Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Unquiet Dead

The undead Mrs Peace (Jennifer Hill)
One episode (The Unquiet Dead)
First broadcast Apr 9 2005
Audience for story: 8.86m

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!

Alan David (Gabriel Sneed) Born Dec 29 1941
Career highlights
Alan debuted in Shakespeare or Bust (1973), followed by Coronation Street (1973), Emmerdale Farm (1974), The Inheritors (1974), The Sweeney (1976), Minder (1980), Shoestring (1979-80), Bergerac (1981), Bulman (1985), Remington Steele (1986), The Twilight Zone (1986), How to Be Cool (1988), Sleepers (1991), Gone to the Dogs (1991), Virtual Murder (1992), Lovejoy (1993), Headhunters (1994), Honey for Tea (1994), The Brittas Empire (1996), The Legacy of Reginald Perrin (1996), The Thin Blue Line (1996), A Perfect State (1997), Goodnight Sweetheart (1999), Dead Gorgeous (2002), The Last Detective (2004), Wimbledon (2004), Empire (2005), EastEnders (2005), To the Manor Born (2007), The Oxford Murders (2008), Land Girls (2011), Still Open All Hours (2014) and Benidorm (2015). Regular roles have included Maurice "Granny" Taylor in Sam (1974-75), Harry in The Squirrels (1974-77), Tancred Taylour in Foxy Lady (1982-84), Bernie in Making Out (1989-91), Mr Rogers in Chris Cross (1993-95) and Llewellyn in The Green Green Grass (2005-09).
Facts
Alan also acts as a match day announcer for London Welsh rugby club.

Huw Rhys (Redpath) Born 1981
Career highlights
Welsh actor Huw debuted in Diwrnod Hollol Mindblowing Heddiw in 2000, after which he appeared in Spooks (2004), Con Passionate (2005), Life Begins (2004-05), Belonging (2006), Mayo (2006), The Palace (2008), Shameless (2010), Case Sensitive (2011) and Stella (2014).

Jennifer Hill (Mrs Peace)
Career highlights
Debuted in Carry On Jack (1963) then appeared in Softly Softly (1968), Crossroads (1973-74), A Bunch of Fives (1977-78), Grange Hill (1979), The Basil Brush Show (1979-80), Tenko (1981), Octopussy (1983), Leaving (1985), The Kenny Everett Television Show (1987-88), The Knock (1997), Human Traffic (1999), Mine All Mine (2004), The Bill (2005) and High Hopes (2006).

Eve Myles (Gwyneth) Born Jul 26 1978
Doctor Who credits
Played: Gwyneth in The Unquiet Dead (2005)
Played: Gwen Cooper in 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, The Stolen Earth/ Journey's End, Torchwood: Children of Earth (Days 1-5), 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) (2006-11)
Career highlights
Debuting in the 1999 TV series Hang the DJ, Eve's career has seen her take roles in Nuts and Bolts (2000), Score (2001), Tales from the Pleasure Beach (2001), EastEnders: Dot's Story (2003), Colditz (2005), Merlin (2008), Little Dorrit (2008), Framed (2009), Baker Boys (2011), Frankie (2013), You, Me & Them (2013) and Broadchurch (2015). She also played Ceri in 85 episodes of the Welsh drama Belonging (2000-09).
Facts
Eve, whose husband is actor Bradley Freegard, has been nominated for three BAFTA Cymru Awards, and won Best Actress for Torchwood in 2007. Here she is on Twitter.

Simon Callow (Charles Dickens) Born Jun 15 1949
Doctor Who credits
Played: Charles Dickens in The Unquiet Dead (2005), The Wedding of River Song (2011)
Played: Voice of Tree Blathereen in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Gift (2009)
Career highlights
Prolific stage and screen actor Simon made his debut in an episode of the Carry On Laughing! TV series in 1975, but while his scenes were cut out, his name remained on the credits at the end. His first proper appearance was in Get Some In! (1975), followed by Victorian Scandals (1976), Instant Enlightenment Including VAT (1980), The Dybbuk (1980), Amadeus (1984), Scarecrow and Mrs King (1984), The Good Father (1985), Dead Head (1986), David Copperfield (1986), Maurice (1987), Postcards from the Edge (1990), Soft Top Hard Shoulder (1993), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Little Napoleons (1994), Street Fighter (1994), Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995), England, My England (1995), The Woman in White (1997), Shakespeare in Love (1998), Thunderpants (2002), Bright Young Things (2003), Angels in America (2003), The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Rome (2005), Chemical Wedding (2008), Lewis (2009), Ice (2011), Love's Kitchen (2011), This is Jinsy (2011), Plebs (2014) and Otlander (2015). He may also be remembered in the UK for playing Tom Chance in sitcom Chance in a Million (1984-86). Simon also appeared as a critic in the reality series Popstar to Operastar in 2011.
Facts
Simon, awarded a CBE in 1999, is something of an authority on Charles Dickens, having played him numerous times on stage and screen, and has written book on the author too. He has also written books on Charles Laughton, Oscar Wilde, William Shakespeare and Orson Welles, and the art of acting. Here's his Twitter feed.

Wayne Cater (Stage manager) Born 1971
Career highlights
Wayne debuted in Stalag Luft (1993), after which he appeared in Topsy-Turvy (1999), Warriors (1999), Very Annie Mary (2001), Holby City (2009), Gavin and Stacey (2009), Tracy Beaker Returns (2011), Being Human (2013) and Doctors (2010/13). He also regularly played George the butcher in Stella (2013-14).
Facts
Here's his Twitter account.

