Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Voyage of the Damned

Angels of death... related to robots of death?
One episode (Voyage of the Damned)
First broadcast Dec 25 2007
Average audience for story: 13.31m

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).

Kylie Minogue (Astrid Peth) Born May 28 1968
Career highlights
Kylie is one of the most successful music artists to come out of Australia, and despite starting out as an actress, her recording career has far eclipsed her acting output. Her acting debut came aged eight as the original Carla in The Sullivans (1976), after which she appeared in Skyways (1979), The Zoo Family (1985), The Henderson Kids (1985), The Delinquents (1989), Street Fighter (1994), Bio-Dome (1996), Cut (2000), Moulin Rouge! (2001), Doogal (2006), Holy Motors (2012), Young and Hungry (2015) and San Andreas (2015). Her most memorable acting part was as Charlene Robinson in Australian soap Neighbours (1986-88).
Kylie's musical career kicked off with a cover of The Loco-Motion in 1987, followed by the smash hit I Should Be So Lucky. Over the subsequent decades, Kylie has racked up seven UK number one singles (10 number ones in her Aussie homeland) and four UK number one albums. Worldwide, she has sold more than 75 million records.
Facts
Kylie, who is hyperglycemic, battled breast cancer in 2005. She has been romantically linked to her Neighbours co-star Jason Donovan, INXS singer Michael Hutchence, actor Olivier Martinez and model Andres Velencoso. She is 4ft 11in tall, and her first name means "boomerang" in the Aboriginal Noongar language. In a head-munching assault on Doctor Who continuity, Kylie was actually mentioned by name in the 2006 episode The Idiot's Lantern (and her 1989 song Never Too Late), before playing Astrid in the following year's Christmas special. This means that the actress exists within the Doctor Who universe, so when she appears in Voyage of the Damned, does it mean Doctor Who becomes a fictional aspect of its own universe (recursive occlusion)?! Here's Kylie on Twitter.

Geoffrey Palmer (Captain Hardaker) Born Jun 4 1927
Doctor Who credits
Played: Masters in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970)
Played: Administrator in The Mutants (1972)
Played: Captain Hardaker in Voyage of the Damned (2007)
Career highlights
Frighteningly prolific Geoffrey made his debut in St Ives in 1955, followed by roles in The Killing Stones (1958), Police Surgeon (1960), The Army Game (1959-60), The Odd Man (1960), Incident at Midnight (1963), Bootsie and Snudge (1960-63), The Saint (1963), The Baron (1966), Mrs Thursday (1967), Z Cars (1969), Now, Take My Wife (1971), Colditz (1972-73), Edward the Seventh (1975), Bill Brand (1976), The Sweeney (1978), Fawlty Towers (1979), Whoops Apocalypse (1982), Death of an Expert Witness (1983), Clockwise (1986), Executive Stress (1986), A Fish Called Wanda (1988), Blackadder Goes Forth (1989), The Madness of King George (1994), Mrs Brown (1997), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The Savages (2001), Stig of the Dump (2002), Dickens (2002), He Knew He Was Right (2004), Ashes to Ashes (2008), The Pink Panther 2 (2009), Lost Christmas (2011), Rev (2011), The Hollow Crown (2012), Parade's End (2012) and Paddington (2014). Geoffrey's curmudgeonly face will be best recognised for his recurring roles of Jimmy Anderson in the sitcoms The Fall and Rise and Reginald Perrin (1976-79) and its sequel The Legacy of Reginald Perrin (1996), Leo Bannister in The Last Song (1981-83), Ben in sitcom Butterflies (1978-83) and the 2000 reunion special, Major Harry Kitchener Wellington Truscott in Fairly Secret Army (1984-86), Harold Stringer in Hot Metal (1986/89) and Lionel Hardcastle in sitcom As Time Goes By (1992-2005).
Awards
2005: Officer of the order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to drama
Facts
In the 1980s Geoffrey was also known for his appearances in TV commercials for Scotch lamb ("Slam in the lamb"). Geoffrey's son is TV director Charles Palmer, who directed episodes of Doctor Who in 2007 and 2017. And there's another link to Doctor Who in that Charles's wife is actress Claire Skinner, who appeared in The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe in 2011. Geoffrey recites Walter Kauffman's translation of Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy on the introduction to the 12" Fruitness mix of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Welcome to the Pleasuredome (1985).

