Monday, October 19, 2015

The God Complex

Anyone got a gottle of geer?
One episode (The God Complex)
First broadcast Sep 17 2011
Average audience for story: 6.77m + 1.08m iPlayer = 7.84m

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.

Sarah Quintrell (Lucy Hayward) Born 1979
Career highlights
Sarah debuted as Sinead in the series Carrie and Barry (2004-05), then Lewis (2007) and three episodes of Doctors (2007/10/14).

Amara Karan (Rita) Born Jan 1 1984
Career highlights
Debuted in The Bill (2007), then The Darjeeling Limited (2007, also as "Rita"), St Trinian's (2007), The Task (2011), Kidnap and Ransom (2011-12), A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2012), Ambassadors (2013), Goodness Gracious Me (2014) and Lucky Man (2016).
Facts
After graduating from Oxford University, where she studied politics, philosophy and economics, Amara spent two years in the City of London as an investment banker for Hawkpoint and CIBC, before branching into acting. Amara was also an Olympic Torch bearer on its journey through London in April 2012.

Dimitri Leonidas (Howie Spragg) Born Nov 14 1987
Career highlights
Dimitri made his debut, credited as Shane Leonidas, playing Josh Irvine in 59 episodes of Grange Hill between 2001-04. Further work includes Tormented (2009), Centurion (2010), Hustle (2011), Sinbad (2012), The Monuments Men (2014) and Killing Jesus (2015).
Facts
Dimitri's sisters are actors too - Stephanie is best known as Irisa in sci-fi show Defiance, while Georgina found recognition as Katie Bell in the Harry Potter films.

Daniel Pirrie (Joe Buchanan)
Career highlights
Debuted in Murder Prevention (2004), then Jane Eyre (2006), Hollyoaks (2011), The Awakening (2011), Downton Abbey (2011), Falcon (2012), Diana (2013), Cilla (2014) and Christmas Eve (2015).
Facts
Here's Daniel on Twitter.

David Walliams (Gibbis) Born Aug 20 1971
Career highlights
David's acting career, principally in comedy, stems from voicing Sam the Lift on Incredible Games (1994), followed by Games World (1994), Mash and Peas (1996), Shooting Stars (1996), It's Ulrika! (1997), Barking (1998), Plunkett and Macleane (1999), Sir Bernard's Stately Homes (1999), Spaced (1999), The Strangerers (2000), Fun at the Funeral Parlour (2001), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (2001), Ted and Alice (2002), Casualty (2003), EastEnders (2003), Stoned (2005), Hotel Babylon (2007), Stardust (2007), Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me (2008), Marmaduke (2010), Great Expectations (2012), The Look of Love (2013), Blandings (2013), Big School (2013-14) and Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime (2015). His writing and performing work with Matt Lucas on the comedy sketch series Little Britain (2003-06) led to two spin-off video games (2006 and 2007), a live DVD (2006) and an American version of the series (2008). Also with Lucas, he wrote and appeared in the sketch series Come Fly With Me (2010-11), and appeared as his character Lou Todd at Live8 (2005) and in an episode of Australian soap opera Neighours in 2007. On the writing front, David has written for Mash and Peas, Asylum (1996), Barking, Boyz Unlimited (1999), Rock Profile (1999-2001), Little Britain, The One Ronnie (2010), Come Fly With Me and Big School. Several of his books for children have also been adapted for TV, including Mr Stink (2012), Gangsta Granny (2013), The Boy in the Dress (2014), Billionaire Boy (2015) and Awful Auntie (2016). In 1999 he wrote and appeared in three sketches for BBC2's Doctor Who Night, including The Web of Caves, The Pitch of Fear and The Kidnappers (these have subsequently appeared on various Doctor Who DVDs). In 2011 he hosted David Walliams' Awfully Good and Wall of Fame, and hosted the Royal Variety Performance in 2012. Since 2012 David has also served as a judge on the Britain's Got Talent panel.
Facts
David, who appeared in the music video for Charlotte Hatherley's Bastardo in 2005, has been nominated for a great many awards, including a British Comedy Award four times (winning twice for Little Britain), an International Emmy (for Little Britain), and eight BAFTAs (winning three for Little Britain). In 2006 David, who is bipolar, swam 21 miles across the English Channel in 10 hours 30 minutes to raise money for Sport Relief, and followed this in 2008 by swimming across the Strait of Gibraltar (12 miles) in four and a half hours. In 2010 he cycled the UK end to end to help raise £1m for Sport Relief, while in 2011 he swam the length of the River Thames (140 miles), contracting giardiasis and injuring an intervertebral disc, requiring emergency back surgery. David's children's books have sold more than four million copies since the first one was published in 2008. He has also written an autobiography, called Camp David (2012). Here he is on Twitter.

