Thursday, November 26, 2015

Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

Amy (Karen Gillan) with her new team,
Riddell (Rupert Graves) and Queen
Nefertiti (Riann Steele)
One episode (Dinosaurs on a Spaceship)
First broadcast Sep 8 2012
Average audience for story: 7.57m + 1.77m iPlayer = 9.34m

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.

Rupert Graves (Riddell) Born Jun 30 1963
Career highlights
Rupert debuted in Return of the Saint in 1978, aged 15, then found work in The Famous Five (1979), Vice Versa (1981), Puccini (1984), A Room with a View (1985), Maurice (1987), Fortunes of War (1987), The Children (1990), Damage (1992), The Madness of King George (1994), Bent (1997), Room to Rent (2000), The Forsyte Saga (2002-03), Spooks (2005), V for Vendetta (2005), Clapham Junction (2007), The Dinner Party (2007), Wallander (2010), Made in Dagenham (2010), Garrow's Law (2009-11), The White Queen (2013), Last Tango in Halifax (2014-15), The Family (2016) and Native (2016). He also regularly plays Inspector Lestrade in Sherlock (2010-17).
Facts
Rupert worked as a circus clown before getting into serious acting, as well as in a shoe shop and a chip shop.

Mark Williams (Brian Williams) Born Aug 22 1959
Doctor Who credits
Played: Brian Williams in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, The Power of Three (both 2012)
Career highlights
Mark's debut came in 1982's Privileged, followed by High Season (1987), Tumbledown (1988), Red Dwarf (1988), Alexei Sayle's Stuff (1988-89), Great Expectations (1991), Merlin of the Crystal Cave (1991), Kinsey (1992), The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer (1993-95), 101 Dalmatians (1996), The Borrowers (1997), Shakespeare in Love (1998), Gormenghast (2000), The Strangerers (2000), Happiness (2001), The Final Curtain (2002), Grass (2003), Carrie and Barry (2004-05), Stardust (2007), Sense and Sensibility (2008), Merlin (2010), The Indian Doctor (2010), Being Human (2012), Blandings (2013), Still Open All Hours (2013-15) and The Dark Channel (2016). He will be best remembered for playing various roles in the sketch show The Fast Show (1994-2000, which he also wrote material for), Albert Weasley in the Harry Potter film franchise (2002-11), or the title character in Father Brown (2013-15). Mark has also presented his own programmes, including Mark Williams On the Rails (2004), Industrial Revelations (2002-05) and game show The Link (2014-15).

David Bradley (Solomon) Born Apr 17 1942
Doctor Who credits
Played: Voice of Shansheeth Blue in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor (2010)
Played: Solomon in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship (2012)
Played: William Hartnell in An Adventure in Space and Time (2013)
Played: The Doctor in The Doctor Falls, Christmas Special (both 2017)
Career highlights
David made his debut in the sitcom Nearest and Dearest (1971), then secured the role of Colin Woodcock in A Family at War the same year. After that, he found work in The Professionals (1978), The Frisco Kid (1979), One By One (1985), Prick Up Your Ears (1987), Between the Lines (1992), The Buddha of Suburbia (1993), Martin Chuzzlewit (1994), Our Friends in the North (1996), Cracker (1996), Reckless (1997-98), Our Mutual Friend (1998), Tom's Midnight Garden (1999), Shades (2001), The Intended (2002), Nicholas Nickleby (2002), Exorcist: The Beginning (2004), Blackpool (2004), Red Mercury (2005), Sweeney Todd (2006), Hot Fuzz (2007), The Color of Magic (2008), Ideal (2006-08), Ashes to Ashes (2009), Harry Brown (2009), Waking the Dead (2011), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Benidorm (2012), Broadchurch (2013), Prisoners' Wives (2012-13), The World's End (2013) and The Young Messiah (2016). His most memorable roles include Argus Filch in the Harry Potter film franchise (2001-11), Old Jake in Wild West (2002-04), Charlie in Mount Pleasant (2012-14), Abraham Setrakian in The Strain (2014-16) and the much reviled Walder Frey in Game of Thrones (2011/13/16).
Facts
David can be seen in the music video for Louise and the Pins' Bell Jar (2012). In 2014 he won a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA for his work in Broadchurch.

Riann Steele (Queen Nefertiti)
Career highlights
American-born Riann debuted in Hamet (2009), then Pete Versus Life (2010), 360 (2011), In the Flesh (2013), The Tunnel (2013), Misfits (2013), Casualty (2014), Scrotal Recall (2014) and Critical (2015). She also played Lauren Minster in 12 episodes of Holby City (2009-10).

Sunetra Sarker (Indira) Born Jun 25 1973
Career highlights
Debuting as Nisha Batra in the soap Brookside (1988-90/2000-2003), Sunetra then appeared in sitcom Bread (1991), Cracker (1993), Wing and a Prayer (1999), Cold Feet (1999), Playing the Field (2000), Emmerdale (2003), Holby City (2004), The Smoking Room (2004), Mobile (2007), Ideal (2005-08) and Puppy Love (2014). Regular roles include Anji Mittel in No Angels (2004-06), Clare Burns in The Chase (2006-07) and Dr Zoe Hanna in more than 320 episodes of Casualty since 2007. She also directed episodes of Casualty in 2010 and 2012. In 2014 she was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, partnered with Brendan Cole, finishing sixth.
Facts
In 2012, Sunetra and her partner Scott Carey founded the  eco-friendly food firm Keep Me Fresh, which markets the BerryBreeze device. Here she is on Twitter.

