Wednesday, June 03, 2015

The Fires of Pompeii

Caecilius (Peter Capaldi) eyes up
his future chariot
One episode (The Fires of Pompeii)
First broadcast Apr 12 2008
Average audience for story: 9.04m

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.

Phil Davis (Lucius) Born Jul 30 1953
Career highlights
Debuted as an uncredited "homosexual lover" in The Canterbury Tales (1972), then appeared in Death or Glory Boy (1974), Mr Quilp (1975), The Professionals (1978), People Like Us (1978), Sexton Blake and the Demon God (1978), Quadrophenia (1979), Oliver Twist (1982), Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982), Studio (1983), The Bounty (1984), The Doctor and the Devils (1985), Robin of Sherwood (1984/86), Truckers (1987), Howling V: The Rebirth (1989), Alien 3 (1992), Blue Ice (1992), In the Name of the Father (1993), Secrets and Lies (1996), Photographing Fairies (1997), North Square (2000), White Teeth (2002), The Alan Clark Diaries (2004), Vera Drake (2004, for which he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA), Casanova (2005), Bleak House (2005), Notes on a Scandal (2006), Cold Blood (2007), Ashes to Ashes (2008), The Curse of Steptoe (2008), Desperate Romantics (2009), Identity (2010), Sherlock (2010), Brighton Rock (2010), Merlin (2011), Being Human (2013), Mr Holmes (2015) and Poldark (2015). Regular roles include Adrenalin in Moving Story (1994-95), Maloney in Rose and Maloney (2002-05), DS Ray Miles in Whitechapel (2009-13) and Micky Joy in Silk (2012-14). Phil has also been active behind the cameras, having written and directed Skulduggery in 1989, and directed I.D (1995), an episode of the series Moving Story (1995), Prime Suspect 5 (1996) and Hold Back the Night (1999).
Facts
Phil's wife is fellow actor Eve Matheson. In 1980 Phil, along with fellow Quadrophenia star Gary Shail, released a single on Elton John's record label called Blown It, produced by Steve Harley. It was a double A-side, with Phil's version of the song on one side, and Shail's the other.

Peter Capaldi (Caecilius) Born Apr 14 1958
Doctor Who credits
Played: Caecilius in The Fires of Pompeii (2008)
Played: John Frobisher in Torchwood: Children of Earth (2009)
Played: The Doctor in The Day of the Doctor (uncredited), The Time of the Doctor, Deep Breath, Into the Dalek, Robot of Sherwood, Listen, Time Heist, The Caretaker, Kill the Moon, Mummy on the Orient Express, Flatline, In the Forest of the Night, Dark Water/ Death in Heaven, Last Christmas, The Doctor's Meditation, The Magician's Apprentice/ The Witch's Familiar, Under the Lake/ Before the Flood, The Girl Who Died, The Woman Who Lived, The Zygon Invasion/ The Zygon Inversion, Sleep No More, Face the Raven, Heaven Sent/ Hell Bent, The Husbands of River Song, Friend from the Future, Class: For Tonight We Might Die, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, The Pilot, Smile, Thin Ice, Knock Knock, Oxygen, Extremis, The Pyramid at the End of the World, The Lie of the Land, Empress of Mars, The Eaters of Light, World Enough and Time/ The Doctor Falls, Twice Upon a Time (2013-17)
Career highlights
Peter made his screen acting debut in Living Apart Together (1982), followed by Local Hero (1983), Turtle Diary (1985), Minder (1985), Travelling Man (1985), John and Yoko: A Love Story (1985), The Love Child (1988), The Lair of the White Worm (1988), Dangerous Liaisons (1989), Chain (1990), Selling Hitler (1991), The Cloning of Joanna May (1992), Soft Top Hard Shoulder (1993), Prime Suspect 3 (1993), Chandler and Co (1994), Neverwhere (1996), The Crow Road (1996), The Vicar of Dibley (1996), Bean (1997), Shooting Fish (1997), Psychos (1999), Fortysomething (2003), Sea of Souls (2004), My Family (2004), Pinochet's Last Stand (1996), Magicians (2007), Skins (2007-08), The Devil's Whore (2008), Getting On (2009-10), The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (2010), The Field of Blood (2011), Big Fat Gypsy Gangster (2011), The Hour (2012), World War Z (2013, ironically playing W.H.O Doctor!), The Fifth Estate (2013), Shetland (2014) and The Complete Walk: Titus Andronicus (2016). He also played Cardinal Richelieu in the first series of The Musketeers (2014), and Mr Curry in the films Paddington (2014) and Paddington 2 (2017), but will be better known as the foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker in 21 episodes of the comedy The Thick of It (2005-12) and its film spin-off In the Loop (2009).
Peter is also talented behind the cameras, having written the film Soft Top Hard Shoulder (which was, incidentally, directed by Stefan Schwartz, who appeared in the Doctor Who story Battlefield (1989)), as well as writing and directing the Oscar-winning short Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life (1995), which starred alternative Ninth Doctor (and later Great Intelligence) Richard E Grant, and Crispin Letts, son of 1970s Doctor Who producer Barry Letts. Peter also wrote and directed Strictly Sinatra (2001) and The Cricklewood Greats (2012), and wrote nine episodes of the series Getting On (2009-10).
Awards
1993: BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Short Film (Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life)
1993: BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor - Film (Soft Top Hard Shoulder)
1994: BAFTA Film Award for Best Short Film (Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life)
1995: Academy Award for Best Short Film, Live Action (Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life)
2009: BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Acting Performance in Film (In the Loop)
2010: BAFTA TV Award for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Role (The Thick Of It)
2010: British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actor (The Thick Of It)
2012: British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actor (The Thick Of It)
Facts
In 1973, a teenage Peter wrote to the Radio Times in tribute to the late Roger Delgado (the Master). In 1980 Peter (middle name Dougan) was the singer in a band called the Dreamboys (along with comedian Craig Ferguson and storyboard artist Temple Clark) and released an EP comprising the songs Bela Lugosi's Birthday, Outer Limits and Shall We Dance. It's a cross between punk and goth with some heavy Bowie influence. In 1997, Peter appeared in a TV commercial for Michelob beer, "playing with his model collection". Peter's wife is fellow actor Elaine Collins, who was producer on shows such as Shetland and Vera. Peter was offered an audition for the role of the Eighth Doctor in 1995 but did not take it up as he didn't think he'd get the job (Doctor 12 awaited!). Peter has reportedly declined an OBE for services to drama.

