Friday, March 06, 2015

Attack of the Graske

The Doctor (David Tennant) sonics
your TV remote control
Interactive episode with narrative branching (Attack of the Graske)
First broadcast December 25 2005
Around 496,000 viewers accessed the game via the BBC's Red Button service


David Tennant (The Doctor) Born Apr 18 1971
Doctor Who credits
Played: Caretaker in Scream of the Shalka (2003, uncredited)
Played: The Doctor in 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, Human Nature/ The Family of Blood, Blink, Utopia/ The Sound of Drums/ Last of the Time Lords, The Infinite Quest, Time Crash, Voyage of the Damned, Music of the Spheres, 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 Next Doctor, Planet of the Dead, Dreamland, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith, The Waters of Mars, The End of Time (2005-10). Return appearance in The Day of the Doctor (2013).
Career highlights
Debuted in the Dramarama episode The Secret of Croftmore (1988), followed by Strathblair (1992), The Brown Man (1993), Rab C Nesbitt (1993), Takin' Over the Asylum (1994), Jude (1996), Holding the Baby (1997), Duck Patrol (1998), Love in the 21st Century (1999), The Mrs Bradley Mysteries (2000), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (2000), Foyle's War (2002), Posh Nosh (2003), Bright Young Things (2003), Terri McIntyre (2003), He Knew He Was Right (2004), Blackpool (2004), Casanova (2005), The Quatermass Experiment (2005), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Secret Smile (2005), The Chatterley Affair (2006), Recovery (2007), Learners (2007), Extras (2007), Einstein and Eddington (2008), St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold (2009), Rex is Not Your Lawyer (2010), Single Father (2010), United (2011), The Decoy Bride (2011), Fright Night (2011), True Love (2012), Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2012), Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger (2012), Spies of Warsaw (2013), The Politician's Husband (2013), Postman Pat: The Movie (2014), AKA Jessica Jones (2015) and I Feel Fine (2016). He has also provided narration for Twenty Twelve (2011-12) and its follow-up W1A (2014- ), voiced Twigs in the animation Tree Fu Tom (2012-13, alongside former Doctor Who companion Sophie Aldred), and played Alec Hardy and his US equivalent Emmett Carver in Broadchurch (2013-15) and Gracepoint (2014).
David has been nominated for countless awards over the years, and has won a Daytime Emmy for his performance in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, a Scottish BAFTA for The Escape Artist (2013), a Welsh BAFTA for Doctor Who (2006), a Crime Thriller Award for Broadchurch (2013), four National Television Awards for Best Actor for Doctor Who (2006/07/08/10) and five TV Quick Awards for Best Actor for Doctor Who (2006-08), Single father (2011) and Broadchurch (2013). On New Year's Eve 2011, David married actress Georgia Moffett, whom he'd met when she was a guest star in Doctor Who playing the Doctor's "daughter" Jenny. Georgia is also the real-life daughter of Fifth Doctor actor Peter Davison, making the Tenth Doctor the Fifth Doctor's son-in-law, and the Doctor's daughter also his wife. David and Georgia have had two children together; these children now have Doctor Who for both their father and their grandfather! David's real surname is McDonald, but he changed his name to get into Equity, inspired by Pet Shop Boy singer Neil Tennant's surname (he changed his name to Tennant by deed poll in 2011 at Georgia's request). David's father Sandy appeared in the Doctor Who episode The Unicorn and the Wasp (2008).

Lisa Palfrey (Mum) Born c.1967
Career highlights
Debuted in The District Nurse (1987), followed by The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain (1995), House of America (1997), Split Second (1999), Guest House Paradiso (1999), Maybe Baby (2000), Green-Eyed Monster (2002), Casualty (2002), The Bill (2004), 360 (2011), Family Tree (2013), Pride (2014) and Under Milk Wood (2015).
Here's her Twitter feed!

Nicholas Beveney (Dad)
Career highlights
Debuted in The Bill (1995), then Sharman (1996), Pie in the Sky (1997), Lock, Stock... (2000), Holby City (2003), Sahara (2005), Funland (2005), This Life +10 (2007), Skins (2007), Nowhere Man (2008), Mr Nobody (2009), New Tricks (2011), Family Tree (2013) and Hard Time Bus (2015). He also wrote and directed the 2013 TV movie Kingmakers.

