Sunday, February 22, 2015

Aliens of London/ World War Three

Slitheen! In Downing Street!
Two episodes (Aliens of London, World War Three)
First broadcast Apr 16 to 23 2005
Average audience for story: 7.81m

CAST

Christopher Eccleston (The Doctor) Born Feb 16 1964
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Doctor in Rose, The End of the World, The Unquiet Dead, Aliens of London/ World War Three, Dalek, The Long Game, Father's Day, The Empty Child/ The Doctor Dances, Boom Town, Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Ways (2005)
Career highlights
After debuting in Blood Rights in 1990, Christopher's career takes in Inspector Morse (1991), Let Him Have It (1991), Friday on My Mind (1992), Shallow Grave (1994), Hearts and Minds (1995), Our Friends in the North (1996), Jude (1996), Hillsborough (1996), Elizabeth (1998), Clocking Off (2000), Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000), The Others (2001), Linda Green (2001), Othello (2001), The League of Gentlemen (2002), 28 Days Later (2002), The Second Coming (2003), Heroes (2007), The Seeker: The Dark is Rising (2007), GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009), Lennon Naked (2010), The Shadow Line (2011), Thor: The Dark World (2013) and Legend (2015). Christopher also had recurring roles as DCI David Billborough in Cracker (1993-94), Matt Jamison in The Leftovers (2014) and Professor Stoddart in Fortitude (2015).
Facts
In 2007, Pendleton College in Christopher's home city of Salford named its new auditorium the Eccleston Theatre. Christopher also appears in two music videos for the band I Am Kloot - Proof (2003) and Northern Skies (2010). In Best Actor Royal Television Society Award in 2003 for Flesh and Blood, plus a Best Actor International Emmy for his role in Accused (2011).

Billie Piper (Rose Tyler) Born Sep 22 1982
Doctor Who credits
Played: Rose Tyler in Rose, The End of the World, The Unquiet Dead, Aliens of London/ World War Three, Dalek, The Long Game, Father's Day, The Empty Child/ The Doctor Dances, Boom Town, Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Ways, Children in Need special (uncredited), The Christmas Invasion, New Earth, Tooth and Claw, School Reunion, The Girl in the Fireplace, Rise of the Cybermen/ The Age of Steel, The Idiot's Lantern, The Impossible Planet/ The Satan Pit, Love & Monsters, Fear Her, Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday (2005-06). Return appearances in Partners in Crime (2008), The Poison Sky (2008), Midnight (2008), Turn Left (2008), The Stolen Earth/ Journey's End (2008), The End of Time Part Two (2010) and The Day of the Doctor (2013).
Career highlights
Billie - birthname Lianne Paul Piper - started out as a poster girl in an advertising campaign for teen music magazine Smash Hits in 1997 ("100% pure pop!"). Record producers looking for a young female pop star to launch in the UK charts thought Billie would be ideal, and it wasn't long until she became the youngest artist ever to debut at number one hit in Britain, with Because We Want To. Billie went on to have two albums - Honey to the B (1998) and Walk of Life (2000) - and eight Top 30 hits, including the number ones Girlfriend (1998) and Day & Night (2000). She retired from the music industry following a court case in 2001 in which a woman named Juliet Peters was convicted of stalking and threatening her family.
Billie returned to her first love of acting. Her first role had been uncredited in 1996's The leading Man, after which she found roles in Music Chronicles (1999), Canterbury Tales (2003), Bella and the Boys (2004), The Calcium Kid (2004), Things to Do Before You're 30 (2005), Spirit Trap (2005), Mansfield Park (2007), A Passionate Woman (2010), True Love (2012) and Foxtrot (2014). She has also enjoyed a handful of regular roles, including Sally Lockhart in The Ruby in the Smoke 2006) and The Shadow in the North (2007) - in which she starred alongside a pre-Doctor Matt Smith - Belle/ Hannah in The Secret Diary of a Call Girl (2007-11, on which she was also credited as an executive producer) and Brona Croft in Penny Dreadful (2014).
Facts
Billie performed at the 1999 Brit Awards as part of the performance of an ABBA medley, along with Steps, B*Witched, Tina Cousins and Cleopatra (she's the one in scarlet red!). Between 2001-07 Billie was married to British TV presenter and DJ Chris Evans (16 years her senior); her second husband is actor Laurence Fox, with whom she has two children. Here she is, on Twitter!

