ST&SS05: The Welcoming
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Preceeded by Fortitude in a Slipstream
Followed by Doctor Who & The Monopoly Pub Crawl of Doom
Featured cast
The Ebullient Zautrino Jacob Aldridge
Guy Anwar Kane Major
Production notes
Recorded December 2002
Released March 2003

With a new companion aboard the TARDIS, Guy decides it is time to assist the Ebbulient Zautrino in one of the most harrowing experiences a new companion can go through - selecting a bedroom.

However, the room Zautrino selects contains far more secrets than are at first apparent to the former swordsman of Queen Barria. Before long, a mysterious voice is taunting Zautrino, striking at his very honour.

Where does this voice come from? What is it trying to tell Zautrino? And what important secret is it not revealing to him? As Zautrino hears more, he is soon unable to tell fact from fiction...


Photographer and Editor: Witold Tietze. Art Director: Kathryn Fallon. Zautrino's Costume: Jacob Aldridge. Musical Score: Michael Sadler. Assistant Director / Stand-In: Scott Marshall. Special Thanks: Yestin Hughes for the Samuari Sword & Gareth Preston and Matthew Kopelke for Sound Design Elements. Executive Producer: Matthew Kopelke. Producer & Director: Witold Tietze.


"The Welcoming" by Darran Jordan-0

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"The Welcoming" Bloopers

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Episode endings

  1. Guy and Zautrino leave the room Zautrino has chosen as his own, as Guy tells Zautrino a story about when he faced a 'dinosaur'.

Additional credited cast

The TARDIS Consciousness (Matthew Kopelke).

Popular myths

Things to watch out for...

  • When Zautrino attacks the bookcase in his TARDIS quarters, a number of well-known science fiction novels drop to the floor. Can you spot them all?
  • The tome Guy leafs through at one point is a volume from an omnibus reprint of the Strand editions of the Sherlock Holmes stories.
  • Zautrino wears two ties: one around his neck, and the other as a belt.

Things you probably never knew...

  • Jacob Aldridge's "death" scene was warmly received on location by a group of passing children, who thoroughly enjoyed his impassioned performance. So committed was Aldridge to the scene that he genuinely slammed his face against the rough ground and caused himself some genuine discomfort.
  • The sounds of battle during Zautrino's emergence from the sandy creek saw the first overt use of directional stereo effects in a BTR film.

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