Doctor Who: Ghost Light (1989)

UK, 4 October -18 October 1989
Series 26, episodes 5-7, average 25m each
videotape, colour, 4:3
mono, English
Previous Serial: : Battlefield (1989)
Next Serial: Doctor Who: The Curse of Fenric (1989)
Part of: Doctor Who (1963-1989)

A British television science fiction serial directed by Alan Wareing from scripts by Marc Platt. Although the stories The Curse of Fenric (1989) and Survival (1989) were broadcast ubsequently, Ghost Light was the last serial from Doctor Who‘s original run to be produced, the last ever scene recorded being the final one between Mrs Pritchard and Gwendoline.

Plot Summary

takes Ace back to 1883 to a house she burnt down when she lived in Perivale. It's inhabitants are revealed to be a very strange group indeed and in its basement sits a spaceship wherein lurk ethereal .

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Director: Alan Wareing [parts 1-3]
© BBC MCMLXXXIX [1989] [parts 1-3]
Producer: John Nathan-Turner [parts 1-3]
Production Manager: Gary Downie [parts 1-3]
[Written] By: Marc Platt [parts 1-3]
Script Editor: Andrew Cartmel [parts 1-3]
Lighting Director: Henry Barber [parts 1-3]
Camera Supervisor: Spencer Payne [parts 1-3]
Technical Co-Ordinator: Richard Wilson [parts 1-3]
Vision Mixer: Susan Brincat [parts 1-3]
Videotape Editor: Hugh Parson [parts 1-3]
Theme Music Composed by: Ron Grainer [parts 1-3]
Theme Music Arranger: Keff McCulloch *
Incidental Music: Mark Ayres [parts 1-3]
Sound: Scott Talbott [parts 1-3], Keith Bowden [parts 1-3]
Special Sound: Dick Mills [parts 1-3]
Costume Designer: Ken Trew [parts 1-3]
Make-Up Designer: Joan Stribling [parts 1-3]
Visual Effects Designer: Malcolm James [parts 1-3]
Video Effects: Dave Chapman [parts 1-3]
Titles: Gareth Edwards, CAL Video *
Designer: Nick Somerville [parts 1-3]
Properties Buyer: Nick Barnett [parts 1-3]
Graphic Designer: Oliver Elmes [parts 1-3]
Production Associate: June Collins [parts 1-3]
Production Assistant: Valerie Whiston [parts 1-3]
Assistant Floor Manager: Stephen Garwood [parts 1-3]

Cast
Part One
Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor)
Sophie Aldred (Ace)
Ian Hogg (Josiah [Samuel Smith])
Sylvia Syms (Mrs Pritchard)
Michael Cochrane (Redvers Fenn-Cooper)
Sharon Duce (Control)
Katharine Schlesinger (Gwendoline [Pritchard])
John Nettleton (Reverend Ernest Matthews)
Carl Forgione (Nimrod)
Brenda Kempner (Mrs Grose)

Part Two
Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor)
Sophie Aldred (Ace)
Ian Hogg (Josiah [Samuel Smith])
Sylvia Syms (Mrs Pritchard)
Michael Cochrane (Redvers Fenn-Cooper)
Frank Windsor (Inspector MacKenzie)
Sharon Duce (Control)
Katharine Schlesinger (Gwendoline [Pritchard])
John Nettleton (Reverend Ernest Matthews)
Carl Forgione (Nimrod)
Brenda Kempner (Mrs Grose)

Part Three
Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor)
Sophie Aldred (Ace)
Ian Hogg (Josiah [Samuel Smith])
Sylvia Syms (Mrs Pritchard)
Michael Cochrane (Redvers Fenn-Cooper)
Frank Windsor (Inspector MacKenzie)
Sharon Duce (Control)
Katharine Schlesinger (Gwendoline [Pritchard])
John Hallam (Light)
Carl Forgione (Nimrod)

Uncredited
Keith Harvie, Jack Talbot [husks]
Katy Jarrett, Sue Somerset [day maids]
Emma Darrell, Vivienne Darke, Diana Frances, Fiona King [night maids]

Alternative Titles

The Bestiary – working title
Life Cycle – working title
Das Haus der Tausend Schrecken – Germany

References

Periodicals

  • Celestial Toyroom no.208 (June 1994) – review
  • Doctor Who: The Complete History vol.46 pp.6-47 – illustrated article (by Andrew Pixley et al)

Books

  • Doctor Who: The Television Companion by David J. Howe and Stephen James Walker – credits, synopsis, review