Dafydd Emyr (PE teacher)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Suited agent in Army of Ghosts TARDISode (2006)
Played: PE teacher in The God Complex (2011)
Career highlights
Debuted in Becca (1988), then Old Scores (1991), Friday on My Mind (1992), Gogs (1995-96), The Famous Five (1997), EastEnders: Dot's Story (2003), Carrie's War (2004), Young Dracula (2006) and The Machine (2013).

Spencer Wilding (The Creature) Born Jul 26 1972
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Creature (minotaur) in The God Complex (2011)
Played: Wooden King in The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (2011)
Played: Skaldak in Cold War (2013)
Career highlights
At two metres (6ft 7in) high, Spencer specialises in playing creatures and supernatural beings. He started out playing a werewolf in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), after which he appeared in The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Batman Begins (2005), Eragon (2006), Stardust (2007), The Golden Compass (2007), The Wolfman (2010), Game of Thrones (2011), Wrath of the Titans (2012), Atlantis (2013), The Legend of Hercules (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Jupiter Ascending (2015), Pan (2015) and Victor Frankenstein (2015).
Facts
Spencer is on Twitter. He was once crowned British/ Welsh kickboxing champion. To see a photo of 6ft 7in Spencer with 7ft actor Phill Martin and 3ft 8in Jimmy Vee (also a Doctor Who alumni), click here.

Rashid Karapiet (Rita's father) Aug 8 1928 to Mar 26 2013
Career highlights
Indian Rashid made his credited acting debut in 1960's The Roving Reasons, followed by Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983), The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Minder (1984), A Passage to India (1984), Albion Market (1985), Tandoori Nights (1985/87), High Street Blues (1989), Kinsey (1991), Pie in the Sky (1994), Mrs Merton and Malcolm (1999), Cutting It (2003), Hustle (2004), The Kumars at Number 42 (2005), Family Affairs (2005), New Tricks (2008), Eternal Law (2012) and Quartet (2012).
Facts
Rashid (born Reginald Anthony Carrapiett) presented on English language radio in India and Pakistan in the 1940s and 50s before moving to the UK to study acting in 1956. He was also a singer, writer and teacher during his long career.

Roger Ennals (Gorilla) Born 1948
Career highlights
Roger made his debut as a Wheeler in Return to Oz (1985), then found work in Bergerac (1988), Rumpole of the Bailey (1992), The Butterfly Effect (1995), Gulliver's Travels (1996), Beyond Fear (1997), Silent Witness (2002), Hardware (2004) and Cranford (2007).

Caitlin Blackwood (Amelia Pond) Born Jun 23 2000
Doctor Who credits
Played: Amelia Pond in The Eleventh Hour (2010), The Big Bang (2010), Let's Kill Hitler (2011), The God Complex (2011), The Angels Take Manhattan (2012, uncredited), The Time of the Doctor (2013, uncredited)
Career highlights
Caitlin's other acting work includes Cops and Monsters (2014) and Journey Bound (2015).
Facts
Caitlin is actress Karen Gillan's cousin in real life, but the first time they ever met was on set for Doctor Who. Here she is on Twitter.

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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.

Nick Hurran (director) Born 1959
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Girl Who Waited (2011), The God Complex (2011), Asylum of the Daleks (2012), The Angels Take Manhattan (2012), The Day of the Doctor (2013)
Career highlights
Nick started out as a floor manager on the children's anthology series Dramarama (1983-84), as well as Lytton's Diary (1985), Chance in a Million (1984-86) and The Bill (1987/88). His screen directing career began on the quiz show Telly Addicts in the late 1980s, after which he secured work on Never the Twain (1989-90), Big Break (1991), Boon (1992), Outside Edge (1994-96), Virtual Sexuality (1999), The Last Detective (2003), Bonekickers (2008), The Prisoner (2009), Sherlock (2014, for which he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy), Fortitude (2015), Minority Report (2015) and Childhood's End (2015). Nick has also acted as director/ producer on Walk Away and I Stumble (2005) and A Class Apart (2007), as well as The Last Detective (2003-07).
Facts
Nick's wife is TV producer Michele Buck. Here's Nick 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.

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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