Sunday, August 09, 2015

Amy's Choice

The aliens with the funny tongues
One episode (Amy's Choice)
First broadcast May 15 2010
Average audience for story: 7.55m + 1.37m iPlayer = 8.92m

CAST

Matt Smith (The Doctor) Born Oct 28 1982
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Doctor 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, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor, 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, The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, Asylum of the Daleks, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, A Town Called Mercy, The Power of Three, The Angels Take Manhattan, The Snowmen, The Bells of Saint John, The Rings of Akhaten, Cold War, Hide, Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS, The Crimson Horror, Nightmare in Silver, The Name of the Doctor, The Day of the Doctor, The Time of the Doctor (2010-13). Return appearance in Deep Breath (2014)
Matt also played the Doctor in Doctor Who: The Adventure Games (2010-11), various video games (2010-12), Space/ Time (2011), Night and the Doctor (2011), Good as Gold (2012), Pond Life (2012), An Adventure in Space and Time (2013) and various other cameo appearances and DVD extras between 2010-13.
Career highlights
Matt made his debut playing Jim Taylor opposite Billie Piper in The Ruby in the Smoke (2006), a role he reprised for 2007's The Shadow in the North. Other work includes Party Animals (2007), Secret Diary of a Call Girl (2007, again with Billie Piper), The Street (2007), In Bruges (2008, deleted scene), Moses Jones (2009), Womb (2010), Christopher and His Kind (2011), Bert and Dickie (2012), Lost River (2014), Terminator Genisys (2015), Patient Zero (2015) and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016). He also directed an episode of Playhouse Presents called Cargese in 2013.
Facts
Matt was nominated for a BAFTA in 2011 for Best Actor for Doctor Who (he lost to Daniel Rigby, but was the first to be BAFTA-nominated for playing the Doctor). Matt was discovered by acting agent Wendy Padbury (who played companion Zoe in Doctor Who 1968-69)). In May 2012 Matt carried the Olympic Torch through Cardiff, an honour the Tenth Doctor has in the TV episode Fear Her (2006). Matt's sister Laura Jayne was a dancer in the music video for Eric Prydz's 2004 song Call On Me.

Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) 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 eHarmonyWarburtons 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.

Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams) Born Jun 17 1982
Doctor Who credits
Played: Rory Williams in The Eleventh Hour, The Vampires of Venice, Amy's Choice, The Hungry Earth/ Cold Blood, 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, Pond Life, Asylum of the Daleks, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, A Town Called Mercy, The Power of Three, The Angels Take Manhattan (2010-12)
He also provided the voice for Rory Williams in The Doctor Who Adventure Games (2011) and played Rory in the various Night and the Doctor shorts on the Series 6 DVD.
Career highlights
Arthur made his screen debut in He Kills Coppers (2008), followed by Little Dorrit (2008), Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010), Robin Hood (2010), Pelican Blood (2010), The Paradise (2012), The White Queen (2013) and Legends of Tomorrow (2016). He also played Reverend Paul Coates in Broadchurch (2013-15).
Facts
Arthur's mother Ellie is also an actress, as well as a puppeteer, and was the voice behind Why Bird in children's series Playdays in the late 1980s (here she is on Twitter). His father Nigel is a member of Ricky Cool and the In Crowd and has in the past played keyboards and performed backing vocals for the likes of Duane Eddy, Edwin Starr, the Fine Young Cannibals and Runy Turner. Arthur is also a singer and songwriter and has written scores for stage shows such as Artefacts (2007) and The Frontline (2008); in 2009 he co-wrote a musical with Che Walker called Been So Long, and in 2013 The Lightning Child (in October 2012 Arthur lost all the music for the play's score in a house burglary and had to start from scratch). He was also a member of the band Edmund in his teenage years (named after the CS Lewis character Edmund Pevensie). Arthur, who collects taxidermy, is also on Twitter.

Toby Jones (Dream Lord) Born Sep 7 1966
Career highlights
Tony made his credited debut in Orlando (1992), then Naked (1993), Cadfael (1994), Les Miserables (1998), Cousin Bette (1998), Aristocrats (1999), Midsomer Murders (1999-2000), Victoria and Albert (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002, as the voice of Dobby the House Elf), Finding Neverland (2004), Mrs Henderson Presents (2005), Infamous (2006), The Mist (2007), St Trinian's (2007), Frost/ Nixon (2008), St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold (2009), The Rite (2011), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), The Hunger Games (2012), Titanic (2012), Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), Berberian Sound Studio (2012), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Muppets Most Wanted (2014), Detectorists (2014), Agent Carter (2015), Wayward Pines (2015), Dad's Army (2016) and Anthropoid (2016). He also voiced Dobby the House Elf in two Harry Potter films (2002 & 2010).
Facts
Toby - who is the son of veteran actor Freddie Jones - can be seen in the music video for Gomez's Whippin' Piccadilly (1998). For his portrayal of Alfred Hitchcock in the TV film The Girl (2012), he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA, but didn't win any of them. He was also nominated for a BAFTA for Marvellous (2014). His brother is director Rupert Jones. Toby went to school with all four members of the band Radiohead, as well as fellow actor Tom Hollander.

