Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang

The Pandorica Opens and the TARDIS
goes BANG!
Two episodes (The Pandorica Opens, The Big Bang)
First broadcast Jun 19 to 26 2010
Average audience for story: 7.14m (8.41m 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.

Alex Kingston (River Song) Born Mar 11 1963
Doctor Who credits
Played: River Song in Silence in the Library/ Forest of the Dead (2008), The Time of Angels/ Flesh and Stone (2010), The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang (2010), The Impossible Astronaut/ Day of the Moon (2011), A Good Man Goes to War (2011), Let's Kill Hitler (2011), Closing Time (2011), The Wedding of River Song (2011), The Angels Take Manhattan (2012), The Name of the Doctor (2013), The Husbands of River Song (2015)
Alex also appeared as River Song in the DVD extras Night and the Doctor (2011), and voiced her in the video game The Eternity Clock (2012).
Career highlights
Alex made her screen acting debut at the age of 17 in Grange Hill (1980), playing Jill Harcourt, then took roles in Henry's Leg (1986), Hannay (1989), The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989), Soldier Soldier (1993), Crocodile Shoes (1994), The Knock (1996), The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders (1996, for which she was BAFTA-nominated), Croupier (1998), Warrior Queen (2003), Alpha Dog (2006), Lost in Austen (2008), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2008), Sordid Things (2009), Hope Springs (2009), Ben Hur (2010), FlashForward (2009-10), Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (2009-10, spookily playing Miranda Pond!), Marchlands (2011), Upstairs Downstairs (2012), NCIS (2012), Chasing Shadows (2014) and Bukowski (2015). Alex also played Dr Elizabeth Corday in 160 episodes of ER (1997-2004/09) and Dinah Lance in Arrow (2013-14).
Facts
Alex's first husband was fellow actor Ralph Fiennes between 1993-97, whom she met at drama school. In an interview she said she considered committing suicide following her separation from Fiennes, which was triggered by Fiennes having an affair with actress Francesca Annis (Fiennes and Annis stayed together for 11 years). Alex appeared in a TV commercial for QC sherry in 1990.

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.

Bill Paterson (Bracewell) Born Jun 3 1945
Doctor Who credits
Played: Bracewell in Victory of the Daleks (2010), The Pandorica Opens (2010)
Career highlights
Bill made his credited debut with 1974's The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil, then 1976's The Flight of the Heron, followed by roles in Will Shakespeare (1978), The Odd Job (1978), Telford's Change (1979), The Lost Tribe (1980), The Cherry Orchard (1981), Smiley's People (1982), A Private Function (1984), The Killing Fields (1984), Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1986), The Singing Detective (1986), The Return of the Musketeers (1989), The Rachel Papers (1989), Traffik (1989), The Witches (1990), Shrinks (1991), Chaplin (1992), Ghostbusters of East Finchley (1995), The Crow Road (1996), Spice World (1997), Wives and Daughters (1999), Crush (2001), Ed Stone is Dead (2002), Bright Young Things (2003), Shoebox Zoo (2004), Miss Potter (2006), How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (2008), Little Dorrit (2008), Dirk Gently (2012), 37 Days (2014), Outlander (2014-15) and Dad's Army (2016). Regular roles include Dr Douglas Monaghan in Sea of Souls (2004-07) and George Castle in Law and Order UK (2009-10).
Facts
Bill is married to costume designer Hildegard Bechtler, who won an Olivier Award for Best Costume Design for After the Dance in 2011.

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.

Tony Curran (Vincent Van Gogh) Born Dec 13 1969
Doctor Who credits
Played: Vincent Van Gogh in Vincent and the Doctor (2010), The Pandorica Opens (2010)
Career highlights
Tony has been acting since he was a teenager, gaining his first screen credit for Stookie (1985), then Strathblair (1993), Being Human (1994), The Tales of Para Handy (1994), Rab C Nesbitt (1994), Shallow Grave (1994), Atletico Partick (1996), Taggart (1997), This Life (1997), Great Expectations (1999), Gladiator (2000), Pearl Harbor (2001), Blade II (2002), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), Beowulf and Grendel (2005), Underworld: Evolution (2006), Midnight Meat Train (2008), Numb3rs (2008), Medium (2009), Primeval (2009), 24 (2010), The Mentalist (2010), The Pillars of the Earth (2010), X-Men: First Class (2011), Boardwalk Empire (2011), Hawaii Five-0 (2011), Sons of Anarchy (2014) and Awaiting (2015). He has also played Datak Tarr in Defiance since 2013.
Facts
Here's Tony on Twitter.