Russell Tovey (Midshipman Frame) Born Nov 14 1982
Doctor Who credits
Played: Midshipman Alonso Frame in Voyage of the Damned (2007), The End of Time Part Two (2010)
Narrated: Doctor Who Confidential (2010-11)
Career highlights
Russell's acting debut came aged 12 playing Bill in Mud (1994-95), followed by Look and Read: Spywatch (1996), The Mrs Bradley Mysteries (1998), Ultimate Force (2002), Servants (2003), My Family and Other Animals (2005), Annually Retentive (2007), Ashes to Ashes (2008), Little Dorrit (2008), Gavin and Stacey (2007-08), Mike the Knight (2011-12), Sherlock (2012), In Love with Wilde (2012), Tower Block (2012), What Remains (2013), Muppets Most Wanted (2014), Pride (2014), Blackwood (2014) and Banished (2015). His recurring roles include George Sands in Being Human (2008-12), Steve in Him & Her (2010-13), Karl Lyndhurst in The Job Lot (2013-14) and Kevin Matheson in Looking (2014-16).
Facts
Russell can be found on Twitter here.

George Costigan (Max Capricorn) Born 1947
Career highlights
George debuted in Jenny Can't Work Any Faster (1975), followed by Pickersgill People (1978), Fame is the Spur (1982), Widows (1983), Connie (1985), Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1987), The Beiderbecke Connection (1988), Shirley Valentine (1989), Chimera (1991), The Riff Raff Element (1993), The Hawk (1993), Kavanagh QC (1995), Girls' Night (1998), Badger (1999), City Central (2000), Holby City (2001), Dinotopia (2002), Calendar Girls (2003), The Long Firm (2004), The Royal (2007), A Touch of Frost (2010), Homefront (2012), The Great Train Robbery (2013) and Happy Valley (2014). George also had recurring roles as Peter Rokeby in sitcom So Haunt Me (1992-94) and Charlie Haynes in soap Emmerdale (2010). In 1990 he wrote an episode of the sitcom Birds of a Feather.
Facts
His wife is the writer Julia North.

Gray O'Brien (Rickston Slade) Born Aug 11 1968
Career highlights
Like all good Scottish actors, Gray got his big break in an episode of detective series Taggart in 1993, after which he won the role of Richard McCaig in 48 episodes of medical series Casualty (1996-98). Subsequently he was cast as Dr Tom Deneley in 28 episodes of rural medical series Peak Practice (2000-02), then took roles in Cruise of the Gods (2002), The Queen (2006), Titanic (2012) and The Daniel Connection (2015). However, he will be best remembered as Tony Gordon in more than 280 episodes of soap Coronation Street (2007-10).
Facts
Gray was nominated for Villain of the Year at the British Soap Awards in 2009 and 2010 (winning in 2009 and losing to EastEnders' Larry Lamb in 2010). He was also nominated for Best Actor in 2009.

Andrew Havill (Chief steward) Born 1965
Career highlights
Andrew debuted in Soldier Soldier (1993), then Restoration (1995), Wilde (1997), Titanic Town (1998), The Ghost Hunter (2000), Nicholas Nickleby (2002), Island at War (2004), Hustle (2005), Silent Witness (2006), Spooks (2009), The King's Speech (2010), The Awakening (2011), The Iron Lady (2011), Sherlock (2012), Hyde Park on Hudson (2012), Cloud Atlas (2012), Lightfields (2013), The Imitation Game (2014) and The Carer (2015).

Bruce Lawrence (Engineer) Born c.1975
Career highlights
Canadian Bruce debuted in Band of Brothers (2001), then took roles in Bloody Sunday (2002), About a Boy (2002), Quality Indigo (2005), Bare Naked Talent (2005), Sisters Grimm (2009), Stag Night of the Dead (2010), Survivor (2015), Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015) and Jabberwocky Rise (2015). Bruce, who until 2002 went under the name Bruce Alexander, also works as a motion capture artist, most notably as the character of Captain Black for the 2005 animated series Captain Scarlet.
Facts
Before becoming an actor, Bruce was in the Royal Marines for five years in 1997. He also works as a personal trainer.

