Friday, August 07, 2015

The Vampires of Venice

Something fishy going on in Venice
One episode (The Vampires of Venice)
First broadcast May 8 2010
Average audience for story: 7.68m + 1.20m iPlayer = 8.88m

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.

Helen McCrory (Rosanna) Born Aug 17 1968
Career highlights
Helen debuted in Full Stretch (1993), then Interview with the Vampire (1994), Streetlife (1995), The Fragile Heart (1996), Dad Savage (1998), Anna Karenina (2000), North Square (2000), Charlotte Gray (2001), The Jury (2002), Dickens (2002), The Last King (2003), Casanova (2005), The Queen (2006), Life (2009), The Special Relationship (2010), Hugo (2011), Leaving (2012), Skyfall (2012), Inside No 9 (2014), The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (2014) and To Appomattox (2015). She also played Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter film franchise (2009-11), Polly Gray in Peaky Blinders (2013-14) and Madame Kali in Penny Dreadful (2014-15).
Facts
Helen is married to fellow actor Damian Lewis, of Homeland fame.

Lucian Msamati (Guido) Born Mar 5 1976
Career highlights
Debuted in The Knock (1997), then Ultimate Force (2005), Spooks (2006), The International (2009), The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (2008-09), Ashes to Ashes (2010), Death in Paradise (2013), Luther (2013), Game of Thrones (2012-14) and Inspector George Gently (2015.
Facts
Lucian was raised in Zimbabwe by Tanzanian parents, and was a founder member and artistic director of Zimbabwe's Over the Edge theatre company. In 2015 Lucian became the first black actor ever to play the role of Iago in a Royal Shakespeare Company production of Othello.

Alisha Bailey (Isabella) Born Apr 13 1987
Career highlights
Debuted in Doctors (2009), then Missing (2010), Dirk Gently (2010), The Decoy Bride (2011), I Give It a Year (2013) and Lewis (2014).

Alex Price (Francesco)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Francesco in The Vampires of Venice (2010)
Narrated: Doctor Who Confidential (2010)
Career highlights
Alex made his screen debut in the 2006 short Internal, then appeared in Casualty (2008), Mouth to Mouth (2009), Being Human (2009), Merlin (2009), Lewis (2010), Going Postal (2010), Vera (2012), Storage 24 (2012), Southcliffe (2013), Penny Dreadful (2014-15) and Beowulf (2016). He also regularly played Sid Carter in Father Brown (2013-15).
Facts
Here's Alex on Twitter.

Gabriella Wilde (Vampire girl) Born Apr 8 1989
Career highlights
Gabriella made her credited debut in St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold (2009), then The Three Musketeers (2011), Dark Horse (2012), Carrie (2013), Endless Love (2014) and Squatters (2014).
Facts
Born Gabriella Zanna Vanessa Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe, she is descended from the aristocratic Gough-Calthorpe family. Her mother, Vanessa Mary Teresa (Hubbard), is the ex-wife of socialite Sir Dai Llewellyn, 4th Baronet. Her father, businessman John Austen Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe, is a former chairman of the Watermark Group, and the grandson of baronet Fitzroy Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe. She is also a descendant of King Charles II. Gabriella has been a model for the likes of David Bailey, Burberry and John Swannell. She is married to Alan Pownall, lead singer of the band Pale. Gabriella is known as "Bumpy" to her friends. Gabriella has socialite sisters too - Isabella married Sir Richard Branson's son Sam in 2013, while Cressida has been seen stepping out with Prince Harry.

Hannah Steele (Vampire girl)
Career highlights
After debuting in Doctors in 2010, Hannah went on to appear in Eric and Ernie (2011), The Other Child (2013), Wolf Hall (2015) and The Night Manager (2015). She also reprised her role as a Vampire girl for the 2010 BBC Doctor Who Prom.
Facts
Here she is on Twitter.

Elizabeth Croft (Vampire girl) Born 1987
Career highlights
Debuted uncredited in The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), then Hustle (2009), The Wolfman (2010), PhoneShop (2011), Tezz (2012), Abominable Snowman (2013), 50 Kisses (2014) and Stones (2015). She also played Brandy Wiley in 23 episodes of I Shouldn't Be Alive (2010-12), and reprised her role as a Vampire girl for the 2010 BBC Doctor Who Prom.
Facts
Here's Elizabeth on Twitter.

Sonila Vjeshta (Vampire girl) Born Feb 11 1978
Career highlights
Albanian Sonila debuted in 2004's Charlie White, then Bodies (2005), Moses Jones (2009), Material Girl (2010) and Top Boy (2013). She reprised her role as a Vampire girl for the 2010 BBC Doctor Who Prom.

