|The Doctor (David Tennant) and Sarah|
Jane (Elisabeth Sladen) catch up
First broadcast Apr 29 2006
Average audience for story: 8.31m
For TARDISode, see bottom of this entry
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).
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).
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).
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).
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)
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), 184.108.40.206. (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).
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!
Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith) Feb 1 1946 to Apr 19 2011 (pancreatic cancer)
Elisabeth's earliest (uncredited) role was in Ferry Cross the Mersey (1965), then Coronation Street (1970), Z Cars (1971/72), Doomwatch (1972), Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973), Hickory House (1973), Merry-Go-Round (1977), Send in the Girls (1978), Take My Wife (1979), Silver Dream Racer (1980), In Loving Memory (1980), Name for the Day (1980), Gulliver in Lilliput (1982), Dempsey and Makepeace (1985), Alice in Wonderland (1986), The Bill (1989), Men of the World (1994), Peak Practice (1996) and Faith in the Future (1996).
She was married to actor Brian Miller, also a Doctor Who alumni. Elisabeth appeared alongside seven of the TV Doctors (Doctors 1-5 either during her own era or in The Five Doctors, plus the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors in either 21st century Doctor Who or her own spin-off series). The Impossible Astronaut (2011) was dedicated to Elisabeth on its transmission, while a special programme entitled My Sarah Jane: A Tribute to Elisabeth Sladen aired on Children's BBC. BBC4 also repeated The Hand of Fear (1976) as a tribute.
John Leeson (Voice of K-9) Born Mar 1943
Anthony Head (Mr Finch) Born Feb 20 1954
Doctor Who credits
Played: Voice of Valentine in Death Comes to Time (2003)
Played: Mr Finch in School Reunion (2006)
Narrated: Doctor Who Confidential (2006-10)
Played: Voice of Baltazar in The Infinite Quest (2007)
Prolific Anthony debuted in Enemy at the Door (1978), followed by The Mallens (1979), Love in a Cold Climate (1980), CATS Eyes (1985), Howards' Way (1985), Pulaski (1987), Devil's Hill (1988), Woof! (1991), Highlander (1993), Ghostbusters of East Finchley (1995), Jonathan Creek (1997), Spooks (2002), New Tricks (2004), Monarch of the Glen (2004), Rose and Maloney (2005), Scoop (2006), Sparkle (2007), Sensitive Skin (2007), Sold (2007), The Invisibles (2008), Free Agents (2009/ 2011-12), The Inbetweeners Movie (2009), The Iron Lady (2011), Dancing on the Edge (2013), Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) and Galavant (2015). Anthony has had several regular roles too, including Oliver Sampson in VR.5 (1995-97), James in Manchild (2002-03), Rupert Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996-2003), the Prime Minster in Little Britain (2003-06), Uther Pendragon in Merlin (2008-12), Paracelsus in Warehouse 13 (2013-14), David Whele in Dominion (2014) and Ed Walker in You, Me & Them (2013-15).
Anthony's mother was 1950s/60s actress Helen Shingler (perhaps best known for playing Madame Maigret in the early 1960s and Kathleen Shaw in Couples in the late 1970s), while his brother is actor Murray Head, who originated the role of Judas in the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. His daughters are Emily Head (best known as Carli in The Inbetweeners) and Daisy Head. Anthony is also an accomplished singer, and in 1983 was lead singer in a band called Two Way, which released an EP called Face in the Window (listen to the track All Dressed Up). That's not his only musical link either - in 1982 he recorded vocals for Chris De Burgh's album The Getaway, and in 2002 collaborated with George Sarah on Music for Elevators. In the 1980s Anthony appeared in a series of TV commercials for Nescafe Gold Blend (Taster's Choice in the US). Anthony is an ovopescolactarian (meaning he eats fish but no other meat, although he does eggs and milk products).
Rod Arthur (Mr Parsons)
Debuted in Travelling Man (1985), then Lost Empires (1986), Shoot to Kill (1990), Prime Suspect (1991), Elidor (1995), This Life (1997), Barbara (2000), Bleak House (2005), Prehistoric Park (2006), Cranford (2007), Trinity (2009), Waking the Dead (2011), Wolfblood (2013) and Gigglebiz (2009-15).
Eugene Washington (Mr Wagner) Born Aug 7 1978
Eugene debuted in Judge John Deed (2005), then Doctors (2005), Law and Order UK (2009), Starhyke (2009), Casualty (2006/12) and The Last Job (2013).
Heather Cameron (Nina) Born Oct 8 1992
Debuted aged nine in Holby City, then appeared in Swallow (2001), Micawber (2001-02), Murder in Mind (2002), Trust (2003), Vera Drake (2004) and The Bill (2005). Since 2009 she has been credited as Heather Cameron-McLintock and has appeared in Doctors (2009) and Casualty (2010).
