Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Snowmen (+ The Great Detective & Vastra Investigates)

The Doctor (Matt Smith)
just wants to be left alone
The Great Detective
One episode (The Great Detective)
First broadcast Nov 16 2012
Average audience for story: 8.22m (based upon Children in Need broadcast)
Cast: Matt Smith (The Doctor), Neve McIntosh (Vastra), Dan Starkey (Strax), Catrin Stewart (Jenny); see below

Mark Gatiss (Narrator) 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)
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)
Career highlights
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).
Facts
Mark is married to the actor Ian Hallard, who appeared in the 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.

Crew: Steven Moffat (writer), Saul Metzstein (director); Marcus Wilson (producer); see below

Vastra Investigates: A Christmas Prequel
One episode (Vastra Investigates: A Christmas Prequel [sic])
First broadcast Dec 17 2012 (online)
Cast: Neve McIntosh (Vastra), Dan Starkey (Strax), Catrin Stewart (Jenny); see below

Crew: Steven Moffat (writer), Marcus Wilson (producer); see below

John Hayes (director)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Vastra Investigates (2012), The Bells of Saint John prelude (2013), The Night of the Doctor (2013)
Career highlights
John's only other directing work has been on short films, including Two Fat Ladies (2003), The Girl (2012) and Anywhere But Here (2014), but his CV is mainly taken up with credits as a second unit director on productions such as Camelot (2011), Vikings (2013-15), Game of Thrones (2015) and Strike Back (2015). He's also directed commercials for the likes of O2, McDonalds, Heineken and Euromillions.

The Snowmen
One episode (The Snowmen)
First broadcast Dec 25 2012
Average audience for story: 9.87m + 1.42m iPlayer = 11.29m

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.

Neve McIntosh (Madame Vastra) Born Apr 9 1972
Doctor Who credits
Played: Alaya in The Hungry Earth/ Cold Blood (2010)
Played: Restac in Cold Blood (2010)
Played: Madame Vastra in A Good Man Goes to War (2011), The Great Detective (2012, uncredited), Vastra Investigates (2012, uncredited), The Snowmen (2012), The Battle of Demon's Run - Two Days Later (2013, uncredited), The Crimson Horror (2013), The Name of the Doctor (2013), Deep Breath (2014)
Neve also played Vastra at the 2013 Doctor Who Prom.
Career highlights
Debuted in Renegade (1993), then The Leading Man (1996), Plunkett and Macleane (1999), Psychos (1999), Gormenghast (2000), The Hound of the Baskervilles (2002), The Trouble with Men and Women (2005), The Ghost Squad (2005), Low Winter Sun (2006), Sea of Souls (2007), Law and Order UK (2010), Single Father (2010), Lip Service (2012), Ripper Street (2013), Dracula (2013) and Critical (2015). She also enjoyed the recurring role of Donna Rix in 17 episodes of Bodies (2004-06).
Facts
Neve (real name Carol) divorced her husband Xandy Sahla - a prolific TV and film cameraman - in 2006, after meeting on the set of Psychos in 1999. Here's Neve's Twitter account.

Catrin Stewart (Jenny) Born Jan 29 1988
Doctor Who credits
Played: Jenny Flint in A Good Man Goes to War (2011), The Snowmen (2012), The Crimson Horror (2013), The Name of the Doctor (2013), Deep Breath (2014)
Catrin also played Jenny in the minisodes The Great Detective (2012), Vastra Investigates (2012) and The Battle of Demon's Run - Two Days Later (2013)
Career highlights
Catrin's other work includes Hearts of Gold (2003), Crusade in Jeans (2006), All Shook Up! (2010), Misfits (2010-11), Frail (2012) and more than 30 episodes of Stella as Emma (2012-14).

