Monday, October 26, 2015

Death is the Only Answer

Einstein (Nickolas Grace) meets the
Doctor (Matt Smith)
One episode (Death is the Only Answer)
First broadcast Oct 1 2011 (as part of Doctor Who Confidential)
Average audience for story: unknown*


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.
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.

Nickolas Grace (Albert Einstein) Born Nov 21 1947
Career highlights
Nickolas debuted in Kate (1971), then The Fenn Street Gang (1971), The Love School (1975), Survivors (1975), The Pink Medicine Show (1978), The Professionals (1980), Brideshead Revisited (1981), Lace (1984), Max Headroom (1985), CATS Eyes (1986), Salome's Last Dance (1988), Dream Demon (1988), Hands of a Murderer (1990), The Green Man (1990), Absolutely Fabulous (1992), Tom and Viv (1994), Space Precinct (1994), Bugs (1995), The Final Cut (1995), Evita (1996), Shooting Fish (1997), Daniel Deronda (2002), Casanova (2005), Confetti (2006), Affinity (2008), Tales of Albion (2014) and Holy Smoke (2014). He also had recurring roles in Birds of a Feather as Dorien's husband Marcus (1989/93/97) and My Family as Mr Casey (2001/08/10), but will be best remembered as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin of Sherwood (1984-86).
Nickolas was nominated for a Best Actor BAFTA for his part in Brideshead Revisited in 1982. He also directs for the stage and teaches acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama. In a 2007 biography of the late actor Alan Bates, Nickolas talks about his "intense affair" with Bates.

Paul Kasey (Ood) 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.


The Children of Oakley Junior School (writers) Born c.2001
Four children who were aged between nine and 11 and attended Oakley Junior School, Oakley, Basingstoke, Hampshire in April 2011 were the collective writers of this mini episode which was broadcast during the final ever Doctor Who Confidential, When Time Froze. The episode came about through a competition promoted by Doctor Who Confidential and BBC Learning and the process of making it was followed throughout the 2011 series of Doctor Who Confidential in the Script to Screen strand. The winning children were Adam Shephard, Ben Weston, Daniel Heaton and Katie Hossick, students of Year 6 teacher Kevin Downing.

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).
Here's Jeremy on Twitter.

* If you know the final BARB rating for the Doctor Who Confidential episode When Time Froze, please get in touch!

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