Friday, April 24, 2015

The Shakespeare Code

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One episode (The Shakespeare Code)
First broadcast Apr 7 2007
Average audience for story: 7.23m

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).

Freema Agyeman (Martha Jones) Born Mar 20 1979
Doctor Who credits
Played: Adeola in Army of Ghosts (2006)
Played: Martha Jones in 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 (all 2007), Torchwood: Reset (2008), Torchwood: Dead Man Walking (2008), Torchwood: A Day in the Death (2008), The Sontaran Stratagem/ The Poison Sky (2008), The Doctor's Daughter (2008), The Stolen Earth/ Journey's End (2008), The End of Time Part Two (2010)
Career highlights
Freema's first acting part was playing Lola Wise in the rebooted soap Crossroads in 2003, after which she appeared in Casualty (2004), Silent Witness (2005), Rulers and Dealers (2006), Little Dorrit (2008), Survivors (2008), Rubenesque (2013), North v South (2015) and Sense8 (2015). Regular roles include Alesha Phillips in 39 episodes of Law and Order UK (2009-11), Shelly Periwinkle in children's series Old Jack's Boat (2013) and Larissa Loughton in The Carrie Diaries (2013-14). She also narrated 30 episodes of Bizarre ER (2008-10).
Facts
If you've ever wondered what Freema's favourite films are, they're The Matrix, Labyrinth and Napoleon Dynamite. Here's Freema on Twitter.

Dean Lennox Kelly (William Shakespeare) Born Nov 30 1975
Career highlights
Dean debuted in Peak Practice in 1998, then took roles in Still Crazy (1998), Maisie Raine (1999), The Low Down (2000), Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001), Deathwatch (2002), The Worst Week of My Life (2004), Ashes (2005), Sorted (2006), Cranford (2007), The Invisibles (2008), Being Human (2009), Robin Hood (2009), Married Single Other (2010), Frankie (2013), Fleming (2014) and Death in Paradise (2015). He will be best remembered as Kev Ball in the drama series Shameless (2004-07/11/13). Dean is also a prolific narrator, most notably for The Real Hustle (2006-07).
Facts
Dean's brother is actor Craig Kelly, best known as Doctor Who fan Vince Tyler in Russell T Davies' drama Queer As Folk, as well as the voice behind Joe in the Doctor Who animated adventure Scream of the Shalka (2003). Dean added Lennox (his mother's maiden name) into his professional name after he turned up at a voiceover session only to be told he was "the wrong Dean Kelly". In interview in 2007, Dean added: "The other Dean Kelly is a children's entertainer, specialising in finger puppets. We met at a wedding once. We didn't get on too well." Dean was best man to his best friend, actor Richard Coyle.

Christina Cole (Lilith) Born May 8 1982
Career highlights
Christina made her debut in 2002's The Project, followed by What a Girl Wants (2003), All About Me (2003), He Knew He Was Right (2004), Hex (2004-05), Jane Eyre (2006), Casino Royale (2006), Sea of Souls (2007), Sold (2007), Lost in Austen (2008), Doghouse (2009), Emma (2009), Lewis (2011), Chaos (2011), Rosemary's Baby (2014), The Assets (2014), Jupiter Ascending (2015) and Suits (2015).
Facts
Christina once modelled for Andrea Galer wedding dresses. In 2013 she appeared in Cheyenne Jackson's music video for Before You.

Amanda Lawrence (Doomfinger)
Career highlights
Amanda has been acting since her role in Casualty in 2004, after which she appeared in Afterlife (2006), Hotel Babylon (2007), 28 Weeks Later (2007), Little Dorrit (2008), Tamara Drewe (2010), The Lady (2011), Dead Boss (2012), Mr Selfridge (2014), Mr Turner (2014) and The Enfield Haunting (2015). She also regularly played DC Joan Faulkland in Above Suspicion (2009-12).
Facts
In 2009 Amanda appeared in a one-woman show called Jiggery Pokery at the Edinburgh Festival telling the life story of British Carry On film legend Charles Hawtrey. Ssee the resemblance? Amanda as Charles; Charles as Charles.

Linda Clark (Bloodtide)
Career highlights
Linda has a handful of credits to her name, including That Peter Kay Thing (2000), Emmerdale (1999/2002) and Coronation Street (2012).

Sam Marks (Wiggins)
Career highlights
Sam debuted in Law and Order (2003), then Nighty Night (2004) and Foyle's War (2010). Sam now works extensively on the stage, particularly for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and in 2013 played Bushy to David Tennant's Richard II at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
Facts
He's on Twitter.

