Thursday, December 03, 2015

A Town Called Mercy (+ The Making of the Gunslinger)

Luckily, the Doctor's new face tattoo
was temporary
The Making of the Gunslinger
One episode (The Making of the Gunslinger)
First broadcast Sep 15 2012 (iTunes)
Cast: Adrian Scarborough (Kahler-Jex), Andrew Brooke (Kahler-Tek); see below
Crew: Toby Whithouse (writer); see below

Neill Gorton (director) Born Sep 6 1969
Doctor Who credits
Prosthetics/ make-up effects: The Christmas Invasion, New Earth, Tooth and Claw, School Reunion, The Girl in the Fireplace, Rise of the Cybermen/ The Age of Steel, The Idiot's Lantern, The Impossible Planet/ The Satan Pit, Love & Monsters, Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday, Torchwood: Everything Changes, Torchwood: Day One, Torchwood: Cyberwoman, Torchwood: Countrycide, Torchwood: They Keep Killing Suzie, Torchwood: End of Days, The Runaway Bride, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Invasion of the Bane, Smith and Jones, The Shakespeare Code, Gridlock, Daleks in Manhattan/ Evolution of the Daleks, The Lazarus Experiment, Human Nature/ The Family of Blood, Blink, Utopia/ The Sound of Drums/ Last of the Time Lords, 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, Voyage of the Damned, Partners in Crime, The Fires of Pompeii, Planet of the Ood, The Sontaran Stratagem/ The Poison Sky, The Doctor's Daughter, Silence in the Library/ Forest of the Dead, Midnight, Turn Left, The Stolen Earth/ Journey's End, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Last Sontaran, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Day of the Clown, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Secrets of the Stars, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Mark of the Berserker, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Enemy of the Bane, The Next Doctor, Planet of the Dead, Torchwood: Children of Earth (Days 1-5), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Prisoner of the Judoon, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Mad Woman in the Attic, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Eternity Trap, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Mona Lisa's Revenge, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Gift, The Waters of Mars, The End of Time, The Time of Angels, The Hungry Earth/ Cold Blood, 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, The Girl Who Waited, The God Complex, Closing Time, The Wedding of River Song, 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 Time of the Doctor, Deep Breath, Into the Dalek, Robot of Sherwood, Time Heist, The Caretaker, Kill the Moon, Dark Water/ Death in Heaven, Last Christmas (2005-14)
Directed: The Making of the Gunslinger (2012)
Career highlights
Neill's extensive career in film and TV prosthetics and make-up effects stems back as far as 1988 when he worked on The Unholy, The Lair of the White Worm and Hellbound: Hellraiser II. His later work includes Nightbreed (1990), Space Precinct (1994), Judge Dredd (1995), Saving Private Ryan (1998), From Hell (2001), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), Silent Witness (2003-04), Little Britain (2003-04), Strange (2003), Hex (2004-05), Children of Men (2006), Jekyll (2007), Frankenstein (2007), Being Human (2008-10), The Wolfman (2010), Thor (2011), One Direction: This Is Us (2013), The Smoke (2014), Wizards vs Aliens (2012-14), Ex Machina (2015), Victor Frankenstein (2015), Critical (2015) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (2016).
Facts
Neill has won several awards for his work - a BAFTA for Help (2005), three BAFTA Cymru awards for Doctor Who (2006-08), and two Royal Television Society awards for Help (2005) and Being Human (2008). He owns several companies, including Millennium FX, MFX Warehouse, Millennium Live!, Prosthetics Magazine, Gorton Studio and Neill's Materials. He also teaches his art for the Stan Winston School of Character Arts.

Denise Paul (producer)
Doctor Who credits
Associate producer: 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, The Wedding of River Song, The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship (2011-12)
Produced: Closing Time, Pond Life, The Making of the Gunslinger (A Town Called Mercy prelude), The Bells of Saint John, The Rings of Akhaten, Nightmare in Silver, The Name of the Doctor, The Night of the Doctor, The Last Day (2011-13). Denise also produced the 2013 Doctor Who at the Proms.
Script producer: Asylum of the Daleks, A Town Called Mercy, The Power of Three, The Angels Take Manhattan, The Snowmen, Cold War, Hide, Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS, The Crimson Horror (2012-13)
Career highlights
Denise started as a script editor on Taggart (2005-10) and Rebus (2006-07), and after leaving Doctor Who she became producer on the TV movie Harry Price: Ghost Hunter (2015).

A Town Called Mercy
One episode (A Town Called Mercy)
First broadcast Sep 15 2012
Average audience for story: 8.42m + 1.35m iPlayer = 9.77m

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.

Adrian Scarborough (Kahler-Jex) Born May 10 1968
Doctor Who credits
Played: Kahler-Jex in The Making of the Gunslinger (uncredited), A Town Called Mercy (both 2012)
Career highlights
Adrian debuted in The Madness of King George (1994), followed by The Governor (1995), Coogan's Run (1995), Let Them Eat Cake (1999), Gosford Park (2001), Bright Young Things (2003), The History Boys (2006), Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), Psychoville (2009), Gavin and Stacey (2007-09), Cranford (2007-09), Watson and Oliver (2012), Upstairs, Downstairs (2010-12), Mrs Biggs (2012), The Paradise (2013), Plebs (2013-14), Up the Women (2013-15), Blunt Talk (2015) and Call the Midwife (2015). He also regularly played Dreamboat Charlie in the sitcom Miranda (2009-15).

