Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Doctor's Wife

One of those JNT-style publicity pictures
that breaks the fourth wall
One episode (The Doctor's Wife)
First broadcast May 14 2011
Average audience for story: 7.97m + 1.40m iPlayer = 9.37m

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.

Suranne Jones (Idris/ The TARDIS) Born Aug 27 1978
Doctor Who credits
Played: Mona Lisa in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Mona Lisa's Revenge (2009)
Played: Idris/ The TARDIS in The Doctor's Wife (2011)
Career highlights
Suranne made her debut playing the memorable role of Karen McDonald in soap Coronation Street in 113 episodes between 1997-2004. Other work includes City Central (1998), My Wonderful Life (1999), Vincent (2005-06), Strictly Confidential (2006), Harley Street (2008), Love and a Long Shot (2009), Single Father (2010), The Secret of Crickley Hall (2012), The Crimson Field (2014), A Touch of Cloth (2012-14), Doctor Foster (2015) and A Christmas Star (2015). She has also played DS Rachel Bailey in the detective series Scott and Bailey, which was based on an idea by herseld and fellow actor Sally Lindsay, since 2011.
Facts
Suranne won a Best Actress British Soap Award in both 2004 and 2005 and has been nominated for a National Television Award five times, winning Most Popular Actress in 2004. She was also nominated for a Royal Television Society Award in 2010. Suranne suffers from carpophobia (a fear of wrists) which she puts down to imagery of Christ's crucifixion and stigmata as a child growing up Catholic.
In 2014 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Suranne here.

Adrian Schiller (Uncle) Born Feb 21 1964
Career highlights
Debuted in Prime Suspect 2 & 3 (1992-93), then Ghosts (1995), Bugs (1996), A Touch of Frost (2000), Judge John Deed (2002), Nostradamus (2006), Good (2008), The Devil's Whore (2008), Ashes to Ashes (2009), Being Human (2010), Going Postal (2010), Zen (2011), The Bible (2013), The Musketeers (2014), Endeavour (2014), Residue (2015) and Suffragette (2015).
Facts
Here he is on Twitter (interesting handle!).

Elizabeth Berrington (Auntie) Born Aug 3 1970
Career highlights
Elizabeth debuted in 1993's Naked, then found roles in Secrets & Lies (1996), The Moonstone (1997), Urban Ghost Story (1998), The Lakes (1997-99), Onegin (1999), Mad Cows (1999), Nature Boy (2000), Quills (2000), Chambers (2001), Rescue Me (2002), The Office (2003), Shane (2004), The Rotters' Club (2005), Nanny McPhee (2005), Drop Dead Gorgeous (2006-07), In Bruges (2008), Apparitions (2008), Psychoville (2009), The Crimson Petal and the White (2011), Being Eileen (2013), Alan Partridge (2013), The Smoke (2014), Mr Turner (2014) and The Syndicate (2015). Regular roles include Marina in My Wonderful Life (1997-99), Mel Debrou in Moving Wallpaper (2008-09), Ruby Fry in Waterloo Road (2009-11) and Paula Kosh in Stella (2012-15).

Paul Kasey (Nephew) 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.

Michael Sheen (Voice of House) Born Feb 5 1969
Career highlights
Michael made his acting debut in Gallowglass in 1993, followed by Mary Reilly (1996), Wilde (1997), The Four Feathers (2002), Bright Young Things (2003), The Deal (2003), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse (2005), Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! (2006), The Queen (2006), Blood Diamond (2006), Frost/ Nixon (2006), The Damned United (2009), 30 Rock (2010), Tron: Legacy (2010), Jesus Henry Christ (2012), Under Milk Wood (2014), Far from the Madding Crowd (2015), The Spoils Before Dying (2015) and Passengers (2016). Recurring roles include Lucian in the Underworld film franchise (2003-09), Aro in the Twilight film franchise (2009-12) and Dr William Masters in Masters of Sex (2013-15). He also voices the White Rabbit in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010) and the sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016).
Facts
Michael is known as something of a mimic, playing autobiographical roles as other famous people, including composer Mozart (1999, on stage), former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair (2003, 2006 and 2010), comedy actor Kenneth Williams (2006), author H G Wells (2006), Emperor Nero (2006), journalist David Frost (2008), and football manager Brian Clough (2009). In 2010 he appeared in the music video for the Manic Street Preachers single (It's Not War) Just the End of Love. He has been nominated for three BAFTAs, four Olivier Awards, an Emmy and a Golden Globe, but is yet to win any. His dad Meyrick is a Jack Nicholson impersonator. Michael was awarded the OBE in 2009. His celebrity girlfriends include Kate Beckinsale (1995-2003, with whom he has a daughter), Rachel McAdams (2010-13) and Sarah Silverman (from 2014). Here he is on Twitter.

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Neil Gaiman (writer) Born Nov 10 1960
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Doctor's Wife (2011), Nightmare in Silver (2013), Rain Gods (Series 7 DVD minisode, 2013)
Career highlights
Neil is one of the UK's foremost fiction authors, having started out writing non-fiction books on subjects such as Duran Duran and The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy. He has also written comic books since the late 1980s, such as 2000 AD, Judge Dredd and Batman, and also created his own comics, most notably The Sandman series. His first fiction book was a project with Terry Pratchett called Good Omens in 1990, after which he has written many more, including Neverwhere (1996), American Gods (2001), Coraline (2002), Anansi Boys (2005) and Eternity's Wheel (2015). There have also been many children's books, including The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish (1997) and The Sleeper and the Spindle (2014), and short story collections such as Angels and Visitations (1993), Fragile Things (2006) and Trigger Warning (2015). He also wrote the Doctor Who digital short story Nothing O'Clock in 2013.
Several of his works have been adapted into TV or film projects, including Neverwhere (1996), MirrorMask (2005), Stardust (2007) and Coraline (2009). He has also written new material for TV, including Babylon 5 (1998), and appeared in Arthur (2010) and The Simpsons (2011).
Facts
Neil is a very good friend of the American singer songwriter Tori Amos, and they pop up in each other's work - Neil wrote a character based upon her in his novel Stardust, while Tori has referred to Neil in several of her songs since a demo tape in 1991. Neil has written stories for some of Tori's album and tour literature, and is her daughter Tash's godfather. Neil is married to songwriter and performer Amanda Palmer, one-time vocalist with The Dresden Dolls. The couple have an open marriage. This is his website and this is his Twitter.

Richard Clark (director)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Gridlock (2007), The Lazarus Experiment (2007), The Doctor's Wife (2011), Night Terrors (2011)
Career highlights
Richard's earliest directing work was on My Dead Buddy in 1997, after which he found work on Shockers: Dance (1999), Life on Mars (2007), The Whistleblowers (2007), Whitechapel (2012), The Musketeers (2014), The Crimson Field (2014) and Outlander (2015).
Facts
Here he is on Twitter.

Sanne Wohlenberg (producer) Born Aug 9 1968
Doctor Who credits
Produced: A Christmas Carol (2010), The Doctor's Wife (2011), Night Terrors (2011)
Career highlights
German Sanne was first credited as a line producer on Men Only in 2001, then became producer on Lucky Jim (2003, as Sanne Craddick), Murphy's Law (2003, as Sanne Craddick), Funland (2005), The Whistleblowers (2007), Mad Dogs (2013) and Wallander (2010-15).

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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