Friday, May 22, 2015

Utopia/ The Sound of Drums/ Last of the Time Lords

The dream team of 2007:
The Doctor (David Tennant),
Captain Jack (John Barrowman)
and Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman)
Three episodes (Utopia, The Sound of Drums, Last of the Time Lords)
First broadcast Jun 16 to 30 2007
Average audience for story: 7.99m

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.

John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness) Born Mar 11 1967
Doctor Who credits
Played: Captain Jack Harkness in The Empty Child/ The Doctor Dances, Boom Town, Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Ways, Torchwood: Everything Changes, Torchwood: Day One, Torchwood: Ghost Machine, Torchwood: Cyberwoman, Torchwood: Small Worlds, Torchwood: Countrycide, Torchwood: Greeks Bearing Gifts, Torchwood: They Keep Killing Suzie, Torchwood: Random Shoes, Torchwood: Out of Time, Torchwood: Combat, Torchwood: Captain Jack Harkness, Torchwood: End of Days, Utopia/ The Sound of Drums/ Last of the Time Lords, 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, The Stolen Earth/ Journey's End, Torchwood: Children of Earth (Days 1-5), The End of Time Part Two, Torchwood: Miracle Day (The New World, Rendition, Dead of Night, Escape to LA, The Categories of Life, The Middle Men, Immortal Sins, End of the Road, The Gathering, The Blood Line) (2005-11)
Career highlights
Scotsman John's screen acting career began uncredited in The Untouchables (1987), followed by roles in Shark Attack 3: Megalodon (2003), De-Lovely (2004), The Producers (2005), Hotel Babylon (2008), My Family (2009), Desperate Housewives (2010), Hustle (2012), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), All Stars (2013), Scandal (2013) and Gilded Lilys (2013). He has had recurring roles as Peter Fairchild in CPW (1995-96), Peter Williams in Titans (2000-01) and has played Malcolm Merlyn in Arrow since 2012.
However, John is nothing if not multi-talented and prolific, and has also presented a great many TV shows, such as Live and Kicking (1993-94), The Movie Game (1994-95), The Kids are All Right (2008), Tonight's the Night (2009-11), Animals at Work (2011), Attack of the Show! (2012), Pressure Pad (2013), Sing Your Face Off (2014) and Small Animal Hospital (2014). He was also a judge on the talent search shows How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? (2006), Any Dream Will Do (2007) and I'd Do Anything (2008), and a contestant on Dancing On Ice (2006) and Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special (2010).
John also has a well-established career in musical theatre, appearing in everything from Anything Goes and Miss Saigon to Sunset Boulevard and The Phantom of the Opera. He has also recorded several of his own albums, including Songs from Grease (1994), Aspects of Lloyd Webber (1997), Music Music Music (2008) and You Raise Me Up (2014).
He has also, along with his sister Carole, written fiction books, including Hollow Earth (2012), Torchwood: Exodus Code (2012), Bone Quill (2013) and The Book of Beasts (2014).
Facts
John made the final three in auditions for the role of Will in the US sitcom Will and Grace; when he asked why he didn't get the part and straight actor Eric McCormack did, he was told he "wasn't gay enough"! He was awarded the MBE in 2014 for services to light entertainment and charity.

