Part one was posted on 8th April, part two on
16th April and part three on 23rd April- the same day as The
Impossible Astronaut, the opening story of series 6 on TV.
Had I given it more thought I would have started the series two
weeks earlier so the final episodes weren't over shadowed by
One of the original titles for the story
was The Nightmare Gate.
Every episode in the series so far has
ended with a taster of the next part. I decided to
forego that this week so as not to spoil the final
It was always the plan that the Daleks would top
and tail the series with Angel being the link. In reusing the
Daleks again I had to come up with something new to do with them
in order to justify it.
I was reminded of many films where World War II
Nazis are shown looking into the occult in order to win the
war. This was something the Daleks have never done before-
admitting that there are things beyond their comprehension that
could be harnessed in their ongoing war- but it's something touched on in Story One where the Daleks are experimenting with
The crux of this story of course, is the
revelation in part two that the real Angel was murdered
by the Daleks in the first
episode of this series and the Doctor has been travelling with a
Dalek duplicate all this time. Whether or not she'll be
redeemed... well you'll have to tune in next week.
It was always my intention that Angel would turn out to be a
pawn of the Daleks. In the original storylines, the Doctor
escapes with a component for the Daleks' latest machine but the
Supreme is unconcerned since the component needs to be charged
with artron energy in order to work. It would transpire that the
component was the Doctor's new companion.
The Planet Nox uses silver crepe paper as it's
floor with walls of black and brown crepe paper. The rocks are
made of foam filler sprayed with grey rock paint. Halloween
cobwebs are added to give the planet a misty look.
The scenes on Skaro and the
Dalek ship use sets based on City of the Daleks and were
shot back to back with scenes for
Fear of the Daleks.
Nocturus model is made of sculpy and treated in photoshop to
give it a stoney and veniy texture
During the editing it became apparent
that a lot was happening very quickly so I slowed the
pace and made it three episodes instead of just the
original two, though some miscalculation led to an extra
page for part two.
The 'money shot' of the Doctor watching
the Daleks gather round the Nocturus entrance was done
twice, the first image really not cutting the mustard.
The second image uses the Dalek city from
The Daleks as its background.