Debbie Chazen (Foon Van Hoff) Born Sep 1 1971
Career highlights
Debuted in The Lakes (1997), then Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1998), Killer Net (1998), Topsy-Turvy (1999), Gimme Gimme Gimme (2001), Grass (2003), Mine All Mine (2004), Murder in Suburbia (2005), Doc Martin (2007), Tittybangbang (2005-07), Psychoville (2009), We Are Klang (2009), Coronation Street (2010-11), Trollied (2013), The Spa (2013), Sherlock (2014) and Asylum (2015). She played Meredia in Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married (1999-2000) and Annie ("are you OK?") in sitcom The Smoking Room (2004-05).
Facts
Debbie - whose father Arnold was also an actor and appeared in the 1967 Doctor Who story The Moonbase - speaks five languages: English, Russian, French, Spanish and German. She lost 10 stone in weight in a matter of 11 months on the Lighter Life diet. In 2009 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and she wrote a weekly diary of her struggle with the disease for the Independent Magazine entitled Making the Breast of Things. Her partner is the psychic medium and Tarot reader Michael Korel, the resident psychic at London clubs Chinawhites and Soho House.
In 2014 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Debbie here.

Clive Rowe (Morvin Van Hoff) Born Mar 27 1964
Career highlights
Debuted in After the War (1989), then Paper Mask (1990), Spatz (1991), Company (1996), Harry Hill (2000), Doctors (2004), Manderlay (2005), All the Small Things (2009), Aunties (2013) and Evermoor (2015). He may be best recognised as Duke in children's series The Story of Tracy Beaker (2002-05).

Clive Swift (Mr Copper) Born Feb 9 1936
Doctor Who credits
Played: Jobel in Revelation of the Daleks (1985)
Played: Mr Copper in Voyage of the Damned (2007)
Career highlights
Clive is one of the UK's busiest actors, making his debut in Love Story (1963), then Having a Wild Weekend (1965), The Expert (1968), Dombey and Son (1969), Waugh on Crime (1970-71), The Stalls of Barchester (1971), Frenzy (1972), Dead of Night (1972), A Warning to the Curious (1972), The National Health (1973), Raw Meat (1973), South Riding (1974), The Brothers (1976), Clayhanger (1976), Nigel Kneale's Beasts (1976), 1990 (1978), Hazell (1979), The Nesbitts are Coming (1980), Excalibur (1981), The Barchester Chronicles (1982), A Passage to India (1984), The Pickwick Papers (1985), First Among Equals (1986), Les Girls (1988), The Return of Shelley (1990), Woof! (1994), Peak Practice (1998), The Old Guys (2009-10), Hustle (2011) and Valentine's Kiss (2015). He had a regular role in Born and Bred as the Reverend Brewer (2002-05) but will always be remembered as Richard Bucket in sitcom Keeping Up Appearances (1990-95).
Facts
Between 1960-75 Clive was married to the British playwright and novelist Margaret Drabble. His brother is actor David Swift (best remembered as Henry Davenport in sitcom Drop the Dead Donkey), while his son is television gardener Joe Swift and his niece is actress Julia Swift (who is, incidentally, married to actor David Bamber, who also appeared in a Doctor Who story about a space-faring Earth vessel, Mummy on the Orient Express (2014)).

Jimmy Vee (Bannakaffalatta)
Doctor Who credits
Played:
 Moxx of Balhoon in The End of the World (2005)
Played: Alien [space pig] in Aliens of London/ World War Three (2005)
Played: Graske in Attack of the Graske (2005), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? (2007), Music of the Spheres (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith (2008), The End of Time (2009-10, uncredited)
Played: Slitheen in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Revenge of the Slitheen (2007), The Lost Boy (2007), The Gift (2009)
Played: Bannakaffalatta in Voyage of the Damned (2007)
Played: Groske in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor (2010)
Played: Skovox Blitzer in The Caretaker (2014)
Career highlights
Jimmy's other work includes Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone (2001), Weirdsister College (2001), Skins: Secret Party (2007), Kilt Man (2009), Pan (2015) and Welcome to Purgatory (2015).
Facts
In 2014, former electrician Jimmy, who is 3ft 8in tall, landed a co-hosting role on the American version of Release the Hounds, alongside actor Eli Roth. Here he is on Twitter.