Noel Clarke (Mickey Smith) Born Dec 6 1975
Doctor Who credits
Played: Mickey Smith in Rose, Aliens of London/ World War Three, Boom Town, The Parting of the Ways, The Christmas Invasion, New Earth, School Reunion TARDISode (uncredited), School Reunion, The Girl in the Fireplace, Rise of the Cybermen/ The Age of Steel, Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday (2005-06). Return appearances in Journey's End (2008) and The End of Time Part Two (2010).
Played: Ricky Smith in Rise of the Cybermen/ The Age of Steel, The Age of Steel TARDISode (2006, uncredited)
Wrote: Torchwood: Combat (2006)
Career highlights
Noel's earliest acting work was on the 1999 short Take 2, after which he appeared in Metrosexuality (1999), The Bill (2000), Waking the Dead (2001), Casualty (2001), Adventure Inc (2003), Holby City (2004), Kidulthood (2006), Jane Hall (2006), Dubplate Drama (2007), Adulthood (2008), Doghouse (2009), Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010), Centurion (2010), Screwed (2011), Storage 24 (2012, which he also wrote and produced), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), The Assets (2014), Chasing Shadows (2014) and The Throwaways (2015). He regularly played Wyman Norris in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (2002-04). Noel has also been a success behind the cameras, having written Kidulthood and Adulthood (which he also directed), as well as West 10 LDN (2008), 4.3.2.1. (2010, which he also directed and produced) and The Knot (2012). Further producing duties include We Are Monster (2014), Legacy (2015) and Scottish Mussel (2015).
Facts
In 2003 he was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer, and in 2009 Noel won a Rising Star BAFTA. Noel appears in The Prodigy's 2008 music video for Invaders Must Die. In 2015, rapper and Adulthood actor Adam Deacon appeared in court to deny charges he had harassed Noel in various abusive messages on social media. Here's Noel, on Twitter!

Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler) Born Apr 18 1965
Doctor Who credits
Played: Jackie Tyler in Rose, The End of the World, Aliens of London/ World War Three, Father's Day, The Parting of the Ways, The Christmas Invasion, New Earth, Rise of the Cybermen/ The Age of Steel, Love & Monsters, Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday (2005-06). Return appearances in Journey's End (2008) and The End of Time Part Two (2010).
Career highlights
Camille's debut came in Life Without George (1987), after which she appeared in A Prayer for the Dying (1987), Campaign (1988), Morris Minor's Marvellous Motors (1989), Strapless (1989), Nuns on the Run (1990), King Ralph (1991), Rumpole of the Bailey (1992), The Famous Five (1996), The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (1997), Mrs Caldicott's Cabbage War (2002), Family (2003), Pickles: The Dog Who Won the World Cup (2006), Sinchronicity (2006), The Last Detective (2007), Lark Rise to Candleford (2008), Adulthood (2008), The Firm (2009), Ashes to Ashes (2010), Secrets and Words (2012), Edge of Heaven (2014), Flim: The Movie (2014) and Scottish Mussel (2015). She also had recurring roles as Lorraine Wilde in the sitcom Nelson's Column (1994-95) and Shelly in Him & Her (2010-13).
Facts
Camille is married to fellow actor Christopher Fulford, with whom she has two children - one of which is coincidentally named Rosa.

Rupert Vansittart (General Asquith) Born Feb 10 1958
Career highlights
Rupert's debut came in Bulman in 1985, after which he appeared in Half Moon Street (1986), Eat the Rich (1987), Buster (1988), Love Hurts (1993), The Remains of the Day (1993), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Braveheart (1995), Pride and Prejudice (1995), Cutthroat Island (1995), Noah's Ark (1997), Monk Dawson (1998), Kevin and Perry Go Large (2000), Black Books (2000), The Brief (2004), My Dad's the Prime Minister (2003-04), Hustle (2007), The Bank Job (2008), Margaret (2009), How Not to Live Your Life (2010), Johnny English Reborn (2011), The Iron Lady (2011), Austenland (2013) and Game of Thrones (2014). Regular roles include Lord Ashfordly in 75 episodes of Heartbeat (1992-2009) and Sir Alec Myerson in Foyle's War (2013/15).
Facts
Rupert's wife is actress Emma Vansittart (who used to act under her maiden name of Emma Watson before giving up the acting to raise a family. When she wanted to return to acting, she was told by Equity there was already an Emma Watson acting - the Harry Potter one! - and so she had to adopt her married name). Emma's father is actor Moray Watson.

David Verrey (Joseph Green)
Career highlights
David's earliest credit is playing Golgarach and McGrew in the children's virtual reality game show Knightmare in 1989, after which he appeared in Kavanagh QC (1995), Birds of a Feather (1997), Red Dwarf (1999), Lexx (2001), Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004), Ultimate Force (2006), Judge John Deed (2007), Diamond Geezer (2007), Garrow's Law (2011), Game of Thrones (2012), Ripper Street (2013), The Musketeers (2014) and The Game (2014). He also had a regular role as Serge Starr/ Pompidou in the soap Family Affairs (c.1999-2000).

