Monday, August 10, 2015

The Hungry Earth/ Cold Blood

Restac looked remarkably similar
to Alaya. And they both looked
remarkably similar to Vastra.
Are the Silurians a clone race?
Two episodes (The Hungry Earth, Cold Blood)
First broadcast May 22 to 29 2010
Average audience for story: 6.99m (8.03m approx with iPlayer)

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.

Meera Syal (Dr Nasreen Chaudhry) Born Jun 27 1961
Career highlights
Meera made her acting debut in Majdhar (1983), followed by The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ (1985), To Have and To Hold (1986, credited with her real name of Feroza Syal), Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987), The Real McCoy (1991), Kinsey (1991-92), Absolutely Fabulous (1994), Degrees of Error (1995), Soldier Soldier (1995), Beautiful Thing (1996), Keeping Mum (1997-98), Fat Friends (2000), In Deep (2001), All About Me (2002), Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee (2005), Kingdom (2007), Jekyll (2007), Horrible Histories (2009), Holby City (2009), Beautiful People (2008-09), The Jury (2011), Silk (2014), Psychobitches (2014), Broadchurch (2015) and The Brink (2015). She is best known for her involvement in the sketch show Goodness Gracious Me (1998-2000/2014) and The Kumars at No.42 (2001-06/2014), in which she played Sushil. Meera is also a screenwriter, having penned Black Silk (1985, as Feroza Syal), Tandoori Nights (1987), My Sister-Wife (1992), Bhaji on the Beach (1993), Mumbai Calling (2008) and Playback (2014). She also adapted her own book Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee for TV.
Facts
Meera, as well as being an actress and screenwriter, has had several books published, including Anita and Me (1996, adapted for TV in 2002 and on several school and university reading lists for English in the UK), Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee (1999, adapted for TV in 2005), and The House of Hidden Mothers (2015). She can be seen in her Kumars guise in the music video for Gareth Gates's Spirit in the Sky (2003), but in 1988 she had been a member of the girl band Saffron, which released a Bhangra version of Then He Kissed Me. Meera's second husband is fellow Kumars actor (and Doctor Who luminary) Sanjeev Bhaskar. She was awarded an MBE in 1997, and a CBE in 2015. Meera's parents eloped from New Delhi to the UK to be together, as one was Sikh and the other Hindu. She was a guest at the wedding of Prince Charles to Camilla Parker-Bowles in 2005.

Neve McIntosh (Alaya & Restac) Born Apr 9 1972
Doctor Who credits
Played: Alaya in The Hungry Earth/ Cold Blood (2010)
Played: Restac in Cold Blood (2010)
Played: Madame Vastra in A Good Man Goes to War (2011), The Great Detective (2012, uncredited), Vastra Investigates (2012, uncredited), The Snowmen (2012), The Battle of Demon's Run - Two Days Later (2013, uncredited), The Crimson Horror (2013), The Name of the Doctor (2013), Deep Breath (2014)
Neve also played Vastra at the 2013 Doctor Who Prom.
Career highlights
Debuted in Renegade (1993), then The Leading Man (1996), Plunkett and Macleane (1999), Psychos (1999), Gormenghast (2000), The Hound of the Baskervilles (2002), The Trouble with Men and Women (2005), The Ghost Squad (2005), Low Winter Sun (2006), Sea of Souls (2007), Law and Order UK (2010), Single Father (2010), Lip Service (2012), Ripper Street (2013), Dracula (2013) and Critical (2015). She also enjoyed the recurring role of Donna Rix in 17 episodes of Bodies (2004-06).
Facts
Neve (real name Carol) divorced her husband Xandy Sahla - a prolific TV and film cameraman - in 2006, after meeting on the set of Psychos in 1999. Here's Neve's Twitter account.