Derek Jacobi (Professor Yana/ The Master) Born Oct 22 1938
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Master in Scream of the Shalka (2003), Utopia (2007)
Career highlights
Derek made his screen acting debut in a 1961 adaptation of She Stoops to Conquer, followed by roles in Othello (1965), Interlude (1968), Three Sisters (1970), Man of Straw (1972), The Day of the Jackal (1973), The Pallisers (1974), I, Claudius (1976), The Medusa Touch (1978), The Human Factor (1979), Mr Pye (1986), Little Dorrit (1988), Dead Again (1991), Witness Against Hitler (1996), Breaking the Code (1996), Hamlet (1996), Love is the Devil (1998), The Wyvern Mystery (2000), Gladiator (2000), The Body (2001), Frasier (2001), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (2001), Gosford Park (2001), The Gathering Storm (2002), London (2004), The Long Firm (2004), Nanny McPhee (2005), Underworld: Evolution (2006), The Riddle (2007), The Golden Compass (2007), The Old Curiosity Shop (2007), Endgame (2009), The King's Speech (2010), Ironclad (2011), The Borgias (2011), Titanic (2012), This is Jinsy (2014), Effie Gray (2014) and Cinderella (2015). Derek is also known for the recurring roles of Brother Cadfael in the detective series Cadfael (1994-98), Mr Operatski in children's series Angelina Ballerina (2002-07), Stuart Bixby in the sitcom Vicious (2013-15) and Alan in Last Tango in Halifax (2012-15). He also lends his voice as the narrator to children's series In the Night Garden (2007-10) and narrated Mist: Sheepdog Tales (2007-09).
Awards
1977: BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor (I, Claudius)
1983: Olivier Award for Actor of the Year in a Revival (Cyrano De Bergerac)
1984: Tony Award for Best Actor (Much Ado About Nothing)
1985: Commander of the order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to drama
1989: Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special (The Tenth Man)
1994: Knight Bachelor for services to drama
2001: Emmy Award for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (Frasier)
2009: Olivier Award for Best Actor (Twelfth Night)
Facts
Derek also received a Danish knighthood in 1989, making him one of only two actors (along with Laurence Olivier) of holding both knighthoods. His lifetime partner is actor and producer Richard Clifford. Derek has been publicly involved in the question of the authorship of Shakespeare's plays. He believes they were actually written by Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford.

Chipo Chung (Chantho) Born 1977
Doctor Who credits
Played: Chantho in Utopia (2007)
Played: Fortune Teller in Turn Left (2008)
Career highlights
Born in Tanzania as a refugee, and raised in Zimbabwe, Chipo debuted in 2003's Absolute Power, followed by Proof (2005), Sunshine (2007), Dalziel and Pascoe (2007), The Last Enemy (2008), In the Loop (2009), Identity (2010), Camelot (2011), Sherlock (2012), The Politician's Husband (2013), Fortitude (2015) and A.D: The Bible Continues (2015).
Facts
Chipo's first name means "gift" in the Shona language, spoken in Zimbabwe. She spent her first two years as a refugee in Mozambique, escaping the war in Zimbabwe (then known as Rhodesia). Her parents are both Zimbabwean politicians, Fay Chung and Rugare Gumbo. Chipo founded the organisation SAFE (Sponsored Arts For Education) which develops theatre for social change in Kenya, focusing on HIV education and abolishing female genital mutilation. Here's Chipo on Twitter.

Rene Zagger (Padra Toc Shafe Cane) Born Jun 1 1973
Career highlights
Rene debuted in a Screen One film called She's Been Away in 1989, after which he secured the regular role of Mike Bentley in Grange Hill between 1990-91. Other work includes Second Thoughts (1992), Magic Grandad (1993), Minder (1993), Dangerous Lady (1995), Dream Team 80s (2006), Robin Hood (2006), Rome (2007), The Passion (2008), MI High (2009), My Family (2011), Interview with a Hitman (2012), Cardinal Burns (2014) and Dragonfly (2015). Rene also played Razors in the sitcom Up the Garden Path (1990-93), and most memorably PC Nick Klein in over 200 episodes of The Bill (1999-2004).
Facts
In 1987 Rene played a younger version of singer Marti Pellow in the Wet Wet Wet music video for I Remember. During his time on Grange Hill, Rene was mugged by a gang of youths at Walthamstow tube station; the ringleader was jailed for 18 months.

Neil Reidman (Lieutenant Atillo)
Career highlights
Debuted in The Locksmith (1997), then Nature Boy (2000), The Bill (1997/2000), Doctors (2001), Holby City (2002-03), The Play's the Thing (2006), Casualty (2010), Hard Time Bus (2015) and Pearls of Africa (2015).
Facts
Here's Neil on Twitter.

