Tuesday, May 05, 2015

The Lazarus Experiment

The Lazarus monster (complete with
red fingernail)
One episode (The Lazarus Experiment)
First broadcast May 5 2007
Average audience for story: 7.19m

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.

Adjoa Andoh (Francine Jones) Born Jan 14 1963
Doctor Who credits
Played: Sister Jatt in New Earth (2006)
Played: Francine Jones in Smith and Jones, The Lazarus Experiment, 42, The Sound of Drums/ Last of the Time Lords (all 2007), The Stolen Earth/ Journey's End (2008)
Career highlights
Adjoa's earliest credit was in the 1991 short London South West, followed by EastEnders (1991), The Brittas Empire (1994), The Tomorrow People (1995), Peak Practice (1997), Jonathan Creek (1999), Dalziel and Pascoe (2005), Chopratown (2005), The Shadow in the North (2007), Adulthood (2008), Invictus (2009), Scott and Bailey (2011), Chasing Shadows (2014), Wizards vs Aliens (2014), The Life of Rock with Brian Pern (2014), Broadchurch (2015) and Cucumber (2015). Recurring roles include Sister Beth Williams in the sitcom Health and Efficiency (1993-95), Colette Griffiths in almost 100 episodes of Casualty (2000-03), DCI Lauren Ford in Missing (2009-10), Head of MI9 in MI High (2008-11), Lilly in Law and Order UK (2011-14) and the voice of Colonel Casey in the rebooted Thunderbirds Are Go! (2015).
Facts
In 2009, Adjoa was licensed as a lay preacher in the Church of England. She is married to author Howard Cunnell. Adjoa and Howard's son Liam is transgender, having been born a girl but who felt from a young age that he was in the wrong body.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Tish Jones) Born Jun 30 1983
Doctor Who credits
Played: Tish Jones in Smith and Jones, The Lazarus Experiment, The Sound of Drums/ Last of the Time Lords (all 2007)
Career highlights
Debuted in Holby City (2005), followed by Legless (2005), Vital Signs (2006), Viva Blackpool (2006), Spooks (2006), Bad Girls (2006), Bonekickers (2008), Larry Crowne (2011), Belle (2013), Jupiter Ascending (2015) and Beauty and the Beast (2017). She had regular roles as Samantha Bloom in Undercovers (2010-12) and Clea Hopkins in Touch (2012).
Facts
Gugu is short for Gugulethu (Zulu for "our pride").

Reggie Yates (Leo Jones) Born May 31 1983
Doctor Who credits
Played: Leo Jones in Smith and Jones, The Lazarus Experiment, The Sound of Drums/ Last of the Time Lords (all 2007)
Career highlights
Although known in the UK more as a presenter and radio DJ, Reggie has been acting since he debuted in Desmond's in 1993, aged 10. Since then he's appeared in Between the Lines (1993), Agent Z and the Penguin from Mars (1996), Crucial Tales (1996), The Bill (2000), The Crust (2005), Trinity (2009), The Pavement Psychologist (2013) and Thunderbirds Are Go! (2015). He has also had a handful of regular roles, including Carl Fenton in Grange Hill (2002), Calvin in UGetMe (2003-05) and the voice of children's cartoon character Rastamouse (2011-12). He has also written and directed two short films, Patriarch (2013) and Date Night (2014). As a presenter he has hosted The Disney Club (1997-98), Smile (2002-04), Dance Factory (2005), Keep Your Hair On (2006), Escape from Scorpion Island (2007), Get 100 (2007), Move Like Michael Jackson (2009), Top of the Pops (2003-12), The Voice UK (2012-13) and Release the Hounds (2013-14). He also regularly presents the BBC's live coverage of music festivals such as Glastonbury, T in the Park and Reading and Leeds. Reggie has also been a DJ on BBC Radio 1, including the weekly Chart Show.
Facts
Reggie, who in 2007 appeared in Dizzee Rascal's music video for Flex, is on Twitter.

Mark Gatiss (Professor Lazarus) 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.

Thelma Barlow (Lady Thaw) Born Jun 19 1929
Career highlights
Thelma made her acting debut in a 1967 adaptation of Vanity Fair, and subsequently appeared in A Stranger on the Hills (1970), The Stalls of Barchester (1971), Love Story (1973), Adam Smith (1973), Murder Most Horrid (1999), David Copperfield (1999), Fat Friends (2000), Stig of the Dump (2002), Doctors (2002), Mrs Henderson Presents (2005), Midsomer Murders (2006), Doc Martin (2007) and Is Anybody There? (2008). She also played Dolly in the sitcom Dinnerladies (1998-2000), but will forever be associated with the character of Mavis Riley/ Wilton in almost 2,000 episodes of the soap Coronation Street between 1971-97.
Facts
For her role in Mrs Henderson Presents, Thelma was nominated for Most Promising Newcomer in the British Independent Film Awards (she was 76 at the time, but lost to Emily Barclay, then 21).
This is Your Life: Thelma was the subject of Thames TV's This is Your Life on November 13th, 1991, surprised by host Michael Aspel during a recording of the soap Coronation Street. Doctor Who actors Anne Reid and Richard Briers paid tribute to her on the show.

Lucy O'Connell (Party guest)
Career highlights
Debuted in Ice Planet (2001), then The Office (2001), Hustle (2004), Bad Girls (2005) and Casualty (2005).

Bertie Carvel (Mysterious man) Born Sep 6 1977
Career highlights
Bertie made his screen debut in Hawking in 2004, after which he found roles in Beethoven (2005), Bombshell (2006), John Adams (2008), Primeval (2009), Sherlock (2010), The Crimson Petal and the White (2011), Les Miserables (2012), Babylon (2014), The Wrong Mans (2014), Coalition (2015) and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (2015).
Facts
Bertie, who has a black belt in kung fu, won an Olivier Award in 2012 for playing Miss Trunchbull in Matilda: The Musical, and was nominated for a Tony for the same role in 2013. Here he is on Twitter.

CREW

Stephen Greenhorn (writer) Born Sep 5 1964
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Lazarus Experiment (2007), The Doctor's Daughter (2008)
Career highlights
Stephen's earliest screenwriting credit was on The Bill in 1996, after which he wrote for Where the Heart Is (1998), Glasgow Kiss (2000), Derailed (2005), Wide Sargasso Sea (2006) and Sunshine on Leith (2013, based upon his 2007 musical). He also created Scottish soap opera River City in 2002, and wrote and executive produced Marchlands (2011).
Facts
Here he is on Twitter.

Richard Clark (director)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Gridlock (2007), The Lazarus Experiment (2007), The Doctor's Wife (2011), Night Terrors (2011)
Career highlights
Richard's earliest directing work was on My Dead Buddy in 1997, after which he found work on Shockers: Dance (1999), Life on Mars (2007), The Whistleblowers (2007), Whitechapel (2012), The Musketeers (2014), The Crimson Field (2014) and Outlander (2015).
Facts
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.

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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