Bernard Cribbins (Wilfred Mott) Born Dec 29 1928
Doctor Who credits
Played: Tom Campbell in Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 AD (1966)
Played: Wilf Mott in Voyage of the Damned (2007), Partners in Crime (2008), The Sontaran Stratagem/ The Poison Sky (2008), Turn Left (2008), The Stolen Earth/ Journey's End (2008), The End of Time (2009-10)
Career highlights
Bernard is one of the most recognisable and well-loved faces on British TV and film of the last 60 years. He made his screen acting debut in The Black Tulip (1956), then took roles in David Copperfield (1956), Make Mine a Million (1959), Two Way Stretch (1960), The Army Game (1960), The World of Suzie Wong (1960), The Wrong Arm of the Law (1963), The Mouse on the Moon (1963), Carry On Jack (1963), Carry On Spying (1964), Crooks in Cloisters (1964), She (1965), The Sandwich Man (1966), Casino Royale (1967), The Avengers (1966/68), It's Tommy Cooper (1970), Cribbins (1969-70), The Railway Children (1970), Frenzy (1972), Fawlty Towers (1975), Space 1999 (1976), The Water Babies (1978), The Plank (1979), Dangerous Davies: The Last Detective (1981), Shillingbury Tales (1981), Worzel Gummidge (1981), Cuffy (1983), Alice in Wonderland (1985), Langley Bottom (1986), High and Dry (1987), Super Gran (1987), Carry On Columbus (1992), Last of the Summer Wine (2003), Blackball (2003), Coronation Street (2003), Down to Earth (2005) and Midsomer Murders (2014). He also regularly played the title character in the children's series Old Jack's Boat (2013-14). Bernard's voice is also well known thanks to narration duties on The Wombles (1973-75), Moschops (1983), Edward and Friends (1987) and Bertie the Bat (1990). He was also a prolific and popular host on children's storytelling series Jackanory (1966-70/74/79/91).
Facts
As well as narrating children's favourites, Bernard's voice may also be remembered as that of Buzby in TV commercials for British Telecom in the 1970s and 80s, as well as the narrator on the BBC's public safety films of the 1970s featuring Tufty the squirrel. His voice has also been used for singing too - he enjoyed a brief pop career in 1962 with the singles The Hole in the Ground (which peaked at number 9 in the UK singles chart), Right Said Fred (number 10) and Gossip Calypso (number 25; all songs were produced by the Beatles' producer George Martin). Bernard was awarded an OBE in 2011 for services to drama.
This is Your Life: Bernard was the subject of Thames TV's This is Your Life on February 25th, 1981, surprised by host Eamonn Andrews dressed as a Womble in central London. Fellow Doctor Who actor Dinah Sheridan was a guest on the show.

Nicholas Witchell (Nicholas Witchell) Born Sep 23 1953
Career highlights
Nicholas is a prominent journalist and newsreader who started his career with the BBC in 1976 and became one of the first two newsreaders on the Six O'Clock News in 1984. In 1989 he transferred to the breakfast news, and in 1998 became the BBC's royal and diplomatic correspondent.
Facts
In 1974 Nicholas wrote the book The Loch Ness Story, chronicling sightings of the alleged monster through history (the timing of the book's publication sadly means the Skarasen sightings of the 1970s are omitted). Nicholas's time as royal correspondent has not gone without its hitches: his 2002 obituary of the Queen's sister Princess Margaret was not well-received at Buckingham Palace, while in 2005, after Nicholas asked the Prince of Wales how he was feeling about his forthcoming marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince Charles was reported in tabloids to have referred to the journalist as an "awful man".

