Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Lodger

Not the first time we've seen the Doctor
in the shower
One episode (The Lodger)
First broadcast June 12 2010
Average audience for story: 6.44m + 1.29m iPlayer = 7.73m

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.

James Corden (Craig Owens) Born Aug 22 1978
Doctor Who credits
Played: Craig Owens in The Lodger (2010), Closing Time (2011), Night and the Doctor: Up All Night (2011, DVD extra)
Career highlights
James's earliest screen acting credit was on Out of Tune in 1996, followed by roles in Twenty Four Seven (1997), Boyz Unlimited (1999), Hollyoaks (2000), All or Nothing (2002), Cruise of the Gods (2002), Teachers (2001/03), Little Britain (2004), Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman (2005), Starter for 10 (2006), The History Boys (2006), Lesbian Vampire Killers (2009), Beast Hunters (2010), The Three Musketeers (2011), Stella (2012), Into the Woods (2014) and Roald Dahl's Esio Trot (2014). He had the regular roles of Jamie Rymer in Fat Friends (2000-05) and Phil in The Wrong Mans (2013-14), and also had his own comedy sketch show (with Mathew Horne) called Horne and Corden (2009). However, he'll be most remembered for playing Smithy in the sitcom Gavin and Stacey (2007-10), which he also co-wrote with Horne. He has also given his voice to the animations Little Charley Bear (2011) and the mouse in The Gruffalo (2009) and The Gruffalo's Child (2011). Since 2010 he has been the host of the sports panel show A League of Their Own, and in 2015 he became the host of The Late Late Show in the United States, on which he is also credited as a writer and producer. Other presenting duties include the Brit Awards (2009/2012-14) and the Grammys (2015).
Facts
A year after winning a Best Newcomer British Comedy Award in 2007, James won a BAFTA for Gavin and Stacey, and has been nominated twice since for The Wrong Mans. In 2012 James married actress Julia Carey, but had previously been in a relationship with actress Sheridan Smith (twice - 2007-08 and 2009). He was awarded an OBE in 2015. He appears in the music video for Rizzle Kicks' 2011 single Mama Do the Hump, and in 2010 released the chart-topping England World Cup anthem Shout with Dizzee Rascal. Here he is on Twitter.

Daisy Haggard (Sophie) Born Mar 22 1978
Doctor Who credits
Played: Sophie in The Lodger (2010), Closing Time (2011), Night of the Doctor: Up All Night (2011, DVD extra)
Career highlights
Debuted in the Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1996), followed by Swivel on the Tip (2001), Max (2002), Manchild (2003), Hardware (2003), Peep Show (2003), Green Wing (2004), Casanova (2005), Saxondale (2006), Man Stroke Woman (2005-07), Sense and Sensibility (2008), Ashes to Ashes (2009), The Persuasionists (2010), Psychoville (2009-11), Outnumbered (2011), Parents (2012), Cardinal Burns (2014), Ballot Monkeys (2015) and The Guardians (2015). She also provided the voice of the Ministry Lift in two Harry Potter films (2007/10), and played Myra Licht in Episodes (2011-15) and Sam in Uncle (2012-15).
Facts
Daisy, who is dyslexic, is the daughter of veteran director Piers Haggard, while her grandfather was actor and poet Stephen Haggard, and her great-great-great uncle was the Victorian adventure writer H Rider Haggard (author of King Solomon's Mines and She). Daisy once recorded an album in aid of Friends of the Earth Scotland entitled Silver Green (2004). Here she is on Twitter.

Darrell Heath (Auto Pilot)
Darrell's other work includes Outlaw (2007) and Hustle (2011).

Owen Donovan (Steven)
Owen's other work includes Torn (2007). He is now involved in Hacked Off Films in Oxford, UK, and works in development for Brown Eyed Boy TV.

Babatunde Aleshe (Sean)
Career highlights
Babatunde debuted in Law and Order UK (2009), then New Tricks (2009), Pelican Blood (2010), Waking the Dead (2011), EastEnders (2011) and Frankie (2013). In 2013 he wrote the web series Adots Apprentice, and in 2012 appeared in the spoof documentary Melvin: Chronicles of a Player. In 2014 he also appeared in the documentary Trap Town.
Facts
Here he is on Twitter, and here's his (rarely updated) blog.

Jem Wall (Michael)
Career highlights
Jem debuted in Of Pure Blood in 1986, followed by Nights (1993), Richard II (1997), Big Bad World (1999), Judge John Deed (2005), Merlin (2009), My Week with Marilyn (2011), Da Vinci's Demons (2014), Game of Thrones (2014) and Call the Midwife (2015). He also had a recurring role as PC Henderson in EastEnders (2007-10).

Karen Seacombe (Sandra)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Sandra in The Lodger (2010)
Played: Crowd in The Woman Who Lived (2015)
Career highlights
Debuted in Reasons to be Cheerful (1981), then Miss Marple (1984), The Tripods (1985), Ping Pong (1987), 15 Storeys High (2002), Little Britain (2003), Magicians (2007), Made in Dagenham (2010) and Friday (2012).

Kamara Bacchus (Clubber) Born Jan 11 1986
Career highlights
Debuted in The Bill (2005), then Kerching! (2006), West 10 LDN (2008), Beautiful People (2008) and The Pick Up (2011). She is also a writer and producer, such as on the shorts Special Delivery (2011) and Drink, Drugs and KFC (2011).
Facts
In 2004, while still a student, Kamara came second in the 15th annual Miss Jamaica Beauty Pageant in London, in which 15 British women of Jamaican descent pose in swimwear and evening wear and answer judges' questions. Here she is on Twitter.

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.

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.

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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