Paul Marc Davis (Chieftain) Born 1974
Doctor Who credits
Played: Chieftain in Utopia (2007)
Played: Cowled leader in Torchwood: Exit Wounds (2008, uncredited)
Played: The Trickster in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith (2009)
Career highlights
Paul's debut was uncredited as the ghost of Lord Draben in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 2001, after which he secured roles in Sinister (2003), The Real Casanova (2003), Cassandra's Dream (2007), EastEnders (2007), The Symmetry of Love (2010), Diagnosis Superstar (2011), The Bible (2013), Silent Witness (2014) and Son of God (2014).
Facts
Paul, who is 6ft 3in, studied fine art and was a professional sculptor for 12 years. In this capacity, he designed the Gramophone International Classical Music Award. In 2013 Paul set up his own shop in Hackney, London, under the Macsmith banner, performing hands-on repairs to old and new Apple Macs. He has a vast collection of vintage Apple products, including a modem from 1984 and an Apple II graphics tablet from 1979.

Robert Forknall (Guard)
Career highlights
Debuted in Take 3 Girls (2006), then The Green Green Grass (2007), Sense and Sensibility (2008), De Prooi (2013) and Holby City (2014).
Facts
Robert is a long-time Doctor Who fan himself. Here he is on Twitter.
In 2013 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Robert here.

John Bell (Creet) Born Oct 20 1997
Career highlights
John's debut came in Doctor Who, aged 10, after which he found roles in A Shine of Rainbows (2009), Life of Riley (2009-10), Hattie (2011), Wrath of the Titans (2012), Hatfields and McCoys (2012), Midsomer Murders (2013), The Man in the Box (2015) and In the Dark (2015). He regularly played Toby Coleman in Tracy Beaker Returns (2010-11) and may be best recognised as Bain in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014).
Facts
John won a competition on children's magazine programme Blue Peter to secure his debut role in Doctor Who. In 2008 he appeared in the promotional trailer for the BBC1 talent search show I'd Do Anything (with John Barrowman). Here he is on Twitter.

Deborah Maclaren (Kistane Toc Shafe Cane)
Career highlights
Deborah debuted in We;ll Meet Again (1982), then found work in Naked (1993), Roughnecks (1994), One in Four (2008), Jonathan Creek (2009) and Doctors (2009). She is also a busy narrator, having worked on My Science-Fiction Life (2006), Timeshift (2008) and Unnatural Histories (2011).
Facts
Deborah's on Twitter!

Abigail Canton (Wiry woman)
Career highlights
Other work includes Small Metal Jacket (1992), The Buddha of Suburbia (1993), How to Be a Little Sod (1995), Lost in Space (1998) and The Other Man (2008).
Facts
Abigail is also a qualified yoga teacher and chef, and can move her eyeballs around independently of one another (here's the proof in a Ford Fiesta car commercial).

John Simm (The Master) Born Jul 10 1970
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Master in Utopia/ The Sound of Drums/ Last of the Time Lords (2007), The End of Time (2009-10), World Enough and Time/ The Doctor Falls (2017)
Career highlights
John made his TV debut in a 1992 episode of Rumpole of the Bailey, after which he appeared in Oasis (1993), Heartbeat (1993), Men of the World (1994-95), Boston Kickout (1995), Cracker (1995), The Locksmith (1997), Wonderland (1999), Human Traffic (1999), Spaced (2001), Miranda (2002), 24 Hour Party People (2002), State of Play (2003), Sex Traffic (2004), The Devil's Whore (2008), Moving On (2010), Prey (2014), Intruders (2014) and Code of a Killer (2015). John's leading roles include Danny Kavanagh in The Lakes (1997-99), Sam Tyler in Life on Mars (2006-07), Baxter in Mad Dogs (2011-13) and John Middleton in The Village (2013-14).
Facts
John, along with co-star David Threlfall, sang the main title theme to the sitcom Men of the World. He also played guitar for the band Magic Alex, who twice supported Echo and the Bunnymen on tour (John plays electric guitar on Bunnymen lead singer Ian McCulloch's solo album Slideling (2003), and also played live with him at Wembley when McCulloch was support act to Coldplay). John is married to actress Kate Magowan (best known as Sadie Young in EastEnders). He's been nominated for a Best Actor BAFTA twice - for Life on Mars (2007) and Exile (2012).

