Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Idiot's Lantern

The Wire (Maureen Lipman) goads the
Doctor (David Tennant), Tommy (Rory
Jennings) and Bishop (Sam Cox)
One episode (The Idiot's Lantern)
First broadcast May 27 2006
Average audience for story: 6.76m
For TARDISode, see bottom of this entry

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!

Maureen Lipman (The Wire) Born May 10 1946
Career highlights
Maureen debuted in Up the Junction (1968), then School for Unclaimed Girls (1969), Codename (1970), The Lovers (1970), Gumshoe (1971), The Sweeney (1976), Cannon and Ball (1979), The Wildcats of St Trinian's (1980), Smiley's People (1982), Educating Rita (1983), Absent Friends (1985), A Little Princess (1987), Re-Joyce!: A Celebration of the Work of Joyce Grenfell (1991), Carry On Columbus (1992), Captain Jack (1999), The Pianist (2002), Coronation Street (2002), Jonathan Creek (2003), Lighthouse Hill (2004), Where the Heart Is (2004), The Fugitives (2005), Sensitive Skin (2007), He Kills Coppers (2008), Skins (2009), Metamorphosis (2012) and The Vicar of Dibley (2015). Regular roles include Sarah Lewis in Crown Court (1973-75), Marian Steinberg in Couples (1975-76), Jane Lucas in Agony (1979-81) and Agony Again (1995), Sheila Haddon in All at Number 20 (1986-87), Shani Whittle in the TV plays Eskimo Day (1996) and Cold Enough for Snow (1997), and Irene Spencer in Ladies of Letters (2009-10). She also had her own series, About Face (1989-91), in which she played a variety of characters. Maureen will also be remembered for playing Beattie in a series of commercials for British Telecom in the 1980s.
Facts
Maureen, who received a CBE in 1999, was married to acclaimed playwright Jack Rosenthal between 1973 and his death in 2004. In 2015, Maureen, who is Jewish, said she was considering moving to the US or Israel in the wake of increased anti-Semitic attacks in the UK.

Ron Cook (Magpie) Born 1948
Career highlights
Ron debuted in Ballet Shoes (1975), then took roles in It's Getting Harder All the Time (1976), Will Shakespeare (1978), The Black Adder (1983), The Young Ones (1984), Girls on Top (1985), The Singing Detective (1986), Turbulence (1991), Boys from the Bush (1992), Hawkeye (1995), The Odyssey (1997), Topsy-Turvy (1999), Quills (2000), 102 Dalmatians (2000), Chocolat (2000), Charlotte Gray (2001), 24 Hour Party People (2002), The Other Boleyn Girl (2003), Thunderbirds (2004), Casanova (2005), Funland (2005), Confetti (2006), Hot Fuzz (2007), Little Dorrit (2008), Personal Affairs (2009), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012) and Mrs Biggs (2012). Ron has also played Mr Crabb in Mr Selfridge since 2013.

Jamie Foreman (Eddie Connolly) Born May 25 1958
Career highlights
Debuted in Holding On (1977), then King of the Castle (1977), Sky Pirates (1977), Wings (1978), The Quiz Kid (1978), McVicar (1980), Kinvig (1981), Johnny Jarvis (1983), Letty (1984), London's Burning (1988), Tank Malling (1989), The House of Eliott (1994), Nil By Mouth (1997), The Hunger (1997), Bugs (1997), This Year's Love (1997), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Gangster No.1 (2000), Goodbye Charlie Bright (2001), The Football Factory (2004), Layer Cake (2004), Oliver Twist (2005), Botched (2007), Inkheart (2008), Ironclad (2011), Dead End (2012), Birds of a Feather (2014), The Hooligan Factory (2014) and A Hundred Streets (2015). He regularly played Chris Taylor in A Bunch of Fives (1977-78) and Derek Branning in soap EastEnders (2011-12).
Facts
Jamie was for a time married to fellow actor Carol Harrison. Jamie's father was notorious 1960s London gangster Freddie Foreman, an associate of the Kray Twins who was jailed for disposing of the body of one of the Krays' victims. He also admitted to being involved in the murder of two other Kray victims in the 1960s (he was acquitted of the murders) and the intimidation of witnesses to the killing of a third Kray victim. When he was a child, the Kray twins used to babysit Jamie, while "Great Train Robber" Buster Edwards is his godfather. Jamie went on the run with his father in the US in the early 1980s when a customs officer was killed in a bungled £20m drug-smuggling deal masterminded by Freddie Foreman. Here's Jamie on Twitter.

