Monday, September 14, 2015

The Curse of the Black Spot (+ prelude)

The Siren (Lily Cole) was not pleased
Prelude
One episode (untitled on screen)
First broadcast Apr 30 2011 (online)
Cast: Hugh Bonneville (Captain Henry Avery); see below
Crew: Steve Thompson (writer), Jeremy Webb (director), Marcus Wilson (producer); see below

The Curse of the Black Spot
One episode (The Curse of the Black Spot)
First broadcast May 7 2011
Average audience for story: 7.85m + 1.33m iPlayer = 9.18m

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.

Hugh Bonneville (Captain Henry Avery) Born Nov 10 1963
Doctor Who credits
Played: Captain Henry Avery in The Curse of the Black Spot (plus prelude), A Good Man Goes to War (all 2011)
Career highlights
Debuted in Chancer (1990), as Richard Bonneville, the professional name he kept until 1995. Further work includes Dodgem (1991), Peak Practice (1994), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), The Vet (1995), Married for Life (1996), Get Well Soon (1997), Holding the Baby (1998), Mosley (1998), Notting Hill (1999), Mansfield Park (1999), The Cazalets (2001), Tipping the Velvet (2002), Daniel Deronda (2002), The Commander (2003-05), Stage Beauty (2004), Asylum (2005), The Robinsons (2005), Scenes of a Sexual Nature (2006), The Vicar of Dibley (2007), Bonekickers (2008), Ben Hur (2010), The Silence (2010), Mr Stink (2012), Muppets Most Wanted (2014), Paddington (2014) and The Hollow Crown (2016). He is most known for his regular roles as Ian Fletcher in Twenty Twelve (2011-12) and W1A (2014-15), and the Earl of Grantham in Downton Abbey (2010-15).
Facts
Hugh is much nominated for various awards: he's been nominated for both a British Comedy Award and a BAFTA twice for his work in Twenty Twelve (and a third BAFTA nom for W1A), and has been nominated twice for a Primetime Emmy and once for a Golden Globe for Downton Abbey. He has yet to win any of the top flight awards for any of these shows. Here's his Twitter.

Lee Ross (Boatswain) Born 1971
Career highlights
Lee's first acting credit was one familiar to anybody growing up in the 1980s in the UK as he was Dodger in the children's series Dodger, Bonzo and the Rest (1984-86), after which he found further work in Buddy's Song (1991), Shrinks (1991), Between the Lines (1992), Westbeach (1993), Shine On Harvey Moon (1995), Secrets and Lies (1996), The English Patient (1996), Metroland (1997), Watership Down (1999), Rogue Trader (1999), Playing the Field (1999-2000), Hustle (2004), Jericho (2005), Life on Mars (2006), Robin Hood (2007/09), Centurion (2010), Ashes to Ashes (2010), Titanic (2012), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), Cradle to Grave (2015) and Slapper and Me (2015). Other regular roles include Kenny Phillips in 30 episodes of Press Gang (1989-91) and Owen Turner in 48 episodes of soap EastEnders (2006/09), while he may also be remembered as sycophantic husband Paul (among other characters) in The Catherine Tate Show (2004-05).
Facts
Lee is married to actress Jo McInnes. He appeared in two films nominated for Best Picture Oscars in 1997 - The English Patient and Secrets and Lies. Lee was one of the chirpy children in the Baggy Trousers spoof advertisement for Colgate toothpaste in 1983.

Lily Cole (The Siren) Born Dec 27 1987*
Career highlights
Lily's acting debut came with St Trinian's in 2007, followed by Rage (2009), The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009), There Be Dragons (2011), The Moth Diaries (2011), Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), The Zero Theorem (2013) and Gravy (2015). Lily is also a model, having worked for Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gaultier and Moschino, and has appeared in TV commercials for Monsoon, Rimmel, Marks and Spencer and Ghost.
Facts
Lily was named Model of the Year at the 2004 British Fashion Awards. In 2007 she appeared in the music video for Walk This Way by the Sugababes and Girls Aloud, and in 2013 appeared (along with fellow Doctor Who alumni James Cordern) in the video for Paul McCartney's Queenie Eye, as well as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Sacrilege and, in 2014, Clean Bandit's UK Shanty. Lily is the founder of impossible.com, which promotes and offers requests for gifts or assistance, and was also involved in setting up the environmentally-friendly knitwear range The North Circular. Lily's dating history is a constant preoccupation of the media: she's been linked to Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry, actors Jude Law and Enrique Murciano, and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey.
* Many sources say Lily was born on May 19, 1988, but in a tweet in 2015 she described that date as her "media birthday - my birthday according to the media", suggesting the true date is December 1987.