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.

Trevor Laird (Clive Jones) Born Jul 11 1957
Doctor Who credits
Played: Frax in The Trial of a Time Lord Parts 5-8 (1986)
Played: Clive Jones in Smith and Jones, The Sound of Drums/ Last of the Time Lords (all 2007)
Career highlights
Trevor's debut came in Play Things (1976), followed by roles in Quadrophenia (1979), The Long Good Friday (1980), Maybury (1981), Babylon (1981), Walter (1982), Struggle (1983-84), The Flying Devils (1985), The New Statesman (1987), The Lenny Henry Show (1988), Slipstream (1989), Bernard and the Genie (1991), Secrets and Lies (1996), Casualty (1999), William and Mary (2003), The Last Detective (2004), Peep Show (2004), The Eagle (2005), Waking the Dead (2009), Thorne (2010), Holby City (2014) and Toast of London (2014).
Facts
He is one of the founder members of the Black Theatre Cooperative (now the Nitro Music Theatre).

Elize du Toit (Miss Dexter/ Sinister woman) Born Feb 21 1980
Doctor Who credits
Played: Miss Dexter/ Sinister woman in 42 (2007), The Sound of Drums (2007)
Career highlights
South African Elize made her debut as Izzy Davies in Hollyoaks, which she played between 2000-04/07, before notching up further credits in Dalziel and Pascoe (2006), The Line of Beauty (2006), In Your Dreams (2008), Casualty (2008), Homeland (2009), Material Girl (2010), Lewis (2011) and Skyfall (2012).
Facts
Elize is married to fellow actor Rafe Spall, son of actor Timothy Spall.

Alexandra Moen (Lucy Saxon) Born 1978
Doctor Who credits
Played: Lucy Saxon in The Sound of Drums/ Last of the Time Lords (2007), The End of Time Part One (2009)
Career highlights
Italian born Alexandra made her screen acting debut in Foyle's War (2004), then Falling (2005), Whatever Love Means (2005), Tripping Over (2006), Doctors (2010), Bert and Dickie (2012), Luther (2013) and The haunting of Ellie Rose (2015). She also regularly played Emily James in Hotel Babylon (2008-09), Kerry Stonebridge in Strike Back (2011-12) and Petra in Fortitude (2015).

Nichola McAuliffe (Vivien Rook) Born Aug 1955
Career highlights
Debuted in Tropic (1979), then Agony (1980), Fanny By Gaslight (1981), The Gentle Touch (1982), The Doctor and the Devils (1985), Super Gran (1987), Making News (1990), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997, as the voice of Bond's BMW!), Plunkett and Macleane (1999), McCready and Daughter (2001), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (2001), My Family (2007), Blandings (2014) and Agatha Raisin: The Quiche of Death (2014). She also played Alice Boocock in the sitcom Pig in the Middle (1980-83) and Anita Scott in soap Coronation Street (2001-02) but she is best known as fearsome Sheila Sabatini in the medical comedy Surgical Spirit (1989-95).
Awards
1987: Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical (Kiss Me Kate)
Facts
Nichola has written two novels - The Crime Tsar (2014) and A Fanny Full of Soap (2007), as well as a children's story called Attila, Loolagax and the Eagle (2003). She is married to tabloid journalist Don MacKay.