Paul Kasey (The Host) Born Aug 5 1973
Doctor Who credits
Played: Auton in Rose (2005)
Played: Coffa (Forest of Cheem) in The End of the World (2005, uncredited)
Played: Slitheen in Aliens of London/ World War Three (2005), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Revenge of the Slitheen (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Lost Boy (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Gift (2009), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Nightmare Man (2010)
Played: Zu-Zana in Bad Wolf (2005)
Played: Clockwork man in The Girl in the Fireplace (2006)
Played: Cyber-Leader in Rise of the Cybermen/ The Age of Steel (2006), Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday (2006), The Next Doctor (2008)
Played: Ood in The Impossible Planet/ The Satan Pit (2006), Death is the Only Answer (2011)
Played: The Hoix in Love & Monsters (2006), Torchwood: Exit Wounds (2008, uncredited)
Played: Weevil in Torchwood: Everything Changes, Torchwood: Day One (uncredited), Torchwood: Greeks Bearing Gifts, Torchwood: Combat, Torchwood: End of Days, Torchwood: Sleeper, Torchwood: Adam, Torchwood: Reset (uncredited), Torchwood: Dead Man Walking, Torchwood: A Day in the Death (uncredited), Torchwood: Fragments, Torchwood: Exit Wounds (2006-08)
Played: Blowfish in Torchwood: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2008), Torchwood: Fragments (2008)
Played: Robot Santa in The Runaway Bride (2006)
Played: Judoon in Smith and Jones (2007), The Stolen Earth (2008), The Pandorica Opens (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Prisoner of the Judoon (2009)
Played: Hero pig man in Daleks in Manhattan/ Evolution of the Daleks (2007)
Played: Kudlak in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Warriors of Kudlak (2007)
Played: The Host in Voyage of the Damned (2007)
Played: Ood Sigma in Planet of the Ood (2008), The Waters of Mars (2009), The End of Time (2009-10)
Played: Hath Peck in The Doctor's Daughter (2008)
Played: Sorvin in Planet of the Dead (2009)
Played: Highwayman in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Mona Lisa's Revenge (2009)
Played: Shansheeth in The Sarah Jane Adventurers: Death of the Doctor (2010)
Played: Red robot in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Empty Planet (2010)
Played: Nephew in The Doctor's Wife (2011)
Played: Cyberman in Closing Time (2011)
Played: The Metalkind in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Sky (2011)
Played: Wooden Queen in The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (2011)
Played: Time zombie in Journey to the Center of the TARDIS (2013)
Played: Whisper Man in The Name of the Doctor (2013)
Played: Zygon in The Day of the Doctor (2013)
Played: Footman in Deep Breath (2014)
Career highlights
Paul's earliest role was in Blade II (2002), followed by 28 Days Later (2002, on which he was also movement advisor), 1408 (2007), Inkheart (2008) and Scoop (2009). He also played the George in werewolf form in Being Human (2009-12), and has performed as various monsters at the BBC Proms and Symphonic Spectacular events. He has also donned costumes for TV commercials such as Foxy Bingo and Butlins and was a performer and movement advisor for London's 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.

Stefan Davis (Kitchen hand)
Career highlights
Other work includes The Bill (2009), Doctors (2009) and Abusing Protocol (2015). Stefan has also appeared in, wrote, directed, edited and composed for his own short film, Relentless (2015).
Facts
Here he is on Twitter.

Jason Mohammad (Newsreader) Born Nov 20 1975
Doctor Who credits
Played: Newsreader in The Christmas Invasion (2005), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Lost Boy (2007), Voyage of the Damned (2007), Turn Left (2008), The Stolen Earth (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Man Who Never Was (2011)
Career highlights
Jason joined the BBC in 1997 as a reporter for Wales Today, and stayed with BBC Wales as a presenter until 2013 when he became the host of Final Score on BBC1. He is also a snooker commentator for the Corporation, and has a weekday morning show on BBC Radio Wales.
Facts
Jason gets fan mail for his part in Doctor Who: "So many people ask me about my roles in Doctor Who. I get fan mail from all over the world - the best one was from a guy in New Zealand who said he thought I played the role of a newsreader so well that he thought I was a real newscaster!"

Colin McFarlane (Alien voice) Born Sep 15 1961
Doctor Who credits
Played: Alien voice in Voyage of the Damned (2007)
Played: General Pierce in Torchwood: Children of Earth (2009)
Played: Moran in Under the Lake/ Before the Flood (2015)
Career highlights
Debuted as Detective Sergeant Watson in Dempsey and Makepeace (1985), then Bust (1988), Sean's Show (1992), In Dreams (1992), Class Act (1995), The Thin Blue Line (1996), Dennis the Menace (1996-98, as the voice of Sergeant Slipper), Ted and Ralph (1998), Black Books (2000), The Fast Show (1994-2000), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (2001), Strange (2003), As If (2004), Batman Begins (2005), Judge John Deed (2002-03/05/06), MI High (2008), The Dark Knight (2008), Parents of the Band (2008-09), Hounded (2010), Reggie Perrin (2010), Dirk Gently (2012), Plebs (2014), Death in Paradise (2015), Olympus (2015) and Father Brown (2016). He also gave voice to the Cube in the UK Saturday night game show of the same name (2011-14), and has often been the commentating voice for the National Television Awards. He also provided the voice of Harrison in the animated series Chuggington (2008-15).

Ewan Bailey (Alien voice) Born Feb 8 1966
Career highlights
Debuted in Soldier Soldier (1993), then Princess Caraboo (1994), Fist of Fun (1995), Judge Dredd (1995), Bugs (1996), Game On (1998), Smack the Pony (2000), Judge John Deed (2005), Funland (2005), Rome (2005), Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! (2006), Hyperdrive (2006-07), Honest (2008), Silent Witness (2012), Dude, That's My Ghost! (2013) and Babylon (2014).
Facts
Ewan's father Bruce Thomson played rugby union for Scotland and Oxford in the 1950s.