Navin Chowdhry (Indra Ganesh) Born Jan 1 1971
Career highlights
Navin debuted in Madame Sousatzka in 1988, after which he appeared in King of the Wind (1990), The Seventh Coin (1993), Crown Prosecutor (1995), Gulliver's Travels (1996), Insiders (1997), Dalziel and Pascoe (1997), Waking the Dead (2003), NY-LON (2004), Red Mercury (2005), The Golden Hour (2005), Sinchronicity (2006), Skellig: The Owl Man (2009), Five Days (2010), Babylon (2014) and I Love New Year (2014). He also regularly played Kurt McKenna in Teachers (2001-03) and Asap Qureshi in A Touch of Cloth (2012-14).
Facts
If you've ever wondered what it would be like to marry Navin, here's a very detailed photo blog on his big day in 2011!

Penelope Wilton (Harriet Jones) Born Jun 3 1946
Doctor Who credits
Played: Harriet Jones in Aliens of London/ World War Three (2005), The Christmas Invasion (2005), The Stolen Earth (2008)
Career highlights
Prolific character actor Penelope made her debut in An Affair of Honour (1972), followed by The Pearcross Girls (1973), The Norman Conquests (1977), The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), Clockwise (1986), The Monocled Mutineer (1986), Cry Freedom (1987), Blame It on the Bellboy (1992), Screaming (1992), Kavanagh QC (1999), Victoria and Albert (2001), Bob and Rose (2001), Iris (2001), Calendar Girls (2003), Shaun of the Dead (2004), The History Boys (2006), Five Days (2007), Margot (2009), South Riding (2011), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), The Girl (2012) and The Second Best Marigold Hotel (2015). Penelope also played Homily in The Borrowers (1992) and its follow-up The Return of the Borrowers (1993), and most recently regularly played Isobel Crawley in Downton Abbey (2010-14). However, it is her role as Ann Bryce in the sitcom Ever Decreasing Circles (1984-89) which was her breakthrough part.
Awards
2004: Officer of the order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to drama
2015: Olivier Award for Best Actress (Taken at Midnight)
Facts
Penelope has been married (and divorced) twice to fellow actors - firstly Daniel Massey (who went on to marry Penelope's sister Lindy after they divorced) and then Ian Holm.

Annette Badland (Margaret Blaine) Born Aug 26 1950
Doctor Who credits
Played: Margaret Blaine in Aliens of London/ World War Three (2005), Boom Town (2005)
Career highlights
Annette made her acting debut in 1975's The Naked Civil Servant, followed by Jabberwocky (1977), Crossroads (1978), Shoestring (1980), Bognor (1981), Nanny (1982), Lace (1984), Lace II (1985), All Creatures Great and Small (1989), Making Out (1991), Archer's Goon (1992), 2point4 Children (1991/93), Inside Victor Lewis-Smith (1993), Blue Heaven (1994), Outside Edge (1996), Black Hearts in Battersea (1995-96), Holding On (1997), Little Voice (1998), A Christmas Carol (1999), Oliver Twist (1999), Redemption Road (2001), Coronation Street (2005), Valiant (2005), Casanova (2005), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Miss Marie Lloyd (2007), Land Girls (2011), Skins (2012), 3some (2013), Man Down (2013) and Outlander (2014). Annette has also had a number of recurring roles, including Charlotte in Bergerac (1981-84), Christine in Troubles and Strife (1985-86), Mrs Tapioca in The Worst Witch (1998-99), Mrs Dooley in The Queen's Nose (2000-01), Brawdie Henshall in Cutting It (2002-05), Ursula Crowe in Wizards vs Aliens (2012-14) and Babe Smith in EastEnders (2014-15). She also presented the children's series You & Me for a time in the early 1990s.

