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The Doctor Comforts Hanne
The Doctor Comforts Hanne
 On the edge of a Norwegian fjord in the present day, The Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz discover a boarded-up cottage and a girl named Hanne in need of their help.

 What has happened here? What monster lurks in the woods around the cottage - and beyond?

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General Information

Season: Thirty Seven (New Series 11)
Production Code: 11-9
Story Number: 284 (New Series: 128)
Episode Number:849 (New Series: 153)
Number of Episodes: 1
Percentage of Episodes Held:100%
Production Dates:
Broadcast Date: 02 December 2018
Colour Status: HD Colour
Studio: BBC Wales (Roath Lock Studios, Cardiff)
Writer:Ed Hime
Director:Jamie Childs
Series Producer:Nikki Wilson
Producer:Alex Mercer
Executive Producers:Chris Chibnall and Matt Strevens
Co-Executive Producer:Sam Hoyle
Executive Producer (for the BBC):Ben Irving
Assistant Directors:Lauren Pate and Sion Eirug
Script Supervisor:Lindsay Grant
Script Editors:Nina Metivier and Hannah Mason (Assistant)
Series Script Editor:Sheena Bucktowonsing
Editors:David Fisher, David S J Davies (Assistant), Hayley Williams (Assistant) and Dan Rawlings (VFX)
Colourist:Gareth Spensley
Head of Production:Radford Neville
Production Executive:Tracie Simpson
Production Manager:James DeHaviland
Production Assistant:Alexandra Bahiyyih Wain
Post Production Supervisor:Ceres Doyle
Production Designer:Arwel Wyn Jones
Director of Photography:Denis Crossan
Casting Director:Andy Pryor CDG
Line Producer:Steffan Morris
Costume Designer:Ray Holman
Make-Up Designer:Claire Pritchard-Jones
Cameramen:Cai Stephens (Assistant), Drew Marsden (Assistant), Gethin Williams (Assistant) and Mark McQuoid (Operator)
Visual Effects:DNEG
Special Effects:Real SFX
Prosthetics:Millennium FX
Special Creature Effects:Millennium FX
Stunt Co-ordinators:Belinda McGinley and Crispin Layfield
Stunt Performers:Karen Teoh, Lucy Fowl and Paul Bailey
Incidental Music:Segun Akinola
Special Sounds (SFX Editor):Harry Barnes
Sound Recordist:Deian Llyr Humphreys
Dubbing Mixer:Howard Bargroff
Music Orchestrated By:Alec Roberts
Music Mixed By:Goetz Botzenhardt
Title Sequence:Ben Pickles
Title Music:Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Arranged by Segun Akinola
Number of Doctors: 1
The Doctor: Jodie Whittaker (The Thirteenth Doctor)
Number of Companions: 3The Companions: Bradley Walsh (Graham O'Brien), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair) and Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan) Guest Cast: Sharon D Clarke (Grace) Additional Cast: Eleanor Wallwork (Hanne), Kevin Eldon (Ribbons), Christian Rubeck (Erik), Lisa Stokke (Trine)Setting: Norway (2018); The Solitract Plane; Anti-Zone Villain:The Solitract

The Episodes

No. Episodes Broadcast
Duration Viewers
In Archive
849It Takes You Away02 December 201849'11"6.2Yes

Total Duration 49 Minutes

Audience Appreciation

Average Viewers (Millions) 6.2


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This is the ninth story of Season Thirty Seven (New Series 11). It was written by Ed Hime and directed by Jamie Childs.

The Doctor claims to have had seven grandmothers, including Granny Five who told her about the Solitract, and claimed that Granny Two was a secret agent for the Zygons.

When Graham O'Brien meets Grace he tells her that since her death he has visited an alien world (see "The Ghost Monument") and has met Rosa Parks (see "Rosa").

Grace tells Graham that she remembers being killed by a creature (see "The Woman Who Fell to Earth").

Graham admits to carrying sandwiches every time he leaves the TARDIS, after learning travelling in the TARDIS means that they do not stop for food often.

