|Clara's new ear muffs didn't suit her|
First broadcast Apr 13 2013
Average audience for story: 7.37m + 1.95m iPlayer = 9.32m
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.
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.
Jenna-Louise Coleman (Clara Oswald) Born Apr 27 1986
Doctor Who credits
Played: Oswin Oswald in Asylum of the Daleks (2012, as Jenna-Louise Coleman)
Played: Clara Oswald [Victorian splinter] in The Snowmen (2012, as Jenna-Louise Coleman)
Played: Clara Oswald [contemporary splinter] in The Snowmen, The Bells of Saint John, The Rings of Akhaten, Cold War, Hide, Journey to the Center of the TARDIS, The Crimson Horror, Nightmare in Silver, She Said, He Said, The Name of the Doctor, The Day of the Doctor, The Time of the Doctor, Deep Breath, Into the Dalek, Robot of Sherwood, Listen, Time Heist, The Caretaker, Kill the Moon, Mummy on the Orient Express, Flatline, In the Forest of the Night, Dark Water/ Death in Heaven, Last Christmas, The Magician's Apprentice/ The Witch's Familiar, Under the Lake/ Before the Flood, The Girl Who Died, The Woman Who Lived, The Zygon Invasion/ The Zygon Inversion, Sleep No More, Face the Raven, Heaven Sent/ Hell Bent (2012-15 - credited as Jenna-Louise Coleman between The Snowmen and The Name of the Doctor; Jenna Coleman after that)
Jenna also played Clara in the DVD extra Clara and the TARDIS (2013, uncredited) and the Doctor Who Prom (2013)
Played: Bonnie in The Zygon Invasion/ The Zygon Inversion (2015, as Jenna Coleman)
Jenna debuted in the regular role of Jasmine Thomas in rural soap Emmerdale (2005-09), followed by roles in Waterloo Road (2009), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Titanic (2012), Room at the Top (2012), Dancing on the Edge (2013), Death Comes to Pemberley (2013) and Victoria (2016).
Jenna was twice nominated for a British Soap Award (Best Newcomer and Best Dramatic Performance). Jenna has been in a relationship with actor Richard Madden since 2011. Here she is on Twitter.
Liam Cunningham (Captain Zhukov) Born Jun 2 1961
Debuted in Into the West (1992), followed by roles in Poor Beast in the Rain (1993), War of the Buttons (1994), First Knight (1995), Cracker (1995), Jude (1996), Police 2020 (1997), When the Sky Falls (2000), Attila (2001), Dog Soldiers (2002), Prime Suspect 6 (2003), The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse (2005), Hotel Babylon (2006), Murphy's Law (2006), Northanger Abbey (2007), The Catherine Tate Show (2007), Hunger (2008), The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008), Harry Brown (2009), Centurion (2010), Clash of the Titans (2010), Outcasts (2011), Camelot (2011), War Horse (2011), Merlin (2012), The Musketeers (2015) and Pursuit (2015). He also played Chris in Roughnecks (1994-95) but is most recognised for playing Davos Seaworth in Game of Thrones (2012-16). He also directed two episodes of The Clinic in 2005.
Irishman Liam, who started out as an electrician in Zimbabwe before going into acting, auditioned for the role of the Eighth Doctor in 1996. He appeared in the 2013 music video for Kodaline's High Hopes. Here he is on Twitter.
David Warner (Professor Grisenko) Born Jul 29 1941
Doctor Who credits
Played: Lord Azlok (voice) in Dreamland (2009)
Played: Professor Grisenko in Cold War (2013)
David made his credited screen debut in the 1963 short The King's Breakfast, followed by The Madhouse on Castle Street (1963), Tom Jones (1963), The Fixer (1968), Perfect Friday (1970), Straw Dogs (1971), A Doll's House (1973), From Beyond the Grave (1974), Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs (1974), Mr Quilp (1975), The Omen (1976), Holocaust (1978), Nightwing (1979), Masada (1981), Time Bandits (1981), Nancy Astor (1982), TRON (1982), Marco Polo (1982-83), The Man with Two Brains (1983), Remington Steele (1983), Hart to Hart (1983), The Company of Wolves (1984), A Christmas Carol (1984), Frankenstein (1984), Hold the Back Page (1985-86), Waxwork (1988), Hostile Takeover (1988), Twin Peaks (1991), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991), Star Trek IV: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Star Trek: The Next Generation (1992), Wild Palms (1993), Necronomicon: Book of Dead (1993), Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1994), Babylon 5 (1994), Signs and Wonders (1995), The Choir (1995), Batman: The Animated Series (1992-95), Beastmaster III: The Eye of Braxus (1996), Titanic (1997), Scream 2 (1997), The Last Leprachaun (1998), Total Recall 2070 (1999), Shergar (1999), The Hunger (1999), Hornblower (2001), Planet of the Apes (2001), Conviction (2004), The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse (2005), Sensitive Skin (2005), Hogfather (2006), Albert's Memorial (2009), Wallander (2008-10), Black Death (2010), Mad Dogs (2012), Before I Sleep (2013), Penny Dreadful (2014), Inside No 9 (2015) and Lewis (2015).