Nicholas Gecks (Albert Dumfries) Born Jan 9 1952
Career highlights
Malaysian born Nicholas made his earliest appearance in 1979's Julius Caesar, followed by The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1982), Forever Young (1983), The Wicked Lady (1983), The Prisoner of Zenda (1984), The Pyrates (1986), Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1987), Making News (1990), Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1991), Pie in the Sky (1996), Parting Shots (1998), The Dark Room (1999), Red Cap (2001), The Forsyte Saga (2003), Sea of Souls (2004), Mutant Chronicles (2008), Cleanskin (2012) and Columbite Tantalite (2013).

Colin Stinton (President Winters) Born Mar 10 1947
Career highlights
Canadian Colin's debut came in The Verdict (1982), then Daniel (1983), Yesterday's Dreams (1987), Still Crazy Like a Fox (1987), A Very Peculiar Practice (1988), Saracen (1989), Mother Love (1989), The Russia House (1990), Hostages (1992), Ghostwatch (1992), A Year in Provence (1993), Jonathan Creek (1997), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The Winslow Boy (1999), Spy Game (2001), Ali G Indahouse (2002), Thunderpants (2002), The Hours (2002), The Machinist (2004), Broken News (2005), A for Andromeda (2006), Spooks (2006), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), House of Saddam (2008), Rush (2013) and Veep (2014).
Facts
Colin can be seen as one of the judges in the music video for Sophie Ellis-Bextor's Murder on the Dance Floor (2001). He was a founder of the Theatre Building in Chicago in the late 1970s.

Olivia Hill (Newsreader)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Newsreader in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Invasion of the Bane (2007), The Sound of Drums (2007), The Bells of Saint John (2013)
Career highlights
Olivia's other work includes Sock (2005), Broken (2006), Holby City (2006), The Devil's Chair (2007) and Captain Eager and the Mark of Voth (2008).

Daniel Ming (Chinese newsreader)
This is Daniel's only credit.

Lachele Carl (Reporter [Trinity Wells])
Doctor Who credits
Played: Reporter/ Trinity Wells in Aliens of London/ World War Three (2005), The Christmas Invasion (2005), The Sound of Drums (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Revenge of the Slitheen (2007), The Poison Sky (2008), Turn Left (2008), The Stolen Earth (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Secrets of the Stars (2008), Torchwood: Children of Earth (Days 3 & 4) (2009), The End of Time (2009-10)
Career highlights
American Lachele's debut came in Midnight (1982), after which she secured work in Star Cops (1987), Maigret (1988), Batman (1989), Firestar: First Contact (1991), Grange Hill (1991), A Kiss Before Dying (1991), Guru in Seven (1998), Superstition (2001), Murder in Mind (2002), Alien Autopsy (2006), MI High (2007), The Philanthropist (2009), Tati's Hotel (2011), Ambassadors (2013) and The Honourable Woman (2014). Lachele is also a voice artist, playing Muck in the Bob the Builder cartoons (2009-12) and Mayor Pullman in the US dub of Chuggington (2010-14).
Facts
Lachele is one of only two actors to play the same (assumed) character in Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures (the other being Anthony Debaeck, who plays the French newsreader). She is married to the Argentinean composer Alejandro Vinao. If you've ever wondered what Lachele's top 10 favourite recipes are, you're in luck.

Sharon Osbourne (Sharon Osbourne) Born Oct 9 1952
Career highlights
Sharon is best known for being married to Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne, and came to prominence in the fly-on-the-wall series The Osbournes (2002-05). She is also well known for her stint as judge on more than 160 episodes of America's Got Talent (2007-12) and almost 150 episodes of The X Factor (2004-07/10/12-13). She's also had her own chat show, The Sharon Osbourne Show (2003-04 and 2006), hosted Rock of Love: Charm School (2008-09), and co-hosted over 960 episodes of The Talk since 2010. Her acting credits include Days of Our Lives (2004), Will and Grace (2004), Garfield 2 (2006), It's a Boy Girl Thing (2006), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2014) and Jake and the Never land Pirates (2012-15, as the voice of Mama Hook).
Facts
Sharon, who is also Ozzy's manager, is mother to Kelly Osbourne (who scored a UK number one single in 2003 with Changes, a duet with her dad) and Jack Osbourne (who is known as a TV personality and travel reporter, and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2012). Here's Sharon on Twitter.

