctor. She makes him promise that he will not harm anyone who will come in his way of this and will not take revenge on what has happened, reminding him why he became The Doctor. As The Doctor starts to speak, Clara silences him with a hug, telling him that everything he is about to say she already knows. Clara touches The Doctor's face in sadness, who in turn tenderly kisses her hand.

When the Chronolock counts down to zero, Clara goes outside to face the raven. The Doctor follows and watches her from afar. Refusing to run Clara stands in the middle of the street waiting for the raven accepting of her decision, as Danny Pink had done. When the raven strikes Clara screams in pain. Then the black mist of the Quantum Shade comes out of her mouth, and she drops to the ground.

After witnessing her death The Doctor returns to the others, warning Ashildr that what Clara had said was not to save him but was more directed to Ashildr and was intended to protect her. He warns her that he will do what he can to follow Clara's wishes, but advises her to stay out of his way, saying that the universe can be a small place when he is angered. Ashildr then activates the teleportation band, sending The Doctor off to an unknown location.

In a post-credits scene, Rigsy is seen putting the finishing touches on his latest bit of graffiti - a flowery mural dedicated to Clara on the front of the now empty TARDIS. He then walks away, leaving the abandoned TARDIS with no Clara and no Doctor.

 
Ashildr
Ashildr
All Refugees Welcome
All Refugees Welcome
The Raven
The Raven
The Swap
The Swap
 
8 Minutes to Save Clara
8 Minutes to Save Clara
Saying Goodbye
Saying Goodbye
Clara is Dead
Clara is Dead
An Angry Doctor
An Angry Doctor




Quote of the Story


 'You're going to be alone now, and you're very bad at that. You're going to be furious, and you're going to be sad, but listen to me. Don't let this change you. No, listen. Whatever happens next, wherever she is sending you, I know what you're capable of. You don't be a warrior. Promise me. Be a Doctor.'

Clara (to The Doctor)



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Doctor Who Series 9 Part 2 Box SetJanuary 2016BBCDVD 4084Photo-montageDVD boxed set containing 4 stories
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Doctor Who Series 9 Part 2 Box SetJanuary 2016BBCBD 0331Photo-montageBlu-Ray boxed set containing 4 stories
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The Complete Ninth Series Box SetMarch 2016BBCDVD 4066Photo-montageDVD boxed set containing 8 stories plus the 2014 & 2015 Christmas Specials
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete Ninth Series Box SetMarch 2016BBCBD 0327Photo-montageBlu-Ray boxed set containing 8 stories plus the 2014 & 2015 Christmas Specials
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete Ninth Series Box Set (Limited Edition Steelbook)March 2016BBCBD 0357Photo-montageLimited Edition Blu-Ray Steelbook boxed set containing 8 stories plus the 2014 & 2015 Christmas Specials
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CD
Original Television Soundtrack - Series 9April 2018Photo-montageMusic by Murray Gold


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Doctor Who Magazine - ReviewIssue 494 (Released: January 2016)

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