Friday, June 12, 2015

The Unicorn and the Wasp

The day Agatha Christie (Fenella Woolgar)
went AWOL
One episode (The Unicorn and the Wasp)
First broadcast May 17 2008
Average audience for story: 8.41m

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.

Fenella Woolgar (Agatha Christie) Born Aug 4 1969
Career highlights
Ironically, Fenella debuted in Agatha Christie's Poirot (2000), then People Like Us (2001), The Way We Live Now (2001), Mr Charity (2001), Bright Young Things (2003), Stage Beauty (2004), He Knew He was Right (2004), Vera Drake (2004), Scoop (2006), Jekyll (2007), St Trinian's (2007), Agatha Christie's Poirot (2000/10), Case Histories (2011), Spies of Warsaw (2013), Mr Turner (2014), Home Fires (2015) and War and Peace (2016).

Felicity Kendal (Lady Eddison) Born Sep 25 1946
Career highlights
Felicity debuted in Shakespeare-Wallah (1965), then appeared in Boy Meets Girl (1967), Man in a Suitcase (1968), The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1968-69), The Woodlanders (1970), Jason King (1972), Dolly (1973), Valentino (1977), Wings of Song (1978), The Camomile Lawn (1992), Honey for Tea (1994), Parting Shots (1998) and The Secret Show (2007). She is best known for her leading roles in series including Barbara Good in The Good Life (1975-78), Gemma in Solo (1981-82), Maxine in The Mistress (1985-87) and Rosemary Boxer in Rosemary and Thyme (2003-06).
Facts
Felicity's first husband was actor Drewe Henley, while her second was Michael Rudman - she famously had an affair with playwright Tom Stoppard throughout the 1990s, but returned to Rudman afterwards. Her sister was actress Jennifer Kendal, who is married to Indian actor Shashi Kapoor. She was awarded a CBE in 1995 for services to drama. In 2010 Felicity was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, partnered with Vincent Simone and coming eighth. Felicity was brought up in India, and speaks fluent Hindi. She was voted Rear of the Year in 1981.

Christopher Benjamin (Colonel Hugh Curbishley) Born Dec 27 1934
Doctor Who credits
Played: Sir Keith Gold in Inferno (1970)
Played: Henry Gordon Jago in The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1977)
Played: Colonel Hugh Curbishley in The Unicorn and the Wasp (2008)
Career highlights
Prolific character actor Christopher first appeared in Suspense (1962), and then popped up in The Man in Room 17 (1965), Orlando (1966), The Forsyte Saga (1967), Late Night Horror (1968), Ring of Bright Water (1969), Ace of Wands (1970), Jason King (1971), The Strauss Family (1972), Baffled! (1973), Father Brown (1974), Poldark (1975-76, as Sir Hugh Bodrugan), When the Boat Comes In (1976), Rooms (1977), Dick Turpin (1979-80, as Sir John Glutton), Shoestring (1980), Chintz (1981), Holding the Fort (1980/82, as Colonel Aubrey Sanderson), It Takes a Worried Man (1981/83, as the Old Man), Minder (1984), Dempsey and Makepeace (1986), The Diary of Anne Frank (1987), Young Charlie Chaplin (1989), Anything More Would Be Greedy (1989), Campion (1990), Maigret (1992), The Tomorrow People (1994), Hard Times (1994), Pride and Prejudice (1995), Treasure Island (1999), Judge John Deed (2003/06, as Steve Gaydon), Angel (2007), The Merry Wives of Windsor (2011) and The Legend of Tarzan (2016).
Facts
Christopher reprised the role of Jago in 2009 for Big Finish audios and has been playing him alongside Trevor Baxter as Litefoot ever since.

Tom Goodman-Hill (Rev Arnold Golightly) Born 1968
Career highlights
Tom debuted in Licence to Live (1994), then No Bananas (1996), Goodnight Sweetheart (1999), Jonathan Creek (1999), Barbara (2001), The Lost World (2001), Spooks (2002), The Office (2002), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), The Worst Week of My Life (2004), Fat Slags (2004), Broken News (2005), Beethoven (2005), Perfect Day (2005-06), Green Wing (2006), After You've Gone (2007), Never Better (2008), The Devil's Whore (2008), Moses Jones (2009), Glorious 39 (2009), Candy Cabs (2011), Spy (2011), The Hollow Crown (2012), Dead Boss (2012), The Imitation Game (2014), Humans (2015) and Everest (2015). Regular roles include PC in Ideal (2005-11), Mr Grove in Mr Selfridge (2013-15) and voicing Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter video games (2004-05).
Facts
Tom, who became a qualified teacher before entering the acting profession, is in a relationship with actress Jessica Raine (who appeared in Doctor Who story Hide (2013) and also played Verity Lambert in An Adventure in Space and Time (2013)). Here he is on Twitter.