Debra Gillett (Rita Connolly)
Career highlights
Debra debuted in The Witches (1990), followed by Young Soul Rebels (1991), Chimera (1991), GBH (1991), Stay Lucky (1991), The All New Alexei Sayle Show (1995), Coogan's Run (1995), Breathtaking (2000), Cold Feet (2001), Spooks (2004/05), Notes on a Scandal (2006) and Call the Midwife (2014). She also regularly played Mrs Johnson in Cranford (2007-09).
Facts
Debra's husband is Patrick Marber, most associated with writing material for comedian Steve Coogan.

Rory Jennings (Tommy Connolly) Born Jul 20 1983
Career highlights
Rory debuted aged 11 in Magic Grandad (1994), followed by Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), Fatherland (1994), Tom's Midnight Garden (1999), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (2000), Jericho (2005), All About George (2005), Cass (2008), Shifty (2008), Ticking (2012) and Glue (2014). He also had a regular role as Toby (son of Competitive Dad) in The Fast Show (1996-2000) and Craig Dixon in soap EastEnders (2007).
Facts
Rory's CV has a gap in it at the start of the millennium as he took time out from acting to study politics at university. In 2006 he played the young Davros in the Big Finish audio I, Davros. Rory also appeared in the video for the Chemical Brothers' single The Salmon Dance in 2007.

Margaret John (Grandma Connolly) Dec 14 1926 to Feb 2 2011 (liver cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Megan Jones in Fury from the Deep (1968)
Played: Grandma Connolly in The Idiot's Lantern TARDISode and The Idiot's Lantern (2006)
Career highlights
Margaret's first credit was The Prodigal Tenor (1957), and later How Green Was My Valley (1960), Badger's Bend (1963), Coronation Street (1965), Z Cars (1967), The First Lady (1968-69), The Challengers (1972), Emmerdale Farm (1972), New Scotland Yard (1974), Crown Court (1975), Last of the Summer Wine (1977), Blake's 7 (1978), International Velvet (1978), The Boy Merlin (1979), Breakaway (1980), Crossroads (1979-80, as Marian Owen), The District Nurse (1984, as Gwen Harris), Dear John (1987), B&B (1992), Mortimer's Law (1998), Fun at the Funeral Parlour (2001), Eyes Down (2003-04, as Kay), According to Bex (2005), Tea and Biscuits with Maggie Pritchard (2004-05), The Mighty Boosh (2005), Little Britain (2005), Run Fatboy Run (2007), Being Human (2010), Skins (2010) and Game of Thrones (2011). She also played Elsie Hepplewhite in High Hopes (2002-08) and Doris in Gavin and Stacey (2007-09).
Facts
Her husband Ben Thomas - who died aged 39 just three years after they married - was viola player with the London Symphony Orchestra and once performed with Frank Sinatra, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Sammy Davis Jr and Jerry Lee Lewis. Margaret received a BAFTA Cymru Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

Sam Cox (Detective Inspector Bishop)
Career highlights
Debuted in Mackenzie in 1980, then appeared in Dead Head (1986), Die Kinder (1990), The Punk (1993), Prime Suspect (1995), Backup (1995), Crime Traveller (1997), The Murder of Stephen Lawrence (1999), The Commander (2007), Anna Karenina (2012) and The Juror (2015).
In 2017 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Sam here.

Ieuan Rhys (Crabtree) Born Dec 24 1961
Career highlights
Ieuan debuted in Welsh language soap Pobol y Cwm playing Sergeant Glyn James between 1983-96; further appearances include The Mimosa Boys (1984), The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain (1995), Darklands (1996), Mortimer's Law (1998), Bomber (2000), Diamond Geezer (2005), High Hopes (2005), Masterpiece (2010), Zanzibar (2011), Stella (2012) and Bernard and Knives (2012). He also played Sergeant Tom Swann in A Mind to Kill (2001-02), and presented the Welsh version of Mr and Mrs, called Sion a Sian (1996-2001).
Facts
Ieuan has written several Welsh language children's books and is also master of ceremonies at Welsh banquets at Cardiff Castle. Here he is on Twitter.

