Monday, February 23, 2015

Dalek

Rose (Billie Piper) connects with the Dalek
One episode (Dalek)
First broadcast Apr 30 2005
Average audience for story: 8.63m

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!

Bruno Langley (Adam Mitchell) Born Mar 21 1983
Doctor Who credits
Played: Adam Mitchell in Dalek, The Long Game (2005)
Career highlights
Bruno's stand-out role has been playing Todd Grimshaw in over 200 episodes of soap Coronation Street on and off since 2000. Other work includes Linda Green (2001-02), The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse (2005), Dalziel and Pascoe (2006) and Halal Harry (2006).
Facts
Bruno is also very musical, having grown up playing the cello and piano. In 2010 he formed his own band, Bruno Langley and the Wonderland Band. In 2003 he appeared on a celebrity edition of Stars in Their Eyes to impersonate Robbie Williams. Here he is on Twitter.

Steven Beckingham (Polkowski) Born Nov 6 1978
Career highlights
Steven debuted in Doctor Who, then secured roles in Ian Fleming: Bondmaker (2005), Heartbeat (2006), Working It Out (2010), Grimm (2012), Leverage (2012) and Intruder (2015). He also played Rob Rusnak in the series I Shouldn't Be Alive (2005-06/10).
Facts
Steven is now an acting tutor at West Linn High School, Oregon, USA.

Corey Johnson (Henry van Statten) Born May 17 1961
Career highlights
New Orleans born Corey made his credited debut in The Innocent (1993), after which he took roles in Casualty (1995), Over Here (1996), Saving Private Ryan (1998), The Mummy (1999), Nash Bridges (2001), Band of Brothers (2001), Celeb (2002), Hellboy (2004), Spooks (2005), United 93 (2006), The Contract (2006), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), Universal Soldier: Regeneration (2009), Kick-Ass (2010), X-Men: First Class (2011), Beaver Falls (2011), The Bourne Legacy (2012), Captain Phillips (2013), 24: Live Another Day (2014), Blood Moon (2014), Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), Ex Machina (2015), Asylum (2015), Nixon's the One (2015) and The Tommy Tapes (2015). He has also provided voices for several video games, including Shadow Man (1999) and Reign of Fire (2002).
Facts
Corey was once married to actress Lucy Cohu. His father was New Orleans broadcaster Phil Johnson.

Anna-Louise Plowman (Goddard) Born May 9 1972
Career highlights
Anna-Louise was born in New Zealand and made her credited debut in Faith in the Future (1995). After this she appeared in FairyTale: A True Story (1997), Flick (2000), The Adulterer (2000), The Foreigner (2003), Shanghai Knights (2003), Cambridge Spies (2003), He Knew He Was Right (2004), These Foolish Things (2005), Personal Affairs (2009), Candle to Water (2012), Father Brown (2015) and The Eichmann Show (2015). She also had recurring roles as Dr Sarah Gardner/ Osiris in Stargate: SG-1 (2000-04) and Annalese Carson in Holby City (2008-12).
Facts
Anna-Louise is married to fellow actor Toby Stephens, which makes her the daughter-in-law of Dame Maggie Smith and the late Robert Stephens. This also makes her the sister-in-law of actor Chris Larkin, who appeared in The Shakespeare Code (2007).

Nigel Whitmey (Simmons) Born Feb 23 1963
Career highlights
Canadian Nigel debuted in Agatha Christie's Poirot (1990), followed by Josie (1991), Streetwise (1991), The Lost Language of Cranes (1991), Jeeves and Wooster (1993), Surviving Picasso (1996), Saving Private Ryan (1998), People Like Us (2001), Where the Heart Is (2001), Dark Realm (2001), Carrie's War (2004), Keen Eddie (2004), The Jacket (2005), The Booze Cruise III (2006), Kingdom (2008), Moonshot (2009), The Deep (2010), The Fifth Estate (2013), Strike Back (2013), 24: Live Another Day (2014) and The Assets (2014). Nigel also regularly played Dan Wilder in Casualty (2003-04) and has performed voice work for many video games, such as Killzone: Liberation (2006) and Alien: Isolation (2014).
Facts
Nigel is married to actress Abigail Thaw, daughter of the late actor John Thaw.