Naoko Mori (Dr [Toshiko] Sato) Born Nov 29 1971
Doctor Who credits
Played: Dr Toshiko Sato in Aliens of London, Torchwood: Everything Changes, Torchwood: Day One, Torchwood: Ghost Machine, Torchwood: Cyberwoman, Torchwood: Small Worlds, Torchwood: Countrycide, Torchwood: Greeks Bearing Gifts, Torchwood: They Keep Killing Suzie, Torchwood: Random Shoes, Torchwood: Out of Time, Torchwood: Combat, Torchwood: Captain Jack Harkness, Torchwood: End of Days, Torchwood: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Torchwood: Sleeper, Torchwood: To the Last Man, Torchwood: Meat, Torchwood: Adam, Torchwood: Reset, Torchwood: Dead Man Walking, Torchwood: A Day in the Death, Torchwood: Something Borrowed, Torchwood: From Out of the Rain, Torchwood: Adrift, Torchwood: Fragments, Torchwood: Exit Wounds (2005-08)
Career highlights
Born in Japan, Naoko made her acting debut in Desmond's in 1992, after which she secured the recurring role of Mie Nishi-Kawa in Casualty (1993-94). Further roles include Hackers (1995), Spice World (1997), Bugs (1998), Psychos (1999), Topsy-Turvy (1999), Spooks (2002), The Smoking Room (2004), Hot Tub Ranking (2005), Maneater (2009), Lennon Naked (2010, playing Yoko Ono to Christopher Eccleston's John Lennon), Vexed (2012), Rocket's Island (2012), Humans (2015) and Everest (2015). She also had a semi-regular role as Saffy's friend Sarah in Absolutely Fabulous (1992-2011).
Facts
In the late 1980s Naoko was cast as Kim in a West End production of Miss Saigon, making her the first Japanese National to play a lead role in London's West End. Here she is, on Twitter.

Eric Potts (Oliver Charles) Born Sep 13 1965
Career highlights
Debuted in Peak Practice (1995), then The Smiths (1995), Brookside (1998-2000, as Mr Moore), Last of the Summer Wine (2003), Christmas Lights (2004), Still Game (2007), Emmerdale (2012), Oz The Great and Powerful (2013) and Citizen Khan (2014). Eric also regularly played baker Diggory Compton in soap Coronation Street (2005-06).
Facts
Here is Eric's Twitter feed.

Jimmy Vee (Alien space pig)
Doctor Who credits
Played:
Moxx of Balhoon in The End of the World (2005)
Played: Alien [space pig] in Aliens of London/ World War Three (2005)
Played: Graske in Attack of the Graske (2005), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? (2007), Music of the Spheres (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith (2008), The End of Time (2009-10, uncredited)
Played: Slitheen in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Revenge of the Slitheen (2007), The Lost Boy (2007), The Gift (2009)
Played: Bannakaffalatta in Voyage of the Damned (2007)
Played: Groske in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor (2010)
Played: Skovox Blitzer in The Caretaker (2014)
Career highlights
Jimmy's other work includes Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone (2001), Weirdsister College (2001), Skins: Secret Party (2007), Kilt Man (2009), Pan (2015) and Welcome to Purgatory (2015).
Facts
In 2014, former electrician Jimmy, who is 3ft 8in tall, landed a co-hosting role on the American version of Release the Hounds, alongside actor Eli Roth. Here he is on Twitter.

Steve Speirs (Strickland) Born Feb 22 1965
Career highlights
Steve made his debut as Albert Thomas in We Are Seven (1989-91), then had roles in Goodnight Sweetheart (1995), Murder Most Horrid (1996), Cold Lazarus (1996), House of America (1997), The Phantom Menace (1999), Topsy-Turvy (1999), Rancid Aluminium (2000), Cor, Blimey! (2000), The Musketeer (2001), NCS Manhunt (2002), Jonathan Creek (2004), Extras (2005), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006), Eragon (2006), City of Vice (2008), Inkheart (2008), Krid Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire (2009), Cemetery Junction (2010), Benidorm (2011), Sadie J (2011-12), Gangsta Granny (2013), Big School (2013-14) and The Boy in the Dress (2014). He also regularly plays Big Alan in Stella (2012-15, for which he has also written scripts).
Facts
Steve's brother is opera singer Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts.

Morgan Hopkins (Sergeant Price)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Sergeant Price in World War Three (2005)
Played: Mervyn in Torchwood: Something Borrowed (2008)
Career highlights
Debuted in My Pretty Valley (1993), then Twin Town (1997), Very Annie Mary (2001), Murphy's Law (2004), The Story of Tracy Beaker (2004/06), Tripswitch (2008) and iha Sheelagh (2014).

Corey Doabe (Spray painter)
This is his only credit.

Ceris Jones (Policeman)
Career highlights
Ceris's other work includes House! (2000) and Sex Lives of the Potato Men (2004).

Jack Tarlton (Reporter [Tom Hitchingson]) Born Jul 24 1976
Career highlights
Jack debuted in The Cater Street Hangman (1998), followed by roles in Life Support (1999), The Unscarred (2000), Swivel on the Tip (2001), Hearts and Bones (2001), Dead Ringers (2004), The Golden Hour (2005), Doctors (2010) and The Imitation Game (2014).
Facts
Jack is artistic associate of the Presence Theatre in London. Here's his Twitter feed.