Ann Widdecombe (Ann Widdecombe) Born Oct 4 1947
Career highlights
Ann was British Member of Parliament (Conservative) for the Maidstone and the Weald constituency between 1987-97, and served as Minister of State for Prisons (1995-97), Shadow Health Secretary (1998-99) and Shadow Home Secretary (1999-2001). After her political career ended in 2010, Ann became a TV personality, appearing as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing (2010) and in 24 Hours in the Past (2015). She has also been a novelist since 2000, and in 2012 appeared as the Lady Mayoress in an episode of Sooty.

McFly (McFly)
McFly is a British band formed in 2003 made up of Tom Fletcher (born Jul 17 1985), Danny Jones (born Mar 12 1986), Dougie Poynter (born Nov 30 1987) and Harry Judd (born Dec 23 1985). They have scored four UK Top 10 albums and 19 UK Top 10 singles (including seven number ones). In 2014, McFly merged with fellow band Busted to form McBusted, and released a UK Top 10 album and Top 20 single.

CREW

Russell T Davies (writer) Born Apr 27 1963
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: Rose, The End of the World, Aliens of London/ World War Three, The Long Game, Boom Town, Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Ways, Children in Need special, The Christmas Invasion, New Earth, Tooth and Claw, Love & Monsters, Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday, Torchwood: Everything Changes, The Runaway Bride, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Invasion of the Bane, Smith and Jones, Gridlock, Utopia/ The Sound of Drums/ Last of the Time Lords, Voyage of the Damned, Partners in Crime, Midnight, Turn Left, The Stolen Earth/ Journey's End, Music of the Spheres, The Next Doctor, Planet of the Dead, Torchwood: Children of Earth (Days 1, 3 and 5), The Waters of Mars, The End of Time, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor, Torchwood: Miracle Day (The New World and The Blood Line) (2005-11)
Executive 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, 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, Torchwood: Everything Changes, Torchwood: Day One, Torchwood: Ghost Machine, Torchwood: Cyberwoman, Torchwood: Small Worlds, Torchwood: Countrycide, Torchwood: Greeks Bearing Gifts, Torchwood: They Keep Killing Suzie, Torchwood: Random Shoes, Torchwood: Out of Time, Torchwood: Combat, Torchwood: Captain Jack Harkness, Torchwood: End of Days, The Runaway Bride, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Invasion of the Bane, 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 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, Time Crash, Voyage of the Damned, 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, 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 Sarah Jane Adventures: The Last Sontaran, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Day of the Clown, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Secrets of the Stars, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Mark of the Berserker, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Enemy of the Bane, The Next Doctor, Planet of the Dead, Torchwood: Children of Earth (Days 1-5), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Prisoner of the Judoon, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Mad Woman in the Attic, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Eternity Trap, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Mona Lisa's Revenge, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Gift, The Waters of Mars, The End of Time, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Nightmare Man, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Vault of Secrets, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Empty Planet, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Lost in Time, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith, Torchwood: Miracle Day (The New World, Rendition, Dead of Night, Escape to LA, The Categories of Life, The Middle Men, Immortal Sins, End of the Road, The Gathering, The Blood Line), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Sky, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Curse of Clyde Langer, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Man Who Never Was (2005-11)
As well as being executive producer on Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, Russell also acted in this capacity on TARDISodes (2006), Totally Doctor Who (2006-07), The Infinite Quest (2007), Torchwood Declassified (2006-09), Doctor Who Greatest Moments (2009), Dreamland (2009), Doctor Who Confidential (2005-10) and SJA: Alien Files (2010).
Career highlights
The ridiculous list of Doctor Who universe programmes Russell has been involved with provides the bulk of his television output, but it is by no means representative of it. He started out working in children's TV, even presenting an edition of Play School in 1987 before becoming producer, writer and various other roles on the activity series Why Don't You...? (1986-88). In 1988 he became script editor and writer on the children's magazine show On the Waterfront, after which he wrote for Breakfast Serials (1990), Dark Season (1991), ChuckleVision (1992), Def II (1992), Century Falls (1993), Cluedo (1993), Children's Ward (1994), Revelations (1994-95), Springhill (1996), Touching Evil (1997), The Grand (1997-98), Queer as Folk (1999-2000, which got its own US remake 2000-05), Bob & Rose (2001), Linda Green (2001), The Second Coming (2003), Mine All Mine (2004), Casanova (2005), Wizards vs Aliens (2012-13), Old Jack's Boat (2013), Cucumber (2015) and Banana (2015).
Facts
The T in his name does not stand for anything but does distinguish him from radio presenter Russell Davies (his real name is Stephen Russell Davies). He was awarded an OBE in 2008 for services to drama. He has been nominated for a BAFTA award nine times, and has won three, including the Dennis Potter Award in 2006. He also won the 2001 Writer of the Year British Comedy Award, and has been nominated five times for a Hugo Award (he won in 2010 for Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars). In 2009 Russell was approached by Lucasfilm to contribute to the proposed (but ultimately never made) Star Wars live action TV series.