Chrissie Cotterill (Madame Vernet) Born Jul 19 1955
Doctor Who credits
Played: Mother in Vincent and the Doctor (2010)
Played: Madame Vernet in The Pandorica Opens (2010)
Career highlights
Chrissie debuted in The Crezz (1976), followed by Fox (1980), Caleb Williams (1980), Scrubbers (1982), Separate Tables (1983), Prospects (1986), The Charmer (1987), A Bit of a Do (1989), The Krays (1990), Nil By Mouth (1997), Cor, Blimey! (2000), Weak at Denise (2001), Family Affairs (2002), Bad Girls (2004), Flood (2007), Hard Times (2009), Law and Order UK (2010), Whitechapel (2010), The Wrong Mans (2013), Houdini (2014) and The C Word (2015). She also played Debbie Burgess in 30 episodes of the sitcom May to December (1989-94).

Howard Lee (Dr Gachet)
Career highlights
Howard debuted in Icebound in the Antarctic (1983), followed by The New Statesman (1987), The Tango Lesson (1997), Loop (1997), Where the Heart Is (1999), Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001), Close Your Eyes (2002), Red Mercury (2005), Doctors (2014) and The Coven (2015). Between 2009-12 Howard played the recurring character of Howard Lee in soap Coronation Street, who was the chairman of an alcoholics' support group.
Facts
Howard plays the main pirate in this commercial for the Hebrew TV channel Yes MaxHD.

Joe Jacobs (Guard) Born 1983
Career highlights
Joe's first role was playing Jimmy Hamilton Doyle in the soap Night and Day (2001), after which he found work in Holby City (2005), The Bill (2006), Survivors (2008) and My Horrible Love (2015). He also had the regular role of PC William Jackson in Holby Blue (2007-08).
Facts
His father is actor Clarke Peters, best known to Doctor Who fans for voicing Night Eagle in the 2009 animated adventure Dreamland, as well as for his roles as Lester Freamon in The Wire and Albert Lambreaux in Treme. Joe's grandfather was veteran BBC broadcaster David Jacobs.

Simon Fisher Becker (Dorium Maldovar) Born Nov 25 1961
Doctor Who credits
Played: Dorium Maldovar in The Pandorica Opens (2010), A Good Man Goes to War prequel (2011, uncredited), A Good Man Goes to War (2011), The Wedding of River Song (2011)
Played: General Nylan (voice) in Doctor Who: The Online Adventures (2014)
Career highlights
Simon's acting credits began with Arrivederci Millwall (1990), followed by An Ungentlemanly Act (1992), One Foot in the Grave (1993), Sweet Thing (1999), Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001), Afterlife (2006), Chakan the Forever Man (2012), Les Miserables (2012), 3some (2013), Vicious (2013), Puppy Love (2014) and Dark Ascension (2015).
Facts
Simon, who can conduct a full symphony and choir, started out in the civil service before getting into acting, with Denholm Elliott as his mentor. His Wikipedia entry lists him as "Viscount of William & Mona". In 2009 Simon was attacked by youths at a petrol station and beaten badly, leaving him with permanent damage to his spine and knee and having to walk with a stick. Here he is on Twitter.
In 2013 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Simon here.

Marcus O'Donovan (Claudio) Born May 24 1983
Career highlights
Marcus's first credit was for Totally Frank (2005), followed by Holby City (2006), Hollyoaks (2006), Bigga Than Ben (2008), Rock Rivals (2008), The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) and Doctors (2008/11). Before he got into acting Marcus was a presenter on shows such as SM:TV Gold (1998) and S Club TV (2000).
Facts
Marcus's industry mentor was music guru Simon Fuller. He is also the founder of Nutshot peanut butter, which he established via Kickstarter in 2013.

Clive Wood (Commander) Born 1954
Career highlights
Clive debuted in Gangsters (1976), then Treasure Island (1977), Enemy at the Door (1980), The Innocent (1985), Buster (1988), Capstick's Law (1989), Treasure Island (1990), Soldier Soldier (1991), The Hummingbird Tree (1992), Death in Holy Orders (2003), Red Mercury (2005), Bonkers (2007), The Pillars of the Earth (2010), Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011), Endeavour (2013), Utopia (2014) and Suffragette (2015). Clive has also enjoyed regular roles as Vic Brown in A Kind of Loving (1982), Blair in Mr Palfrey of Westminster (1984-85), DCI Gordon Wray in The Bill (1990), Matt Kerr in Press Gang (1989-93) and Jack Morgan in London's Burning (1996-98).
Facts
Clive's wives include actresses Sharon Maiden and Clare Higgins (who appeared in Doctor Who minisode The Night of the Doctor (2013)). Clive and Sharon's son is Daniel Maiden-Wood, session drummer and songwriter for Anna Calvi.