Joe Pickley (Kenny)
This is Joe's only TV credit, but he has also appeared in Little Britain and The Bill, and a TV commercial for UK Gold. Here's his casting page.
Benjamin Smith (Luke) Born Dec 27 1989
Benjamin debuted in The Upper hand at the age of just four, after which he appeared in Peak Practice (1999), Second Sight (1999-2000), Teachers (2003), Wire in the Blood (2005), Hustle (2006), Silent Witness (2007), Doctors (2007), EastEnders (2008), Skins (2007/08), Murderland (2009), Nowhere Boy (2009), Misfits (2009), Spooks (2011), Hidden (2011), Whitechapel (2012), Scott and Bailey (2013) and The Honourable Woman (2014). He also played Tom in Help! I'm a Teenage Outlaw (2004-06), and perhaps most (in)famously was Del Boy's son Damien Trotter in Only Fools and Horses between 2001-03.
Benjamin narrowly missed out on landing the part of Harry Potter ahead of Daniel Radcliffe.
Clem Tibber (Milo) Born Jun 8 1994
Clem debuted in Sorted (2000), then I Am David (2003), Chromophobia (2005), Robin Hood (2006), Orrible (2011) and The Forgotten (2014).
His brother is actor Ben Tibber, who starred with him in I Am David.
Lucinda Dryzek (Melissa) Born Aug 4 1991
Lucinda made her earliest appearance in Micawber (2001-02), followed by Silent Witness (2002), Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), The Queen's Nose (2003), Vital Signs (2006), Five Days (2007), The Whistleblowers (2007), Spooks: Code 9 (2008), City of Ember (2008), Outnumbered (2011), Stella (2013), Midsomer Murders (2014) and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (2015). She regularly played Deedee/ Lady Devereaux in Help! I'm a Teenage Outlaw (2004-06), Katy Riley in Life of Riley (2009-11) and Olivia in Cardinal Burns (2012-14).
Here's Lucinda on Twitter.
Caroline Berry (Dinner lady)
Caroline made her debut as the title character in Ragdolly Anna in 1987, after which she appeared in Breakfast Serials (1990), Friday on My Mind (1992), Birds of a Feather (1993), Peak Practice (1998), Jack of Hearts (1999), Dad (2005), Devil's Bridge (2010), Stella (2013), Mayday (2013) and Doctors (2014). In 2013-14 she played Valerie Phelan in soap Coronation Street.
In 2014 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Caroline here.
Toby Whithouse (writer) Born 1970
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: School Reunion (2006), Torchwood: Greeks Bearing Gifts (2006), The Vampires of Venice (2010), The God Complex (2011), A Town Called Mercy (2012), Under the Lake/ Before the Flood (2015), The Lie of the Land (2017)
Toby's first writing work was on Where the Heart Is (1999), followed by Attachments (2000), Hotel Babylon (2006), No Angels (2004/06, which he also created), The Armstrong and Miller Show (2007), Being Human (2008-13, which he also created) and The Game (2014, which he also created). He was also executive producer on Being Human (the UK and US versions), its spin-off Becoming Human (2011) and The Game.
Toby has also had a parallel career as an actor, having appeared in The Upper Hand (1992), A Masculine Ending (1992), The Scarlet and the Black (1993), Shadowlands (1993), Bright Hair (1997), Goodnight Sweetheart (1999), Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), The Virgin Queen (2006) and Cara Fi (2014), as well as the regular roles of Norman Foss in The House of Eliott (1992-94) and Alistair Frith in Being Human (2013).
Toby's series Being Human was twice nominated for a Best Drama Series BAFTA (in 2010 and 2011). Here's his Twitter.
In 2015 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Toby, and Jamie Mathieson, here.
James Hawes (director)
Doctor Who credits
Director: The Empty Child/ The Doctor Dances (2005), The Christmas Invasion (2005), New Earth (2006), School Reunion (2006)
James's earliest directing work was The Earth in Balance (1990, featuring Prince Charles), followed by Against All Odds (1994), Staying Alive (1996), The Bill (1996-98), Holby City (1999), The Mrs Bradley Mysteries (2000), Sea of Souls (2004), The Chatterley Affair (2006), Miss Marie Lloyd (2007), Fanny Hill (2007), Merlin (2008), The 39 Steps (2008), DCI Banks (2010), The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (2011), Mad Dogs (2012), The Mill (2013) and Penny Dreadful (2014). However, he'd started out as a producer on the series Did You See...? in the 1980s, and is also credited as creating, writing, directing and producing Lawrence of Arabia: The Battle for the Arab World (2003).
James was originally announced as the producer on series one of Torchwood, but he backed out after deciding that directing was where his real passion lay. Here he is on Twitter.
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)
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.
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)
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)
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.
Made available as a mobile phone download and online in the week beginning Apr 24 2006
Crew: Gareth Roberts (writer), Ashley Way (director), Sophie Fante (producer), Jo Pearce (producer); Simon Winstone (script editor); see Attack of the Graske.