Ryan Sinclair is heard to finally call Graham ‘granddad’ (see "The Woman Who Fell to Earth" and "The Ghost Monument").

During this story Yasmin Khan is heard making the suggestion to The Doctor of 'reversing the polarity' - a recurring phrase first used by the Third Doctor.

This is a story where there is no real enemy. The Solitract proved to simply be lonely and missing the universe and never meant anyone any harm. It could however be argued that Ribbons serves as a secondary villain.

The Seventh Doctor previously encountered a conscious aspect of an existence from the pre-universe who was banished as part of the creation of reality because they were incompatible with reality (see the Virgin Books' The New Adventures novel "Christmas on a Rational Planet" written by Lawrence Miles.

The Tenth Doctor previously encountered creatures which ate away flesh in a matter of seconds in the 2008 story "Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead".

A tall white, cloak-wearing monster with a mole-like head, tubular snout and long sharp fingers was originally going to appear in this story but was cut for time. This monster was played by Paul Sturgess.

At the beginning of this story The Doctor is seen verifying their relative location and date by taste (see "The Christmas Invasion").

Graham finds sweet wrappers as a sign someone has been around, something the Twelfth Doctor previously thought of as a sign in the 2017 story "The Eaters of Light".

All the scenes within the Solitract plane were flipped around to depict the reversed image seen in a mirror. This not only applied to the set, but also to the actors: eagle-eyed viewers could make out such details as the Slayer logo on Erik's shirt being backwards, and the parting in The Doctor's hair being on the opposite side.

The Eighth Doctor previously came across a mirror that led to an alternate dimension in the comic strip story "The Silvering" that was published in 2016, whilst the Tenth Doctor encountered two different portals that were disguised as mirrors in the 2006 story "The Girl in the Fireplace" and the BBC novel "Martha in the Mirror" written by Justin Richards.

In the Divergent Universe, the Eighth Doctor frequently transgressed an Interzone to arrive at different sections of the crucible planet on which he was trapped (see the Big Finish Productions audio stories "The Creed of the Kromon", "Faith Stealer", "The Last" and "Caerdroia").

First and Last

The Firsts:

 The first Doctor Who story to be written by Ed Hime.

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The Plot

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Arriving In Norway
Arriving In Norway

The TARDIS lands in a forest. The Doctor, Graham O'Brien, Ryan Sinclair and Yasmin Khan have arrived in present day Norway. While The Doctor attempts to ascertain where they have arrived, by tasting the grass, Graham spots a cabin in the distance, which The Doctor becomes suspicious of as it is the middle of winter but the cabin's chimney is not giving off any smoke. Despite Graham suggesting that it could just be used as a holiday home, and that currently no-one is there, The Doctor decides it needs to be investigated.

When they arrive at the cabin they discover that it has been boarded up as if it’s owner was expecting to ride out a storm. Taking a closer look Ryan catches movement in the bit of a window that is still available. The Doctor users her sonic screwdriver to scan the door, finding it locked by three locks, and unlocks them.

As the group enter the cabin, which appears to be deserted, they discover signs that someone has just had a meal recently. As they search Ryan and Graham investigate the upstairs where Graham finds sweet wrappers near a wardrobe which, when Ryan opens it, they discover a scared girl sitting in the wardrobe. The Doctor kindly asks her to exit, but the girl refuses to move. Graham asks if the girl is hungry, offering a sandwich he keeps on him. This does the trick and back in the kitchen, the girl eats Graham’s sandwich. When she finishes eating she asks who they are. The Doctor introduces herself and her travelling companions, explaining they were walking nearby and noticed something was strange about the cabin. The girl reveals her name to be Hanne. When she gets up, to put her plate away, The Doctor observes her feeling around for the sink. The Doctor asks if she is blind. In response Hanne removes her sunglasses, revealing that she is blind. Yasmin questions Hanne about who else lives there, prompting Hanne to explain that she lived in the cabin with her father, Erik, both of them having moved there following the death of her mother. But she now lives alone when her father was taken by a monster four days ago...

