Monday, May 18, 2015

Blink

The Angels have the police box!
One episode (Blink)
First broadcast Jun 9 2007
Average audience for story: 6.62m

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.

Carey Mulligan (Sally Sparrow) Born May 28 1985
Career highlights
Carey made her acting debut on screen playing Kitty Bennet in Pride and Prejudice (2005), followed by roles in Bleak House (2005), The Amazing Mrs Pritchard (2006), Northanger Abbey (2007), The Greatest (2009), An Education (2009, for which she was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe, and won a BAFTA), Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010), Never Let Me Go (2010), Drive (2011), The Great Gatsby (2013), Skylight (2014), Far from the Madding Crowd (2015) and Suffragette (2015).
Facts
In 2012 Carey married her Marcus Mumford, lead singer with the band Mumford and Sons, whom she had been pen pals with as a child, but lost touch. Carey had previously been in a relationship with actor Shia LaBeouf between 2009-10. Carey can be heard singing on Belle and Sebastian's song Write About Love (2010).

Lucy Gaskell (Kathy Nightingale) Born Jul 10 1980
Career highlights
Lucy's CV begins with Where the Heart Is (2002), followed by Waking the Dead (2004), Dungeons and Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God (2005), Vincent (2006), Holby Blue (2008), Lesbian Vampire Killers (2009), Paradox (2009), Being Human (2010), Misfits (2012), Suspects (2015) and All the Ordinary Angels (2015). Lucy also regularly played Ruby Ferris in Cutting It (2002-04) and Kirsty Clements in Casualty (2010-11).
Facts
Lucy is married to fellow actor Mark Bonnar (who appeared in the Doctor Who story The Almost People/ The Rebel Flesh in 2011). Here's Lucy's Twitter feed.

Finlay Robertson (Larry Nightingale) Born May 2 1975
Career highlights
Dutch-born Finlay's debut came in Peak Practice (1999), followed by Inbetweeners (2001), Lexx (2002), Prime Suspect 6 (2003), NY-LON (2004), Fat Slags (2004), Alfie (2004), The Golden Hour (2005), Doc Martin (2004/05), The Wild West (2006), Robin Hood (2006), Persuasion (2007), The Disappeared (2008), How Not to Live Your Life (2008), Taggart (2009), I Shouldn't Be Alive (2006/10), The Body Farm (2011), Cockneys vs Zombies (2012), Hammer of the Gods (2013) and New Tricks (2014). He also regularly played Kevin in Life Begins (2004-06). In 2004 he wrote, directed and produced his own short Count Backwards from Ten.
Facts
Here's Finlay on Twitter.

Richard Cant (Malcolm Wainwright)
Career highlights
Richard debuted uncredited in a 1994 episode of The Vicar of Dibley, after which he found work in This Life (1996), Gimme Gimme Gimme (1999), Sunburn (1999), The Way We Live Now (2001), Bleak House (2005), Sparkle (2007), Vexed (2010), Mapp and Lucia (2014) and Outlander (2015).
Facts
Richard is the son of actor and children's presenter Brian Cant, who appeared in Doctor Who twice - The Daleks' Master Plan (1965) and The Dominators (1968).

Michael Obiora (Billy Shipton) Born Oct 8 1986
Career highlights
Michael made his debut playing Max Abassi in 67 episodes of Grange Hill between 1998-2002, when he was aged between 12 and 16. After this, he found roles in Doctors (2002), The Bill (2003), Holby City (2003), Sea of Souls (2004), My Family (2004), Bombshell (2006), Afterlife (2006), EastEnders (2009), Misfits (2009-10) and Fortitude (2015). He played Ben Trueman in 32 episodes of Hotel Babylon (2006-09) and Lloyd Asike in 65 episodes of Casualty (2011-13).
Facts
Michael, who suffers from coeliac disease, published his first novel in 2009, Black Shoes: Reality Check. His second, Vivian's Couch, was out in 2014. In 2012 Michael appeared on Celebrity Mastermind; his specialist subject was Arsenal Football Club since 2000 (he came third). Here's his Twitter.

