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The Doctor and Clara travel to Caliburn House to investigate the repeated sightings of a mysterious ghost, The Witch in the Well. However, the Doctor soon discovers that the phenomena is anything but supernatural, but a rescue attempt traps him in a collapsing pocket dimension.


Episode Info


Episode number: 7x9
Airdate: Saturday April 20th, 2013
Special Airtime: 06:45 pm

Director: Jamie Payne
Writer: Neil Cross (1)

Alternate Airdates:

US (BBC America) Apr 20, 2013
AU (aspire TV) Apr 21, 2013

  • Currently 8/10
8/10 (9 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Dougray ScottDougray Scott
As Alec Palmer
Recurring
Jessica RaineJessica Raine
As Emma Grayling
Recurring
Aidan CookAidan Cook
As The Crooked Man
Recurring
Kemi-bo JacobsKemi-bo Jacobs
As Hila (Hila Tarcorian)
Main Cast
Matt Smith (3)Matt Smith (3)
As The Eleventh Doctor
Jenna-Louise ColemanJenna-Louise Coleman
As Clara Oswald

Recap

At Caliburn House in 1974 England, it's a dark and stormy night. Inside, psychic Emma Grayling checks with Alec Palmer, who is setting up monitoring equipment. He dismisses the interference as stray FM broadcasts and assures her that he's taken care of it. Alec asks if Emma wants to go through with it again, and she says that "she" is so lonely. Satisfied, Alec begins an audio journal and Emma calls out to the spirit of the Witch of the Well, trying to establish contact. As she offers to bring it home, Alec's equipment overloads and a ghostly figure appears briefly. Emma collapses from the psychic impressions and says that "she" is dead. ..

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Episode Quotes
The Doctor: I'm looking for a ghost.
Alec Palmer: And you are?
Clara: Ghostbusters.

The Doctor: I'm the Doctor.
Alec Palmer: Doctor what?
The Doctor: If you like.

The Doctor: Oh. Oh look. Oh lovely, the ACR 90821. Oh, bliss. Nice toggle switches. Ooh, I do love a toggle switch. Actually, I like the word "toggle." Huh. Nice noun, excellent verb.

Clara: Say we actually find her. What do we say?
The Doctor: We ask her how she came to be. Whatever she is?
Clara: Why?
The Doctor: Because I don't know. And ignorance is... umm, what's the opposite of bliss?
Clara: Carisle?
The Doctor: Yes. Yes, Carisle. Ignorance is Carisle.

The Doctor: Do you feel anything?
Clara: No.
The Doctor: Your pants are so on fire.

The Doctor: What do you think?
Clara: Uh, color's a bit boisterous.
The Doctor: I think it brings out my eyes.
Clara: Makes my eyes hurt.

Clara: I mean, one moment you're in 1974 looking for ghosts. But all you have to do is open your eyes and talk to whoever is standing there. To you I haven't been born yet. And to you I've been dead a hundred billion years. Is my body out there somewhere, in the ground?
The Doctor: Yes, I suppose it is.
Clara: But here we are, talking. So I am a ghost. To you, I'm a ghost. We're all ghosts to you. We must be nothing.
The Doctor: No, no. You're not that.
Clara: Then what are we? What can we possibly be?
The Doctor: You are the only mystery worth solving.

The Doctor: Listen, all I need to do is dive into another dimension, find the time traveler, help her escape the monster, get home before the entire dimension collapses, and Bob's your uncle.



Cultural References
Clara: Ghostbusters.

Ghostbusters was a 1984 comedy about four men who exorcise ghosts and call themselves "The Ghostbusters."

The Doctor: Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it.

The Doctor quotes from the 1928 Cole Porter song, "Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love."



Episode References
The crystal the Doctor uses is from Metebelis III, a planet first seen in "The Green Death." He subsequently brought a crystal back and used it as a psionic amplifier in "Planet of the Spiders."




Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerCaroline Skinner  |  Steven Moffat
ProducerMarcus Wilson
Production DesignerMichael Pickwoad
EditorNick Arthurs
CastingAndy Pryor
Line ProducerDiana Barton (2)
First Assistant DirectorJohn Bennett (2)
Second Assistant DirectorJames Dahaviland
MusicMurray Gold
Costume DesignerHoward Burden
Make-upJulie Fox Pritchard  |  Sara Angharad
GripGary Norman
Camera OperatorJoe Russell
Set DecoratorAdrian Anscombe
Location ManagerNicky James
Property MasterPaul Smith (2)
Production AssistantSamantha Price  |  Rachel Vipond
Script SupervisorSteve Walker (2)
Production CoordinatorClaire Hildred
Assistant EditorBecky Trotman
Post Production SupervisorNerys Davies
GafferMark Hutchings
On-Line EditorGeraint Pari Huws
Director of PhotographyMike Southon
Stunt CoordinatorGordon Seed  |  Crispin Layfield
Production SecretarySandra Cosfeld
Art DirectorAmy Pickwoad
Assistant Production CoordinatorGabriella Ricci
Production ManagementPhillipa Cole
Dubbing MixerTim Ricketts
Sound RecordistDeian Llyr Humphreys
Third Assistant DirectorHeddi Joy Taylor
Costume SupervisorCarly Griffith
Art Department CoordinatorDonna Shakesheff
Main Title ThemeRon Grainer
Production AccountantJeff Dunn  |  Rhys Evans  |  Justine Wooff
Camera AssistantMeg De Koning  |  Sam Smithard  |  Evelina Norgren
Best BoySteve Slocombe
Casting AssociateAlice Purser
Assistant DirectorDanielle Richards
Production ExecutiveJulie Scott (2)
Graphic DesignerChris J. Lees
Unit ManagerGeraint Williams
ColoristMick Vincent
Assistant Costume DesignerFraser Purfit
ConductorBen Foster (3)
Focus PullerJulius Ogden  |  James Scott (2)
Assistant Art DirectorRichard Hardy
Sound Effects EditorPaul Jefferies
Graphic ArtistChristina Tom
Dialogue EditorDarran Clement
Production BuyerAdrian Greenwood  |  Charlie Lynam
Supervising Art DirectorPaul Spriggs
Standby Art DirectorHelen Atherton
Construction ManagerTerry Horle
Standby PropsRob Brandon
Scenic ArtistJohn Pinkerton
Make-up DesignerBarbara Southcott
VFX EditorJoel Skinner
Script ProducerDenise Paul
Costume AssistantKatarina Capellazzi  |  Gemma Evans
Assistant Script EditorJohn Phillips (6)
ADR EditorMatthew Cox
Location AssistantIestyn Hampson-Jones
Dressing PropsPaul Barnett  |  Jayne Davies  |  Mike Elkins  |  Ian Griffin
Sound Maintenance EngineerChris Goding  |  Ross Adams
 
Warning: Doctor Who season 7 episode 9 guide may contain spoilers
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