John Schwab (Bywater) Born 1973
Career highlights
Florida born John got his breakthrough gig (if you can call it that!) as the Voice Trumpet in the children's series Teletubbies (1997), but made his first proper acting credit in 2001's Hotel!, followed by My Dad's the Prime Minister (2003), Broken News (2005), Monarch of the Glen (2005), Hotel Babylon (2007), Clone (2008), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), Kick-Ass 2 (2013), The Fifth Estate (2013), Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014), The Assets (2014) and Nixon's the One (2015). John is a prolific voice artist for video games, having worked on Prisoner of War (2002), Killzone (2004), Crysis (2007) and Alien: Isolation (2014). He is also a writer, director and producer of short films (including Out of Nowhere (2008) and Beast (2011)) and a prolific narrator of TV documentaries, such as Wife Swap (2004-10) and Weaponology (2007-08).
Facts
John, a producer for Poisson Rouge Pictures, is married to TV researcher Tamsin Schwab, who works on ITV's An Audience with... series. He has the honour of being the first person to be exterminated by a Dalek in 21st century Doctor Who. In 2014 John told the Daily Mail of the time his three-year-old son almost died after eating just one cashew nut, and is now a campaigner for anaphylaxis awareness. Here he is, on Twitter.

Jana Carpenter (De Maggio)
Career highlights
American Jana debuted in The Bill (1994), followed by Manchild (2003), Murder Prevention (2004), Superstorm (2007), New Tricks (2012) and Trying Again (2014).
Facts
Jana is married to TV writer and director Julian Simpson, who directed The Rebel Flesh/ The Almost People in 2011. Jana is the lead singer and guitarist of countryfolk harmony band Piefinger, as well as the experimental rock band Sweet Billy Pilgrim, whose album Twice Born Men was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2009 (they lost to Speech Debelle). Here she is on Twitter.
In 2014 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Jana here.

Joe Montana (Commander)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Commander in Dalek (2005)
Played: Worker 1 in Daleks in Manhattan (2007)
Career highlights
Dutchman Joe debuted in Saracen (1989), followed by Lovejoy (1993), Hububb (1999), A Touch of Frost (1999), The Bourne Identity (2002), Gladiatress (2004), ChuckleVision (2007), Stagknight (2007), Spooks (2007), Hotel Babylon (2008), Tezz (2012) and The Numbers Station (2013). He has also appeared in a great number of Dutch productions, including Westenwind (2000) and Flikken Maastricht (2012).

Barnaby Edwards (Dalek operator) Born 1969
Doctor Who credits
Played: Daleks in Thirty Years in the TARDIS (1993), Dalek (2005), Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Ways (2005), Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday (2006), Daleks in Manhattan/ Evolution of the Daleks (2007), The Stolen Earth/ Journey's End (2008), Victory of the Daleks (2010), The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang (2010), Asylum of the Daleks (2012), The Day of the Doctor (2013), The Time of the Doctor (2013), Into the Dalek (2014), The Magician's Apprentice/ The Witch's Familiar (2015)
Career highlights
Barnaby has worked a lot in the world of Doctor Who apart from operating Daleks, including voicing the Krarg commander in the 2003 web series Shada, and providing a number of voices for the Doctor Who Adventure Games (2010-11). Non-Doctor Who work includes The Giblet Boys (2005), Children of Men (2006), The Merry Wives of Windsor (2011) and Shadows of a Stranger (2014).
Facts
Barnaby has also been an actor, writer and director for Big Finish Productions since the early days of Doctor Who audios, having directed (among others) Exotron, Doctor Who and the Pirates, Frozen Time and The Chimes of Midnight; he has written stories such as The Bride of Peladon, The wreck of the Titan and The Beast of Orlok. Barnaby is also an exhibited artist, as well as an art history lecturer.
Here he is on Twitter.