Jessica Martin (Voice of the Queen) Born Aug 25 1962
Doctor Who credits
Played: Mags in The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (1988-89)
Played: Voice of the Queen in Voyage of the Damned (2007)
Career highlights
Jessica is best known as an impressionist (including mimicking Doctor Who's very own Bonnie Langford - see the linked list here), starting out on the Edinburgh Fringe circuit with fellow mimic Rory Bremner and then providing voices for Spitting Image (1985-88), and appearing on Copy Cats (1985-86), And There's More (1985), Bobby Davro on the Box (1986) and Bobby Davro's TV Weekly (1988). She also gave her voice to the 1988 animation PC Pinkerton, and her rare acting performances include The White Lady (1986) and Tonight at 8.30 (1991). She has also leant her vocal skills to video games such as Flight of the Amazon Queen (1995) and Dragon Quest VIII (2004). Jessica has also had considerable success on the musical stage in productions such as Me and My Girl, Mack and Mabel, Spamalot, South Pacific and Sunset Boulevard.
Facts
In recent years she has branched into the world of comic books, including It Girl about silent movie star Clara Bow, Vivacity about Vivien Leigh, and the graphic novel Elsie Harris Picture Palace.

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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.

James Strong (director)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Impossible Planet/ The Satan Pit (2006), Torchwood: Cyberwoman (2006), Torchwood: They Keep Killing Suzie (2006), Daleks in Manhattan/ Evolution of the Daleks (2007), Voyage of the Damned (2007), Partners in Crime (2008), Planet of the Dead (2009)
Career highlights
James's first directing work came with The Clothes Show in the late 1990s, after which he moved into drama on series such as Doctors (2000-01), Mile High (2003), Casualty (2004), Holby City (2002-05), Rocket Man (2005), Bonekickers (2008), Monty Python in Aberystwyth (2009), Silent Witness (2011), United (2011), Downton Abbey (2011), Hunted (2012), Gracepoint (2014, which he also produced), Broadchurch (2013-15, also a producer) and Code of a Killer (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.

Brian Minchin (script editor) Born Aug 5 1978
Doctor Who credits
Script edited: Torchwood: Everything Changes (2006), Torchwood: Day One (2006), Torchwood: Ghost Machine (2006), Torchwood: Cyberwoman (2006), Torchwood: Small Worlds (2006), Torchwood: Countrycide (2006), Torchwood: They Keep Killing Suzie (2006), Torchwood: Random Shoes (2006), Torchwood: Out of Time (2006), Torchwood: Combat (2006), Torchwood: Captain Jack Harkness (2007), Torchwood: End of Days (2007), Time Crash (2007), Voyage of the Damned (2007), Torchwood: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2008), Torchwood: Sleeper (2008), Torchwood: To the Last Man (2008), Torchwood: Meat (2008), Torchwood: Adam (2008), Torchwood: Reset (2008), Torchwood: From Out of the Rain (2008), Torchwood: Exit Wounds (2008), The Fires of Pompeii (2008), Turn Left (2008), The Beast Below (2010), Victory of the Daleks (2010), The Vampires of Venice (2010), Amy's Choice (2010), Vincent and the Doctor (2010)
Assistant producer: Torchwood: Children of Earth (Days 1 to 5) (2009)
Produced: The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Nightmare Man, The Sarah Jane Adventures: 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 (all 2010), Torchwood: Miracle Day (The New World, Dead of Night, Escape to LA, The Categories of Life, The Middle Men, End of the Road, The Gathering - all as UK Unit Producer) (all 2011), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Sky, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Curse of Clyde Langer, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Man Who Never Was (all 2011)
Executive producer: The Time of the Doctor (2013), Deep Breath (2014), Into the Dalek (2014), Robot of Sherwood (2014), Time Heist (2014), Listen (2014), The Caretaker (2014), Kill the Moon (2014), Mummy on the Orient Express (2014), Flatline (2014), In the Forest of the Night (2014), Dark Water' Death in Heaven (2014), Last Christmas (2014), [announced for all of 2015 series]
Career highlights
Brian also script edited Stick or Twist (2006), and produced Belonging (2009), Dirk Gently (2012) and Wizards vs Aliens (2012-13).
Facts
Brian, who wrote a Doctor Who novel called The Forgotten Army in 2010, is married to Doctor Who script editor Lindsey Alford.

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