The Doctor Checks Where They Are
The Doctor Checks Where They Are

Curious about this The Doctor leads them all outside as Hanne explains that she checked for their boat which is still there, meaning that her father did not leave her by choice. Suddenly Hanne's watch starts to beep. She explains that it is set to warn her that the monster hunts at the same time every day. The Doctor sends Ryan and Yasmin to investigate a nearby shed, while she and Graham return to the cabin with Hanne. In the shed Ryan and Yasmin discover some dead birds and a work bench with partially constructed bear traps. When a roaring suddenly fills the air they run back to The Doctor with one of the traps, which indicates that Erik was aware that something was very wrong in the area. While Ryan and Yasmin block the back door, Graham goes upstairs so as to watch out of one of the windows. When the roaring stops, Graham turns and spots a mirror on the wall. Graham is curious about the mirror as he realises that it is not showing his refection. So absorbed by this mystery he is unaware when suddenly Ryan joins him. Ryan is equally confused by their lack of reflections. As Ryan reaches towards the mirror he causes some kind of energy to appear on the surface and his hand to distort into another space beyond it.

The Doctor then arrives and uses her sonic screwdriver on the mirror, pausing it in the middle of what it was doing. She sticks her head through the mirror, experiencing major perception distortion. She pulls back, noting that aside from the slight disorientation, she is perfectly fine. Yasmine and Hanne then arrive, wondering what was shaking the house. The Doctor explains that there is a portal in the mirror and that it is probably where Erik ended up. She instructs Ryan to look after Hanne, while she, Graham and Yasmin enter the mirror.


They find themselves in a maze of rocky tunnels and caves. Drawn to a light in a cavern they come across a strange being named Ribbons, who lives in the bizarre world. The Doctor asks for his lantern, but Ribbons offers it in exchange for The Doctor’s sonic screwdriver. The Doctor reluctantly agrees but only promises to hand it over if he shows them the way to Erik. So that they can find their way back The Doctor uses string to leave a path. They have not travelled far before they discover a dead body while a moth lands on the lantern. Ribbons explains that it is a flesh moth, tossing a dead rat to lure it away. He lingers under a false pretence in order to cut the string. When they arrive in a new cavern Ribbons suddenly takes Graham hostage to renegotiate the agreement he made with The Doctor. When a new moth arrives The Doctor, at her wit's end, asks where they are to which Ribbons reveals that they are in an Anti-zone. The Doctor explains to a confused Graham and Yasmin that this is a buffer between realities. When more moths arrive Ribbons attempts to run off, with The Doctor’s sonic screwdriver, but is tripped up by Graham. The moths descend on Ribbons and before anyone can come to his aid he is eaten by the moths. Having finished with Ribbons the moths start to chase The Doctor, Graham and Yasmin as they desperately try to find their way back to the portal and so to safety. They manage to reach the portal and when they pass through they find themselves back in the cabin. However, The Doctor soon realises that something is not quite right. Everything is the mirror image of what it is supposed to be. The Doctor deduces correctly that they have reached the other side of the portal and are now in a reflected parallel universe.

As they go downstairs The Doctor, Graham and Yasmin hear someone in the kitchen. There they encounter Erik. When they explain to him that Hanne is being menaced by a monster, Erik explains that there isn't one. It is just something that he invented to keep her inside the cabin, with a fully stocked fridge, while he is away. The Doctor notices that Erik is trying to hide the fact that there is someone else in the cabin. A woman named Trine enters the kitchen and The Doctor automatically assumes that Erik has married someone he has met in this world. However, Erik explains that Trina, despite her being dead, is Hanne's mother.