Noel Byrne (Robot 1 operator)
Career highlights
Noel's only other credit is playing Matthew King in The Real Dick Turpin (2007). However, he is a member of the Box Tale Soup theatre company, and has worked in motion capture as well as done voiceover work. He is also a street performer and can often be seen entertaining in London's Covent Garden.
Facts
Noel is married to actor Antonia Christophers, who has appeared in Game of Thrones and The Hour.

Richard Garaghty (Robot 2 operator)
Career highlights
Richard's other credits include Back to the Garden (2013) and Machine Stopped Working (2014). He also provided voices for the 2001 Doctor Who webcast Death Comes to Time. He is principally a street performer, having appeared at the Edinburgh Festival, Covent Garden and at the National theatre. He is one half of the comedy duo Garaghty and Thom, with Goronwy Thom. Here's a video of Richard's juggling unicycle act at Covent Garden.

David Mitchell (Robot 1 voice) Born Jul 14 1974
Career highlights
David is best known as one half of the comedy act Mitchell and Webb (with Robert Webb), making his debut on The Jack Docherty Show in 1997, then making appearances in Comedy Nation (1998), Bruiser (2000), Fun at the Funeral Parlour (2001), tlc (2002), Look Around You (2005), All About George (2005), Magicians (2007), Clatterford (2006-09), The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff (2011-12), Ambassadors (2013), Up All Night (2015) and Upstart Crow (2015). David and Webb also starred in and wrote their own comedy sketch shows - The Mitchell and Webb Situation (2001), That Mitchell and Webb Sound (2003-07, on radio), and That Mitchell and Webb Look (2006-10) - and also had their own sitcom, Peep Show (2003-15). David also wrote material for The Armstrong and Miller Show (1999), Bruiser, TV to Go (2001), Big Train (2002), David Mitchell's Soap Box (2009-12) and 10 O'Clock Live (2011-13), as well as having appeared on comedy/ panel shows such as Fanorama (2001-02), FAQ U (2005), The Best of the Worst (2006), Mock the Week (2005-09), The Bubble (2010), 10 O'Clock Live, Was It Something I Said? (2013), Have I Got News for You (2005-14), Would I Lie to You? (2007-15) and QI (2005-15).
Facts
David has been BAFTA-nominated seven times, winning two (for That Mitchell and Webb Look and Peep Show). He's also been nominated for a British Comedy award nine times, winning just once, for Peep Show. David is married to Victoria Coren, best known as a newspaper columnist and presenter of the quiz show Only Connect. Before he broke the big time, David worked in the cloakroom on the Channel 4 variety show TFI Friday. It's interesting to watch the Kids' Stuff episode of David's web series Soapbox from 2010 in the light of the fact he a) gave his voice to Robot 1 two years later, and b) now has a child of his own. He criticises 21st century Doctor Who for being aimed too much at adults, and prefers the 20th century version's focus on the younger audience. Here's David on Twitter.

Robert Webb (Robot 2 voice) Born Sep 19 1972
Career highlights
Robert is best known as one half of the comedy act Mitchell and Webb (with David Mitchell), making his debut on The Jack Docherty Show in 1997, then making appearances in Comedy Nation (1998), Bruiser (2000), Fun at the Funeral Parlour (2001), People Like Us (2001), My Family (2003), Blessed (2005), Confetti (2006), Magicians (2007), The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff (2011-12), Threesome (2012), Fresh Meat (2011-12) and Ambassadors (2013). He also appeared in the sitcom The Smoking Room as Robin (2004-05). Robert and Mitchell also starred in and wrote their own comedy sketch shows - The Mitchell and Webb Situation (2001), That Mitchell and Webb Sound (2003-07, on radio), and That Mitchell and Webb Look (2006-10) - and also had their own sitcom, Peep Show (2003-15). Robert also wrote material for The Armstrong and Miller Show (1999), Bruiser, TV to Go (2001), Big Train (2002) and Robert's Web (2010). In 2011 he appeared on Celebrity Mastermind, his specialist subject being the novels of Ian McEwan (he came third out of four).
Facts
Robert has been BAFTA-nominated three times, winning one (for That Mitchell and Webb Look). He's also been nominated for a British Comedy award three times. Robert is married to actress and comedy writer Abigail Burdess. Here he is on Twitter.