Andrew Brooke (The Gunslinger)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Kahler-Tek/ The Gunslinger in The Making of the Gunslinger (uncredited), A Town Called Mercy (both 2012)
Career highlights
Andrew made his debut in an episode of EastEnders in 2003, followed by roles in Murder City (2004), According to Bex (2005), Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker (2006), Children of Men (2006), The Bank Job (2008), He Kills Coppers (2008), No Signal (2009), Pulling (2006/09), Sherlock Holmes (2009), Jack the Giant Slayer (2013), The Bible (2013), Babylon (2014) and Cuffs (2015). He also regularly played Ashley in PhoneShop (2009-13) and Grunwald in Da Vinci's Demons (2013-14).
Facts
In March 2012, Andrew was photographed by journalists kissing co-star Karen Gillan while filming A Town Called Mercy in Spain.

Dominic Kemp (Kahler-Mas)
Career highlights
Debuted in The Gentleman Thief (2001), then Waking the Dead (2005), Miss Potter (2006), Moses Jones (2009), Londynczycy (2009), Downton Abbey (2011) and Derek (2014).
Facts
As well as being an actor, Dominic is also an art dealer specialising in post-1945 British prints, after also working as a gallery manager in York. He is also chief adviser for prints at the Chambers Collection and the Curwen Archive, and an off-camera valuation expert for the BBC series Flog It!

Joanne McQuinn (Sadie)
Career highlights
Joanne's other work includes The Bill (1999), Little Miss Jocelyn (2006), This Life +10 (2007) and Mistresses (2008).

Byrd Wilkins (Preacher) Jan 19 1965 to Oct 31 2015 (pancreatic cancer)
Career highlights
American William Byrd Wilkins's other work includes Overnight Delivery (1998), Running Scared (2006) and The U (2011).
Facts
He also taught acting at Louisburg College, North Carolina. When he was diagnosed with terminal cancer in early 2015, he declined chemotherapy, saying he wished to live out his days without doctors and toxic treatments. A fund was set up to allow him to enjoy his final few months.

Garrick Hagon (Abraham) Born Sep 27 1939
Doctor Who credits
Played: Ky in The Mutants (1972)
Played: Abraham in A Town Called Mercy (2012)
Career highlights
Garrick's earliest showbiz work was as a host of the series Junior Magazine (1959-60), followed by acting work in The Hired Gun (1961), The Forest Rangers (1964), The Gingham Dog (1970), Antony and Cleopatra (1972), The Adventurer (1972-73, as Gavin Jones), Moonbase 3 (1973, as Bruno Ponti), Colditz (1974), Couples (1975-76), The Message (1976), Star Wars (1977), A Bridge Too Far (1977), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), The XYY Man (1977), Lillie (1978), Oppenheimer (1980), Stookie (1985), Cry Freedom (1987), Batman (1989), Moomin (1990), Love Hurts (1992), Fatherland (1994), Balto (1995), Mission Impossible (1996), Spy Game (2001), The Magnificent Ambersons (2002), The Jacket (2005), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), The Line of Beauty (2006), The Walker (2007), Is Anybody There? (2008), Me and Orson Welles (2008), Ninja (2009) and RED 2 (2013).
Facts
His scenes as Luke Skywalker's friend Biggs Darklighter in Star Wars were largely deleted, but they can be seen in later DVD editions. He has his own audio production business, The Story Circle.

Ben Browder (Isaac) Born Dec 11 1962
Career highlights
Ben's earliest screen credit was at the age of 16 in Duncan's World (1978), after which he found roles in Memphis Belle (1990), A Kiss Before Dying (1991), Grace Under Fire (1993), Melrose Place (1994), Murder, She Wrote (1994), Nevada (1997), CSI: Miami (2003), Chuck (2012), Arrow (2013/14), Outlaws and Angels (2016) and Bad Kids Go 2 Hell (2016). Recurring roles include Sam Brody in Party of Five (1996-97), John Crichton in Farscape (1999-2004) and Cameron Mitchell in Stargate SG-1 (2005-07). He also wrote two episodes of Farscape and one of Stargate SG-1, and in 2015 began directing Bad Kids Go 2 Hell.
Facts
Ben's wife is the actress Francesca Buller, best known to sci-fi fans for playing various characters in Farscape, including ro-NA, Raxil and Minister Akhna (they did not meet on Farscape, however, but at drama school in 1989).

Sean Benedict (Dockery)
Career highlights
American Sean's other work includes Eating Out: The Open Weekend (2011), Dead or Alive (2013), Kissing Darkness (2014) and Final Callback (2014).
Facts
Here's Sean's Twitter.

Rob Cavazos (Walter) Born Aug 18 1982
Career highlights
Mexican Rob debuted in Munich: Mossad's Revenge (2006, as Robert Carragher), then Rush (2013) and El Beso (2014).
Facts
Rob can also be seen in the 2006 music videos for Get Cape Wear Cape Fly's Call Me Ishmael and The Midnight Orchestra's Our Passage Home, as well as Miles Kane's 2010 video for Come Closer. He is a professional translator (English and Spanish) and carries out an awful lot of radio, voiceover and narration work.

CREW

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.

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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