Mollie Kabia (Girl) Born c.1997
This is Mollie's only credit. However, she was one of three contestants on Team TARDIS for the Team Totally segment in the second series of Totally Doctor Who in 2007.

James Harris (Boy)
This is James's only credit.

Robin Meredith (Grandad) Born 1943
Career highlights
Debuted in Love Story (1973), then Father Brown (1974), Golden Hill (1975-76), Pennies from Heaven (1978), The Golden Dolphin (1986), A Fine Romance (1989), London's Burning (1990), That's Love (1990), Only Fools and Horses (1996) and Love Soup (2005).
Robin and his wife Christine Way are involved in the non-denominational Christian organisation Arts Centre Group, based in London. Robin is an expert on former slave trader and preacher John Newton, and often performs as him in local productions.

Gwenyth Petty (Grandma) Born 1930
Career highlights
Gwenyth made her debut playing Mary Rhys as a girl in the 1952 documentary short David (this was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Documentary Film, beaten by the American film Beaver Valley). Also working a lot on BBC Radio, Gwenyth's subsequent credits include The Singing Pig (1956), The Peaceful Inn (1957), Under Milk Wood (1964), The Mimosa Boys (1984), Friday on My Mind (1992), A Mind to Kill (1997), Mortimer's Law (1998), Very Annie Mary (2001), The Dark (2005) and Framed (2009).
Gwenyth's daughter is the BBC Wales journalist and broadcaster Sara Edwards. Gwenyth was a well-known broadcaster in Wales for many years, often recording alongside poet Dylan Thomas. She is the last living member of the original cast of the BBC Radio production of Thomas's Under Milk Wood from 1954.

Jimmy Vee (Graske)
Doctor Who credits
 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).
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.

Ben Oliver (Urchin)
Career highlights
Ben's only other work is playing Adam Lawton in Welcome to Orty-Fou (2000).

Roger Nott (Older man) Born Nov 23 1943
Doctor Who credits
Played: Prisoner in The Twin Dilemma (1984)
Played: Older man in Attack of the Graske (2005)
Career highlights
Roger's further credits include The Mock Doctor (1968), Dixon of Dock Green (1969), The Regiment (1972), Fall of Eagles (1974), Hawkmoor (1978), The Life and Times of David Lloyd George (1981), The Professionals (1982), Minder (1984), Fighting Back (1986), Ballroom (1988), Making News (1990), We Are Seven (1989-91), Civvies (1992), Darklands (1996), Silent Cry (2002), The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1 (2003) and Hair in the Gate (2012, which he also wrote and produced).
Roger was co-founder of Cardiff Open Air Theatre. He stood as a Labour councillor in the Treherbert ward of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council in Wales in the 2008 local elections: he polled 813 votes, not enough to secure one of the two seats available.

Catherine Olding (Young woman)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Young woman in Attack of the Graske (2005)
Played: Young mum in Torchwood: From Out of the Rain (2008)
Career highlights
Catherine also appeared in Bad Company (2010).


Gareth Roberts (writer) Born Jun 5 1968
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: Attack of the Graske (2005), all 13 TARDISodes (2006), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Invasion of the Bane (2007), The Shakespeare Code (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Revenge of the Slitheen (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? (2007), The Unicorn and the Wasp (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Secrets of the Stars (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith (2008), Planet of the Dead (2009), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith (2009), The Lodger (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Empty Planet (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith (2010), Closing Time (2011), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Man Who Never Was (2011), The Caretaker (2014)
Career highlights
Gareth has always been involved in Doctor Who, writing books for the Virgin novel range (including The Highest Science (1993), The Romance of Crime (1995), The English Way of Death (1996) and The Well-Mannered War (1997)) and more recently the BBC (including Only Human (2005) and I Am a Dalek (2006)). He has also written for Doctor Who Magazine, Big Finish and the BBC Doctor Who DVD range. Outside of Doctor Who, Gareth has written for soaps such as Emmerdale (1998-99), Brookside (1999-2003), Springhill (1996) and Coronation Street (1997-98), as well as Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (2001), Swiss Toni (2003), Swinging (2005), Wizards vs Aliens (2012-13) and Jekyll & Hyde (2015).
Gareth wrote the long-awaited novelisation of Shada in 2012, and was initially to pen one for City of Death too, but pulled out in 2014, to be replaced by James Goss. Here's Gareth on Twitter.