Louis Mahoney (Old Billy) Born Sep 8 1938
Doctor Who credits
Played: Newscaster in Frontier in Space (1973)
Played: Ponti in Planet of Evil (1975)
Played: Old Billy in Blink (2007)
Career highlights
Making his debut in The Sword in the Web (1962), Gambian Louis's CV includes Danger Man (1965), Voodoo Blood Death (1965), Slave Girls (1967), Praise Marx and Pass the Ammunition (1970), The Troubleshooters (1970), Adam Smith (1972), Quiller (1975), Fawlty Towers (1975, as Sybil's doctor), Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981), Rise and Fall of Idi Amin (1981), Cry Freedom (1987), White Mischief (1987), The Lenny Henry Show (1987, as Jake), The Real Eddy English (1989), Saracen (1989), Love Hurts (1992), Runaway Bay (1992-93), One Foot in the Grave (1993), Turning World (1997), Harbour Lights (1999), Urban Gothic (2000), Oscar Charlie (2001-02), Sea of Souls (2004), Casualty@Holby City (2005), 10 Days to War (2008), Being Human (2012-13) and Captain Phillips (2013). In 2009 he also wrote and narrated a documentary about Victoria Falls in the Nature series.
Facts
Louis, who initially came to the UK to become a doctor, was a key campaigner within the acting industry in the anti-Apartheid movement, and co-created the Black Theatre Workshop.

Thomas Nelstrop (Ben Wainwright) Born Jul 21 1980
Career highlights
Thomas debuted in Arrows of Desire (2003), then Comedy: Shuffle (2007, for which he also wrote material), Arcadia (2008), Honest (2008), The Wrong Door (2008), The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson (2009), Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps (2009), Pat and Cabbage (2013) and Love.Meet.Hope (2015).
Facts
Thomas is also a stand-up comedian and has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. One of his alter egos is Jonni Music, who has often been seen on BBC3 and BBC Online. Here his Twitter feed.

Ian Boldsworth (Banto) Born Jun 27 1973
Career highlights
Debuted in Skin Deep (2005), then Doctors (2006), No Heroics (2008), Skins (2009), Not Going Out (2012) and Shih Tzu Bingo (2013).
Facts
Although born as Ian Boldsworth, and often credited as such for his acting roles, Ian's assumed stage name is Ray Peacock, one half of the comedy duo Peacock and Gamble, who presented a weekly podcast (2009-11). He often performs as a warm-up comedian for TV comedy studio recordings.
In 2014 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Ian here.

Ray Sawyer (Desk sergeant)
Career highlights
Debuted in Brookside (1989), then London's Burning (1989), Watching (1990), Brave (1994), Bottom (1995), The Wyvern Mystery (2000), Beast (2001) and Collision (2009).