In 2003 David played an alternative version of the Doctor in the Big Finish audio Sympathy for the Devil. He was nominated for a Best Actor BAFTA in 1967 for Morgan: A Suitable Case for treatment (1966), but lost to Richard Burton. He's twice Emmy-nominated - for his role as Heydrich in Holocaust (losing to Robert Vaughn), and for his role as Pomponius Falco in Masada (which he won). David was originally cast to play Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street but dropped out due to scheduling issues.
Tobias Menzies (Lieutenant Stepashin) Born Mar 7 1974
Tobias debuted as Frank Gallagher in Casualty in 1998 and 2000, then secured work in Summer in the Suburbs (2000), Midsomer Murders (2000), The Low Down (2000), Ultimate Force (2002), Finding Neverland (2004), Casino Royale (2006), Atonement (2007), Bonekickers (2008), Spooks (2009), The Deep (2010), The Shadow Line (2011), Eternal Law (2012), The Thick of It (2012), Black Mirror (2013), Black Sea (2014) and The Night Manager (2016). Regular roles include Marcus Junius Brutus in Rome (2005-07), Jack and Frank Randall in Outlander (2015-16, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe) and Edmure Tully in Game of Thrones (2013/16).
Here's Tobias on Twitter.
Josh O'Connor (Piotr)
Debuted in Lewis (2012), then The Magnificent Eleven (2013), The Wipers Times (2013), Amorous (2014), The Riot Club (2014), Peaky Blinders (2014), Ripper Street (2014) and Cinderella (2015).
Here's Josh on Twitter.
James Norton (Onegin) Born 1985
James debuted in An Education (2009), then Restless (2012), Blandings (2013), Rush (2013), Death Comes to Pemberley (2013), Mr Turner (2014), Bonobo (2014), Life in Squares (2015), Lady Chatterley's Lover (2015) and War and Peace (2016). Regular roles include Tommy Lee Royce in Happy Valley (2014-16, for which he was BAFTA nominated) and Sidney Chambers in Grantchester (2014-16).
Here he is on Twitter.
Charlie Anson (Belevich) Born 1980
Born in Switzerland to British parents, Charlie debuted in Rome (2007), then Doctors (2009), Any Human Heart (2010), The Borgias (2011), The Power of Three (2011), By Any Means (2013), Peaky Blinders (2014), X Company (2015), Downton Abbey (2012/14/15) and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016).
Charlie also runs Charlie's Cartoons, which provides bespoke personal gifts using caricatures and cartoons. Here's Charlie on Twitter.
Spencer Wilding (Skaldak) 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)
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).
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.
Nicholas Briggs (Voice of Skaldak) Born Sep 29 1961
Doctor Who credits
Played: Voice of the Nestene Consciousness in Rose (2005)
Played: Dalek voices in Dalek (2005), Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Ways (2005), Doomsday TARDISode (2006), Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday (2006), Daleks in Manhattan/ Evolution of the Daleks (2007), The Stolen Earth/ Journey's End (2008), Victory of the Daleks (2010), The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang (2010), The Wedding of River Song (2011), Asylum of the Daleks (2012), The Day of the Doctor (2013), The Time of the Doctor (2013), Into the Dalek (2014), The Magician's Apprentice/ The Witch's Familiar (2015), Hell Bent (2015)
Played: Voice of the Jagrafess in The Long Game (2005, uncredited)
Played: Cybermen voices in Rise of the Cybermen/ The Age of Steel (2006), Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday (2006), The Next Doctor (2008), The Pandorica Opens (2010, uncredited), A Good Man Goes to War (2011), Closing Time (2011), Nightmare in Silver (2013), The Time of the Doctor (2013), Death in Heaven (2014)
Played: Voice of the Judoon in Smith and Jones (2007), The Stolen Earth (2008, uncredited), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Prisoner of the Judoon (2009), The End of Time Part Two (2010, uncredited), The Pandorica Opens (2010, uncredited)
Played: Rick Yates in Torchwood: Children of Earth (2009)
Played: National Museum Pandorica video narrator in The Big Bang (2010, uncredited)
Played: Voice of Skaldak in Cold War (2013)
Played: Voice of the Zygons in The Day of the Doctor (2013), The Zygon Invasion/ The Zygon Inversion (2015)
Nicholas's career has been principally within the world of Doctor Who, starting out as the producer of the Myth Makers series of videos in the 1980s and 90s interviewing Doctor Who alumni. Also on video, Nicholas has been involved with Wartime (1987), The Airzone Solution (1993) and the Auton trilogy (1997-99), and was present for the infancy of what we now know as Big Finish Productions with his Audio Visuals unofficial audio dramas. Nicholas has been involved with Big Finish all through its life, from its birth in 1996 to being its current executive producer. He also writes, directs and composes for the Big Finish audios, and has also written Doctor Who books, including The Dalek Generation (2013).
Screen acting credits come in the form of The League of Gentlemen (2002), Adulthood (2008), Lewis (2009), 18.104.22.168. (2010), Cleaning Up (2011) and An Adventure in Space and Time (2013 - in which he played original voice of the Daleks, Peter Hawkins).