Tracey Childs (Metella) Born May 30 1963
Career highlights
Tracey debuted in Upstairs, Downstairs (1975), followed by The Snow Queen (1976), A Christmas Carol (1977), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1978), Richard's Things (1980), Sense and Sensibility (1981), Baal (1982), Jane Eyre (1983), Captain Zep - Space Detective (1984), Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV (1985), The Shell Seekers (1989), If You See God, Tell Him (1993), Hollyoaks (2003-04) and Broadchurch (2013). Tracey's recurring roles include Betty McKellar in Flesh and Blood (1980-82), Jessica in 30 episodes of Gems (1988), Lynne Howard in 38 episodes of Howards' Way (1985-90) and Linda Cosgrove in 36 episodes of Born and Bred (2002-05).
Facts
Tracey appeared (as herself?) in a 1987 TV commercial for Carefree panty shields. Between 1990-98 she was married to Howards' Way co-star Tony Anholt. Since 2001 Tracey has played on-off companion to the Seventh Doctor, Elizabeth Klein, in Big Finish's audio range.

Francesca Fowler (Evelina) Born 1985
Career highlights
Debuted in Like Father Like Son (2005), then Bad Girls (2005), Rome (2005), The Golden Hour (2005), The Fixer (2008), Doctors (2009), Forest of the Damned 2 (2011) and Schism (2015). She has also moved into production, having written and produced the shorts 28 Years Later (2011) and Pitfall (2013), among others.
Facts
Francesca is a qualified NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) master practitioner. Her father is photographer Simon Fowler, who specialises in photographing musical artists - he has shot album covers for the likes of Katie Melua, Sarah Brightman, Enya, Howard Jones, Iron Maiden and Jamie Cullum. She has two brothers - actor/ stuntman and writer Beau Fowler, and actor Max Fowler (known for The Killing and Wolf Hall). Francesca's godmother was the late TV presenter Caron Keating. Here she is on Twitter.

Francois Pandolfo (Quintus)
Career highlights
Further work includes EastEnders (1999), Baker Boys (2011), Tati's Hotel (2011) and Casualty (2015).

Phil Cornwell (Stallholder) Born Oct 5 1957
Career highlights
Phil made his screen debut in 1987's The Corner House, after which he found work in Remote Control (1991), Frank Sidebottom's Fantastic Shed Show (1992), The Glam Metal Detectives (1995), The Imitators (1996), Only Fools and Horses (1996), Stella Street (1997/2004), Big Train (1998), Gormenghast (2000), Fun at the Funeral Parlour (2001), World of Pub (2001), Murder in Mind (2002), The Bill (1994/2002), Churchill: The Hollywood Years (2004), Stupid (2005), Chromophobia (2005), Color Me Kubrick (2005), Scoop (2006), The Shadow in the North (2007), MI High (2008), The Legend of Dick and Dom (2010), Made in Dagenham (2010), Skins (2011), Cockneys vs Zombies (2012), Great Night Out (2013), Misfits (2013), The Life of Rock with Brian Pern (2014) and Not Going Out (2014). He is best known for his role as Dave Clifton in the work of Steve Coogan, namely I'm Alan Partridge (1997-2002) and the 2013 Alan Partridge film Alpha Papa. His vocal skills have been used in many productions, as both new characters and impressions of others - children's character Gilbert the Alien in Get Fresh (1986-88), Gilbert's Fridge (1988), On the Waterfront (1989) and Gilbert's Late (1990), various in Spitting Image (1986-96), Mog in Meg and Mog (2003-04), various (including Michael Caine) in Dead Ringers (2002-06), Murdoc Niccals from the animated rock band Gorillaz, Sir Lancelot in King Arthur's Disasters (2005-06), Jimmy Freebie in Phoo Action (2008) and various (including Prince Harry) in Headcases (2008). Phil has also written material for The Glam Metal Detectives, Stella Street and Churchill: The Hollywood Years.