Lachele Carl (Reporter [Trinity Wells])
Doctor Who credits
Played: Reporter/ Trinity Wells in Aliens of London/ World War Three (2005), The Christmas Invasion (2005), The Sound of Drums (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Revenge of the Slitheen (2007), The Poison Sky (2008), Turn Left (2008), The Stolen Earth (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Secrets of the Stars (2008), Torchwood: Children of Earth (Days 3 & 4) (2009), The End of Time (2009-10)
Career highlights
American Lachele's debut came in Midnight (1982), after which she secured work in Star Cops (1987), Maigret (1988), Batman (1989), Firestar: First Contact (1991), Grange Hill (1991), A Kiss Before Dying (1991), Guru in Seven (1998), Superstition (2001), Murder in Mind (2002), Alien Autopsy (2006), MI High (2007), The Philanthropist (2009), Tati's Hotel (2011), Ambassadors (2013) and The Honourable Woman (2014). Lachele is also a voice artist, playing Muck in the Bob the Builder cartoons (2009-12) and Mayor Pullman in the US dub of Chuggington (2010-14).
Facts
Lachele is one of only two actors to play the same (assumed) character in Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures (the other being Anthony Debaeck, who plays the French newsreader). She is married to the Argentinean composer Alejandro Vinao. If you've ever wondered what Lachele's top 10 favourite recipes are, you're in luck.

Fiesta Mei Ling (Ru Chan)
Career highlights
Fiesta debuted in Warship (1977), then Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers (1977), Hazell (1978), Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978), The Professionals (1980), Terry and June (1983) and The Bill (1993). She is also credited as a music copyist or preparer on So This is Romance? (1997), East is East (1999), All or Nothing (2002), Vera Drake (2004) and United 93 (2006).
Facts
Fiesta was once married to actor John Forgeham.

Basil Chung (Bau Chan) Died Jan 21 2014
Career highlights
Basil's only other credit is Gangs of New York (2002).

Matt Baker (Himself) Born Dec 23 1977
Career highlights
Matt is a presenter on British TV, with credits including Blue Peter (1999-2006), The Nature of Britain (2007), Crufts Dog Show (2007-08), Countryfile (2010-13) and, regularly since 2010, The One Show.
Facts
Matt was a Junior British gymnast and sports acrobatics champion when he was young, but had to give it up in 1991 when he was diagnosed with anaemia. However, he continued to be involved with sport, particularly pole vaulting, and in the 1990s toured as part of a gymnastics entertainment troupe called Disco Inferno. He has also commentated on gymnastics for BBC Sport, including the Olympic Games 2012. In 2010 Matt was a contestant on Strictly Come dancing, finishing second. In 2002 and 2003 Matt won a Best Presenter BAFTA Children's award.

Andrew Marr (Himself) Born Jul 31 1959
Career highlights
Andrew is a political journalist and presenter in the UK, starting out as a political correspondent on The Scotsman in 1981, and later working for The Independent (which he edited between 1996-98), The Economist, Daily Express and The Observer. Andrew was the BBC's political editor between 2000-05. Since then he has presented his own TV programmes, such as The Andrew Marr Show, History of Modern Britain, Britain from Above, Darwin's Dangerous Idea, The Making of Modern Britain and History of the World.
Facts
Andrew, whose wife is political journalist Jackie Ashley, has written several books connected to his TV documentary series. In 2008 Andrew issued a "super-injunction" preventing media disclosure of private information, or even the existence of such an injunction. In 2011 Andrew revealed that the super-injunction covered the reporting of an extra-marital affair he had had with a female journalist. In 2013 Andrew suffered a stroke at home but returned to presenting his Sunday morning political programme nine months later. In 2004 he was awarded the Richard Dimbleby journalism award.

Alan Ruscoe (Slitheen) Born Apr 14 1972
Doctor Who credits
Played: Auton in Rose (2005)
Played: Lute (Forest of Cheem) in The End of the World (2005, uncredited)
Played: Slitheen in Aliens of London/ World War Three, Boom Town (2005)
Played: Anne Droid in Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Ways (2005)
Played: Trine-E in Bad Wolf (2005)
Played: Clown in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Day of the Clown (2008)
Played: Andy Stone in The Waters of Mars (2009)
Career highlights
Alan's earliest work was in The Fifth Element (1997), followed by The Phantom Menace (1999 - as Bib FortunaPlo Koon and Daultay Dofine), Attack of the Clones (2002 - as Lott Dod), Hex (2005) and Emmerdale (2013).
Facts
His performance as Bib Fortuna in The Phantom Menace ended up on the cutting room floor. Here he is on Twitter (Alan, not Bib)!