Felicity Jones (Robina Redmond) Born Oct 17 1983
Career highlights
Felicity made her screen debut at the age of 13 in The Treasure Seekers (1996), after which she landed the recurring roles of Ethel Hallow in The Worst Witch (1998-99) and Weirdsister College (2001-02). Subsequent work includes Servants (2003), Northanger Abbey (2007), Meadowlands (2007), Brideshead Revisited (2008), SoulBoy (2010), Albatross (2011), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), The Theory of Everything (2014) and Star Wars: Rogue One (2016). Felicity also played the role of Emma Grundy in BBC Radio 4 soap The Archers between 1999-2010.
Facts
In 2012 Felicity appeared in print advertisements for Dolce and Gabbana's Kohl Collection for eyes and nails. In 2015 she was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA for her part in The Theory of Everything (she lost to Julianne Moore on all three counts). Felicity's uncle is actor Michael Hadley.

Adam Rayner (Roger Curbishley) Born Aug 28 1977
Career highlights
Adam's debut came in At Home with the Braithwaites (2003), then Making Waves (2004), Vincent (2005), The Line of Beauty (2006), Sensitive Skin (2005/07), Mistresses (2008-10), Dragon Age: Redemption (2011), Hunted (2012), Miranda (2010/13), The Saint (2013), The Whale (2013) and Tracers (2015). He also played Dr Steve Shaw in Hawthorne (2010-11) and Barry Al-Fayeed in Tyrant (2014-15).
Facts
Adam's partner is actress Lucy Brown (perhaps best known for her role as Jenny Lewis in Primeval).

David Quilter (Greeves) Born Jun 11 1942
Career highlights
Debuted in The Wars of the Roses (1965), followed by Bat Out of Hell (1966), The Avengers (1968), Menace (1970), Clochemerle (1972), Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973), Secret Army (1979), Buccaneer (1980), Blake's 7 (1981), Union Castle (1982), Morgan's Boy (1984), Remington Steele (1985), White Mischief (1987), Bomber Harris (1989), When the Whales Came (1989), Brass (1990), Underbelly (1992), Spender (1993), Have Your Cake and Eat It (1997), Murder in Mind (2001), Lilies (2007) and Utopia (2014). Regular roles include PC Tanner in Softly Softly (1966-68), Flight Lieutenant Grant in Get Some In! (1975-77) and Mr Arnold in Grange Hill (1994-2000).
Facts
David's grandfather Lawrence Beesley was one of the lucky men who survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.
In 2013 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with David here.

Daniel King (Davenport) Born Apr 26 1984
Career highlights
Other work includes The Sun Seekers (2009) and Dust in the Wind (2011).
Facts
Here's Daniel, who's also an experienced puppeteer, on Twitter.

Ian Barritt (Professor Peach) Born 1944
Career highlights
Ian debuted in A Family at War (1970), then Elizabeth R (1971), The Tomorrow People (1977), Blake's 7 (1980), Flesh and Blood (1980), The Gentle Touch (1982), Big Deal (1985), The Castle of Adventure (1990), Only Fools and Horses (1991), Between the Lines (1992), The Buddha of Suburbia (1993), The Day Today (1994), ChuckleVision (1998), The Brides in the Bath (2003), Life on Mars (2006), Bear Behaving Badly (2007), Upstairs Downstairs (2010/12) and Wolf Hall (2015).
Facts
Here he is on Twitter.

Leena Dhingra (Miss Chandrakala)
Career highlights
Leena's CV includes Moving Story (1994), London Bridge (1995), East is East (1995), The Chippendales Murder (2000), Silent Witness (2003), Prime Suspect 6 (2003), Grease Monkeys (2004), Coronation Street (2001/04), EastEnders (2007), Place of Execution (2008), Holby City (2009) and Citizen Khan (2014).

Charlotte Eaton (Miss Hart)
Career highlights
Debuted in Powers (1994), then Little Britain (2004), Love Soup (2005), Bad Girls (2006), Worm (2010), Gambit (2012) and Benidorm (2015).

CREW

Gareth Roberts (writer) Born Jun 5 1968
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: Attack of the Graske (2005), all 13 TARDISodes (2006), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Invasion of the Bane (2007), The Shakespeare Code (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Revenge of the Slitheen (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? (2007), The Unicorn and the Wasp (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Secrets of the Stars (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith (2008), Planet of the Dead (2009), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith (2009), The Lodger (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Empty Planet (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith (2010), Closing Time (2011), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Man Who Never Was (2011), The Caretaker (2014)
Career highlights
Gareth has always been involved in Doctor Who, writing books for the Virgin novel range (including The Highest Science (1993), The Romance of Crime (1995), The English Way of Death (1996) and The Well-Mannered War (1997)) and more recently the BBC (including Only Human (2005) and I Am a Dalek (2006)). He has also written for Doctor Who Magazine, Big Finish and the BBC Doctor Who DVD range. Outside of Doctor Who, Gareth has written for soaps such as Emmerdale (1998-99), Brookside (1999-2003), Springhill (1996) and Coronation Street (1997-98), as well as Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (2001), Swiss Toni (2003), Swinging (2005), Wizards vs Aliens (2012-13) and Jekyll & Hyde (2015).
Facts
Gareth wrote the long-awaited novelisation of Shada in 2012, and was initially to pen one for City of Death too, but pulled out in 2014, to be replaced by James Goss. Here's Gareth 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
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)
First assistant director: Love & Monsters (2006), Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday (2006)
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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