Nicholas has also provided voices for a number of video games, namely Judge Dredd: Dredd vs Death (2003) and Doctor Who: The Adventure Games (2010), and provided optional 21st century voices for the Daleks in the special edition DVD of the 1972 Doctor Who story Day of the Daleks.
In his 1980s Audio Visuals series he played an indeterminate future version of the Doctor, who went on to immortalised in the Doctor Who Magazine comic strip Party Animals in 1991. Here he is, on Twitter!
Mark Gatiss (writer) Born Oct 17 1966
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Unquiet Dead (2005), The Idiot's Lantern (2006), Victory of the Daleks (2010), Night Terrors (2011), Cold War (2013), The Crimson Horror (2013), Robot of Sherwood (2014), Sleep No More (2015)
Played: Professor Lazarus in The Lazarus Experiment (2007)
Played: Voice of Danny Boy in Victory of the Daleks (2010, uncredited)
Played: Gantok in The Wedding of River Song (2011, as Rondo Haxton)
The frighteningly prolific and multi-talented Mark began his acting career in Harry (1993), after which he appeared in The Dwelling Place (1994), In the Red (1998), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (2000), Barbara (2000), Spaced (2001), Dr Terrible's House of Horrible (2001), Bright Young Things (2003), Sex Lives of the Potato Men (2004), Agatha Christie's Marple (2004), The Quatermass Experiment (2005), Funland (2005), Starter for 10 (2006), Fear of Fanny (2006), Jekyll (2007), Consenting Adults (2007), Sense and Sensibility (2008), Clone (2008), Crooked House (2008), Psychoville (2009), The First Men in the Moon (2010), The Crimson Petal and the White (2011), Being Human (2012), Horrible Histories (2012), Psychobitches (2013), Mapp & Lucia (2014), Wolf Hall (2015), Games of Thrones (2014-15) and Dad's Army (2016). He also regularly plays Mycroft Holmes in Sherlock (2010-15) and had a recurring role as Glenn Bulb in Nighty Night (2004-05), but will forever be known as a member of the League of Gentlemen comedy team, who had three series between 1999-2002 as well as the film The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse (2005).
Mark is also a prolific writer, having written various Doctor Who novels and audio adventures since the 1990s, as well as spin-off video productions such as The Zero Imperative (1994) and Unnatural Selection (1996). For the screen he has written Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (2001), The League of Gentlemen (1999-2002), The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse (2005), Nighty Night (2004-05), Crooked House (2008), A History of Horror (2010), Agatha Christie's Poirot (2008/10/13), An Adventure in Space and Time (2013), The Tractate Middoth (2013) and Sherlock (2010-16). He has also been producer on a number of these productions, and also directed The Tractate Middoth. Mark acted as script editor on the sketch series Little Britain (2003).
1997: Perrier Award at Edinburgh Fringe Festival (as The League of Gentlemen)
2000: BAFTA TV Award for Best Comedy Programme or Series (The League of Gentlemen)
2011: BAFTA TV Award for Best Drama Series (Sherlock)
Mark is married to the actor Ian Hallard, who appeared in his Doctor Who story Robot of Sherwood (2014). Along with his fellow League of Gentlemen Mark won the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Perrier Award in 1997. In 1999 Mark played a new incarnation of the Doctor in the sketch The Web of Caves, filmed for Doctor Who Night on BBC2 (this can be seen either here, or on the Doctor Who: The Beginning DVD collection - you may recognise the alien in it too!). He has also used the pseudonym Sam Kisgart when writing for Doctor Who Magazine, and when playing the Master in the Big Finish audio Sympathy for the Devil (2003) and for his cameo in Psychoville (it's an anagram of his name). Mark has also published a trilogy of books featuring the detective Lucifer Box - The Vesuvius Club (2004), The Devil in Amber (2006) and Black Butterfly (2008). Mark is on Twitter.
Douglas Mackinnon (director)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Sontaran Stratagem/ The Poison Sky (2008), The Power of Three (2012), Cold War (2013), Listen (2014), Time Heist (2014), Flatline (2014), The Husbands of River Song (2015)
Douglas started out as a director on London's Burning in the early 1990s, then worked on The Bill (1994-95), Thief Takers (1996), The Grand (1997), Gentlemen's Relish (2001), Nice Guy Eddie (2001-02), Murder in Suburbia (2004), The Last Detective (2003/07), Jekyll (2007), Robin Hood (2009), Silent Witness (2004/13), Line of Duty (2012/14), Outlander (2015) and Sherlock (2016). He also wrote and directed the short Sealladh (1992) and Calum Dongle (2011).
Here he is 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)
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).
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.
Denise Paul (script 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
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. 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
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).
John Phillips (assistant script editor)
Doctor Who credits
Assistant script editor: Asylum of the Daleks, 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 (2012-13)
Script edited: The Name of the Doctor (2013)
John has also acted as production associate on Lip Service (2012) and MI High (2013), and script editor on Midsomer Murders (2013-14) and The Job Lot (2014).
In 2011 John gave some advice on script editing to The Ideas Tap.