Thursday, March 05, 2015

The Christmas Invasion (+ prelude)

Rose (Billie Piper) and the new Doctor
(David Tennant) contemplate their
future among the stars
Children in Need Special
One episode (untitled on screen, sometimes referred to as Born Again)
First broadcast Nov 18 2005
Average audience for story: 10.7m (9pm-9.15pm slot of BBC1's Children in Need telethon)
Cast: David Tennant (The Doctor) and Billie Piper (Rose Tyler); see below.
Crew: Russell T Davies (writer, see below), Euros Lyn (director - see The End of the World), Phil Collinson (producer, see below).

The Christmas Invasion
One episode (The Christmas Invasion)
First broadcast Dec 25 2005
Average audience for story: 9.84m

CAST

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).
Facts
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).
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.

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.

Adam Garcia (Alex) Born Jun 1 1973
Career highlights
Australian Adam made his screen debut in Home and Away in 1991, and later Wilde (1997), Dream Team (1998), Coyote Ugly (2000), Bootmen (2000), Riding in Cars with Boys (2001), Kangaroo Jack (2003), Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004), Standing Still (2005), Riot at the Rite (2005), Britannia High (2008), Flight of the Conchords (2009), Hawthorne (2009), House MD (2010), Threesome (2011), Camp (2013), Perception (2014), The Code (2014) and Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey (2014). Adam was also a judge on the talent show Got to Dance between 2009-14 and on Dancing with the Stars in 2014.
Much of Adam's off-screen work has been in musical theatre, appearing in productions such as Hot Shoe Shuffle, Grease, Saturday Night Fever and Wicked. He has also had a hit single in the UK, reaching number 15 in 1998 with his cover of the Bee Gees' Night Fever.
Facts
Adam performed as part of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games opening ceremony. He also co-founded the dance troupe that went on to become Tap Dogs. Here's his Twitter account.

Daniel Evans (Danny Llewellyn) Born Jul 31 1973
Career highlights
Daniel's earliest role was playing Robin Richards in 1987's The Eye of the Dragon, after which he won roles in Soldier Soldier (1995), Cameleon (1997), Great Expectations (1999), Love in a Cold Climate (2001), Being Dom Joly (2001), Daniel Deronda (2002), Spooks (2004), The Virgin Queen (2006), The Passion (2008), Holby City (2008) and Les Miserables (2012).
Facts
Daniel has won two Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Actor in a Musical in 2001 and 2007 (he was also nominated in 2000). Here's his Twitter.

Sean Gilder (Sycorax leader) Born Mar 1 1964
Career highlights
Debuted in May to December (1989), then On the Up (1990), Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge (1994), Resort to Murder (1995), Our Friends in the North (1996), Bugs (1996), Touching Evil (1997), Rich Deceiver (1997), Honest (2000), Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001), Gangs of New York (2002), State of Play (2003), New Tricks (2006), Life on Mars (2007), The Shadow Line (2011), Treasure Island (2012), Monroe (2012), Midsomer Murders (2015) and Sons of Liberty (2015). Sean also regularly played Styles in the Horatio Hornblower series of TV films (1998-2003) and will be best remembered as Paddy Maguire in Shameless (2005-10).
Facts
Media reports claim Sean left the role of Paddy Maguire in Shameless in 2007 because of the difficult relationship between him and his screen wife, played by Tina Malone. However, Sean returned to the series in 2008 as Paddy's gay brother Noel, credited on screen as Neil Grade (an anagram of his name). He is married to actress Robin Weaver.

Anita Briem (Sally Jacobs) Born May 29 1982
Career highlights
Icelandic Anita debuted in Doctors (2004), followed by The Nun (2005), The Evidence (2006), The Tudors (2008, as Jane Seymour), Journey to the Centre of the Earth (2008), Everything Will Happen Before You Die (2010), Elevator (2011), You, Me & The Circus (2012) and Kill the Poet (2015).
Facts
Anita is married to actor and director Dean Paraskevopoulos, who has directed music videos for Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, while her parents are Gunnlaugur Briem (drummer with the Icelandic group Mezzo Forte) and vocalist Erna Thorarinsdottir. Anita can be seen in the music video for The Airborne Toxic Event's Sometime Around Midnight (2009). At drama school, Anita won the John Barton Award for Stage Fighting after studying hand to hand combat and weaponry as a child.