Gabriela Montaraz (Vampire girl)
Career highlights
Mexican Gabriela's other credits include Tengo Todo (2008), Warrioress (2011), Desi Boyz (2011), Booked Out (2012), New Tricks (2013), London Irish (2013) and 50 Kisses (2014). She reprised her role as a Vampire girl for the 2010 BBC Doctor Who Prom.

Michael Percival (Inspector) Died Sep 2015
Career highlights
Debuted in Marat/ Sade (1967), then Mr Rose (1968), No Blade of Grass (1970), Funny Farm (1975), Strangers and Brothers (1984), Me and My Girl (1985), Clockwise (1986), The Living Daylights (1987), A Fish Called Wanda (1988), Covington Cross (1992), The Sculptress (1996), 101 Dalmatians (1996), Fierce Creatures (1997) and Doctors (2006). He also played Mr Mitchell in Grange Hill (1978-79) and Dexter in sitcom The Piglet Files (1990-92).
Facts
For many years, Australian Michael was the partner of actress Janet Fielding, who played the Doctor's companion Tegan in the 1980s.

Simon Gregor (Steward)
Career highlights
Simon made his earliest appearance on screen in Escape from Sobibor (1987), then Young Toscanini (1988), Love on a Branch Line (1994), Men Behaving Badly (1996), Bodywork (2001), Swallow (2001), Ultimate Force (2003), Mine All Mine (2004), Rome (2005), New Tricks (2010), Ripper Street (2013), Welcome to the Punch (2013), Da Vinci's Demons (2013) and The Borgias (2013).

CREW

Toby Whithouse (writer) Born 1970
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: School Reunion (2006), Torchwood: Greeks Bearing Gifts (2006), The Vampires of Venice (2010), The God Complex (2011), A Town Called Mercy (2012), Under the Lake/ Before the Flood (2015), The Lie of the Land (2017)
Career highlights
Toby's first writing work was on Where the Heart Is (1999), followed by Attachments (2000), Hotel Babylon (2006), No Angels (2004/06, which he also created), The Armstrong and Miller Show (2007), Being Human (2008-13, which he also created) and The Game (2014, which he also created). He was also executive producer on Being Human (the UK and US versions), its spin-off Becoming Human (2011) and The Game.
Toby has also had a parallel career as an actor, having appeared in The Upper Hand (1992), A Masculine Ending (1992), The Scarlet and the Black (1993), Shadowlands (1993), Bright Hair (1997), Goodnight Sweetheart (1999), Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), The Virgin Queen (2006) and Cara Fi (2014), as well as the regular roles of Norman Foss in The House of Eliott (1992-94) and Alistair Frith in Being Human (2013).
Facts
Toby's series Being Human was twice nominated for a Best Drama Series BAFTA (in 2010 and 2011). Here's his Twitter.
In 2015 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Toby, and Jamie Mathieson, here.

Jonny Campbell (director)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Vampires of Venice (2010), Vincent and the Doctor (2010)
Career highlights
Jonny debuted on the TV Movie Two Minutes (1996), then Dream Team (1997), The Bill (1999), Peak Practice (1999-2000), Glasgow Kiss (2000), Phoenix Nights (2001), Death in Holy Orders (2003), Spooks (2004), Shameless (2004), Alien Autopsy (2006), Ashes to Ashes (2008), Eric and Ernie (2011), In the Flesh (2013) and The Casual Vacancy (2015).
Facts
Before Jonny became a director he was a researcher on ITV's This Morning.

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.

Patrick Schweitzer (producer)
Doctor Who credits
Location manager: The Runaway Bride (2006)
Production manager: Smith and Jones, The Shakespeare Code, Daleks in Manhattan/ Evolution of the Daleks, 42, Utopia (2007)
Line 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 (2010)
Produced: The Vampires of Venice (2010), Vincent and the Doctor (2010)
Career highlights
Patrick's career stems right back to acting as location manager on Oliver's Travel's in 1995, as well as Streetlife (1995), Tiger Bay (1997), The Theory of Flight (1998), Daylight Robbery (1999), The Mrs Bradley Mysteries (1998/2000), Silent Witness (2002), Spooks (2003), Hustle (2004), Blackpool (2004), The Virgin Queen (2005), The Line of Beauty (2006) and Primeval (2007). He later became line producer on Spooks: Code 9 (2008), Ashes to Ashes (2009), The Hour (2011) and Call the Midwife (2012), and full producer on Whitechapel (2013) and The Interceptor (2015).

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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