Back in the real universe Ryan also discovers that the monster is not real when he finds some speakers around the house and realises that they are being used to keep Hanne inside. Before Ryan can tell Hanne about his discovery she knocks him out before entering the portal herself. On the other side of the mirror she finds The Doctor's string and begins following it. Shortly afterwards Ryan comes to and realising that Hanne has gone through the mirror he passes through the portal himself. He soon catches up with Hanne just before they arrive near Ribbons' corpse as the flesh eating moths arrive. Ryan sends Hanne away as he hides from the flesh moths.

Graham Discovers the Portal
Graham Discovers the Portal

In the reflected parallel universe Graham hears a humming coming from outside. In amongst some laundry drying on the line he discovers Grace. Despite knowing that this can’t be the real Grace, as she died (see "The Woman Who Fell to Earth"), Graham tells her about his travels with The Doctor and even meeting Rosa Parks. The Doctor joins Graham and quickly deduces that they have encountered the Solitract, a sentient universe incompatible and exiled from the real one, which seeks companionship and has now cut them off from their universe. Hanne then arrives and immediately identifies that the version of Trine within the Solitract is not her mother. Hanne is ejected back to the anti-zone when The Doctor convinces the Solitract to let them all go, knowing their presence threatens to collapse it. However, when Erik refuses to leave, The Doctor offers to take his place and give the Solitract her broad experience from travelling the universe. When Erik is ejected The Doctor finds herself in a white space. She sees archways leading up to a chair with a frog on it. The frog speaks to her in Grace's voice, explaining that a frog is its most favourite form, so this is its true shape. Despite being fascinated with interacting with the Solitract, The Doctor explains that she can not stay for long and urges the Solitract to let her go. When the Solitract agrees The Doctor promises to be best friends forever with the Solitract and the Solitract promises to dream of its new friend.

As the anti-zone collapses, everyone runs back to the portal to the normal universe. As they reach the portal Ryan wonders where The Doctor is and immediately hears a yell from her to run. She rushes towards them as they all head back through the mirror. Once they are all through, The Doctor uses her sonic screwdriver to sever their world's connection with the anti-zone and explains that the Solitract can not come back to their universe.

Having received closure from the Solitract, over losing his wife, Erik decides to move with Hanne back to Oslo. Back on the hill, as they approach the TARDIS, Ryan and Graham talk about how Grace would have reacted to this whole adventure. Laughing, Ryan finally calls Graham ‘granddad’, pleasantly surprising him. Shortly after they enter the TARDIS it dematerialises.

Entering the Portal
Entering the Portal
Hanne in the Portal
Hanne in the Portal
Erik and Trine
Erik and Trine
Graham Meets Grace
Graham Meets Grace
The Doctor in The Solitract's Universe
The Doctor in The Solitract's Universe
The Solitract
The Solitract
Father and Daughter Reunited
Father and Daughter Reunited

Quote of the Story

 'You want the whole universe. Someone who has seen it all, and that's me. I've lived longer, seen more, loved more, and lost more. I can share it all with you, anything you want to know about what you never had. Cause he's an idiot with a daughter who needs him. So let him go, and I will give you everything.'

The Doctor

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Release Information

FormatTitleRelease Date (UK)Code NumberCover ArtRemarks
The Complete Eleventh Series Box SetJanuary 2019BBCDVD 4296Photo-montageDVD boxed set containing 10 stories
The Complete Eleventh Series Box SetJanuary 2019BBCBD 0437Photo-montageBlu-Ray boxed set containing 10 stories
The Complete Eleventh Series Box Set (Limited Edition Steelbook)January 2019BBCBD 0455Photo-montageLimited Edition Blu-Ray Steelbook boxed set containing 10 stories
Original Television Soundtrack - Series 11January 2019Photo-montageMusic by Segun Akinola

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Doctor Who Magazine - PreviewIssue 532 (Released: Winter 2018/2019)
Doctor Who Magazine - ReviewIssue 534 (Released: February 2019)

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Complete Series Blu-Ray Box Set
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Complete Series Blu-Ray Limited Edition Steelbook Box Set
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Original Television Soundtrack Cover
Original Television Soundtrack Cover



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