Ashley Way (director) Born Dec 16 1971
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Attack of the Graske (2005), all 13 TARDISodes (2006), Torchwood: Captain Jack Harkness (2007), Torchwood: End of Days (2007), Torchwood: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2008), Torchwood: Reset (2008), Torchwood: Something Borrowed (2008), Torchwood: Exit Wounds (2008), The Hungry Earth/ Cold Blood (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Empty Planet (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Sky (2011), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Curse of Clyde Langer (2011)
Career highlights
Ashley began as an assistant director on The Proposition (1996), followed by The Last Leprechaun (1998), The Meeksville Ghost (2001), The Sorceror's Apprentice (2002), Pets (2002) and Berserker: Hell's Warrior (2004). His first directing job was on Filligoggin (2000), then Hoodlum and Son (2003), Calon Gaeth (2006), Belonging (2005-07), Personal Affairs (2009), Crash (2009), Merlin (2010-12), Casualty (2005-14) and Stella (2014-15).

Sophie Fante (producer)
Doctor Who credits
Produced: Attack of the Graske (2005), all 13 TARDISodes (2006), Torchwood: Random Shoes (2006), Torchwood: Adrift (2008)
Assistant producer: Torchwood: Everything Changes, Torchwood: Day One, Torchwood: Ghost Machine, Torchwood: Cyberwoman, Torchwood: Small Worlds, Torchwood: Countrycide, Torchwood: They Keep Killing Suzie, Torchwood: Captain Jack Harkness, Torchwood: End of Days (2006-07)
Career highlights
Sophie's earliest credit was as third assistant director on Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life (1995, which was written and directed by future Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi, starred future alternative Ninth Doctor Richard E Grant, and also won an Oscar for Best Short Film!). She was then production assistant on Bent (1997), script editor on One of the Hollywood Ten (2000) and was producer on Stick or Twist (2006), Belonging (2002-09) and Gwaith/ Cartref (2011). Under the name Sophie Francis Jones she has been a producer and script producer on Casualty (2005/2012-13) and Dad (2015).

Jo Pearce (producer)
Doctor Who credits
Produced: Attack of the Graske (2005), all 13 TARDISodes (2006)
Senior interactive producer: 14 episodes of Torchwood Declassified (2006-07)
Executive producer: William Hartnell: The Original (2013), Doctor Who Extra (2014)
These are Jo's only professional credits. However, she has been with the BBC since 2002 developing network brands across new media platforms.

Andrew Whitehouse (producer)
Career highlights
Andrew was also series producer of Spooks Interactive (2004).

Simon Winstone (script editor) Born 1973
Doctor Who credits
Script edited: Attack of the Graske (2005), all 13 TARDISodes (2006), Tooth and Claw (2006), The Idiot's Lantern (2006), The Impossible Planet/ The Satan Pit (2006), Love & Monsters (2006), Fear Her (2006), The Runaway Bride (2006), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Invasion of the Bane (2007), Smith and Jones (2007), The Shakespeare Code (2007), Gridlock (2007), The Lazarus Experiment (2007), 42 (2007), Utopia/ The Sound of Drums/ Last of the Time Lords (2007)
Career highlights
Simon started out as a publicity assistant for the BBC in 1994, then took on the roles of production assistant (1996-98), promotions director BBC trailers (1998-2000) and designer for BBC Online (2000-01). Between 2001-11 Andrew was involved in the BBC's interactive services, including BBCi and Red Button. Since leaving the BBC he has been a freelance web consultant and trainer, and has worked for Electronic Arts and Microsoft as a content producer. Simon has also script edited for other shows, including Emmerdale (1999) and EastEnders (2001-04), and has written for the drama series Death in Paradise (2014-15). Between 2004-05 he was producer on EastEnders and on Death in Paradise 2011-13.

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