Robert Pugh (Tony Mack) Born 1950
Doctor Who credits
Played: Jonah in Torchwood: Adrift (2008)
Played: Tony Mack in The Hungry Earth/ Cold Blood (2010)
Career highlights
Debuted in Angels (1976), then Survivors (1977), Danger UXB (1979), SOS Titanic (1979), Horror Planet (1981), Nighthawks (1981), Giro City (1982), Terra Nova (1984), Brookside (1985), South of the Border (1988), TECX (1990), Telltale (1993), Priest (1994), The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain (1995), Bramwell (1996), The Tichborne Claimant (1998), French and Saunders (1999), Score (2001), Clocking Off (2002), Prime Suspect 6 (2003), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Kinky Boots (2005), The Virgin Queen (2006), Prime Suspect 7 (2006), Lark Rise to Candleford (2008), Robin Hood (2009), West is West (2010), Justice (2011), The Shadow Line (2011), Game of Thrones (2012-13), Atlantis (2014) and Ordinary Lies (2015). He regularly played Andrew Ponting in Casualty (1986-87) and Father Matthew in The Lakes (1997-99). He has also written for the screen, including Better Days (1988), Ballroom (1988) and We Are Seven (1989-91).

Samuel Davies (Elliot) Born 1997
Career highlights
Samuel's other credits include Thunderpants (2002), Framed (2009), Casualty (2011) and High Tide (2015).
Facts
Samuel's father Huw is also an actor, having appeared in the Welsh soap Pobol y Cwm, while his mother is dance tutor Luan Davies. Together they run Swansea's Stagecoach theatre arts school.

Alun Raglan (Mo)
Career highlights
Alun made his screen debut in Don Quixote (2000), then Gladiator (2000), The Bill (2003), Merlin (2008), Belonging (2008-09), EastEnders (2010), New Tricks (2014), Wolfblood (2013-14) and Casualty (2002/04/10/15).
Facts
In 2011 Alun and his wife Debs set up The Drama Club for children in Cardiff, although the website now appears to have closed down.

Nia Roberts (Ambrose) Born Jul 5 1972
Career highlights
Nia debuted aged 12 in Jackanory: The Farm (1984), then took roles in I Fro Breuddwydion (1987), The Theory of Flight (1998), Lois (1999, for which she won a BAFTA Cymru Best Actress award), Score (2001), Dr Terrible's House of Horrible (2001), Snow Cake (2006), Y Pris (2007), Midsomer Murders (2008), Collision (2009), Third Star (2010), Patagonia (2010), The Facility (2012), Hinterland (2013), Bridgend (2015) and Just Jim (2015).
Facts
Nia is married to director Marc Evans, known for films such as House of America (1997) and My Little Eye (2002).

Richard Hope (Malohkeh)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Malohkeh/ Malokeh in The Hungry Earth/ Cold Blood (2010), The Wedding of River Song (2011)
Played: Bleytal in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship (2012)
Career highlights
Richard debuted in Secret Army (1977), then Crown Court (1978), Heartland (1979), Brideshead Revisited (1981), Scandalous (1984), Bellman and True (1987), Piece of Cake (1988), Victoria Wood (1989), Boon (1991), The Riff-Raff Element (1993-94), Band of Gold (1995), Alive and Kicking (1996), Bramwell (1997), The Demon Headmaster (1998), Rhona (2000), High Stakes (2001), A is for Acid (2002), The Forsyte Saga (2003), MIT: Murder Investigation Team (2003/05), Chromophobia (2005), The Shell Seekers (2006), The Wild West (2007), EastEnders (2008), Last Love (2013), The Smoke (2014) and Poldark (2015).
Facts
Richard may also be remembered for his appearance in a number of TV commercials for Uncle Ben's rice, as well as John Smith's lager (there's also several to view on his own website here). Here he is on Twitter.
In 2016 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Richard here.