Graeme Harper (director, Utopia) Born Mar 11 1945
Doctor Who credits
Assistant floor manager: Colony in Space (1971, uncredited), Planet of the Daleks (1973), Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Production assistant: Colony in Space (1971, uncredited), The Seeds of Doom (1976), Warriors' Gate (1981)
Directed: Warriors' Gate (1981, uncredited), The Caves of Androzani (1984), Revelation of the Daleks (1985), Rise of the Cybermen/ The Age of Steel (2006), Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday (2006), 42 (2007), Utopia (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? (2007), Time Crash (2007), Planet of the Ood (2008), The Unicorn and the Wasp (2008), Turn Left (2008), The Stolen Earth/ Journey's End (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Enemy of the Bane (2008), The Waters of Mars (2009).
Career highlights
Graeme actually started out as a child actor, appearing as Moonface, aged 12, in Noddy in Toyland (1957), as well as The Secret Kingdom (1960). His directing credits include Angels (1982-83), Juliet Bravo (1984-85), Star Cops (1987), Boon (1989-91), The New Statesman (1991-92), September Song (1995), The Detectives (1995-97), Babes in the Wood (1999), Grange Hill (2001), EastEnders (2000-02), Byker Grove (2003-05), Robin Hood (2006-09), Dani's House (2009-10), House of Anubis (2012), Coronation Street (2005-13), Holby City (2013-14) and Casualty (1996-2015). 
Facts
Graeme won a BAFTA Children's Award in 2001 for his work on Custer's Last Stand-Up (2003), and a British Soap Award for directing the tram crash episode of Coronation Street in 2011.

Colin Teague (director, The Sound of Drums/ Last of the Time Lords) Born 1970
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Torchwood: Ghost Machine (2006), Torchwood: Greeks Bearing Gifts (2006), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Invasion of the Bane (2007), The Sound of Drums/ Last of the Time Lords (2007), Torchwood: Sleepers (2008), Torchwood: Meat (2008), The Fires of Pompeii (2008)
Career highlights
Colin started out in front of the cameras, as an actor, in Streetwise (1992), The Bill (1992) and Spivs (2004), but began his directing career with the 1999 short North West One (which he also wrote), followed by stints on Shooters (2002), London's Burning (2002), Spivs (2004, which he also wrote for), Holby City (2002-06), Harley Street (2008), Trinity (2009), Being Human (2009-11), Sinbad (2012), The White Queen (2013), Spotless (2015) and Jekyll and Hyde (2015).
Facts
Colin became the first person to direct for Doctor Who and both of its spin-offs when he helmed The Sound of Drums in 2007.

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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