Saturday 31 December 2022

The Uninvited Guest


Minimal cast for this one. The Doctor is from The Eleventh Hour set. Mary St Pride is the Gelth Zombie from The Unquiet Dead. The spiders are from Primeval.

This story was written back in 2008 when the classic figures were just about to come out. I had a story for the sixth Doctor and a story for the fifth Doctor but was really short of ideas for the fourth when this popped into my head. I'm not sure why it wasn't made back then.

When the 7th Doctor figure was announced in 2009 I considered switching him in but still it didn't get made.

It wasn't until 2013 with Matt Smith on his way out I decided to give him a final outing and The Uninvited Guest fitted the bill perfectly as a simple, relatively easy to shoot tale.

Filming took place on 8 October 2013 with a few pick-ups of the spiders done on 30 July 2014.
The sets are reused from a 2011 8th Doctor story, Play Time.

The story began editing in early 2014 but didn't get far into page one. Editing resumed in July 2014. Unfortunately due to a severe lack of time, the photoshopping is rushed and not as good as I'd like.

This story was originally posted on 31 July 2014.
2014, for me had been a very busy year so by July, I was ready to put the final stop on the AFT.
At the time, I lamented that the AFT wouldn't be there at the dawn of a new Doctor (Peter Capaldi).

It was reposted on 31 Dec 2022 - I chose this episode to celebrate the anniversary of Matt Smith's first appearance.

There's no mention of any other stories here so it could appear at any point in the 11th Doctor's run. He's still in his tweed outfit so it's sometime prior to The Snowmen