Stephen Moore (Eldane) Born Dec 11 1937
Career highlights
Stephen made his credited debut as the voice of the Flute in 1959's A Midsummer Night's Dream, followed by roles in Outbreak of Murder (1962), The Valiant Varneys (1964), The Last Shot You Hear (1969), Woodstock (1973), Rock Follies (1976), The New Avengers (1976), The Book Tower (1979, as presenter), Bedroom Farce (1980), The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1981, as the voice of Marvin the Paranoid Android, which he also played in the radio version), Solo (1981-82), The Last Place on Earth (1985), Clockwise (1986), Small World (1988), Under Suspicion (1991), Love Hurts (1992), Middlemarch (1994), Love on a Branch Line (1994), Just William (1994), Black Hearts in Battersea (1995-96), Brassed Off (1996), Harry Enfield and Chums (1997, as Kevin the Teenager's long-suffering dad), Truel (1999), The Boss (1997/2000), Fish (2000), The Queen's Nose (1995-2001), Dawson's Creek (2002), Starhunter (2003), The Royal (2009) and Holby City (2011). He also played George Mole in both The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ (1985) and The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole (1987). In 2000 he also tried his hand at directing for the soap Emmerdale.
Facts
Stephen has been married four times, including to the actresses Beth Morris and Celestine Randall. He is the father of actor Robyn Moore (best known as Shirtley Benson in EastEnders) and video game voiceover artiste Charlotte Moore. His brother-in-law was fellow actor James Hazeldine; actor Sam Hazeldine is his nephew. Stephen's stepbrother is dance music producer and DJ Mark Moore, founder of 1980s/90s band S'Express.

CREW

Chris Chibnall (writer)
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: Torchwood: Day One (2006), Torchwood: Cyberwoman (2006), Torchwood: Countrycide (2006), Torchwood: End of Days (2007), 42 (2007), Torchwood: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2008), Torchwood: Adrift (2008), Torchwood: Fragments (2008), Torchwood: Exit Wounds (2008), The Hungry Earth/ Cold Blood (2010), Pond Life (2012), Dinosaurs on a Spaceship (2012), The Power of Three (2012)
Produced: Torchwood: Everything Changes, Torchwood: Day One, Torchwood: Ghost Machine, Torchwood: Cyberwoman, Torchwood: Small Worlds, Torchwood: Countrycide, Torchwood: Greeks Bearing Gifts, Torchwood: They Keep Killing Suzie, Torchwood: Random Shoes, Torchwood: Out of Time, Torchwood: Combat, Torchwood: Captain Jack Harkness, Torchwood: End of Days, Torchwood: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Torchwood: Sleeper, Torchwood: To the Last Man, Torchwood: Meat, Torchwood: Adam, Torchwood: Reset, Torchwood: Dead Man Walking, Torchwood: A Day in the Death, Torchwood: Something Borrowed, Torchwood: From Out of the Rain, Torchwood: Adrift, Torchwood: Fragments, Torchwood: Exit Wounds
Chris also received on-screen thanks on Torchwood: Miracle Day (The Blood Line) (2011)
Career highlights
Chris's first writing job was for Born and Bred, which he also created (2002-05), followed by All About George (2005), Life on Mars (2006-07), Spooks: Code 9 (2008), Law and Order UK (2009), United (2011), Camelot (2011, which he also created) and The Great Train Robbery (2013). He is also one of the major writers and co-creator behind the smash hit series Broadchurch (2013/15, for which he was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award for Best Writer) and its American adaptation Gracepoint (2014). Chris was also a producer on most of these productions.
Facts
Chris's career began as a football archivist and floor manager for Sky Sports. In 1986, Chris appeared on the BBC discussion programme Open Air criticising what he saw as the poor quality of Doctor Who's Season 23. This footage can be seen on the DVD of The Trial of a Time Lord. Here he is on Twitter.

Ashley Way (director) Born Dec 16 1971
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Attack of the Graske (2005), all 13 TARDISodes (2006), Torchwood: Captain Jack Harkness (2007), Torchwood: End of Days (2007), Torchwood: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2008), Torchwood: Reset (2008), Torchwood: Something Borrowed (2008), Torchwood: Exit Wounds (2008), The Hungry Earth/ Cold Blood (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Empty Planet (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Sky (2011), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Curse of Clyde Langer (2011)
Career highlights
Ashley began as an assistant director on The Proposition (1996), followed by The Last Leprechaun (1998), The Meeksville Ghost (2001), The Sorceror's Apprentice (2002), Pets (2002) and Berserker: Hell's Warrior (2004). His first directing job was on Filligoggin (2000), then Hoodlum and Son (2003), Calon Gaeth (2006), Belonging (2005-07), Personal Affairs (2009), Crash (2009), Merlin (2010-12), Casualty (2005-14) and Stella (2014-15).

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).

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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