Paul Kasey (Slitheen) Born Aug 5 1973
Doctor Who credits
Played: Auton in Rose (2005)
Played: Coffa (Forest of Cheem) in The End of the World (2005, uncredited)
Played: Slitheen in Aliens of London/ World War Three (2005), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Revenge of the Slitheen (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Lost Boy (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Gift (2009), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Nightmare Man (2010)
Played: Zu-Zana in Bad Wolf (2005)
Played: Clockwork man in The Girl in the Fireplace (2006)
Played: Cyber-Leader in Rise of the Cybermen/ The Age of Steel (2006), Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday (2006), The Next Doctor (2008)
Played: Ood in The Impossible Planet/ The Satan Pit (2006), Death is the Only Answer (2011)
Played: The Hoix in Love & Monsters (2006), Torchwood: Exit Wounds (2008, uncredited)
Played: Weevil in Torchwood: Everything Changes, Torchwood: Day One (uncredited), Torchwood: Greeks Bearing Gifts, Torchwood: Combat, Torchwood: End of Days, Torchwood: Sleeper, Torchwood: Adam, Torchwood: Reset (uncredited), Torchwood: Dead Man Walking, Torchwood: A Day in the Death (uncredited), Torchwood: Fragments, Torchwood: Exit Wounds (2006-08)
Played: Blowfish in Torchwood: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2008), Torchwood: Fragments (2008)
Played: Robot Santa in The Runaway Bride (2006)
Played: Judoon in Smith and Jones (2007), The Stolen Earth (2008), The Pandorica Opens (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Prisoner of the Judoon (2009)
Played: Hero pig man in Daleks in Manhattan/ Evolution of the Daleks (2007)
Played: Kudlak in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Warriors of Kudlak (2007)
Played: The Host in Voyage of the Damned (2007)
Played: Ood Sigma in Planet of the Ood (2008), The Waters of Mars (2009), The End of Time (2009-10)
Played: Hath Peck in The Doctor's Daughter (2008)
Played: Sorvin in Planet of the Dead (2009)
Played: Highwayman in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Mona Lisa's Revenge (2009)
Played: Shansheeth in The Sarah Jane Adventurers: Death of the Doctor (2010)
Played: Red robot in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Empty Planet (2010)
Played: Nephew in The Doctor's Wife (2011)
Played: Cyberman in Closing Time (2011)
Played: The Metalkind in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Sky (2011)
Played: Wooden Queen in The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (2011)
Played: Time zombie in Journey to the Center of the TARDIS (2013)
Played: Whisper Man in The Name of the Doctor (2013)
Played: Zygon in The Day of the Doctor (2013)
Played: Footman in Deep Breath (2014)
Career highlights
Paul's earliest role was in Blade II (2002), followed by 28 Days Later (2002, on which he was also movement advisor), 1408 (2007), Inkheart (2008) and Scoop (2009). He also played the George in werewolf form in Being Human (2009-12), and has performed as various monsters at the BBC Proms and Symphonic Spectacular events. He has also donned costumes for TV commercials such as Foxy Bingo and Butlins and was a performer and movement advisor for London's 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.

Elizabeth Fost (Slitheen) Born 1965
Doctor Who credits
Played: Auton in Rose (2005)
Played: Slitheen in Aliens of London/ World War Three (2005)
Career highlights
Elizabeth was also a presenter of toddlers' TV series Playdays.