Karen Gillan (Soothsayer) Born Nov 28 1987
Doctor Who credits
Played: Soothsayer in The Fires of Pompeii (2008)
Played: Amy Pond in The Eleventh Hour, The Beast Below, Victory of the Daleks, The Time of Angels/ Flesh and Stone, The Vampires of Venice, Amy's Choice, The Hungry Earth/ Cold Blood, Vincent and the Doctor, The Lodger, The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, A Christmas Carol, Space/ Time, 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, The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, Good As Gold, Pond Life, Asylum of the Daleks, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, A Town Called Mercy, The Power of Three, The Angels Take Manhattan (2010-12). Return appearance in The Time of the Doctor (2013).
She also provided the voice for Amy Pond in The Doctor Who Adventure Games (2010-11) and played Amy in the various Night and the Doctor shorts on the Series 6 DVD.
Career highlights
Karen debuted in Rebus (2006), then found roles in Harley Street (2008), Stacked (2008), New Town Killers (2008), The Kevin Bishop Show (2008-09), Outcast (2010), We'll Take Manhattan (2012), Not Another Happy Ending (2013), Oculus (2013), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), A Touch of Cloth (2014), Selfie (2014) and 7 Days in Hell (2015).
Facts
Karen has leant her vocal talent to TV commercials for eHarmony, Warburtons bread and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Her cousin is actress Caitlin Blackwood, who played the younger version of Amy Pond in Doctor Who. Her father is singer John Gillan. In 2008 Karen modelled at the launch party for the Dainty Doll make-up range, "created" by Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts. She can also be seen in the 2014 music video for TV on the Radio's Happy Idiot.

Sasha Behar (Spurrina) Born Sep 25 1971
Career highlights
Sasha debuted in Agatha Christie's Poirot (1994), then Bugs (1997), North Square (2000), Rescue Me (2002), The Government Inspector (2005), Lewis (2007), Incendiary (2008), The Shadow Line (2011), Strike Back (2011), Sherlock (2012), Luther (2013) and Da Vinci's Demons (2014). She is best remembered for her role as Maya Sharma in soap Coronation Street (2003-04).
Facts
Sasha's partner is the actor Jamie Glover (son of fellow Doctor Who alumni Julian Glover and Isla Blair; he also played William Russell in 2013's An Adventure in Space and Time).

Lorraine Burroughs (Thalina) Born 1981
Career highlights
Debuted in Doctors (2003), then Hex (2004), All About George (2005), Spooks: Code 9 (2008), The Shadow Line (2011), Fast Girls (2012), Ice Cream Girls (2013), Top Boy (2013) and Silent Witness (2015). She regularly played DS Winsome Jackman in DCI Banks (2010-12).
Facts
Here's her Twitter account.

Victoria Wicks (High Priestess) Born Apr 18 1959
Career highlights
After debuting in 1984's The Prisoner of Zenda, Victoria secured roles in The Houseman's Tale (1987), Gems (1988), Grange Hill (1990), Blossom (1993), Mud (1994), Delta Wave (1996), Snap (1997-99), Bernard's Watch (2001), The Mighty Boosh (2004), MI High (2007), Mistresses (2008), Skins (2007-09), Emmerdale (2009), Sherlock (2010), Wizards vs Aliens (2013), The Imitation Game (2014) and High-Rise (2015). She may be best remembered for playing Sally Smedley in the journalism sitcom Drop the Dead Donkey (1990-98).
Facts
Victoria's grandfather was the writer H E Bates (The Darling Buds of May, Uncle Silas); her uncle is Richard Bates, who was producer on the TV adaptations of The Darling Buds of May.

Gerard Bell (Major domo)
Career highlights
Other credits include By the Sword Divided (1983), Krapp's Last Tape (2002), Dead Gorgeous (2002), Stoned (2005) and The Last Ten (2011).
Facts
Gerard has also worked as a dancer and a clown.

CREW

James Moran (writer) Born Mar 5 1972
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: Torchwood: Sleeper (2008), The Fires of Pompeii (2008), Torchwood: Children of Earth (Day 3) (2009)
Career highlights
James's writing career began with the short film Cheap Rate Gravity in 2004, followed by Severance (2006), Spooks: Code 9 (2008), Crusoe (2008), Spooks (2008), Primeval (2009), Tower Block (2012), Cockneys vs Zombies (2012) and The Sparticle Mystery (2015). He also acted in, edited, wrote, produced and directed the series of public service announcements that play at the start of cinema films to tell people to... Turn Your Bloody Phone Off (2012-13).
Facts
It was reported in 2009 that a 17-year-old student from Norfolk had been murdered in 2006 in a re-enactment of a scene from James's screenplay Severance. Simon Everitt was tied to a tree before being set on fire. James is married to the opera singer Jodie Kearns, who provided vocals for some of the incidental music for The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor (2010). James has his own blog and Twitter.

Colin Teague (director) 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.

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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