Michael Begley (Mulligan)
Career highlights
Debuted in London's Burning (1996), followed by Hillsborough (1996), This Life (1997), The Grand (1998), Heartbeat (2000), Bob and Rose (2001), Dalziel and Pascoe (2005), The Last Detective (2007), Minder (2009), Being Human (2009-10), EastEnders (2013) and Foyle's War (2015). He played PC Richard Law in 31 episodes of City Central (1998-2000), Rick Straud in William and Mary (2003-05) and Henry Salisbury in Doctors (2009-10). More recently he has become a television script writer, penning several episodes of soap EastEnders (2010-13).
Facts
In 2014 Michael created the alternative persona Mister Serenade, a retro vintage singer who performs classic songs from the 1930s while playing the ukelele.

Oscar Lloyd (Toby Avery) Born Sep 16 1997
Doctor Who credits
Played: Toby Avery in The Curse of the Black Spot, A Good Man Goes to War (2011)
Career highlights
Oscar debuted in Hancock and Joan (2008), then found work in Oscar and Michael's Phineas and Ferb Fan Club Show (2008-09), Lark Rise to Candleford (2009), One Night (2012), Blandings (2013) and Doctors (2011/15). He played Ryan in 29 episodes of 4 O'Clock Club (2012-14), but will be best recognised as playing Will Wylde in 134 episodes of soap Emmerdale between 2009-11.
Facts
In 2010 he was nominated for Best Dramatic Performance from a Young Actor at the British Soap Awards (he lost to Ami Metcalf from Doctors). Here he is on Twitter.

Tony Lucken (De Florres)
Doctor Who credits
Stunts: Dalek (2005), Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Ways (2005), The End of Time (2009-10)
Played: De Florres in The Curse of the Black Spot (2011)
Career highlights
Tony was first credited for his stuntwork on London's Burning in the early 1990s, followed by stints on Hackers (1995), The Fifth Element (1997), Mrs Brown (1997), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Saving Private Ryan (1998), The Avengers (1998), The World is Not Enough (1999), Blackadder Back & Forth (1999), Gladiator (2000), One Foot in the Grave (2000), The Mummy Returns (2001), Band of Brothers (2001), Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hotel Babylon (2007), The Dark Knight (2008), Ashes to Ashes (2009-10), Attack the Block (2011), X-Men: First Class (2011), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), John Carter (2012), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Merlin (2009-12), Da Vinci's Demons (2013-14), Wolf Hall (2015), Fortitude (2015) and Road Games (2015). He's also had credited acting parts in The Vanishing Man (1996), Messiah (2001), Love Actually (2003), New Tricks (2009), Silent Witness (2003/11) and The Sweeney (2012).
Facts
You can watch Tony dress up as a woman and crash a car into a solid object in this video from when he was working on Casualty in 2012.

Chris Jarman (Dancer)
Career highlights
Chris's debut came with Grange Hill in 1992, and then again in 1995; further work includes Pirates (1998), State of Play (2003), Spartacus (2004), Surface (2005), Roman Mysteries (2008), Demons (2009), Johnny English Reborn (2011) and Run (2013).
Facts
Here's Chris on Twitter.

Carl McCrystal (McGrath)
Career highlights
Carl debuted as a murderer in Let Them Eat Cake (1999), followed by The World is Not Enough (1999), Ali G Indahouse (2002), North and South (2004), Diamond Geezer (2007), Dread (2009), Hustle (2012), The Borgias (2012), The Musketeers (2014) and Another World (2015).
Facts
before becoming an actor in 1998 Carl served five years in the British Army.

