Friday, June 05, 2015

Planet of the Ood

Naughty Ood behind bars
One episode (Planet of the Ood)
First broadcast Apr 19 2008
Average audience for story: 7.50m

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).

Catherine Tate (Donna Noble) Born May 12 1968
Doctor Who credits
Played: Donna Noble in Doomsday (2006, as The Bride), The Runaway Bride (2006), Partners in Crime (2008), The Fires of Pompeii (2008), Planet of the Ood (2008), The Sontaran Stratagem/ The Poison Sky (2008), The Doctor's Daughter (2008), The Unicorn and the Wasp (2008), Silence in the Library/ Forest of the Dead (2008), Midnight (2008), Turn Left (2008), The Stolen Earth/ Journey's End (2008), The End of Time (2009-10)
Career highlights
Catherine's CV begins with Surgical Spirit in 1991, followed by Men Behaving Badly (1994), Barking (1998), London's Burning (1998), That Peter Kay Thing (2000), Harry Hill (2000), Attention Scum (2001), Big Train (1998-2002), Wild West (2002-04), Twisted Tales (2005), Bleak House (2005), Starter for 10 (2006), Scenes of a Sexual Nature (2006), Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution (2007), Gulliver's Travels (2010), Monte Carlo (2011), Psychobitches (2012), Big School (2013-14) and Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey? (2014). She is most remembered for her own sketch show, The Catherine Tate Show, which ran between 2004-9, and more recently for playing Nellie Bertram in the US version of The Office (2011-13). She has also written comedy material for herself and for the various sketch shows she has appeared in, and directed her own Little Cracker in 2010 for Sky TV.
Facts
Catherine's sketch show was nominated for a BAFTA five times between 2005-11 and has won Best Comedy TV Actress at the British Comedy Awards twice (as well as being nominated a further three times). Her sketch show has also been nominated for an International Emmy Award. As a child Catherine suffered from an obsessive compulsive disorder.

Tim McInnerny (Mr Halpen) Born Sep 18 1956
Career highlights
Tim debuted in the 1983 short Dead on Time, followed by Wetherby (1985), Edge of Darkness (1985), A Very British Coup (1988), Erik the Viking (1989), Richard III (1995), 101 Dalmatians (1996), Notting Hill (1999), Rogue Trader (1999), 102 Dalmatians (2002), Hot Dog (2002), Casanova (2005), The Line of Beauty (2006), Severance (2006), Spooks (2004/06), Freezing (2008), The Devil's Whore (2008), Black Death (2010), Twenty Twelve (2011), The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff (2012), New Tricks (2011-12), Automata (2014), Outlander (2014-15) and Spooks: The Greater Good (2015). He is, of course, best known for his association with the Blackadder sitcom franchise, playing Percy in The Black Adder (1983), Lord Percy in Black-Adder II (1986), Lord Topper in Black Adder the Third (1987), Captain Darling in Blackadder Goes Forth (1989) and various Darlings in Blackadder Back & Forth (1999).
Facts
Tim has also made appearances in music videos, including Kate Bush's This Woman's Work (1989) and Uptown Girl by Westlife (2000). His sister is actress Lizzy McInnerny.

Ayesha Dharker (Solana Mercurio) Born Mar 16 1978
Career highlights
Born in India, Ayesha debuted in Manika, une vie plus tard in 1989, followed by City of Joy (1992), The Terrorist (1998), The Mystic Masseur (2001), Star wars: Attack of the Clones (2002), Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee (2005), Outsourced (2006), Mad Sad and Bad (2009), Waterloo Road (2015) and Indian Summers (2015). Regular roles include Tara Mandal in Coronation Street (2008-09) and Kamini Sharma in The Indian Doctor (2010-13).
Facts
Ayesha's mother is Imtiaz Dharker, a Pakistani-British poet, artist and filmmaker, while her father is journalist Anil Dharker. She was also a member of the original cast of the musical Bombay Dreams, and can be heard on the official soundtrack.

Paul Kasey (Ood Sigma) 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.

Adrian Rawlins (Dr Ryder) Born Mar 27 1958
Career highlights
Adrian made his screen debut in Palm Beach (1980), then Revolution (1985, Kit Curran (1986), Chance in a Million (1986), Neighbours (1988), The Ginger Tree (1989), The Woman in Black (1989), Early Travellers in North America (1992), Soldier Soldier (1993), She's Out (1995), Insiders (1997), Sunburn (2000), The Stretford Wives (2002), Spooks (2004), I Shouldn't Be Alive (2006), Clapham Junction (2007), Hunter (2009), Misfits (2010), Intruders (2011), The Raven (2012), Prisoners' Wives (2012-13), Glue (2014) and The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (2014). Adrian will perhaps be best recognised as James Potter, Harry's father, in the Harry Potter film franchise (2001-11).
Facts
In 1989 Adrian played the lead character of Arthur in a memorable TV adaptation of The Woman in Black. Twelve years later he was cast as the father of Harry Potter, played by Daniel Radcliffe. Eleven years after that Daniel Radcliffe was cast in a remake of The Woman in Black, playing the same character Adrian had played 23 years previously (and as the icing on the cake, Adrian had a cameo in The Woman in Black 2).

