Sunday, August 02, 2015

The Beast Below

Are there no dentists on Starship UK?
One episode (The Beast Below)
First broadcast Apr 10 2010
Average audience for story: 8.42m + 1.35m iPlayer = 9.77m

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.

Sophie Okonedo (Liz Ten) Born Aug 11 1968
Doctor Who credits
Played: Alison Cheney (voice) in Scream of the Shalka (2003)
Played: Liz Ten in The Beast Below (2010), The Pandorica Opens (2010)
Career highlights
Sophie debuted in the short Miss Queencake (1991), then Spatz (1991), Young Soul Rebels (1991), The Governor (1995), Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995), The Jackal (1997), This Year's Love (1999), Peaches (2000), Clocking Off (2002), Dirty Pretty Things (2002), Spooks (2003), Hotel Rwanda (2004), Aeon Flux (2005), Alex Rider: Stormbreaker (2006), Martian Child (2007), Oliver Twist (2007), Criminal Justice (2009), Mrs Mandela (2010), The Slap (2011), Sinbad (2012), After Earth (2013), War Book (2014) and The Hollow Crown (2016).
Facts
Sophie was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Hotel Rwanda. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Tsunami: The Aftermath (2006) and a BAFTA for both Criminal Justice and Mrs Mandela. She won a Tony Award in 2014 for her Broadway debut in A Raisin in the Sun. She was awarded an OBE in 2010.

Terrence Hardiman (Hawthorne) Born Apr 6 1937
Career highlights
Debuted in Traveller Without Luggage (1965), then appeared in Softly Softly: Task Force (1971), Running Scared (1972), Pope Joan (1972), The Carnforth Practice (1974), The Story of David (1976), Wings (1977), Angels (1978), Oresteia (1979), My Father's House (1981), Gandhi (1982), Skorpion (1983), Sahara (1983), God's Outlaw (1986), Home to Roost (1987), Wish Me Luck (1990), Moon and Son (1992), Grange Hill (1993), Prime Suspect 3 (1993), Ellington (1996), Crime Traveller (1997), Heartbeat (1998), Jonathan Creek (1999), Urban Gothic (2001), The Courtroom (2004), The Worst Week of My Life (2005), The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff (2011), Mr Turner (2014) and Holby City (2015). Regular roles include Major Hans Dietrich Reinhardt in Secret Army (1979), Stephen Harvesty in Crown Court (1972-77/1982/1983), Abbot Radulfus in Cadfael (1994-98) and Hellibore in The Worst Witch (1998-2001), but he will forever be remembered as The Demon Headmaster (1996-98, with a 1999 cameo in ChuckleVision).
Facts
Terrence, who was at university with Master actor Derek Jacobi, is married to actor Rowena Cooper (who appeared in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Lost in Time in 2010).

Christopher Good (Morgan) Born May 12 1956
Career highlights
Christopher made his screen debut in Budgie (1972), then Father Brown (1974), Upstairs, Downstairs (1974), A Bridge Too Far (1977), Danger UXB (1979), Secret Army (1979), The History of Mr Polly (1980), Brideshead Revisited (1981), Victor Victoria (1982), Gandhi (1982), Diana (1984), Bottle Boys (1985), Crossroads (1987), The Wimbledon Poisoner (1994), The Choir (1995), Pie in the Sky (1997), Possession (2002), Murphy's Law (2004), Egypt (2005) and Foyle's War (2010). He also regularly played Quentin in The Famous Five (1995-97).

Alfie Field (Timmy) Born 1999
Career highlights
Alfie debuted in Goodbye to the Normals (2006), then took roles in The Legend of Dick and Dom (2009), The Awakening (2011), The Woman in Black (2012), Siblings (2014) and Chasing Shadows (2014). He also provided the voice of the title character in the animated series Mike the Knight (2011-12).

David Ajala (Peter the winder) Born 1986
Career highlights
Debuted in Kidulthood (2006), then gained credits in Adulthood (2008), The Dark Knight (2008), Winter Sun (2010), Silent Witness (2011), One Day (2011), Misfits (2011), Offender (2012), Death in Paradise (2013), Black Mirror (2013), Fast & Furious 6 (2013), Jupiter Ascending (2015), Beowulf (2016) and Kill Command (2016). He also played Flipside in the series Trexx and Flipside (2008) and Will Van Renseller in Black Box (2014).
Facts
Here's David on Twitter.

