Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Rings of Akhaten

A grieving Clara (Jenna Coleman) at
her mother's grave with father Dave
(Michael Dixon)
One episode (The Rings of Akhaten)
First broadcast Apr 6 2013
Average audience for story: 7.45m + 2.31m iPlayer = 9.76m

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.

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)
Career highlights
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).
Facts
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.

Michael Dixon (Dave) Born 1983
Career highlights
Debuted in the 2004 short Cashback, followed by Mile High (2004), Alexander (2004), Holby City (2006), Dream Team 80s (2006), Coronation Street (2006), Cashback (2006), Act of Grace (2008), Blue Murder (2009), Megapython vs Gatoroid (2011), The Tree of Life (2011), Hollyoaks (2013) and Humans (2015). He also wrote, directed and produced the 2014 short film Game of Throne.
Facts
Michael's mother is one-time beauty queen - Miss Granada TV 1973, no less! - Marcelline Dixon, while his brother is singer songwriter Geoff Dixon, who has performed with acts such as The Ice Factory in support of Blur.

Nicola Sian (Ellie)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Ellie Oswald in The Bells of Saint John prelude, The Rings of Akhaten (both 2013)
Career highlights
Nicola's other work includes Doctors (2012), The Guilty (2013) and Blue Borsalino (2015).
Facts
Nicola on Twitter.

Emilia Jones (Merry) Born Feb 23 2002
Career highlights
Emilia's breakthrough role was as the young Sarah Frobisher-Smythe in House of Anubis (2011), followed by roles in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), One Day (2011), Utopia (2013-14), Wolf Hall (2015), Residue (2015) and High-Rise (2016).
Facts
Emilia's father is former child singer and now TV presenter Aled Jones (of Walking in the Air fame).

Chris Anderson (The Chorister) Born 1983
Career highlights
Chris debuted in Doctors (2006), then Rome (2007), The Nightclub (2009) and Doctors again (2012). He also provided voice work for the 2014 video game Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments.
Facts
As well as being able to act and sing, Chris is also an experienced professional DJ, having had residencies in London, Ibiza and Mumbai.

Aidan Cook (The Mummy)
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Mummy in The Rings of Akhaten (2013)
Played: The Crooked Man in Hide (2013)
Played: Cyberman in Nightmare in Silver (2013), The Time of the Doctor (2013)
Played: Zygon in The Day of the Doctor (2013), The Zygon Invasion/ The Zygon Inversion (2015)
Played: Robot in The Husbands of River Song (2015)
Career highlights
Aidan started out as one of the animatronics operators on children's series Fimbles in 2002, for which he also provided voice work. He was also movement director on the 2009 adaptation of The Day of the Triffids, and was the children's acting coach on the 2011 film Horrid Henry. Further acting work includes Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), Warrioress (2011), Restless (2012) and Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 (2013).

Karl Greenwood (Dor'een)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Cyberman in Rise of the Cybermen/ The Age of Steel (2006, uncredited), Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday (2006, uncredited), The Next Doctor (2008, uncredited)
Played: Ood in The Impossible Planet/ The Satan Pit (2006, uncredited)
Played: Judoon in Smith and Jones (2007, uncredited)
Played: Extra in The Shakespeare Code (2007, uncredited)
Played: General monster in The End of Time (2009-10, uncredited)
Played: Dor'een in The Rings of Akhaten (2013)
Karl also performed various monsters in the 2010 Doctor Who Live theatre tour
Career highlights
Karl - aka Feth Greenwood - has also appeared in the 2011 video Dragon Crusaders, Being Human (2013) and Knight of the Dead (2013).
Facts
Karl can also play bass guitar and violin, and has performed in fire shows, on stilts and trapeze. He has also worked in timber extraction using horses. His passion for stunts and horses combined when he set up the Stampede Stunt Company, a horse stunt team for jousting and trick riding which he runs with his wife Zana.

CREW

Neil Cross (writer) Born Sep 2 1969
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Rings of Akhaten (2013), Hide (2013)
Career highlights
Neil's earliest script writing credit was as the creator of The Fixer (2008), although there had been an adaptation of his novel Mr In-between in 2001. Other work includes eight episodes of Spooks between 2006-08, Whistle and I'll Come to You (2010), Mama (2013), Crossbones (2014, also creator), Luther (2010-15, also creator) and Hard Sun (2016, also creator).
Facts
He has twice been nominated for an Emmy for his work on Luther (in 2012 and 2014). He lives in Wellington, New Zealand. Neil has written several novels, including Always the Sun (longlisted for the 2004 Man Booker Prize), Burial (2009) and Captured (2010).

Farren Blackburn (director)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (and its prelude) (2011), The Rings of Akhaten (2013)
Career highlights
Debuted as a director on shorts Looters (2000) and The Game (2000) before securing work on Panorama (2004), Waterloo Road (2007), Doctors (2005-07), Rock Rivals (2008), Holby City (2007-09), Survivors (2010), The Fades (2011), Hammer of the Gods (2013), Luther (2013), Daredevil (2015) and The Interceptor (2015).
Facts
As a young man Farren was on the books of Cambridge United FC and represented England at youth level. He is married to actress Verona Joseph, who appeared in the Doctor Who story Partners in Crime (2008). Here he is on Twitter.

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
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 editor: 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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