Friday, December 04, 2015

The Power of Three

The Shakri (Steven Berkoff) grins
a thoroughly evil grin
One episode (The Power of Three)
First broadcast Sep 22 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.

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).

Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart) Born Jan 14 1965
Doctor Who credits
Played: Kate Stewart in The Power of Three (2012), The Day of the Doctor (2013), Death in Heaven (2014), The Magician's Apprentice (2015), The Zygon Invasion/ The Zygon Inversion (2015)
Career highlights
Jemma (real name Jemima) made her debut in a 1988 episode of Tales of the Unexpected, followed by roles in Dream Demon (1988), All Good Things (1991), Howards End (1992), The Buddha of Suburbia (1993), Mosley (1998), Cry Wolf (2000), Fish (2000), My Family (2002), The Grid (2004), Lassie (2005), Mansfield Park (2007), Unforgiven (2009), Frankie (2013), Dracula (2013-14), The Afghan (2015) and Love and Friendship (2016). She had her greatest screen success playing Dr Eleanor Bramwell in the ITV series Bramwell (1995-2000), and also regularly played Eve Granger in Cold Blood (2007-08).
Facts
Jemma appeared in a TV commercial for Rover cars in 1989. She is from the famous Redgrave dynasty of actors - her grandparents were Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, her father was Corin Redgrave, her aunts Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave, and her cousins Joely Richardson and the Natasha Richardson (which makes actor Liam Neeson her brother-in-law). Jemma's brother is film and TV cameraman Luke Redgrave.

Steven Berkoff (Shakri) Born Aug 3 1937
Career highlights
Steven made his screen debut uncredited in Hell, Heaven or Hoboken (1958), after which he found roles in The Third Man (1959), Corrigan Blake (1963), The Avengers (1965), Prehistoric Women (1967), The Champions (1968), UFO (1970-71, as Captain Steve Minto), Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Barry Lyndon (1975), McVicar (1980), Outland (1981), Octopussy (1983), Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), Absolute Beginners (1986), War and Remembrance (1988-89), The Krays (1990), Space Precinct (1994), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1997), Rancid Aluminium (2000), Jonathan Creek (2001), 9 Dead Gay Guys (2002), Children of Dune (2003), Forest of the Gods (2005), Say It in Russian (2007), At World's End (2009), Dead Cert (2010), The Road to Coronation Street (2010), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), Strippers vs Werewolves (2012), The Borgias (2011-12), Witches of East End (2014), The Frankenstein Chronicles (2015) and London Heist (2016). He has also written several productions, including the 1984 TV movie West, the 1987 series Metamorphosis and the documentary Shakespeare's Villains (2002).
Facts
Steven appeared in the 2012 music video for Above and Beyond's On My Way to Heaven, and also provided vocals for the Top 20 1997 N-Trance hit The Mind of the Machine. The lyric "I'm scared of Steven Berkoff" can be heard in the Brian May song I'm Scared (1993). In 2002, Steven was deported from the USA for staying one day longer than his visa allowed back in 1997. Steven is also a seasoned playwright and theatre director, with a unique style - for example, in 1988 he directed an interpretation of Oscar Wilde's Salome performed in slow motion. In 1996 he won a libel case against outspoken journalist Julie Burchill, who claimed he was "hideously ugly".

Selva Rasalingam (Ranjit)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Psychiatrist in Torchwood: Fragments (2008)
Played: Ranjit in The Power of Three (2012)
Career highlights
Selva made his debut credited as Sylvestre Tobias in the TV movie The Golden Years in 1992, followed by Carry On Columbus (1992), Son of the Pink Panther (1993), Joseph in Egypt (1995), Bad Girls (2001), Dream Team (2003), Spooks (2007), Waking the Dead (2008), Londynczycy (2008-09), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), I Am Slave (2010), The Borgias (2012), Skyfall (2012), Luther (2013), Legends (2015) and Risen (2016). He also plays Jesus Christ in the Biblical Gospel of... series (2014-15).

Alice O'Connell (Laura) Born 1982
Career highlights
Debuted in The Bill (2003), then Powers (2004), The Rotters' Club (2005), Separate Lies (2005), The Verdict (2007), City of Vice (2008), Outnumbered (2011), Jonathan Creek (2014) and Ballot Monkeys (2015).
Facts
Alice has a passion for wool and knitting after filling her time waiting to film scenes on set by taking up knitting. In 2013 she launched the Amsterdam-based Wool & Water, a knitwear label comprising garments individually created by Alice on a 1979 knitting machine! Here she is on Twitter.

Peter Cartwright (Arnold Underwood) Aug 30 1935 to Nov 18 2013
Career highlights
South African born Peter made his screen debut in The Plane Makers (1964), then Hine (1971), Warship (1974), Edward the King (1975), The Velvet Glove (1977), Van der Valk (1977), The Famous Five (1978), Danger UXB (1979), Shoestring (1979), Buccaneer (1980), Gandhi (1982), First Among Equals (1986), Mandela (1987), Yes, Prime Minister (1987-88), Rumpole of the Bailey (1979/88), Woof! (1995), Bernard's Watch (1998), Shackleton (2002), Wimbledon (2004), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) and Place of Execution (2008). Peter also had a long-running recurring role as George Postlethwaite, the Bishop of Skipdale, in soap Emmerdale (2002-10).
Facts
He was best known in his home country of South Africa for playing Charles Glass, the founder of South African Breweries and brewmaster of Castle Lager, in a series of TV commercials.

David Beck (Orderly) Born 1984
Career highlights
David debuted in the 2012 short Bruised, and can also be seen in Communion (2013) and Jamaica Inn (2014).
Facts
His twin brother Daniel played the other orderly in this story. Here's David on Twitter.

Daniel Beck (Orderly) Born 1984
Career highlights
Daniel can also be seen in Communion (2013), Jamaica Inn (2014), Essex Boys: Law of Survival (2015) and Haunted 2: Theatre of Blood (2016).
Facts
His twin brother David played the other orderly in this story. Look out for him in this 2015 TV advert for BetVictor. Here's Daniel on Twitter.

David Hartley (UNIT researcher)
Career highlights
David's other work includes The Amazing Mrs Pritchard (2006), Talk to Me (2007), Holby City (2013) and Doctors (2007/11/13).

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.

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)
Career highlights
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).
Facts
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)
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.

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
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).

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)
Career highlights
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).
Facts
In 2011 John gave some advice on script editing to The Ideas Tap.

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