Meic Povey (Driver) Born 1950
Career highlights
Meic's acting CV stems back to 1972's The Regiment, after which he appeared in The Inheritors (1974), Border Country (1979), Gawain and the Green Knight (1991), The Jazz Detective (1992), Monk Dawson (1998), Pobol y Cwm (2004), Sebastian (2004) and Scratching (2006). He also had a recurring role as DC Taff Jones in Minder (1982-89) and Supt Jack Bevan in A Mind to Kill (1994-97). Meic is also a writer for screen and stage, having penned for Glas Y Dorlan (1977-78), Taff Acre (1981), Iechyd Da (1997) and A Mind to Kill (1997), and being a co-creator of the Welsh language soap Pobol y Cwm in 1974.

Zoe Thorne (The Gelth) Born 1984
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Gelth in The Unquiet Dead (2005)
Played: Voice of the Toclafane in The Sound of Drums/ Last of the Time Lords (2007)
Career highlights
Debuted in New Year's Day (2000), followed by Casualty (2001), Doctors (2003), Kerching! (2004), The Bill (2005), An American Haunting (2005), Miles Away (2009), Hamlet (2009) and War Horse (2014).
Facts
Here's Zoe on Twitter.

CREW

Mark Gatiss (writer) Born Oct 17 1966
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Unquiet Dead (2005), The Idiot's Lantern (2006), Victory of the Daleks (2010), Night Terrors (2011), Cold War (2013), The Crimson Horror (2013), Robot of Sherwood (2014), Sleep No More (2015)
Played: Professor Lazarus in The Lazarus Experiment (2007)
Played: Voice of Danny Boy in Victory of the Daleks (2010, uncredited)
Played: Gantok in The Wedding of River Song (2011, as Rondo Haxton)
Career highlights
The frighteningly prolific and multi-talented Mark began his acting career in Harry (1993), after which he appeared in The Dwelling Place (1994), In the Red (1998), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (2000), Barbara (2000), Spaced (2001), Dr Terrible's House of Horrible (2001), Bright Young Things (2003), Sex Lives of the Potato Men (2004), Agatha Christie's Marple (2004), The Quatermass Experiment (2005), Funland (2005), Starter for 10 (2006), Fear of Fanny (2006), Jekyll (2007), Consenting Adults (2007), Sense and Sensibility (2008), Clone (2008), Crooked House (2008), Psychoville (2009), The First Men in the Moon (2010), The Crimson Petal and the White (2011), Being Human (2012), Horrible Histories (2012), Psychobitches (2013), Mapp & Lucia (2014), Wolf Hall (2015), Games of Thrones (2014-15) and Dad's Army (2016). He also regularly plays Mycroft Holmes in Sherlock (2010-15) and had a recurring role as Glenn Bulb in Nighty Night (2004-05), but will forever be known as a member of the League of Gentlemen comedy team, who had three series between 1999-2002 as well as the film The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse (2005).
Mark is also a prolific writer, having written various Doctor Who novels and audio adventures since the 1990s, as well as spin-off video productions such as The Zero Imperative (1994) and Unnatural Selection (1996). For the screen he has written Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (2001), The League of Gentlemen (1999-2002), The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse (2005), Nighty Night (2004-05), Crooked House (2008), A History of Horror (2010), Agatha Christie's Poirot (2008/10/13), An Adventure in Space and Time (2013), The Tractate Middoth (2013) and Sherlock (2010-16). He has also been producer on a number of these productions, and also directed The Tractate Middoth. Mark acted as script editor on the sketch series Little Britain (2003).
Awards
1997: Perrier Award at Edinburgh Fringe Festival (as The League of Gentlemen)
2000: BAFTA TV Award for Best Comedy Programme or Series (The League of Gentlemen)
2011: BAFTA TV Award for Best Drama Series (Sherlock)
Facts
Mark is married to the actor Ian Hallard, who appeared in the Doctor Who story Robot of Sherwood (2014). Along with his fellow League of Gentlemen Mark won the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Perrier Award in 1997. In 1999 Mark played a new incarnation of the Doctor in the sketch The Web of Caves, filmed for Doctor Who Night on BBC2 (this can be seen either here, or on the Doctor Who: The Beginning DVD collection - you may recognise the alien in it too!). He has also used the pseudonym Sam Kisgart when writing for Doctor Who Magazine, and when playing the Master in the Big Finish audio Sympathy for the Devil (2003) and for his cameo in Psychoville (it's an anagram of his name). Mark has also published a trilogy of books featuring the detective Lucifer Box - The Vesuvius Club (2004), The Devil in Amber (2006) and Black Butterfly (2008). Mark is on Twitter.
In 2014 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Mark here.

Euros Lyn (director) Born 1971
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The End of the World (2005), The Unquiet Dead (2005), Children in Need special (2005), Tooth and Claw (2006), The Girl in the Fireplace (2006), The Idiot's Lantern (2006), Fear Her (2006), The Runaway Bride (2006), Music of the Spheres (2008), Silence in the Library/ Forest of the Dead (2008), Torchwood: Children of Earth (Days 1-5) (2009), The End of Time (2009-10)
Career highlights
Euros began directing in 1997 with Sunday Stories and the Welsh series Pam Fi Duw?, after which he directed episodes of Belonging (2000), A Mind to Kill (2002), Casualty (2002-03), All About George (2005), Jane Hall (2006), Sherlock (2010), Upstairs, Downstairs (2010), Black Mirror (2011), Broadchurch (2013), Last Tango in Halifax (2012-13), Happy Valley (2014), Gracepoint (2014) and Cucumber (2015) and The Library Suicides (2015).
Facts
Euros won a BAFTA Cymru award for Best Director on Silence in the Library/ Forest of the Dead, as well as two more for Sherlock and Belonging. He also scooped a Hugo Award for The Girl in the Fireplace. Here's his Twitter account!

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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