David Fynn (Marcellus)
Career highlights
Debuted in Spooks (2006), then The Inbetweeners (2009), Leap Year (2010), The Somnambulists (2011), Pete Versus Life (2011), Black Mirror (2011), Game of Thrones (2012), The Look of Love (2013), Mayday (2013), Big Bad World (2013), Sherlock (2014), Banana (2015) and Undateable (2014-15, as Brett).
Facts
Here he is on Twitter.

Barnaby Edwards (Dalek operator) Born 1969
Doctor Who credits
Played: Daleks in Thirty Years in the TARDIS (1993), Dalek (2005), Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Ways (2005), Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday (2006), Daleks in Manhattan/ Evolution of the Daleks (2007), The Stolen Earth/ Journey's End (2008), Victory of the Daleks (2010), The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang (2010), Asylum of the Daleks (2012), The Day of the Doctor (2013), The Time of the Doctor (2013), Into the Dalek (2014), The Magician's Apprentice/ The Witch's Familiar (2015)
Career highlights
Barnaby has worked a lot in the world of Doctor Who apart from operating Daleks, including voicing the Krarg commander in the 2003 web series Shada, and providing a number of voices for the Doctor Who Adventure Games (2010-11). Non-Doctor Who work includes The Giblet Boys (2005), Children of Men (2006), The Merry Wives of Windsor (2011) and Shadows of a Stranger (2014).
Facts
Barnaby has also been an actor, writer and director for Big Finish Productions since the early days of Doctor Who audios, having directed (among others) Exotron, Doctor Who and the Pirates, Frozen Time and The Chimes of Midnight; he has written stories such as The Bride of Peladon, The wreck of the Titan and The Beast of Orlok. Barnaby is also an exhibited artist, as well as an art history lecturer.
Here he is on Twitter.

Ruari Mears (Cyber Leader)
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Ood in The Impossible Planet TARDISode (2006), The Impossible Planet (2006, uncredited), The Satan Pit TARDISode (2006), The Satan Pit (2006, uncredited), The End of Time (2009-10)
Played: Monk in Tooth and Claw (2006, uncredited)
Played: Cyberman in Rise of the Cybermen/ The Age of Steel (2006, uncredited), The Pandorica Opens (2010)
Played: Judoon in Smith and Jones (2007, uncredited)
Played: Pig man in Daleks in Manhattan/ Evolution of the Daleks (2007, uncredited)
Played: Scarecrow in Human Nature/ The Family of Blood (2007, uncredited)
Played: Slitheen in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Lost Boy (2007)
Played: Host in Voyage of the Damned (2007, uncredited)
Played: Miss Foster's guard in Partners in Crime (2008, uncredited)
Played: Clone (developing stage) in The Sontaran Stratagem (2008, uncredited)
Played: Hath Gable in The Doctor's Daughter (2008)
Played: Cybershade in The Next Doctor (2008)
Played: Praygat in Planet of the Dead (2009)
Played: Blathereen in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Gift (2009)
Played: Smiler in The Beast Below (2010, uncredited)
Played: Spaceship guard in The Time of Angels (2010, uncredited)
Played: Shansheeth in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor (2010)
Played: Yellow robot in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Empty Planet (2010)
Played: Time zombie in Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS (2013)
Career highlights
Ruari's other work includes Judge John Deed (2001), and Being Human (2011-13, as Tom's werewolf form). He has also performed as various creatures at the 2009, 2010 and 2013 Doctor Who Proms.

Christopher Ryan (Commander Stark) Born Jan 25 1950
Doctor Who credits
Played: Kiv in The Trial of a Time Lord (1986)
Played: General Staal in The Sontaran Stratagem/ The Poison Sky (2008)
Played: Commander Stark in The Pandorica Opens (2010)
Career highlights
5ft Christopher debuted in Target (1978), then appeared in Angels (1979), Fox (1980), The Olympian Way (1981), Inside Out (1985), Happy Families (1985), Santa Claus: The Movie (1985), The New Statesman (1992), Dirty Weekend (1993), Mr Bean (1994), Health and Efficiency (1995), Melissa (1997), My Family (2001/03), Saxondale (2007), The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle (2007) and City Slacker (2012). He will be best recognised as Mike TheCoolPerson in sitcom The Young Ones (1982-84), as well as Tony Driscoll in Only Fools and Horses (1989) and Green Green Grass (2005-06/09), Dave Hedgehog in Bottom (1991-95) and Marshall in Absolutely Fabulous (1992-2012).