Hannah Sharp (Mandy)
Career highlights
Hannah's other work includes Casualty (2008), Doctors (2008), Never Let Me Go (2010) and The Musketeers (2014).

Catrin Richards (Poem girl)
This is Catrin's only acting credit.

Jonathan Battersby (Winder) Dec 1 1952 to May 22 2010 (prostate cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Winder in The Beast Below (2010)
Played: Tall thin man in Victory of the Daleks (2010, uncredited)
Career highlights
Debuted in Knowing the Score (1986), then The Houseman's Tale (1987), High Road (1990), Taggart (1988/92), Cardiac Arrest (1995), Emmerdale (2007) and Secret Diary of a Call Girl (2008).
Facts
Jonathan died just weeks after his appearances in Doctor Who. As well as an actor, he was also an admired investment advisor, and served as the president of the Life Insurance Association between 2003-05.

Chris Porter (Voice of the Smilers/ Winder) Born Dec 21 1972
Career highlights
Born in Singapore, Chris first gained an acting credit in The Bill (1998), followed by The Winslow Boy (1999), Bad Girls (2001), Footballers' Wives (2003), The Genius of Mozart (2004) and Death of a Pet (2013).
In 2015 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Chris here.

Ian McNeice (Winston Churchill) Born Oct 2 1950
Doctor Who credits
Played: Winston Churchill in The Beast Below (2010), Victory of the Daleks (2010), The Pandorica Opens (2010), The Wedding of River Song (2011)
Career highlights
Ian made his acting debut on screen with 1977's Warship, followed by roles in The Common Lot (1977), The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1982), Voice Over (1983), The Cleopatras (1983), Edge of Darkness (1985), CATS Eyes (1986), Personal Services (1987), Whoops Apocalypse (1988), Wipe Out (1988), 1871 (1990), Time Riders (1991), An Ungentlemanly Act (1992), Cluedo (1993), Stay Lucky (1993), Chef! (1994), Roughnecks (1994), Bugs (1995), Liverpool 1 (1998), A Christmas Carol (1999), Dune (2000), From Hell (2001), Relic Hunter (2002), Children of Dune (2003), Strange (2003), Spooks (2004), Oliver Twist (2005), The Black Dahlia (2006), Day of the Dead (2008), Valkyrie (2008), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012) and We Are Tourists (2015). He also regularly played the Newsreader in Rome (2005-07) and Bert Large in Doc Martin (2004-13).
Facts
Ian has three children with actress Kate Nicholls. In 2007 Ian admitted that his weight had become a problem - at that point he was over 25 stone (158kg) and he was losing acting work as he was uninsurable. By 2009 he was 22 stone (139kg), and admitted in an interview that his weight problem stemmed from the tragic death of his older brother in a car accident when he was a child. His mother became overprotective and gave him everything he wanted, including food, and Ian also developed a stutter which hindered his early acting career. In 2015 Big Finish Productions announced that Ian would be starring in his own spin-off set of audio adventures as Winston Churchill.