Roger Griffiths (Commander Kess)
Career highlights
Debuted in London's Burning (1986), followed by Hard Cases (1989), Birds of a Feather (1990), Desmond's (1990-91), Finney (1994), Hard Men (1996), Captain Butler (1997), Tube Tales (1999), Comin' Atcha! (1999-2000, which he also wrote material for), The Bill (1992/99), Lenny Henry In Pieces (2000), French and Saunders (2004), Batman Begins (2005), Hustle (2009), Vexed (2010-12) and Hard Time Bus (2015). Regular roles include Everton in the sitcom Chef! (1993-96), Gabriel Drummond in soap Family Affairs (2002-03), DI Riddick in soap EastEnders (2004-05) and Harvey Tyson in Casualty (2006-07).
Facts
Roger is also a qualified professional chef and was once co-owner of Quick Thyme, which manufactured Caribbean food.

Paul Clayton (Mr Bartle) Born Mar 8 1957
Doctor Who credits
Played: Mergrass (voice) in The Infinite Quest (2007)
Played: Mr Bartle in Planet of the Ood (2008)
Career highlights
Paul's TV career began as a presenter on Mersey Pirate (1979), a children's show set aboard the Mersey ferries; he was also a presenter on Jigsaw (1982-83). He entered acting with Gossip from the Forest (1979), then Brideshead Revisited (1981), Forever Green (1989), Drop the Dead Donkey (1996), One Foot in the Grave (2000), Ali G Indahouse (2002), The Amazing Mrs Pritchard (2006), He Kills Coppers (2008), Affinity (2008), The Queen (2009), Law and Order UK (2011), The Secret of Crickley Hall (2012) and Wolf Hall (2015). He has had several recurring roles, including Ian Chapman in Peep Show (2007-10), Graham in Him and Her (2012-13) and Chief Superintendant Marlow in Hollyoaks (2013-14).
Facts
Here he is on Twitter; here's his blog too.

Tariq Jordan (Rep)
Career highlights
Tariq debuted in Holby City (2002), then Waking the Dead (2003), The Bill (2008), Spooks (2008), Shameless (2010) and Cleanskin (2012). He played Teddy in nine episodes of Law and Order UK (2009-11).
Facts
Tariq's Twitter feed.

Silas Carson (Voice of the Ood) Born 1965
Doctor Who credits
Played: Alien voices in The End of the World (2005)
Played: Voice of the Ood in The Impossible Planet/ The Satan Pit (2006), Planet of the Ood (2008), The End of Time (2009-10, uncredited), Pond Life (2012)
Played: Voice of Kudlak in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Warriors of Kudlak (2007)
Career highlights
Silas made his earliest appearance in Horse Opera (1993), followed by Cold Lazarus (1996), Fever Pitch (1997), Metrosexuality (1999), Hidalgo (2004), The Grid (2004), Chromophobia (2005), William and Mary (2005), Spooks (2005), The Bill (1999/2006-07), The IT Crowd (2007), Outnumbered (2007), Waterloo Road (2007-08), Bonekickers (2008), MI High (2010), How Not to Live Your Life (2010), Holby City (2011), Strike Back (2011), Doctors (2013), Dying of the Light (2014), The Casual Vacancy (2015) and Tut (2015). He also appeared as several Star Wars characters - Nute Gunray and Ki-Adi-Mundi in The Phantom Menace (1999), Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005) and Lott Dod in The Phantom Menace. He also appeared in the flesh as ill-fated pilot Antidar Williams in The Phantom Menace.

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Keith Temple (writer)
Career highlights
Keith started out as an assistant script editor on Heartbeat in 1994, but soon moved into scriptwriting, on series such as Dangerfield (1995), Casualty (1994-96), Family Affairs (1997-98), EastEnders (1996-2001), Byker Grove (2004-06), Angel Cake (2006), Doc Martin (2007) and River City (2009).
Facts
Here's Keith on Twitter.

Graeme Harper (director) 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.

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

Lindsey Alford (script editor)
Doctor Who credits
Script edited: Daleks in Manhattan/ Evolution of the Daleks, Human Nature/ The Family of Blood, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Revenge of the Slitheen, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Eye of the Gorgon, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Warriors of Kudlak, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Lost Boy, Partners in Crime, Planet of the Ood, The Doctor's Daughter, The Unicorn and the Wasp, The Stolen Earth/ Journey's End, Torchwood: Adrift, The Next Doctor, Planet of the Dead, The Eleventh Hour, The Time of Angels/ Flesh and Stone, The Hungry Earth/ Cold Blood, The Lodger, The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, A Christmas Carol, The Impossible Astronaut/ Day of the Moon, The Curse of the Black Spot, The Doctor's Wife, The Rebel Flesh/ The Almost People, A Good Man Goes to War, Let's Kill Hitler, Night Terrors, The Girl Who Waited, The God Complex, Closing Time, The Wedding of River Song (2007-11; credited as script executive from A Christmas Carol onwards)
Lindsey also script edited Doctor Who - The Adventure Games (2010)
Career highlights
Lindsey's script editing career has been largely confined to the Doctor Who universe, although she did work on Casualty in 1992, 2001 and between 2004-06.
Facts
Lindsey is married to Brian Minchin, who became an executive producer on Doctor Who in 2013.

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