Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Human Nature/ The Family of Blood

A straw-based version of Michael
Jackson's Thriller
Two episodes (Human Nature, The Family of Blood)
First broadcast May 26 to Jun 2 2007
Average audience for story: 7.48m

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.

Jessica Hynes (Joan Redfern) Born Oct 30 1972
Doctor Who credits
Played: Joan Redfern in Human Nature/ The Family of Blood (2007)
Played: Verity Newman in The End of Time Part Two (2010)
Career highlights
Jessica (real first name Tallulah) went by her maiden name of Jessica Stevenson until 2007. She debuted in Swing Kids in 1993, followed by The House of Eliott (1994), Six Pairs of Pants (1995), Crown Prosecutor (1995), Asylum (1996), Staying Alive (1996-97), The Armstrong and Miller Show (1997), Harry Enfield and Chums (1997), People Like Us (1999), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (2000), Bob and Rose (2001), Black Books (2002), Shaun of the Dead (2004), Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004), According to Bex (2005), Confetti (2006), Son of Rambow (2007), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Lizzie and Sarah (2010), Burke and Hare (2010), Skins (2011), The Hour (2011), Moone Boy (2012), Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger (2012), Blandings (2013), Pudsey the Dog: The Movie (2014), Winter (2015) and Cider with Rosie (2015). Jessica's breakthrough role was as Daisy Steiner in the sitcom Spaced (1999-2001); other recurring roles include Cheryl Carroll in The Royle Family (1998-2010), Siobhan Sharpe in Twenty Twelve (2011-12) and its spin-off W1A (2014-16), and Margaret in Up the Women (2013-15). She is also a screenwriter, having put pen to paper for Six Pairs of Pants, Asylum, Spaced, Learners (2007), Lizzie and Sarah (which she also produced), Common Ground (2013) and Up the Women (also producer).
Facts
In 1995 she appeared in a TV commercial for Kodak cameras. Here she is on Twitter.

Rebekah Staton (Jenny) Born Jun 17 1981
Career highlights
Rebekah debuted in Bright Young Things in 2003, after which she appeared in State of Play (2003), Life Begins (2004), Outlaws (2004), Jericho (2005), Jane Eyre (2006), Rome (2007), The Street (2007), Unforgiven (2009), No Heroics (2008-09), Home Time (2009), Royal Wedding (2010), Black Mirror (2011), Inside Men (2012), Wallander (2012), Hunderby (2012), Remember Me (2014), Up the Women (2015), Raised By Wolves (2013-15) and The C-Word (2015). She also played Louise in Pulling (2006-09, for which she was nominated for a British Comedy Award), Vic in Groove High (2012) and Caitlin in Spy (2011-12).
Facts
Rebekah is married to actor Anthony Flanagan, who appeared in the Doctor Who story 42 (2007). Actress Gemma Arterton was a bridesmaid at their wedding in 2011. Here's Rebekah on Twitter.

Thomas Sangster (Tim Latimer) Born May 16 1990
Career highlights
Thomas (latterly known professionally as Thomas Brodie-Sangster), debuted as a child actor aged 11 in Station Jim (2001), followed by roles in Stig of the Dump (2002), London's Burning (2002), Entrusted (2003, for which he won a Golden Nymph Best Actor award at the Monte Carlo TV Festival), Love Actually (2003), Feather Boy (2004), Nanny McPhee (2005), The Last Legion (2007), Bright Star (2009), Nowhere Boy (2009), Lewis (2011), In Love with Dickens (2012), Accused (2012), The Maze Runner (2014) and Wolf Hall (2015). He also provided the voice of Ferb Fletcher in the children's series Phineas and Ferb (2007-15) and John Tracy in Thunderbirds Are Go! (2015), and played Jojen Reed in Game of Thrones (2013-14).
Facts
Thomas is second cousin once removed of actor Hugh Grant, while his father Mark is a TV editor and sometime actor and his mother is actress Tasha Bertram. His great-grandfather was novelist Anthony Bertram. Thomas plays bass in a band called Winnet, alongside his parents and sister Ava. In 2014 he appeared in music videos for The Luka State - 30 Minute Break and Rain.