CREW

Russell T Davies (writer) Born Apr 27 1963
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: Rose, The End of the World, Aliens of London/ World War Three, The Long Game, Boom Town, Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Ways, Children in Need special, The Christmas Invasion, New Earth, Tooth and Claw, Love & Monsters, Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday, Torchwood: Everything Changes, The Runaway Bride, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Invasion of the Bane, Smith and Jones, Gridlock, Utopia/ The Sound of Drums/ Last of the Time Lords, Voyage of the Damned, Partners in Crime, Midnight, Turn Left, The Stolen Earth/ Journey's End, Music of the Spheres, The Next Doctor, Planet of the Dead, Torchwood: Children of Earth (Days 1, 3 and 5), The Waters of Mars, The End of Time, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor, Torchwood: Miracle Day (The New World and The Blood Line) (2005-11)
Executive producer: Rose, The End of the World, The Unquiet Dead, Aliens of London/ World War Three, Dalek, The Long Game, Father's Day, The Empty Child/ The Doctor Dances, Boom Town, Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Ways, The Christmas Invasion, Attack of the Graske, New Earth, Tooth and Claw, School Reunion, The Girl in the Fireplace, Rise of the Cybermen/ The Age of Steel, The Idiot's Lantern, The Impossible Planet/ The Satan Pit, Love & Monsters, Fear Her, Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday, Torchwood: Everything Changes, Torchwood: Day One, Torchwood: Ghost Machine, Torchwood: Cyberwoman, Torchwood: Small Worlds, Torchwood: Countrycide, Torchwood: Greeks Bearing Gifts, Torchwood: They Keep Killing Suzie, Torchwood: Random Shoes, Torchwood: Out of Time, Torchwood: Combat, Torchwood: Captain Jack Harkness, Torchwood: End of Days, The Runaway Bride, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Invasion of the Bane, Smith and Jones, The Shakespeare Code, Gridlock, Daleks in Manhattan/ Evolution of the Daleks, The Lazarus Experiment, 42, Human Nature/ The Family of Blood, Blink, Utopia/ The Sound of Drums/ Last of the Time Lords, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Revenge of the Slitheen, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Eye of the Gorgon, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Warriors of Kudlak, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Lost Boy, Time Crash, Voyage of the Damned, Torchwood: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Torchwood: Sleeper, Torchwood: To the Last Man, Torchwood: Meat, Torchwood: Adam, Torchwood: Reset, Torchwood: Dead Man Walking, Torchwood: A Day in the Death, Torchwood: Something Borrowed, Torchwood: From Out of the Rain, Torchwood: Adrift, Torchwood: Fragments, Torchwood: Exit Wounds, Partners in Crime, The Fires of Pompeii, Planet of the Ood, The Sontaran Stratagem/ The Poison Sky, The Doctor's Daughter, The Unicorn and the Wasp, Silence in the Library/ Forest of the Dead, Midnight, Turn Left, The Stolen Earth/ Journey's End, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Last Sontaran, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Day of the Clown, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Secrets of the Stars, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Mark of the Berserker, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Enemy of the Bane, The Next Doctor, Planet of the Dead, Torchwood: Children of Earth (Days 1-5), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Prisoner of the Judoon, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Mad Woman in the Attic, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Eternity Trap, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Mona Lisa's Revenge, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Gift, The Waters of Mars, The End of Time, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Nightmare Man, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Vault of Secrets, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Empty Planet, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Lost in Time, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith, Torchwood: Miracle Day (The New World, Rendition, Dead of Night, Escape to LA, The Categories of Life, The Middle Men, Immortal Sins, End of the Road, The Gathering, The Blood Line), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Sky, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Curse of Clyde Langer, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Man Who Never Was (2005-11)
As well as being executive producer on Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, Russell also acted in this capacity on TARDISodes (2006), Totally Doctor Who (2006-07), The Infinite Quest (2007), Torchwood Declassified (2006-09), Doctor Who Greatest Moments (2009), Dreamland (2009), Doctor Who Confidential (2005-10) and SJA: Alien Files (2010).
Career highlights
The ridiculous list of Doctor Who universe programmes Russell has been involved with provides the bulk of his television output, but it is by no means representative of it. He started out working in children's TV, even presenting an edition of Play School in 1987 before becoming producer, writer and various other roles on the activity series Why Don't You...? (1986-88). In 1988 he became script editor and writer on the children's magazine show On the Waterfront, after which he wrote for Breakfast Serials (1990), Dark Season (1991), ChuckleVision (1992), Def II (1992), Century Falls (1993), Cluedo (1993), Children's Ward (1994), Revelations (1994-95), Springhill (1996), Touching Evil (1997), The Grand (1997-98), Queer as Folk (1999-2000, which got its own US remake 2000-05), Bob & Rose (2001), Linda Green (2001), The Second Coming (2003), Mine All Mine (2004), Casanova (2005), Wizards vs Aliens (2012-13), Old Jack's Boat (2013), Cucumber (2015) and Banana (2015).
Facts
The T in his name does not stand for anything but does distinguish him from radio presenter Russell Davies (his real name is Stephen Russell Davies). He was awarded an OBE in 2008 for services to drama. He has been nominated for a BAFTA award nine times, and has won three, including the Dennis Potter Award in 2006. He also won the 2001 Writer of the Year British Comedy Award, and has been nominated five times for a Hugo Award (he won in 2010 for Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars). In 2009 Russell was approached by Lucasfilm to contribute to the proposed (but ultimately never made) Star Wars live action TV series.

Keith Boak (director)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Rose, Aliens of London/ World War Three (2005)
Career highlights
Keith's earliest credit is as producer and director of the short The Loser (1990), after which he took directing duties on EastEnders (1993-94), Thief Takers (1995), The Bill (1994-95), Pie in the Sky (1996), Sunburn (1999), The Knock (2000), The Royal (2003), Mersey Beat (2001/03), Holby City (2001-04), NY-LON (2004), Hotel Babylon (2006), Casualty (2008, which he also produced for a time), Waterloo Road (2009), Silent Witness (2011-12), Death in Paradise (2013) and New Tricks (2014).