Chu Omambala (Major Blake)
Career highlights
Debuted in Doomwatch: Winter Angel (1999), followed by White Teeth (2002), Judge John Deed (2006), The Whistleblowers (2007), Casualty (2009), Spooks (2011), Treasure Island (2012), Wolfblood (2012) and Common (2014).

Sian McDowall (Sandra)
Career highlights
Further work includes Candy (2003) and Casualty (2003).

Paul Anderson (Jason)
Career highlights
Paul debuted in Doctor Who, and has since gone on to appear in Silent Witness (2007), Ashes to Ashes (2008), Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me (2008), The Firm (2009), The Promise (2011), Lewis (2008/11), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), The Sweeney (2012), Passion (2012), Top Boy (2013), The Great Train Robbery (2013), '71 (2014), Electricity (2014), Legend (2015) and The Revenant (2015). Paul also regularly played Arthur Shelby in Peaky Blinders (2013-14).

Cathy Murphy (Mum) Born Aug 7 1967
Career highlights
Cathy debuted in 1982's Made in Britain, after which she appeared in Nanny (1983), Stars of the Roller State Disco (1984), Bleak House (1985), The December Rose (1986), The Phantom of the Opera (1989), Memphis Belle (1990), She-Wolf of London (1990), Streetwise (1991), Men Behaving Badly (1994), Rumble (1995), Karaoke (1996), Moll Flanders (1996), Oliver Twist (1999), On the Nose (2001), About a Boy (2002), The Queen's Nose (2002), Vital Signs (2006), Extras (2006), Cold Blood (2008), Shameless (2010) and Welcome to the Punch (2013). Regular roles include Tilly in The House of Eliott (1991-94), DC Cheryl Barker in soap Family Affairs (2003-04) and Julie Perkins in soap EastEnders (2010-11).

Sean Carlsen (Policeman) Born 1968
Doctor Who credits
Played: Policeman in The Christmas Invasion (2005)
Played: Mr Grainger in Torchwood: Sleeper (2008)
Career highlights
Debuted in Bad Company (1992), then Mud (1995), Backup (1995), Shine (1996), Tastebuddies (2000), The Great Dome Robbery (2002), Manhunt (2007) and Skins (2011).
Facts
Sean is a regular actor for the Big Finish audio range, and works principally as a voiceover artist on documentaries and continuities.

Jason Mohammad (Newsreader) Born Nov 20 1975
Doctor Who credits
Played: Newsreader in The Christmas Invasion (2005), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Lost Boy (2007), Voyage of the Damned (2007), Turn Left (2008), The Stolen Earth (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Man Who Never Was (2011)
Career highlights
Jason joined the BBC in 1997 as a reporter for Wales Today, and stayed with BBC Wales as a presenter until 2013 when he became the host of Final Score on BBC1. He is also a snooker commentator for the Corporation, and has a weekday morning show on BBC Radio Wales.
Facts
Jason gets fan mail for his part in Doctor Who: "So many people ask me about my roles in Doctor Who. I get fan mail from all over the world - the best one was from a guy in New Zealand who said he thought I played the role of a newsreader so well that he thought I was a real newscaster!"

Sagar Arya (Newsreader)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Newsreader in The Christmas Invasion (2005), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Secrets of the Stars (2008)
Career highlights
Sagar debuted in In Custody (1994), then Fiza (2000), Red Mercury (2005), Life on Mars (2006), Outnumbered (2007), The Invisibles (2008), Survivors (2008), Spooks (2009), Hunted (2012), Cucumber (2015) and Banana (2015).
Facts
Sagar's father is Indian cinematographer Ishan Arya, while his mother is actress Sulbha Arya, best known for being in Indian TV's first ever sitcom, Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi. Sagar's brother Sameer is also a Bollywood cinematographer. Sagar himself is married to actress Anwesha Bhattacharya, daughter of Indian writer Rinki Bhattacharya and Hindi film director Basu Bhattacharya.

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.

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.

James Hawes (director)
Doctor Who credits
Director: The Empty Child/ The Doctor Dances (2005), The Christmas Invasion (2005), New Earth (2006), School Reunion (2006)
Career highlights
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).
Facts
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)
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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