Harry Lloyd (Jeremy Baines) Born Nov 17 1983
Career highlights
Harry made his screen debut in 1999's David Copperfield, followed by Goodbye, Mr Chips (2002), Vital Signs (2006), Genie in the House (2006), The Devil's Whore (2008), Taking the Flak (2009), Jane Eyre (2011), Game of Thrones (2011), The Iron Lady (2011), Great Expectations (2011), The Fear (2012), The Riot Club (2014), The Theory of Everything (2014), Wolf Hall (2015) and Narcopolis (2015). Regular roles include Will Scarlett in Robin Hood (2006-07) and Paul Crosley in Manhattan (2014-15). In 2015 he appeared in, wrote, directed and produced the web series Supreme Tweeter.
Facts
Harry's great-great-great grandfather was the legendary British author Charles Dickens, while his cousin is writer Lucinda Hawksley.

Tom Palmer (Hutchinson) Born 1988
Career highlights
Tom debuted in Doctor Who, then secured roles in Watson and Oliver (2012), Uncle (2014), Cardinal Burns (2014), Siblings (2014) and ChickLit (2015). He also appeared in 24 episodes of Live at the Electric (2012-14). Tom also writes comedy for TV, notably the Comedy Lab instalment Totally Tom (2011) and an episode of Common Ground (2013).
Facts
He is one half of comedy duo Totally Tom, alongside Tom Stourton (who appeared in Doctor Who story The Girl Who Died in 2015).

Gerard Horan (Farmer Clark) Born Nov 11 1962
Career highlights
Debuted in My Beautiful Laundrette (1985), then The Singing Detective (1986), Brookside (1987), Les Girls (1988), Look Back in Anger (1989), Chicago Joe and the Showgirl (1990), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), Heartbeat (1995), The Ice House (1997), Hot Money (2001), Nicholas Nickleby (2002), Bright Young Things (2003), Oliver Twist (2005), The Royal (2006), The Bank Job (2008), Lark Rise to Candleford (2008), Silk (2011), My Week with Marilyn (2011), WPC 56 (2013), Da Vinci's Demons (2014), Detectorists (2014) and Cinderella (2015). Gerard's regular roles include Leslie "Charisma" Appleby in London's Burning (1986-94), Tony Simpson in Harbour Lights (1999-2000) and DC Yelland in Kingdom (2007-09).
Facts
One of his middle names is Pertwee.

Lauren Wilson (Lucy Cartwright) Born 1997
Lucy's only other credit is The Shell Seekers in 2006. At the time Lauren appeared in Doctor Who she was a massive fan of the series, and subsequently became a fan of The Sarah Jane Adventures. In 2014 she and friend Brett Underwood made their own YouTube series called The Whovian Review, analysing each of the stories in Peter Capaldi's debut season. She also has her own YouTube channel.

Pip Torrens (Mr Rocastle) Born Jun 2 1960
Career highlights
Pip is one of the most prolific actors working in the UK today, but he started out in 1984 in Oxford Blues, after which he found roles in Hold the Back Page (1986), The Lenny Henry Show (1987), Little Dorrit (1988), How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989), The Object of Beauty (1991), Chimera (1991), Medics (1992), Patriot Games (1992), Jeeves and Wooster (1992-93), The Remains of the Day (1993), To Play the King (1993), Tales from the Crypt (1996), Crime Traveller (1997), Bodyguards (1997), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Rogue Trader (1999), Lorna Doone (2000), Ted and Alice (2002), Where the Heart Is (2003), My Dad's the Prime Minister (2004), A View from a Hill (2005), The Government Inspector (2005), Valiant (2005), Pride and Prejudice (2005), Rome (2005), Spooks (2006), Consenting Adults (2007), Dorian Gray (2009), Coronation Street (2010), Outnumbered (2011), War Horse (2011), The Iron Lady (2011), Whitechapel (2012), Black Mirror (2013), Fleming (2014), Silk (2011/12/14), Law and Order UK (2011/13/14), Grantchester (2014), Up the Women (2015) and Poldark (2015). And that's only a snapshot of his full CV (he's the modern equivalent of Cyril Shaps - if he's not been in it, it ain't worth watching!).

Matthew White (Mr Phillips)
Career highlights
Matthew's only other credit is Judge John Deed (2005), but he now works as a theatre director and writer, as well as a theatre skills tutor.

Derek Smith (Doorman) Born Jun 15 1927
Career highlights
Derek's career began with an appearance in On Trial in 1960, followed by work in No Hiding Place (1963), Sergeant Cork (1964), Coronation Street (1966), The Forsyte Saga (1967), The Guardians (1971), The Protectors (1973), Are You Being Served? (1973), Hadleigh (1973), The Squirrels (1976), King of the Castle (1977), Target (1978), Blake's 7 (1979), Jukes of Piccadilly (1980), The Gentle Touch (1983), Praying Mantis (1983), Bergerac (1984), Streetwise (1989), Lovejoy (1994), EastEnders (1997), The Queen's Nose (2002) and Holby City (2006).

