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The Unquiet Dead 

The Doctor has great expectations for his latest adventure when he and Rose join forces with Charles Dickens to investigate a mysterious plague of zombies.

Director:

Euros Lyn

Writer:

Mark Gatiss
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Christopher Eccleston ... Doctor Who
Billie Piper ... Rose Tyler
Alan David Alan David ... Gabriel Sneed
Huw Rhys Huw Rhys ... Redpath
Jennifer Hill Jennifer Hill ... Mrs. Peace
Eve Myles ... Gwen Cooper
Simon Callow ... Charles Dickens
Wayne Cater Wayne Cater ... Stage Manager
Michael Povey Michael Povey ... Driver (as Meic Povey)
Zoe Thorne ... The Gelth
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Storyline

Rose takes her first trip back in time and she and the Doctor travel to 1869 Cardiff. They take in a reading from none other than Charles Dickens but in the middle of the performance, a zombie-like creature interrupts the performance and there is a ghostly apparition. Rose is kidnapped and taken to the home of an undertaker where alien creatures are living in the gas lighting system and taken possession of the dead. Rose manages to get information from Gwyneth, the parlor maid, that points to her as the central point of contact for the alien beings. Written by garykmcd

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 2006 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

| (50 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Gabriel Sneed was initially conceived to be a younger character, with David Tennant in mind for the role. See more »

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Redpath reacts when the lid is taken off of the coffin he is in. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gabriel Sneed: Sneed and Company offer their sincerest condolences, sir, in this most trying hour.
Redpath: Grandmama had a good innings, Mr. Sneed. She was so full of life. I can't believe she's gone.
Gabriel Sneed: Not gone, Mr. Redpath. Merely sleeping.
Redpath: May I have a moment?
Gabriel Sneed: Yes, of course. I shall be in the next room should you require anything.
[after Sneed leaves, the body rises up and strangles Redpath. Sneed rushes back in]
Gabriel Sneed: Oh, no. Gwyneth! Get down here now! We've got another one!
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God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
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The Doctor and Rose go to 1869, to witness ghosts.They also see Charles Dickens, the legendary novelist.
10 July 2015 | by mrityunjaythakurSee all my reviews

Classic episode! Very good show, and cool episode."The Unquiet Dead" is the third episode of the first series of the British science-fiction television programme Doctor Who, first broadcast on 9 April 2005 on BBC One. It was written by Mark Gatiss and directed by Euros Lyn.

In the episode, alien time traveler the Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and his companion Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) travel to Victorian Cardiff on Christmas, 1869 where there have been sightings of strange gas-like creatures. The Doctor and Rose team up with Charles Dickens (Simon Callow) to investigate Mr Sneed (Alan David), a man who runs a funeral parlor where it seems that corpses have come to life. It is revealed that the gaseous Gelth (voiced by Zoe Thorne) have entered Cardiff through a Rift, and wish to survive by taking over the corpses.

"The Unquiet Dead" is the first episode of the revival to be set in the past, and was intended to show the series' range. The original brief and script included a focus on mediums and was grimmer in tone, but it evolved into a story about zombies and became more of a "romp". Callow, who had researched Dickens as well as portraying him on multiple occasions, accepted to guest star in "The Unquiet Dead" because he felt the historical figure was written accurately. The episode also features a guest appearance by actress Eve Myles; Myles would go on to play Gwen Cooper in the Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood from 2006. As contemporary Cardiff, location of the Doctor Who production, did not have enough Victorian architecture, the episode was filmed in Swansea. Computer generated imagery (CGI) was used as the main visual effect for the Gelth. "The Unquiet Dead" was seen by 8.86 million viewers in the United Kingdom on first broadcast. It attracted generally positive reception, although some reviewers criticized some plot points and lack of moral dilemma. In addition, Doctor Who spin-off author Lawrence Miles accused the episode of having a xenophobic subtext, which caused a controversy. The direction and production are both amazing. The idea is out-of-the-box, and the writers of this show are brilliant.Good show. Thanks for making such an epic show, guys!!!


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