Paul Kasey (Judoon) Born Aug 5 1973
Doctor Who credits
Played: Auton in Rose (2005)
Played: Coffa (Forest of Cheem) in The End of the World (2005, uncredited)
Played: Slitheen in Aliens of London/ World War Three (2005), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Revenge of the Slitheen (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Lost Boy (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Gift (2009), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Nightmare Man (2010)
Played: Zu-Zana in Bad Wolf (2005)
Played: Clockwork man in The Girl in the Fireplace (2006)
Played: Cyber-Leader in Rise of the Cybermen/ The Age of Steel (2006), Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday (2006), The Next Doctor (2008)
Played: Ood in The Impossible Planet/ The Satan Pit (2006), Death is the Only Answer (2011)
Played: The Hoix in Love & Monsters (2006), Torchwood: Exit Wounds (2008, uncredited)
Played: Weevil in Torchwood: Everything Changes, Torchwood: Day One (uncredited), Torchwood: Greeks Bearing Gifts, Torchwood: Combat, Torchwood: End of Days, Torchwood: Sleeper, Torchwood: Adam, Torchwood: Reset (uncredited), Torchwood: Dead Man Walking, Torchwood: A Day in the Death (uncredited), Torchwood: Fragments, Torchwood: Exit Wounds (2006-08)
Played: Blowfish in Torchwood: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2008), Torchwood: Fragments (2008)
Played: Robot Santa in The Runaway Bride (2006)
Played: Judoon in Smith and Jones (2007), The Stolen Earth (2008), The Pandorica Opens (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Prisoner of the Judoon (2009)
Played: Hero pig man in Daleks in Manhattan/ Evolution of the Daleks (2007)
Played: Kudlak in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Warriors of Kudlak (2007)
Played: The Host in Voyage of the Damned (2007)
Played: Ood Sigma in Planet of the Ood (2008), The Waters of Mars (2009), The End of Time (2009-10)
Played: Hath Peck in The Doctor's Daughter (2008)
Played: Sorvin in Planet of the Dead (2009)
Played: Highwayman in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Mona Lisa's Revenge (2009)
Played: Shansheeth in The Sarah Jane Adventurers: Death of the Doctor (2010)
Played: Red robot in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Empty Planet (2010)
Played: Nephew in The Doctor's Wife (2011)
Played: Cyberman in Closing Time (2011)
Played: The Metalkind in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Sky (2011)
Played: Wooden Queen in The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (2011)
Played: Time zombie in Journey to the Center of the TARDIS (2013)
Played: Whisper Man in The Name of the Doctor (2013)
Played: Zygon in The Day of the Doctor (2013)
Played: Footman in Deep Breath (2014)
Career highlights
Paul's earliest role was in Blade II (2002), followed by 28 Days Later (2002, on which he was also movement advisor), 1408 (2007), Inkheart (2008) and Scoop (2009). He also played the George in werewolf form in Being Human (2009-12), and has performed as various monsters at the BBC Proms and Symphonic Spectacular events. He has also donned costumes for TV commercials such as Foxy Bingo and Butlins and was a performer and movement advisor for London's 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.

