After Effects was the episode of Doctor Who Confidential broadcast in conjunction with The Hungry Earth.

The title is a reference to the software application Adobe After Effects.

Aspects of production covered[]

  • Location filming for the episode.
  • Blocking the early scene of ground disturbance so that the VFX team can add the holes appropriately and properly in post-production.
  • How an initial additional lizard creature was cut to help build anticipation for the Silurians and save budget.
  • The reinvention of the Silurians, to make them more human-like and more relevant in a modern-day script.
  • Finding a location that would accommodate the need for actors to be pulled down into the floor.
  • How the SFX team created a rig to allow for the actors to safely sink into the holes in the floor.
  • The process of director and the editor working towards the final edit.
  • The need to cut a notable amount of material from the episode, with attention paid to one particularly long early scene.
  • The Mill's work on adding VFX to various scenes in the episode.

Additional topics covered[]

  • Discussion of Doctor Who and The Silurians, particularly about building tension.
  • How Arthur Darvill didn't initially recognise the Silurian actors when out of their makeup.
  • Celebrating Matt Smith's birthday on set.
  • Karen Gillan's nervousness about doing the sinking through the hole stunt.

People interviewed[]

Music list[]

  • "Number One Enemy" by Daisy Dares You
  • "Sound of the Underground" by Girls Aloud
  • "Back to the Start" by Lily Allen
  • "Saving My Face" by KT Tunstall
  • "Bein' Green" by Van Morrison
  • "Hole in the Ground" by Bernard Cribbins
  • "Against All Odds (Dubstep Remix)" by Chase & Status feat. Kano
  • "Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)" by Pixie Lott (also used in DCOM: The Born Identity)
  • "A Sucker for Your Sound" by I Monster
  • "The New Transmission" by Lostprophets
  • "Out of Control" by The Chemical Brothers


Elements retained in Cut Down[]

to be added

Home video releases[]

Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series DVD cover.

The "Cut Down" version of this episode was included on the Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series DVD & Blu-ray box set released on 8 November 2010.