CREW

Steven Moffat (writer) Born Nov 18 1961
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Empty Child/ The Doctor Dances (2005), The Girl in the Fireplace (2006), Blink (2007), Time Crash (2007), Silence in the Library/ Forest of the Dead (2008), The End of Time Part Two (additional dialogue, uncredited, 2010), The Eleventh Hour (2010), The Beast Below (2010), The Time of Angels/ Flesh and Stone (2010), The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang (2010), A Christmas Carol (2010), The Impossible Astronaut/ Day of the Moon (2011), A Good Man Goes to War (2011), Let's Kill Hitler (2011), The Wedding of River Song (2011), The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (2011), Asylum of the Daleks (2012), The Angels Take Manhattan (2012), The Snowmen (2012), The Bells of Saint John (2013), The Name of the Doctor (2013), The Night of the Doctor (2013), The Day of the Doctor (2013), The Time of the Doctor (2013), Deep Breath (2014), Into the Dalek (co-writer, 2014), Listen (2014), Time Heist (co-writer, 2014), The Caretaker (co-writer, 2014), Dark Water/ Death in Heaven (2014), Last Christmas (2014), The Magician's Apprentice/ The Witch's Familiar (2015), The Girl Who Died (co-writer, 2015), The Zygon Inversion (co-writer, 2015), Heaven Sent/ Hell Bent (2015), The Husbands of River Song (2015)
As well as being writer of these TV episodes, Steven has also written several of the minisodes and preludes accompanying them, as well as the 1999 Comic Relief special, The Curse of Fatal Death.
Executive producer: The Eleventh Hour, The Beast Below, Victory of the Daleks, The Time of Angels/ Flesh and Stone, The Vampires of Venice, Amy's Choice, The Hungry Earth/ Cold Blood, Vincent and the Doctor, The Lodger, The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, A Christmas Carol, The Impossible Astronaut/ Day of the Moon, The Curse of the Black Spot, The Doctor's Wife, The Rebel Flesh/ The Almost People, A Good Man Goes to War, Let's Kill Hitler, Night Terrors, The Girl Who Waited, The God Complex, Closing Time, The Wedding of River Song, The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, Asylum of the Daleks, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, A Town Called Mercy, The Power of Three, The Angels Take Manhattan, The Snowmen, The Bells of Saint John, The Rings of Akhaten, Cold War, Hide, Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS, The Crimson Horror, Nightmare in Silver, The Name of the Doctor, The Night of the Doctor, The Day of the Doctor, The Time of the Doctor, Deep Breath, Into the Dalek, Robot of Sherwood, Listen, Time Heist, The Caretaker, Kill the Moon, Mummy on the Orient Express, Flatline, In the Forest of the Night, Dark Water/ Death in Heaven, Last Christmas, The Magician's Apprentice/ The Witch's Familiar, Under the Lake/ Before the Flood, The Girl Who Died, The Woman Who Lived, The Zygon Invasion/ The Zygon Inversion, Sleep No More, Face the Raven, Heaven Sent/ Hell Bent, The Husbands of River Song (2010-15)
As well as being executive producer of these TV episodes, Steven has also produced several of the minisodes, preludes and Adventure Games accompanying them, as well as Doctor Who Confidential (2010-11).
Career highlights
Steven's writing career stretches back to Stay Lucky in 1990, after which he wrote Exam Conditions (1992), 43 episodes of Press Gang (1989-93), Joking Apart (1991/93/95), The Office (1996), Chalk (1997), Murder Most Horrid (1994/96/99), Privates (1999), 34 episodes of Coupling (2000-04), Jekyll (2007), The Adventures of Tintin (2011) and Sherlock (2010-17). He has also acted as producer on Chalk, Coupling, Jekyll, Sherlock and An Adventure in Space and Time (2013). In 2001 he acted as script editor of Office Gossip.
Awards
1991: BAFTA TV Award for Best Children's Programme (Entertainment/ Drama) (Press Gang)
2008: BAFTA TV Award for Best Writer (Doctor Who)
2008: BAFTA Cymru Award for Best Screenwriter (Doctor Who)
2011: BAFTA TV Award for Best Drama Series (Sherlock)
2012: BAFTA Special Award
2012: BAFTA TV Award for Best Writer (Sherlock)
2014: Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special (Sherlock)
2015: Officer of the order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to drama
Facts
Steven is married to TV producer Sue Vertue (whose mother is TV producer Beryl Vertue).

Hettie MacDonald (director) Born 1962
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Blink (2007), The Magician's Apprentice/ The Witch's Familiar (2015)
Career highlights
Hettie's directing debut came with the feature film Beautiful Thing (1996 - she directed the stage play in 1994), followed by Casualty (1997), Servants (2003), White Girl (2008), Wallander (2010), Lewis (2011), The Tunnel (2013) and Fortitude (2015).

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 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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