Peter Bourke (Mr Chambers) Born Oct 1950
Career highlights
Earlier work includes Coronation Street (1974), David Copperfield (1974-75), Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers (1977), Nicholas Nickleby (1977), The Mayor of Casterbridge (1978), The Stud (1978), Hazell (1979), On the Razzle (1983), Studio (1983), Traffik (1989), Bugs (1998) and The Bill (2007).
Facts
There's a lovely profile full of anecdotes about Peter written by poet Anthony Wilson here. Peter was once married to actress Kate Nicholls (a Nicholas Nickleby co-star whose father was National Theatre founder Anthony Nicholls and actress Faith West; Kate's second husband was actor Ian McNeice, who went on to play Winston Churchill in Doctor Who).

Sophie Turner (Vicar)
Career highlights
Sophie's other work includes Taggart (1994), Wycliffe (1996) and Law and Order UK (2010).

CREW

Paul Cornell (writer) Born Jul 18 1967
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: Scream of the Shalka (2003), Father's Day (2005), Human Nature/ The Family of Blood (2007)
Career highlights
Paul's TV writing career began with a slot on Debut on Two in 1990, Kingdom Come, followed by Children's Ward (1996-99), Springhill (1996), Coronation Street (1997), Wavelength (1997), Love in the 21st Century (1999), Doctors (2000), Born and Bred (2003), Casualty (2001-03), Holby City (2004), Robin Hood (2006), Primeval (2008) and Pulse (2010). He also appeared as a panellist on the quiz show Only Connect in 2010, on the Fantasy Writers team.
Paul's writing career goes back further in the Doctor Who universe, when he made his fiction debut with the Virgin New Adventure Timewyrm: Revelation (1991), after which he write several more books, such as Love and War (1992, in which he created the Doctor's new companion Bernice Summerfield), No Future (1994), Goth Opera (1994), Human Nature (1995, on which he based his TV story of the same name), Happy Endings (1996) and The Shadows of Avalon (2000). He has also written several Bernice Summerfield books, and original novels of his own, including Something More (2001) and British Summertime (2002). In recent years Paul has been a writer for various comic books, with Marvel, Action and DC Comics, working on titles such as Doctor Who Magazine (199-95), Judge Dredd Magazine (1995-96), Young Avengers (2008), Fantastic Four (2008), Dark X-Men (2009), Black Widow (2010), Batman and Robin (2010-11) and Wolverine (2013-14).
Facts
Paul's wife is fellow Doctor Who writer Caroline Symcox, who has written both with her husband and alone, including for Big Finish. This is him 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.

Susie Liggat (producer) Born 1968
Doctor Who credits
Produced: The Sarah Jane Adventures: Invasion of the Bane (2007), Human Nature/ The Family of Blood (2007), Planet of the Ood (2008), The Sontaran Stratagem/ The Poison Sky (2008), The Unicorn and the Wasp (2008), Turn Left (2008), The Next Doctor (2008)
First assistant director: Love & Monsters (2006), Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday (2006)
Career highlights
Susie started out as a first assistant director on productions such as Wycliffe (1995-96), Beautiful Thing (1996), Mrs Dalloway (1997), Our Mutual Friend (1998), The Abduction Club (2002), Rockface (2003), Casanova (2005) and Piccadilly Jim (2005). She got her producing break in the Doctor Who universe but soon moved on to other productions such as House of Anubis (2011), Cockneys vs Zombies (2012), The Cafe (2011-13), The Tractate Middoth (2013), Sherlock (2014) and Mapp and Lucia (2014). She also worked as a production executive for the British Film Council around 2002.

Lindsey Alford (script editor)
Doctor Who credits
Script edited: Daleks in Manhattan/ Evolution of the Daleks, Human Nature/ The Family of Blood, 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, Partners in Crime, Planet of the Ood, The Doctor's Daughter, The Unicorn and the Wasp, The Stolen Earth/ Journey's End, Torchwood: Adrift, The Next Doctor, Planet of the Dead, The Eleventh Hour, The Time of Angels/ Flesh and Stone, The Hungry Earth/ Cold Blood, 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 (2007-11; credited as script executive from A Christmas Carol onwards)
Lindsey also script edited Doctor Who - The Adventure Games (2010)
Career highlights
Lindsey's script editing career has been largely confined to the Doctor Who universe, although she did work on Casualty in 1992, 2001 and between 2004-06.
Facts
Lindsey is married to Brian Minchin, who became an executive producer on Doctor Who in 2013.

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