Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Vincent and the Doctor

Vincent Van Gogh (Tony Curran) with
his self-portrait
One episode (Vincent and the Doctor)
First broadcast June 5 2010
Average audience for story: 6.76m + 1.13m iPlayer = 7.89m

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.

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 (Mother) 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).

Morgan Overton (Schoolchild) Born 2000
Career highlights
Morgan debuted in Sense and sensibility (2008), then appeared in Gigglebiz (2009), Little Einsteins (2010), Ruddy Hell! It's Harry and Paul (2010) and The Morgana Show (2010). He also provided the voice of Wilson the train in the animated series Chuggington (2008-12).
Facts
For the 2014-15 season, Morgan played clarinet for the Britten Symphonia Academy.

Andrew Byrne (Schoolchild) Born Dec 30 1999
Career highlights
Debuted in After Thomas (2006), then Who Killed Mrs De Ropp? (2007), Jekyll (2007), Cranford (2007) and Doc Martin (2009.
Facts
His brother Thomas is also an actor and has appeared in series such as Down to Earth, Extras, Where the Heart Is and Wire in the Blood.

Nik Howden (Maurice)
Career highlights
Nik's other work includes Better Days (1997), Stan (2006), Ashes to Ashes (2008), On the Edge (2009) and Grandpa in My Pocket (2013).
Facts
If you've ever wanted to see a photoshoot of Nik posing in a stream, look no further than photographer Paul Groom's website. Here's Nik on Twitter.

Sarah Counsell (Waitress)
Career highlights
Sarah made her acting debut in EastEnders (2008), then Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008), Being Human (2009), Skins (2009), Merlin (2010), PhoneShop (2011), Call the Midwife (2012), Threesome (2012) and In the Heart of the Sea (2015). She has also worked as a casting director on productions such as Excluded (2010), Shelfstackers (2010), The Cut (2010) and Merlin (2011), while she has written and produced the short film Cubicle Two (2010) and written the TV movie Rules of Love (2010).

Bill Nighy (born Dec 12 1949) was uncredited in his role of Dr Black, but here's a link to his IMDb page.

CREW

Richard Curtis (writer) Born Nov 8 1956
Career highlights
New Zealand born Richard is one of the UK's foremost comedy writers and film script writers who started out writing sketches for the comedy series Not the Nine O'Clock News in 1982, and went on to write for Spitting Image (1984-85), The Tall Guy (1989), French and Saunders (1990), Bernard and the Genie (1991), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Notting Hill (1999), Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), Love Actually (2003), Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004), Casualty (2007), War Horse (2011), About Time (2013) and Roald Dahl's Esio Trot (2014). He also helped create and wrote many episodes of the sitcoms Black Adder (1983-99), Mr Bean (1990-95) and its spin-offs Bean (1997) and the Animated Series (2002), and The Vicar of Dibley (1994-2007). He also acts as producer on many of his own productions, and directed Love Actually, Pirate Radio (2009) and About Time.
Facts
Richard has won three BAFTAs and has been nominated for a further six, won a Primetime Emmy for The Girl in the Cafe (2005), and has been nominated for two Golden Globes and one Oscar. Richard's wife is Emma Freud, who acted as co-script editor on his Doctor Who script and whose cousin is Esther Frued, who appeared in the Doctor Who story Attack of the Cybermen in 1985. When he was in college his then girlfriend (who later became Baroness Jenkin of Kennington) left him for Bernard Jenkin (who later became MP for Harwich and North Essex), so in many of his screenplays since he has written about a "fairly unpleasant" character named Bernard. Richard was awarded the MBE in 1994 and a CBE in 2000. Richard, along with comedian Lenny Henry, was the brains behind the creation of the Comic Relief charity (Red Nose Day) in the UK. Richard also founded Make Poverty History and helped organise the Live8 music concert in 2005.

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.

Emma Freud (script editor) Born Jan 25 1962
Career highlights
Emma started out as a TV presenter on Worldwise (1986), followed by The 6 O'Clock Show (1986), The Bottom Line (1988), The Media Show (1989-91) and Plunder (1990-91). She also dabbled in acting in series such as Drop the Dead Donkey (1991) and Twice Upon a Yesterday (1998), but has more recently become a TV and film script editor on productions such as Bernard and the Genie (1991), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Bean (1997), Notting Hill (1999), Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), Love Actually (2003), The Vicar of Dibley (1994-2007) and About Time (2013).
Facts
Emma's husband is Vincent and the Doctor writer Richard Curtis. Emma's cousin is actress and writer Esther Freud (who appeared in Doctor Who story Attack of the Cybermen (1985), and is herself married to actor David Morrissey, who appeared in The Next Doctor (2008)); her uncle was the eminent painter Lucian Freud, her great-grandfather the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, her father the politician and writer Clement Freud, her cousin fashion designer Bella Freud, and her brother public relations guru Matthew Freud. The Freuds are an ever-expanding family of talent - Esther's uncle Lucian fathered 14 children with different women! Emma was awarded an OBE in 2011. In 1978 she worked as a backing singer for Mike Oldfield, touring Europe with Tubular Bells, and was a member of The Girls cabaret band between 1984-2004. She was also co-director and musical director of the Open Air Theatre Regent's Park between 1985-86, and been director of Red Nose Day since 2000. She was a co-producer with her husband of the 2005 Live8 concerts, and has written columns for publications as diverse as Tatler, Radio Times, the Mirror and the Telegraph.

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