CREW

Steven Moffat (writer) Born Nov 18 1961
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Empty Child/ The Doctor Dances (2005), The Girl in the Fireplace (2006), Blink (2007), Time Crash (2007), Silence in the Library/ Forest of the Dead (2008), The End of Time Part Two (additional dialogue, uncredited, 2010), The Eleventh Hour (2010), The Beast Below (2010), The Time of Angels/ Flesh and Stone (2010), The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang (2010), A Christmas Carol (2010), The Impossible Astronaut/ Day of the Moon (2011), A Good Man Goes to War (2011), Let's Kill Hitler (2011), The Wedding of River Song (2011), The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (2011), Asylum of the Daleks (2012), The Angels Take Manhattan (2012), The Snowmen (2012), The Bells of Saint John (2013), The Name of the Doctor (2013), The Night of the Doctor (2013), The Day of the Doctor (2013), The Time of the Doctor (2013), Deep Breath (2014), Into the Dalek (co-writer, 2014), Listen (2014), Time Heist (co-writer, 2014), The Caretaker (co-writer, 2014), Dark Water/ Death in Heaven (2014), Last Christmas (2014), The Magician's Apprentice/ The Witch's Familiar (2015), The Girl Who Died (co-writer, 2015), The Zygon Inversion (co-writer, 2015), Heaven Sent/ Hell Bent (2015), The Husbands of River Song (2015)
As well as being writer of these TV episodes, Steven has also written several of the minisodes and preludes accompanying them, as well as the 1999 Comic Relief special, The Curse of Fatal Death.
Executive producer: 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, 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 Night of the Doctor, The Day of the Doctor, 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 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 (2010-15)
As well as being executive producer of these TV episodes, Steven has also produced several of the minisodes, preludes and Adventure Games accompanying them, as well as Doctor Who Confidential (2010-11).
Career highlights
Steven's writing career stretches back to Stay Lucky in 1990, after which he wrote Exam Conditions (1992), 43 episodes of Press Gang (1989-93), Joking Apart (1991/93/95), The Office (1996), Chalk (1997), Murder Most Horrid (1994/96/99), Privates (1999), 34 episodes of Coupling (2000-04), Jekyll (2007), The Adventures of Tintin (2011) and Sherlock (2010-17). He has also acted as producer on Chalk, Coupling, Jekyll, Sherlock and An Adventure in Space and Time (2013). In 2001 he acted as script editor of Office Gossip.
Awards
1991: BAFTA TV Award for Best Children's Programme (Entertainment/ Drama) (Press Gang)
2008: BAFTA TV Award for Best Writer (Doctor Who)
2008: BAFTA Cymru Award for Best Screenwriter (Doctor Who)
2011: BAFTA TV Award for Best Drama Series (Sherlock)
2012: BAFTA Special Award
2012: BAFTA TV Award for Best Writer (Sherlock)
2014: Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special (Sherlock)
2015: Officer of the order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to drama
Facts
Steven is married to TV producer Sue Vertue (whose mother is TV producer Beryl Vertue).

Andrew Gunn (director)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Beast Below (2010), Victory of the Daleks (2010)
Career highlights
Andrew's behind-the-camera career began as a clapper loader on The Fifteen Streets (1989), later being credited as focus puller on Taggart (1993). His first directing credit was for the short Half a Shave (1995), after which he secured work on Coming Up (2004), The Bill (2006), Life on Mars (2007), Primeval (2008), Survivors (2008), Waterloo Road (2011), Wild at Heart (2012), Wolfblood (2012) and Hollyoaks (2015).
Facts
Andrew decided to become a director after narrowly avoiding plunging 3,000ft to his death from Mont Blanc.

Peter Bennett (producer)
Doctor Who credits
First assistant director: Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Ways (2005), Attack of the Graske (2005), Tooth and Claw (2006), The Girl in the Fireplace (2006), The Idiot's Lantern (2006), Fear Her (2006), Torchwood: Everything Changes (2006), Torchwood: Day One (2006), The Runaway Bride (2006), Daleks in Manhattan/ Evolution of the Daleks (2007), The Sound of Drums/ Last of the Time Lords (2007), Voyage of the Damned (2007), The End of Time (2009-10)
Production manager: The Doctor's Daughter (2008), Midnight (2008), The Stolen Earth/ Journey's End (2008)
Produced: Torchwood: Children of Earth (Days 1-5) (2009), The Beast Below (2010), Victory of the Daleks (2010), The Hungry Earth/ Cold Blood (2010), The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang (2010), Kill the Moon (2014), Mummy on the Orient Express (2014), The Magician's Apprentice/ The Witch's Familiar (2015), The Zygon Invasion/ The Zygon Inversion (2015)
Career highlights
Peter has been working in television and film since debuting as an assistant director on The Awakening of Emily in 1976. He also performed AD duties on Orca (1977), International Velvet (1978), Moonraker (1979), Hart to Hart (1983), Bloodbath at the House of Death (1984), Ladyhawke (1985), A View to a Kill (1985), Inspector Morse (1987), Forever Green (1992), Minder (1991-94), Wycliffe (1995), Pie in the Sky (1995-97), The Avengers (1998), The Mummy (1999), The Mummy Returns (2001), Sea of Souls (2004), Alexander (2004), Honest (2008) and Sherlock (2012). Other roles include directing the 1997 series Brigitte and Friends (a chat show vehicle for Brigitte Nielsen), being production unit manager on For Your Eyes Only (1981), Mrs Caldicott's Cabbage War (2002) and Casualty (2013), and location manager for The Watcher in the Woods (1980), The Dogs of War (1980), Octopussy (1983), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and Hostage (1992). Peter's other producing duties include Wizards vs Aliens (2013).

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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