Richard Hope (Bleytal)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Malohkeh/ Malokeh in The Hungry Earth/ Cold Blood (2010), The Wedding of River Song (2011)
Played: Bleytal in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship (2012)
Career highlights
Richard debuted in Secret Army (1977), then Crown Court (1978), Heartland (1979), Brideshead Revisited (1981), Scandalous (1984), Bellman and True (1987), Piece of Cake (1988), Victoria Wood (1989), Boon (1991), The Riff-Raff Element (1993-94), Band of Gold (1995), Alive and Kicking (1996), Bramwell (1997), The Demon Headmaster (1998), Rhona (2000), High Stakes (2001), A is for Acid (2002), The Forsyte Saga (2003), MIT: Murder Investigation Team (2003/05), Chromophobia (2005), The Shell Seekers (2006), The Wild West (2007), EastEnders (2008), Last Love (2013), The Smoke (2014) and Poldark (2015).
Facts
Richard may also be remembered for his appearance in a number of TV commercials for Uncle Ben's rice, as well as John Smith's lager (there's also several to view on his own website here). Here he is on Twitter.
In 2016 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Richard here.

Rudi Dharmalingam (ISA worker) Born May 11 1981
Career highlights
Debuted in Cutting It (2003/04), then The Bill (2007), Hollyoaks (2010), Coronation Street (2011) and Casualty (2010/14).
Facts
Here he is on Twitter.

CREW

Chris Chibnall (writer)
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: Torchwood: Day One (2006), Torchwood: Cyberwoman (2006), Torchwood: Countrycide (2006), Torchwood: End of Days (2007), 42 (2007), Torchwood: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2008), Torchwood: Adrift (2008), Torchwood: Fragments (2008), Torchwood: Exit Wounds (2008), The Hungry Earth/ Cold Blood (2010), Pond Life (2012), Dinosaurs on a Spaceship (2012), The Power of Three (2012)
Produced: Torchwood: Everything Changes, Torchwood: Day One, Torchwood: Ghost Machine, Torchwood: Cyberwoman, Torchwood: Small Worlds, Torchwood: Countrycide, Torchwood: Greeks Bearing Gifts, Torchwood: They Keep Killing Suzie, Torchwood: Random Shoes, Torchwood: Out of Time, Torchwood: Combat, Torchwood: Captain Jack Harkness, Torchwood: End of Days, Torchwood: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Torchwood: Sleeper, Torchwood: To the Last Man, Torchwood: Meat, Torchwood: Adam, Torchwood: Reset, Torchwood: Dead Man Walking, Torchwood: A Day in the Death, Torchwood: Something Borrowed, Torchwood: From Out of the Rain, Torchwood: Adrift, Torchwood: Fragments, Torchwood: Exit Wounds
Chris also received on-screen thanks on Torchwood: Miracle Day (The Blood Line) (2011)
Career highlights
Chris's first writing job was for Born and Bred, which he also created (2002-05), followed by All About George (2005), Life on Mars (2006-07), Spooks: Code 9 (2008), Law and Order UK (2009), United (2011), Camelot (2011, which he also created) and The Great Train Robbery (2013). He is also one of the major writers and co-creator behind the smash hit series Broadchurch (2013/15, for which he was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award for Best Writer) and its American adaptation Gracepoint (2014). Chris was also a producer on most of these productions.
Facts
Chris's career began as a football archivist and floor manager for Sky Sports. In 1986, Chris appeared on the BBC discussion programme Open Air criticising what he saw as the poor quality of Doctor Who's Season 23. This footage can be seen on the DVD of The Trial of a Time Lord. Here he is on Twitter.

Saul Metzstein (director) Born Dec 30 1970
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Good as Gold (2012), Pond Life (2012), Dinosaurs on a Spaceship (2012), A Town Called Mercy (2012), The Snowmen (2012), The Crimson Horror (2013), The Name of the Doctor (2013)
Career highlights
Saul's earliest work behind the camera was as a production runner on the film Shallow Grave (1994, which starred future Doctor Christopher Eccleston). Other roles include location assistant on Trainspotting (1996) and second unit director on the films Dredd (2012), Black Sea (2014) and Suffragette (2015). As an outright director he debuted on the short Santa/ Claws (1997, which he also wrote), followed by Late Night Shopping (2001, for which he won a BAFTA Scotland Award)), Guy X (2005), Micro Men (2009), Upstairs, Downstairs (2010), The Musketeers (2014), Ripper Street (2014) and You, Me and the Apocalypse (2015).
Facts
Saul's father was architect Isi Metzstein, who helped design a number of notable churches in and around Glasgow, as well as Robinson College, Cambridge. Here he is on Twitter.
In 2013 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Saul here.

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.

Lindsay Grant (script supervisor)
Doctor Who credits
Script supervisor: A Good Man Goes to War (2011), Dinosaurs on a Spaceship (2012), A Town Called Mercy (2012)
Career highlights
Lindsay started out as a production assistant on Casualty in 1990, and also worked in this capacity on EastEnders (1993) and Between the Lines (1993-94), before overseeing continuity on Silent Witness (1996), The Ebb-Tide (1998) and Hustle (2005-06). She has been a script supervisor on shows such as Ballykissangel (1996), North Square (2000), The Last Detective (2005), Five Days (2007), Paradox (2009), Lewis (2008-10), Whitechapel (2009-12), Silk (2011-12), Sherlock (2014) and You, Me and the Apocalypse (2015).

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