Frances Barber (Eye Patch Lady/ Madame Kovarian) Born May 13 1957
Doctor Who credits
Played: Eye Patch Lady/ Madame Kovarian in Day of the Moon, The Curse of the Black Spot (uncredited), The Rebel Flesh/ The Almost People, A Good Man Goes to War, Closing Time, The Wedding of River Song (all 2011)
Career highlights
Frances debuted in the 1978 short Wings of Ash, then found work in The Missionary (1982), Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983), A Zed & Two Noughts (1985), Castaway (1986), Prick Up Your Ears (1987), Behaving Badly (1989), Red Dwarf (1989), Inspector Morse (1992), Chef! (1994), Space Precinct (1995), Rhodes (1996), Real Women (1998-99), Shiner (2000), Gimme Gimme Gimme (2001), Manchild (2002), Having It Off (2002), My Family (2003), According to Bex (2005), Funland (2005), Hustle (2007), Casualty (2008), The Fattest Man in Britain (2009), Pete Versus Life (2011), Great Expectations (2011), The Spa (2013), Silk (2012-14), Psychobitches (2013-14), Mr Holmes (2015) and Flack (2015).
Facts
When Frances studied drama at Bangor University she was dating fellow alumni, director Danny Boyle. She has worked with the Pet Shop Boys twice - she appeared in their 2001 musical Closer to Heaven, and also sang live at one of their concerts in 2006 (the song Friendly Fire). One of her closest friends is actor Ian McKellen (whose voice can be heard in the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas special), and he funded a library in her name in India. Here she is on Twitter.

CREW

Steve Thompson (writer) Born 1967
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Curse of the Black Spot (2011), Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS (2013), Time Heist (2014)
Career highlights
Steve's screen writing career began with a stint on Doctors in 2005, followed by work for The Whistleblowers (2007), Mutual Friends (2008), Silk (2011), Upstairs, Downstairs (2012), Sinbad (2012) and Sherlock (2010-14).

Jeremy Webb (director)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Curse of the Black Spot (2011), The Wedding of River Song (2011), Death is the Only Answer (2011)
Career highlights
Jeremy's directorial debut came on the short film Family Ties (1997), after which he helmed Grange Hill (2000), Ultimate Force (2003), Casualty (2002-04), All About George (2005), True Dare Kiss (2007), Merlin (2008-11), Downton Abbey (2012, for which he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy), Atlantis (2013), The Red Road (2015) and Masters of Sex (2014-15).
Facts
Here's Jeremy on Twitter.

Marcus Wilson (producer) Born Jul 4 1973
Doctor Who credits
Produced: The Impossible Astronaut/ Day of the Moon, The Curse of the Black Spot, The Rebel Flesh/ The Almost People, A Good Man Goes to War, Let's Kill Hitler, 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 (2011-13)
Career highlights
Marcus's earliest screen credit is as unit manager on soap Emmerdale in 1997, followed by floor manager on Verdict (1998) and production manager on Cutting It (2002) and No Angels (2004). He also acted as first assistant director on At Home with the Braithwaites (2000-01), Heartbeat (2000-02), The Royal (2003), No Angels (2004) and All the Small Things (2009). Other producing work includes Cutting It, No Angels, Life on Mars (2006-07), True Dare Kiss (2007), Whitechapel (2009), Paradox (2009), Taggart (2010) and Our Zoo (2014).
Facts
Marcus's wife is film and TV sound recordist Helen McIlveen (she was sound recordist on the Doctor Who story Closing Time). Here he is on Twitter.

Caroline Henry (script editor)
Doctor Who credits
Script edited: The Impossible Astronaut/ Day of the Moon, The Curse of the Black Spot, The Rebel Flesh/ The Almost People, Let's Kill Hitler, The Girl Who Waited, The Wedding of River Song, The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (all 2011; credited as script executive on last episode)
Career highlights
Caroline's other script editing work includes Ultimate Force (2006), Midsomer Murders (2007), The Bill (2008-10) and Inspector George Gently (2012). She was also assistant producer on the 2013 TV movie Lawless.

Lindsey Alford (script executive)
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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