Nicholas Briggs (Voice of the Daleks and Cybermen) Born Sep 29 1961
Doctor Who credits
Played: Voice of the Nestene Consciousness in Rose (2005)
Played: Dalek voices in Dalek (2005), Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Ways (2005), Doomsday TARDISode (2006), Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday (2006), Daleks in Manhattan/ Evolution of the Daleks (2007), The Stolen Earth/ Journey's End (2008), Victory of the Daleks (2010), The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang (2010), The Wedding of River Song (2011), Asylum of the Daleks (2012), The Day of the Doctor (2013), The Time of the Doctor (2013), Into the Dalek (2014), The Magician's Apprentice/ The Witch's Familiar (2015), Hell Bent (2015)
Played: Voice of the Jagrafess in The Long Game (2005, uncredited)
Played: Cybermen voices in Rise of the Cybermen/ The Age of Steel (2006), Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday (2006), The Next Doctor (2008), The Pandorica Opens (2010, uncredited), A Good Man Goes to War (2011), Closing Time (2011), Nightmare in Silver (2013), The Time of the Doctor (2013), Death in Heaven (2014)
Played: Voice of the Judoon in Smith and Jones (2007), The Stolen Earth (2008, uncredited), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Prisoner of the Judoon (2009), The End of Time Part Two (2010, uncredited), The Pandorica Opens (2010, uncredited)
Played: Rick Yates in Torchwood: Children of Earth (2009)
Played: National Museum Pandorica video narrator in The Big Bang (2010, uncredited)
Played: Voice of Skaldak in Cold War (2013)
Played: Voice of the Zygons in The Day of the Doctor (2013), The Zygon Invasion/ The Zygon Inversion (2015)
Career highlights
Nicholas's career has been principally within the world of Doctor Who, starting out as the producer of the Myth Makers series of videos in the 1980s and 90s interviewing Doctor Who alumni. Also on video, Nicholas has been involved with Wartime (1987), The Airzone Solution (1993) and the Auton trilogy (1997-99), and was present for the infancy of what we now know as Big Finish Productions with his Audio Visuals unofficial audio dramas. Nicholas has been involved with Big Finish all through its life, from its birth in 1996 to being its current executive producer. He also writes, directs and composes for the Big Finish audios, and has also written Doctor Who books, including The Dalek Generation (2013).
Screen acting credits come in the form of The League of Gentlemen (2002), Adulthood (2008), Lewis (2009), 4.3.2.1. (2010), Cleaning Up (2011) and An Adventure in Space and Time (2013 - in which he played original voice of the Daleks, Peter Hawkins).
Nicholas has also provided voices for a number of video games, namely Judge Dredd: Dredd vs Death (2003) and Doctor Who: The Adventure Games (2010), and provided optional 21st century voices for the Daleks in the special edition DVD of the 1972 Doctor Who story Day of the Daleks.
Facts
In his 1980s Audio Visuals series he played an indeterminate future version of the Doctor, who went on to immortalised in the Doctor Who Magazine comic strip Party Animals in 1991. Here he is, on Twitter!

Caitlin Blackwood (Amelia Pond) Born Jun 23 2000
Doctor Who credits
Played: Amelia Pond in The Eleventh Hour (2010), The Big Bang (2010), Let's Kill Hitler (2011), The God Complex (2011), The Angels Take Manhattan (2012, uncredited), The Time of the Doctor (2013, uncredited)
Career highlights
Caitlin's other acting work includes Cops and Monsters (2014) and Journey Bound (2015).
Facts
Caitlin is actress Karen Gillan's cousin in real life, but the first time they ever met was on set for Doctor Who. Here she is on Twitter.

Susan Vidler (Aunt Sharon) Born 1972
Career highlights
Debuted in Naked (1993), followed by roles in Cracker (1993), Trainspotting (1996), The Woman in White (1997), The Jump (1998), The Wedding Tackle (2000), England Expects (2004), Rebus (2007), Hustle (2009), Notes from the Underground (2012), Suspects (2014), Shetland (2014) and Gentlemen (2014-15).
Facts
Susan is married to actor Alastair Mackenzie.

Karen Westwood (Tabetha Pond) Born Nov 26 1964
Career highlights
Debuted in Rowing with the Wind (1988), then Taggart (1989), The Good Guys (1992), Families (1992), The Sculptress (1996), Annie's Bar (1996), Grafters (1998), Spooks (2002), Murphy's Law (2004), Monarch of the Glen (2004), Doctors (2006) and Casualty 1907 (2008). She also regularly played Carolyn Fraser in Two Thousand Acres of Sky (2001-03).

Halcro Johnston (Augustus Pond)
Career highlights
Other work includes The Bill (1997), EastEnders (2004) and The Phantom of the Opera (2004).
Facts
In 1995 Halcro was stabbed near the Elephant and Castle in London and needed open heart surgery to save his life. Here he is on Twitter.

Frances Ashman (Christine)
Career highlights
Debuted in Nil By Mouth (1997), then took roles in Trial and retribution (2009), Missing (2009), The Reckoning (2011) and Birds of a Feather (2014).
Facts
In 2006 Frances won the Spotlight Prize. She started out as a singer, but when her boyfriend was killed she needed a new direction to concentrate on, and went into acting. Here's a 2012 interview with her where she talks about getting into acting and how she's found the industry since graduating.

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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).

Toby Haynes (director)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang (2010), A Christmas Carol (2010), The Impossible Astronaut/ Day of the Moon (2011)
Toby also directed the TARDIS scene shown on screens at the 2010 Doctor Who Prom.
Career highlights
Toby's directing debut came with the short Looking for Al Bowlly (2003), followed by Lost and Found (2003), Hollyoaks (2007), MI High (2007-08), Spooks: Code 9 (2008), Being Human (2009), Five Days (2010), Sherlock (2012), The Musketeers (2014) and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (2015).
Facts
Toby is the first director ever to helm three consecutive Doctor Who stories (The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang; A Christmas Carol; The Impossible Astronaut/ Day of the Moon - actually equalling five consecutive episodes, plus the Proms TARDIS scene in the middle!).

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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