Phil Collinson (producer) Born Aug 26 1970
Doctor Who credits
Produced: Rose, The End of the World, The Unquiet Dead, Aliens of London/ World War Three, Dalek, The Long Game, Father's Day, The Empty Child/ The Doctor Dances, Boom Town, Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Ways, Children in Need special, The Christmas Invasion, Attack of the Graske, New Earth, Tooth and Claw, School Reunion, The Girl in the Fireplace, Rise of the Cybermen/ The Age of Steel, The Idiot's Lantern, The Impossible Planet/ The Satan Pit, Love & Monsters, Fear Her, Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday, The Runaway Bride, Smith and Jones, The Shakespeare Code, Gridlock, Daleks in Manhattan/ Evolution of the Daleks, The Lazarus Experiment, 42, Blink, Utopia/ The Sound of Drums/ Last of the Time Lords, Time Crash, Voyage of the Damned, Partners in Crime, The Fires of Pompeii, The Doctor's Daughter, Silence in the Library/ Forest of the Dead, Midnight, The Stolen Earth/ Journey's End (2005-08)
Executive producer: The Sarah Jane Adventures: Invasion of the Bane (2007), Human Nature/ The Family of Blood (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Revenge of the Slitheen (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Eye of the Gorgon (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Warriors of Kudlak (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Lost Boy (2007), Planet of the Ood (2008, uncredited), The Sontaran Stratagem/ The Poison Sky (2008), The Unicorn and the Wasp (2008), Turn Left (2008)
Career highlights
Phil started out as an actor, playing the role of Bob Wright in a 1997 episode of Coronation Street before becoming a storyline writer on soap Emmerdale (1998). After dabbling on directing on a 2000 episode of Peak Practice, he became a producer on shows such as Linda Green (2001), Born and Bred (2002), Sea of Souls (2004), All the Small Things (2009, as executive producer) and Coronation Street (2010-13). In 2008 he became head of drama at BBC Manchester before moving to ITV in 2010.
Facts
Russell T Davies wrote the role of Alexander in Queer as Folk for Phil when he was an actor, but the part ultimately went to Antony Cotton. Phil's face can be seen on the fake £20 notes seen in the Doctor Who story The Runaway Bride.

Helen Vallis (associate producer)
Doctor Who credits
Associate producer: Rose, The End of the World, The Unquiet Dead, Aliens of London/ World War Three, Dalek, The Long Game, Father's Day, The Empty Child/ The Doctor Dances, Boom Town, Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Ways, The Christmas Invasion, New Earth, Tooth and Claw, School Reunion, The Girl in the Fireplace, Rise of the Cybermen/ The Age of Steel, The Idiot's Lantern (2005-06)
Post-production supervisor: Torchwood: Everything Changes, Torchwood: Day One, Torchwood: Ghost Machine, Torchwood: Small Worlds, Torchwood: Countrycide, Torchwood: They Keep Killing Suzie, Torchwood: Captain Jack Harkness, Torchwood: End of Days, Torchwood: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Torchwood: Sleeper, Torchwood: To the Last Man, Torchwood: Meat, Torchwood: Adam, Torchwood: Reset, Torchwood: Dead Man Walking, Torchwood: A Day in the Death, Torchwood: Something Borrowed, Torchwood: From Out of the Rain, Torchwood: Adrift, Torchwood: Fragments, Torchwood: Exit Wounds, Torchwood: Children of Earth (Days 1-5) (2006-09)
Career highlights
Helen's earliest credit is as assistant floor manager on The District Nurse in 1987, after which she became associate producer on Streetlife (1995), Tiger Bay (1997), Harpur and Iles (1997), Care (2000), Hearts of Gold (2003) and then production executive on He Knew He Was Right (2004). She has no television production credits since Torchwood in 2009.

Elwen Rowlands (script editor)
Doctor Who credits
Script edited: Rose, The End of the World, Aliens of London/ World War Three, The Long Game, Father's Day, Boom Town (2005)
Career highlights
Elwen worked as a waitress in New York before breaking into television in the late 1990s as a researcher on Channel 4's McLibel (1998). Elwen's other script doctoring credits are on Carrie's War (2004) and Life on Mars (2006). She has since gone on to become a producer on series such as Wide Sargasso Sea (2006), Vera (2011), Playhouse Presents (2012, as executive and commissioning producer), Sinbad (2012, as executive producer) and Talking to the Dead (2013). She now works as an executive producer for Bonafide Films.

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