This episode was posted on 30 April completing
the ten week run of 8th Doctor stories. On the whole, I consider
the series to have been a success and I'm already plotting out a
possible series 2 for the same time next year.
I wanted a Moffatesque season finale. Having
built up to the Dalek assault on the dream dimension I wanted to
take the story in a completely different direction to find an
unexpected way of resolving it.
The original draft of the
final episode took it even further with the Doctor arriving in a
mystical setting, meeting odd characters that represented the
various people Angel had met on her travels in the TARDIS. It
would also have included flying dragons. Angel's subconscious
self was represented by castle that the Doctor and his new
friends would have to storm. Only once inside would the Doctor
realise he's inside Angel's mind, not in the dream dimension
Having virtually destroyed the TARDIS interior at the top of
the episode, I toyed with the idea of the TARDIS reforming with
the RTD era control room. This would basically wipe my previous
8th Doctor stories from history so I decided against it.
For a long time, this episode was
untitled. One title I considered was Out Of Your Mind
but I thought this might give too much away. The idea of
a fallen angel getting redemption was much more
The Skaro scenes were shot on the 5th December
2010 at the same time as the other Skaro scenes for stories 1
and 4. The TARDIS scenes were shot backwards, beginning with the
Doctor and Angel leaving in the TARDIS and ending with the
TARDIS interior being destroyed. They were done on 7th January
The Windsor street scenes were filmed weeks later. A
pick up shot of the the Doctor and Angel in Angel's memory
gallery was taken on 8th March 2011. At the same time a new
ending was written and filmed.
The images for this final episode were
completed on 8th March 2011 with lettering following
As with many stories in the season, more
dialogue was added during the editing to flesh out the
stories and character's motivations. That included a
change to the ending.
The original ending was set in the TARDIS
and would see the Doctor and Angel ride off into the
time vortex. This was changed partly to give a more
emotive ending and partly to finish on a clean slate but
still allowing Angel to return.
Most of the
images in Angel's memory gallery were taken from the opening
episode of the series before Angel was a duplicate but some
images were specially taken. There's a hidden image of Angel
standing next to the 11th Doctor. Red herring? Or a glimpse of
something we've yet to see? Who knows (I certainly don't).
Although not explicitly stated in any of the
stories, I place the Dalek parts of this series around 3011- a
thousand years from now. The Doctor's reference to the Daleks
being a renewed threat in a thousand years time is reference to
The Dalek Masterplan set in 4000AD