Jean Challis (Aunty Betty) Born May 22 1934
Career highlights
Jean made her debut in Harpers West One (1961), then The First Lady (1969), Nearest and Dearest (1969), Treasure Over the Water (1972), The Regiment (1973), Hi-de-Hi! (1981/83), Rainbow (1982), Are You Being Served? (1985), Bread (1987), Slinger's Day (1987), Goodnight Sweetheart (1993), One Foot in the Grave (1992/2000), Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005) and How Much for My Brother? (2010). Regular roles include Mrs Arnott in sitcom Dear John (1986-87) and Mum Matheson in She-Wolf of London (1990-91).

Christopher Driscoll (Security guard) 1946 to May 27 2015
Career highlights
Debuted in Doctor at Large (1971), then Shades of Greene (1975), Confessions of a Driving Instructor (1976), Rooms (1977), The New Avengers (1977), Maggie and Her (1979), Quatermass (1979), The Gentle Touch (1980), Sorry! (1982), Studio (1983), Oliver Twist (1985), Prospects (1986), Hot Metal (1988), Grange Hill (1989), Never the Twain (1989), Between the Lines (1992), Shine On Harvey Moon (1995), A Touch of Frost (1996), No Bananas (1996), Captain Jack (1999), EastEnders (2003), Hustle (2010) and Gigglebiz (2009-13).

Marie Lewis (Mrs Gallagher)
Career highlights
Other work includes Outside the Rules (2002), Rocket Man (2005) and Coming Down the Mountain (2007).

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)
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.

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.

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.

TARDISode 7
Made available as a mobile phone download and online in the week beginning May 22 2006

Cast: Margaret John (Grandma Connolly); see above

Kevin Hudson (Delivery man)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Technician in Bad Wolf (2005, uncredited)
Played: Cassandra's escort in New Earth (2006, uncredited)
Played: Cyberman in Rise of the Cybermen/ The Age of Steel (2006, uncredited), Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday (2006, uncredited), The Next Doctor (2008, uncredited), The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang (2010, uncredited), A Good Man Goes to War (2011, uncredited), Closing Time (2011, uncredited)
Played: Delivery man in The Idiot's Lantern TARDISode (2006)
Played: Ood in The Satan Pit (2006, uncredited), Planet of the Ood (2008, uncredited), The End of Time (2009-10, uncredited)
Played: Surgeon in Smith and Jones (2007, uncredited)
Played: Pig man in Daleks in Manhattan/ Evolution of the Daleks (2007, uncredited)
Played: UNIT soldier in Last of the Time Lords (2007, uncredited), The Day of the Doctor (2013, uncredited)
Career highlights
Bit-part actor Kevin's earliest screen work was in No Bananas (1996), followed by Vanity Fair (1998), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Blackadder Back and Forth (1999), Judge John Deed (2001), Big Train (2002), Sex BC (2002), Sea of Souls (2004), Skins (2007), Bonekickers (2008), Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), Silent Witness (2013), Jack the Giant Slayer (2013), Him & Her (2013), Vampire Academy (2014), Before I Go to Sleep (2014) and The Devil's Harvest (2015).

Robert Booth (Reporter)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Voice of Gemini in Rise of the Cybermen TARDISode (2006)
Played: Voice of Cybus Industries in The Age of Steel TARDISode (2006)
Played: Reporter in The Idiot's Lantern TARDISode (2006)
Career highlights
Robert's acting career took off with Barrett Keller: His Mark in 1966, followed by The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1967), A Family at War (1971), Kisses at Fifty (1973), Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers (1977), Confessions of a Summer Camp Councillor (1977), The Enigma Files (1980), Travelling Man (1985) and Not Without My Handbag (1993).

Crew: Gareth Roberts (writer), Ashley Way (director), Sophie Fante (producer), Jo Pearce (producer), Simon Winstone (script editor); see Attack of the Graske.

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