Jalaal Hartley (Richard Burbage)
Career highlights
Jalaal's first credit was for The Bill in 1999, after which he appeared in Heartbeat (2001), The Last Detective (2003), 40 (2003), Red Cap (2004), Spartacus (2004), Murder City (2006), Sugar Rush (2006), Pulling (2006), Touch Me, I'm Karen Taylor (2007-08), Holby City (2008-09), Twenty Twelve (2011), Doctors (2011), The Borgias (2011-12), The Bible (2013), Shameless (2013), Sherlock (2014), In the Flesh (2014), Horrible Histories (2012-15) and Cucumber (2015). He has also written for the screen, including for Touch Me, I'm Karen Taylor and the Comedy Lab installment Clitheroe (2004), which he also directed.

David Westhead (Will Kempe) Born Nov 2 1963
Career highlights
Debuted uncredited in Jenny's War (1985), after which he popped up in Blackeyes (1989), Stanley and the Women (1991), Wycliffe (1994), Bramwell (1996), Mrs Brown (1997), Wilde (1997), The Lakes (1997/99), Grafters (1999), Macready and Daughter (2000-01), Queen's Messenger (2001), William and Mary (2003), Stage Beauty (2004), Rose and Maloney (2005), Wallis and Edward (2005), The Time of Your Life (2007), Moving Wallpaper (2009), The Silence (2010), The Iron Lady (2011), DCI Banks (2012), Endeavour (2014) and W1A (2014-15). He regularly played Brian Middleton in Life Begins (2004-06).
Facts
He is a co-founder of Wilton Pictures, which produces documentaries and short films.

Andree Bernard (Dolly Bailey) Born Dec 1966
Career highlights
Andree first appeared in various comedy roles in The Two Ronnies in 1983, after which she found work in This Happy Breed (1984), Absolute Beginners (1986), William Tell (1989), Only Fools and Horses (1988-89), Snakes and Ladders (1989), The Brittas Empire (1991), Bernard and the Genie (1991), Chaplin (1992), The Sea Change (1998), Baddiel's Syndrome (2001), Crossroads (2002), Family Affairs (1998/2003), Young Gods (2008) and Tales of the Legbreaker (2014). However, it is for her long-running role as Liz Burton Taylor in the soap Hollyoaks (2003-07) and its spin-offs Let Loose (2005) and In the City (2006) that she is best recognised for.
Facts
Here she is in a 1991 TV commercial for Hamlet cigars. Here's her Twitter.

Chris Larkin (Lynley) Born Jun 19 1967
Career highlights
Chris debuted in Frank Stubbs in 1993, after which he found work in Bliss (1995), Jane Eyre (1996), Karaoke (1996), Highlander (1997), Tea with Mussolini (1999), Evolution (2002), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), After Thomas (2006), Valkyrie (2008), The Facility (2012), Yes, Prime Minister (2013) and Coalition (2015). He regularly played Cambridge in the sitcom Roger Roger (1996/1998-99).
Facts
Chris is the son of actress Dame Maggie Smith and actor Sir Robert Stephens, and is the brother of fellow actor Toby Stephens (his professional surname is after author Philip Larkin). Coming from this very special parental coupling, Chris is also brother-in-law to actress Anna-Louise Plowman (who appeared in Dalek (2005)), and stepson of actress Patricia Quinn (who appeared in Dragonfire (1987)).

Stephen Marcus (Jailer) Born Jun 18 1962
Career highlights
Debuted in My Beautiful Laundrette (1985), after which he appeared in Brush Strokes (1987), Boon (1989), Stay Lucky (1990), Birds of a Feather (1989/91), Red Dwarf (1993), KYTV (1993), Frank Stubbs (1994), The Glam Metal Detectives (1995), Rumble (1995), Our Friends in the North (1996), Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Roger Roger (1999), Angela's Ashes (1999), Sorted (2000), Quills (2000), Iris (2001), Mile High (2004), Stage Beauty (2004), Kinky Boots (2005), Hogfather (2006), Kingdom (2007), The Colour of Magic (2008), Lark Rise to Candleford (2008), Ninja Assassin (2009), Fast and Furious 6 (2013), The Smoke (2014) and AB Negative (2015). He also had a long-running role as Rudolpho de Luna in Starhunter (2000-04/2015).
Facts
Stephen conducts guided walking tours around London taking in gangster locations from real life and the movies. He also coaches for the London Olympians American football team, after having played himself for the Sussex Thunders until 2007. Here he is on Twitter.