Nicholas Briggs (Voice of the Daleks) Born Sep 29 1961
Played: Voice of the Nestene Consciousness in Rose (2005)
Played: Dalek voices in Dalek (2005), Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Ways (2005), Doomsday TARDISode (2006), Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday (2006), Daleks in Manhattan/ Evolution of the Daleks (2007), The Stolen Earth/ Journey's End (2008), Victory of the Daleks (2010), The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang (2010), The Wedding of River Song (2011), Asylum of the Daleks (2012), The Day of the Doctor (2013), The Time of the Doctor (2013), Into the Dalek (2014), The Magician's Apprentice/ The Witch's Familiar (2015), Hell Bent (2015)
Played: Voice of the Jagrafess in The Long Game (2005, uncredited)
Played: Cybermen voices in Rise of the Cybermen/ The Age of Steel (2006), Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday (2006), The Next Doctor (2008), The Pandorica Opens (2010, uncredited), A Good Man Goes to War (2011), Closing Time (2011), Nightmare in Silver (2013), The Time of the Doctor (2013), Death in Heaven (2014)
Played: Voice of the Judoon in Smith and Jones (2007), The Stolen Earth (2008, uncredited), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Prisoner of the Judoon (2009), The End of Time Part Two (2010, uncredited), The Pandorica Opens (2010, uncredited)
Played: Rick Yates in Torchwood: Children of Earth (2009)
Played: National Museum Pandorica video narrator in The Big Bang (2010, uncredited)
Played: Voice of Skaldak in Cold War (2013)
Played: Voice of the Zygons in The Day of the Doctor (2013), The Zygon Invasion/ The Zygon Inversion (2015)
Career highlights
Nicholas's career has been principally within the world of Doctor Who, starting out as the producer of the Myth Makers series of videos in the 1980s and 90s interviewing Doctor Who alumni. Also on video, Nicholas has been involved with Wartime (1987), The Airzone Solution (1993) and the Auton trilogy (1997-99), and was present for the infancy of what we now know as Big Finish Productions with his Audio Visuals unofficial audio dramas. Nicholas has been involved with Big Finish all through its life, from its birth in 1996 to being its current executive producer. He also writes, directs and composes for the Big Finish audios, and has also written Doctor Who books, including The Dalek Generation (2013).
Screen acting credits come in the form of The League of Gentlemen (2002), Adulthood (2008), Lewis (2009), 4.3.2.1. (2010), Cleaning Up (2011) and An Adventure in Space and Time (2013 - in which he played original voice of the Daleks, Peter Hawkins).
Nicholas has also provided voices for a number of video games, namely Judge Dredd: Dredd vs Death (2003) and Doctor Who: The Adventure Games (2010), and provided optional 21st century voices for the Daleks in the special edition DVD of the 1972 Doctor Who story Day of the Daleks.
Facts
In his 1980s Audio Visuals series he played an indeterminate future version of the Doctor, who went on to immortalised in the Doctor Who Magazine comic strip Party Animals in 1991. Here he is, on Twitter!

CREW

Robert Shearman (writer) Born Feb 10 1970
Career highlights
Robert's only other television writing credits are for Born and Bred (2003) and Static (2015), but he is most prolific as a stage and radio scriptwriter, having worked with Alan Ayckbourn and Francis Ford Coppola. He has been writing for the theatre since 1991's Dented Crowns and for radio since 2000's About Colin. He has also written books of short stories, such as Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical (2009) and They Do the Same Things Different There (2014). He has also been active in the Doctor Who audio world via Big Finish, penning The Holy Terror (2000), The Chimes of Midnight (2002), The Maltese Penguin (2002), Jubilee (2003, which, of course, inspired the TV episode Dalek) and Scherzo (2003).

Joe Ahearne (director) Born Nov 23 1963 (a perfect birthday!)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Dalek, Father's Day, Boom Town, Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Ways (2005)
Career highlights
Joe is a writer and director for television, having worked in both capacities on This Life (1997), Ultraviolet (1998), Apparitions (2008, which he also created and executive produced) and The Secret of Crickley Hall (2012). He has also had writing duties on Da Vinci's Demons (2013), and directed for Dark Realm (2001), Strange (2003) and This Life +10 (2007).
Facts
Joe was nominated for Best Director for Doctor Who at the 2005 BAFTAs (he lost to Brian Percival for ShakespeaRe-Told). He has also twice been nominated for Best Dramatic Presentation - Short Form at the Hugo awards (for Father's Day and Dalek). Joe wrote the four-issue Fantastic Force Marvel mini-series in 2009 (a spin-off from Fantastic Four) and Fantastic Four Annual 32 in 2010.

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.

Helen Raynor (script editor) Born Mar 27 1972
Doctor Who credits
Script edited: The Unquiet Dead, Dalek, The Empty Child/ The Doctor Dances, Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Ways, The Christmas Invasion, New Earth, School Reunion, The Girl in the Fireplace, Rise of the Cybermen/ The Age of Steel, Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday, Blink, Silence in the Library/ Forest of the Dead, Midnight (2005-08)
Wrote: Torchwood: Ghost Machine (2006), Daleks in Manhattan/ Evolution of the Daleks (2007), Torchwood: To the Last Man (2008), The Sontaran Stratagem/ The Poison Sky (2008)
Career highlights
Helen started out as a script editor on the daytime soap Doctors (2002-03) before moving on to Doctor Who. She also script edited The Chatterley Affair in 2006. As a writer, Helen has written for Brief Encounters (2006), Primeval (2011), Baker Boys (2011) and Mr Selfridge (2015). She now writes for the stage.

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