Nick Hobbs (Mr Nainby)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Technician in The Ambassadors of Death (1970, uncredited)
Played: Daffodil man in Terror of the Autons (1971, uncredited)
Played: Auton in Terror of the Autons (1971, uncredited)
Played: American aide in The Mind of Evil (1971, uncredited)
Played: Driver in The Claws of Axos (1971, uncredited)
Played: UNIT soldier in Day of the Daleks (1972, uncredited)
Played: Aggedor in The Curse of Peladon (1972), The Monster of Peladon (1974)
Played: Guard in The Time Monster (1972, uncredited)
Played: Wirrn operator in The Ark in Space (1975)
Played: Mr Nainby in Amy's Choice (2010)
Career highlights
Prolific stuntman and bit-part actor Nick's further work includes The Guardians (1971), The Edwardians (1972), Space: 1999 (1977), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Krull (1983), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Willow (1988), Batman (1989), Lovejoy (1991), The Darling Buds of May (1992), Braveheart (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Billy Elliott (2000), Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001), 24 Hour Party People (2002), Closer (2004), Little Britain (2004), The Worst Week of My Life (2004-05), The Last Enemy (2008), Ashes to Ashes (2008), Valkyrie (2008), Wild Target (2009), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Silent Witness (2012), Jack the Giant Slayer (2013), Thor: The Dark World (2013) and Off Their Rockers (2014).

Audrey Ardington (Mrs Poggit) Born 1937
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Abbess in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Eye of the Gorgon (2007)
Played: Mrs Poggit in Amy's Choice (2010)
Career highlights
Audrey's other work includes The Girl with Brains in Her Feet (1997), Doctors (2001) and Finding Richard (2014).

Joan Linder (Mrs Hamill)
Career highlights
Joan's earliest screen credit is The Bill (1986), then Happy Feet (1991), Nelson's Column (1995), My Hero (2000), Lee Evans: So What Now? (2001), According to Bex (2005), Little Britain (2004-05), Psychoville (2011), Derek (2012), Pompidou (2015) and Vicious (2015).

CREW

Simon Nye (writer) Born Jul 29 1958
Career highlights
Simon is one of the UK's foremost television writers who came to prominence for creating the popular sitcom Men Behaving Badly (1992-98), which spawned its own American version 1996-97. Other writing work includes Frank Stubbs (1993), My Wonderful Life (1996, which he also produced), Is It Legal? (1995-98), The Last Salute (1998-99), How Do You Want Me? (1998-99), Beast (2000-01), The Savages (2001, which he also produced), Pollyanna (2003), Hardware (2003-04), Carrie and Barry (2004-05), My Family and Other Animals (2005), Reggie Perrin (2009-10), Just William (2010), In with the Flynns (2012), Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This (2014) and Down Dog (2014). He also wrote a number of pantomimes written for television between 1998-2002.
Facts
He has been nominated for a BAFTA three times - for Men Behaving Badly (1996 and 1998) and Hardware. Simon started his career as a translator, publishing translations of books on Richard Wagner, Henri Matisse and Georges Braque. He continues to adapt translations, including Moliere's Don Juan and Dario Fo's Accidental Death of an Anarchist.

Catherine Morshead (director)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Amy's Choice (2010), The Lodger (2010)
Career highlights
Catherine's earliest directing credit was on Science Fiction (1990), followed by Emmerdale Farm (1990), Haggard (1992), Heartbeat (1993-94), Dangerfield (1995), Playing the Field (1998), A Christmas Carol (2000), Cutting It (2002-04), Shameless (2006), Viva Blackpool (2006), Mutual Friends (2008), Ashes to Ashes (2008-09), Silk (2011), The Hour (2012), Downton Abbey (2013-14) and Fungus the Bogeyman (2015).

Tracie Simpson (producer)
Doctor Who credits
Production manager: 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, New Earth, School Reunion, Rise of the Cybermen/ The Age of Steel, The Impossible Planet/ The Satan Pit, Love & Monsters, Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday, The Runaway Bride, Gridlock, The Lazarus Experiment, Human Nature/ The Family of Blood, The Sound of Drums/ Last of the Time Lords, Voyage of the Damned, Partners in Crime, The Fires of Pompeii, Turn Left (2005-08)
Produced: Planet of the Dead (2009), The End of Time (2009), The Eleventh Hour (2010), The Time of Angels/ Flesh and Stone (2010), Vampires of Venice (2010), Amy's Choice (2010), Vincent and the Doctor (2010), The Lodger (2010), Deep Breath (2014), Kill the Moon (2014), Mummy on the Orient Express (2014)
Career highlights
Tracie has also acted as production coordinator on Tiger Bay (1997), Jack of Hearts (1999) and Care (2000), and been a producer on The Bench (2001), Baker Boys (2011) and Casualty (2011-13).
Facts
It was Tracie's red-varnished hand seen picking up the Master's ring from the flames at the end of Last of the Time Lords (2007). She also made an uncredited cameo as a horrified party guest in 2007's The Lazarus Experiment.

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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