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Doctor Who: Midnight

On the leisure world of Midnight, terrifying powers knocking behind the walls shake the Doctor to his core...

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x10
Airdate: Saturday June 14th, 2008
Special Airtime: 07:10 pm

Alternate Airdates:

US (BBC America) Jul 11, 2008
NL (Sci-Fi) Aug 12, 2009


Special Guest Stars
Billie PiperBillie Piper
As Rose Tyler

Guest Stars
Lesley SharpLesley Sharp
As Sky Silvestry
Rakie AyolaRakie Ayola
As Hostess
David TroughtonDavid Troughton
As Professor Hobbs
Ayesha AntoineAyesha Antoine
As Dee Dee Blasco
Lindsey CoulsonLindsey Coulson
As Val Cane
Daniel RyanDaniel Ryan
As Biff Cane
Colin MorganColin Morgan
As Jethro Cane
Tony BlutoTony Bluto
As Driver Joe
Duane HenryDuane Henry
As Mechanic Claude
Main Cast
David TennantDavid Tennant
As The Tenth Doctor
Catherine TateCatherine Tate
As Donna Noble


On the crystalline planet of Midnight, Donna is relaxing and sunbathing at a leisure palace. The Doctor calls and tries to convince her to come with him on a sightseeing tour on a space truck across the planet. She’d rather work on her tan, although the Doctor warns her that the Xtonic radiation is strong enough to vaporize anyone walking unprotected on the surface. Donna advises him to be careful but the Doctor asserts that nothing can possibly go wrong...

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Episode Notes
David Troughton is the son of Patrick Troughton, who played the Second Doctor from 1966 to 1969. David had previously appeared in the original series as King Peladon of Peladon, in "The Curse of Peladon" (1972), as well as a small role as a private in "The War Games" (1969).

This episode marks another appearance of Rose (Billie Piper). She appear on the view screen behind the Doctor, calling out to him, as the power goes out. However, the Doctor has his back turned to the screen and doesn't see her.

Episode Quotes
Hostess: Complimentary earphones. Complimentary slippers. Complimentary juice pack and complimentary peanuts. I must warn you, some products may contain nuts.
The Doctor: That'll be the peanuts.

Sky Silvestry: (about the food) Well, what's this? Chicken or beef?
The Doctor: I think it's both.

The Doctor: Should we take a look outside, just lift the screens a bit?
Driver Joe: It's 100% Xtonic out there. We'd be vapourised.
The Doctor: Nah! Those windows are finito glass, they'll give us a couple of minutes. Go on, live a little...

(testing if the creature can mimic him)
The Doctor/Sky: Now then, Sky. Are you Sky? Is Sky still in there? Mrs Silvestry? You know exactly what I'm going to say. How are you doing that? Roast beef. Bananas. The Medusa Cascade. Bang! Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Donna Noble, TARDIS. Shamble bobble dibble dooble. Oh, Doctor, you're so handsome. Yes, I am, thank you. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O. First she repeats, then she catches up. What's the next stage?

The Doctor: This little bunch of humans. What do you amount to? Murder? Because this is where you you decide who you are. Could you actually murder her, really, or are you better than that?

Episode References
This is the first time the TARDIS hasn't been seen in an episode proper since Genesis of the Daleks in 1975.

The Doctor gives his typical alias of "John Smith," which he first used by the 2nd Doctor in The Wheel in Space.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerRussell T. Davies  |  Julie Gardner
ProducerPhil Collinson
Production DesignerEdward Thomas
EditorPhilip Kloss
First Assistant DirectorGareth Williams (3)
Second Assistant DirectorJennie Fava
MusicMurray Gold
Costume DesignerLouise Page
Make-upSteve Smith (8)  |  Pam Mullins  |  John Munro (2)
GripJohn Robinson (3)
Camera OperatorJulian Barber  |  Joe Russell
Set DecoratorTim Dickel
Location ManagerGareth Skelding
Property MasterPhil Lyons
Production CoordinatorJess Van Niekerk
Assistant EditorCarmen Roberts
Post Production SupervisorSamantha Hall  |  Chris Blatchford
Supervising Sound EditorPaul McFadden
GafferMark Hutchings
On-Line EditorMatthew Clarke (2)
Director of PhotographyErnie Vincze
Stunt CoordinatorCrispin Layfield
Production SecretaryKevin Myers
Storyboard ArtistShaun Williams
Post Production CoordinatorMarie Brown (2)
Production ManagementPeter Bennett (3)
Sound EditorDoug Sinclair (2)
Special EffectsWill Cohen (3)
Script EditorHelen Raynor
Dubbing MixerTim Ricketts
Sound RecordistJulian Howarth
Third Assistant DirectorSarah Davies
Costume SupervisorLindsay Bonaccorsi
Boom OperatorJeff Welch
Art Department CoordinatorAmy Pope
Visual Effects CoordinatorRebecca Johnson (2)  |  Jenna Powell
Main Title ThemeRon Grainer
Visual Effects SupervisorDavid Houghton
Production AccountantOliver Ager
Camera AssistantTom Hartley
Best BoyPeter Chester
Casting AssociateAndy Brierley  |  Amy Rogers (2)
Visual Effects ProducerMarie Jones (2)
Special Effects SupervisorDanny Hargreaves
Production ExecutiveJulie Scott (2)
Unit ManagerRhys Griffiths
ColoristMick Vincent
Assistant Costume DesignerRose Goodhart
Special Effects CoordinatorBen Ashmore
ContinuityNon Eleri Hughes
Focus PullerSteve Rees
Prop BuyerCatherine Samuel
Casting DirectorAndy Pryor
A/production AccountantDebi Griffiths
Supervising Art DirectorStephen Nicholas  |  Arwel Wyn Jones
Standby Art DirectorCiaran Thompson
Construction ManagerMatthew Hywel-Davies
Standby PropsNick Murray (2)  |  Phill Shellard
Production RunnerNicola Brown (2)
Floor RunnerHeddi Joy Taylor
Contracts AssistantLisa Hayward
Art Department Production ManagerJonathan Allison
Associate DesignerJames North
Design AssistantAl Roberts
Sound Special Effects EditorPaul Jefferies
Make-up DesignerBarbara Southcott
VFX EditorCeres Doyle
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