Matt King (Peter Streete) Born Jan 31 1968
Career highlights
Matt debuted in The Craic (1999), followed by work in Blue Heelers (2000), Look Around You (2002), Star Stories (2006), Jekyll (2007), Dog Face (2007), City of Vice (2008), RocknRolla (2008), Bronson (2008), Inkheart (2008), Skins (2009), Malice in Wonderland (2009), Made in Dagenham (2010), Whites (2010), The IT Crowd (2013), Paddington (2014), Get Santa (2014) and Ibiza Undead (2015). Matt has also enjoyed several recurring roles, including Rollo the chauffeur in Something in the Air (2000-01), Henry Mallet in Spirited (2010-11), Super Hans in Peep Show (2003-12) and Uncle Loz in Starlings (2012-13). He is also a prolific comedy writer, having written for Full Frontal (1993-94), Jimeoin (1994-95), The Basil Brush Show (2002), Tripping Over (2006), Dog Face, Whites and Starlings (the latter two he also produced).
Facts
Although born in the UK, Matt emigrated to Australia in 1988 for 15 years, working as a chef, before returning to Britain as a stand-up comedian and writer. In July 2013 Matt was declared bankrupt at Brighton County Court.

Robert Demeger (Preacher) Jun 2 1951 to Sep 14 2014 (brain cancer)
Career highlights
Robert debuted in Great Expectations in 1981, then took roles in Morgan's Boy (1984), Casualty (1987), Inspector Morse (1992), Forever Green (1992), Orlando (1992), Lovejoy (1993), The Chief (1994), Black Beauty (1994), The Thin Blue Line (1995), The Dark Room (1999), Longitude (2000), Secret Passage (2004), He Kills Coppers (2008), The Borgias (2011), The Hour (2011) and Dark Matters: Twisted But True (2012).
Facts
Robert was a stalwart of the Royal Shakespeare Company. When diagnosed with cancer, he was performing as the Duke in a National Theatre production of Othello, but refused to stop until illness prevented him. In 2013, Robert became the first European patient to try a new immune therapy, using a personalised vaccine which teaches the body to fight the tumour cells, following clinical trials in the USA. Following surgery, Robert lost his ability to communicate and had to start learning to speak again. Sadly, the immune therapy did not work.

Angela Pleasence (Queen Elizabeth I) Born 1941
Doctor Who credits
Played: Queen Elizabeth I in The Shakespeare Code (2007)
Played: Mystic Mags in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Curse of Clyde Langer (2011)
Career highlights
Angela made her acting debut in The Madam (1965), then Seven Deadly Sins (1966/67), Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (1968), Coronation Street (1968), The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970), Anyone for Sex? (1973), From Beyond the Grave (1974), A Legacy (1975), The Godsend (1980), The Barchester Chronicles (1982), Mansfield Park (1983), A Christmas Carol (1984), Girls on Top (1986), Somewhere to Run (1989), September (1996), Crime Traveller (1997), Cider with Rosie (1998), Dr Terrible's House of Horrible (2001), Doctors (2006), Your Highness (2011) and Whitechapel (2013).
Facts
Angela is the daughter of actor Donald Pleasence, best remembered as Dr Loomis in the Hallowe'en films. Angela is the second of three actresses to play the Virgin Queen in Doctor Who, the others being Vivienne Bennett in The Chase (1965) and Joanna Page in The Day of the Doctor (2013).

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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).
Facts
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.

Charles Palmer (director) Born 1965
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Smith and Jones (2007), The Shakespeare Code (2007), Human Nature/ The Family of Blood (2007), Oxygen (2017), The Eaters of Light (2017)
Career highlights
Charles started his career as a lowly but always integral clapper loader on The Camomile Lawn in 1992 and has gradually worked his way up to director since, acting as focus puller on Sharpe's Battle and Sharpe's Sword (1995), Bent (1997) and A Dance to the Music of Time (1997), before becoming a camera operator on Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) (2001), Bend It Like Beckham (2002) and The Biographer (2002). He got his directing breakthrough on the short The Magic of Vincent in 2000, and has since directed Linda Green (2001), Night & Day (2001), The Ghost Squad (2005), Vital Signs (2006, which he also created), Lark Rise to Candleford (2008), Lewis (2011), Death in Paradise (2011), By Any Means (2013) and Midsomer Murders (2015).
Facts
Cool Doctor Who links: Charles is married to actress Claire Skinner (who appeared in Doctor Who's 2011 Christmas episode) and his father is actor Geoffrey Palmer (who appeared in Doctor Who three times - in 1970, 1972 and 2007 (the Christmas episode, in fact!)). Charles's picture is used in the opening credits of the sitcom As Time Goes By, to represent his father's younger self.

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.

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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