Dan Starkey (Strax) Born Sep 27 1970
Doctor Who credits
Played: Commander Skorr in The Sontaran Stratagem/ The Poison Sky (2008)
Played: Lieutenant Skree in The Poison Sky (2008, uncredited)
Played: Commander Jast in The End of Time Part Two (2010, uncredited)
Played: Commander Strax in A Good Man Goes to War (2011), The Snowmen (2012), The Crimson Horror (2013), The Name of the Doctor (2013), Deep Breath (2014)
Played: Plark in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Man Who Never Was (2011)
Played: Sontaran in The Time of the Doctor (2013)
Played: Ian in Last Christmas (2014)
Dan also played Strax in the minisodes The Great Detective (2012), Vastra Investigates (2012) and The Battle of Demon's Run - Two Days Later (2013), as well as at the 2013 Proms live event. He played Commander Skorr at the 2009 Doctor Who Proms live event, and provided the voices of Field Major Kaarsh and other Sontarans in Doctor Who: The Adventure Games - The Gunpowder Plot (2011).
Career highlights
Dan's other credits include Fix (2004), Casualty (2012), Alex the Vampire (2015) and Inside No 9 (2015). He also regularly played Randal Moon in children's series Wizards vs Aliens (2012-14).
Facts
Dan has had roles in four Doctor Who Christmas specials (2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014). Dan was a member of the winning Trinity Hall, Cambridge team on the Christmas University Challenge special in 2015, beating Balliol College, Oxford, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Hull. His teammates were international rower Tom James, international cyclist Emma Pooley and writer Adam Mars-Jones. Dan's contribution to the Doctor Who universe also extends to audio, having performed in various Big Finish adventures since 2011 (including playing Sontarans). Here's Dan on Twitter.
In 2013 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Dan here.

Tom Ward (Captain Latimer) Born Jan 11 1971
Career highlights
Tom made his screen debut in The Storyteller: Greek Myths (1991), followed by Lethal Justice (1991), Pride and Prejudice (1995), Island (1996), The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders (1996), Vanity Fair (1998), Anna Karenina (2000), Quills (2000), The Lost World (2001), Hawking (2004), Death in Paradise (2013), Death Comes to Pemberley (2013), The Frankenstein Chronicles (2015) and Harry Price: Ghost Hunter (2015). He also played Dr harry Cunningham in almost 100 episodes of Silent Witness (2002-12).
Facts
In 2004, Tom was a contestant (and winner) on Celebrity Mastermind, his specialist subject being poet Philip Larkin. Tom's father is poet John Powell Ward, who presented Poetry Now on BBC radio between 1977-84.

Richard E Grant (Dr Simeon/ The Great Intelligence) Born May 5 1957
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Doctor in Scream of the Shalka (2003, animation)
Played: Dr Simeon/ The Great Intelligence in The Snowmen (2012), The Bells of Saint John (2013), The Name of the Doctor (2013)
He also played the Doctor in the 1999 Comic Relief Doctor Who spoof The Curse of Fatal Death
Career highlights
Born in Swaziland as Richard Grant Esterhuysen, he made his screen acting debut in Sweet Sixteen (1983), after which he landed his breakthrough role as Withnail in the film Withnail & I (1987). After this he appeared in Hidden City (1987), Codename: Kyril (1988), How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989), Warlock (1989), LA Story (1991), Hudson Hawk (1991), Dracula (1992), The Age of Innocence (1993), Absolutely Fabulous (1994), Hard Times (1994), Jack and Sarah (1995), Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life (1995), Karaoke (1996), Cold Lazarus (1996), The Portrait of a Lady (1996), Spice World (1997), The Match (1999), A Christmas Carol (1999), The Scarlet Pimpernel (1999-2000), Gosford Park (2001), Posh Nosh (2003), Bright Young Things (2003), Frasier (2004), Color Me Kubrick (2005), Penelope (2006), Mumbai Calling (2008), The Crimson Petal and the White (2011), Rev (2011), The Iron Lady (2011), Girls (2014), Downton Abbey (2014), Psychobitches (2014), Dig (2015), Jekyll and Hyde (2015-16) and Game of Thrones (2016). He has also occasionally acted as a host/ presenter, including at the 1996 BAFTAs, The Works (1996), MTV Europe Music Awards (1996), BBC Proms (2007), The History of Safari (2010), Dirty Weekenders in France (2014) and Hotel Secrets (2012-14).
Facts
Richard has had many brushes with Doctor Who before being in the programme itself. In 1987 he starred opposite Eighth Doctor Paul McGann in Withnail & I, and 20 years later co-starred with him again in the short film Always Crashing in the Same Car. In 1995 Richard played the title role in the Oscar-winning short film Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life, directed by Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi. Richard also appeared as himself in the 2001 film Strictly Sinatra, which was written and directed by Capaldi. In 2003 he shared billing with Tenth Doctor David Tennant on no fewer than four productions - two episodes of Posh Nosh (incidentally also starring Big Finish audio Doctor Arabella Weir), the film Bright Young Things, and the BBC animated Doctor Who story Scream of the Shalka, in which Richard provided the voice and likeness of the Doctor (subsequently labelled an alternative Ninth Doctor) and David voiced the caretaker. And, of course, Richard also appeared as one of the many incarnations of the Doctor (an alternative Tenth Doctor, in fact) in the 1999 Comic Relief Doctor Who spoof The Curse of Fatal Death, written by Steven Moffat.
Richard is married to dialogue/ dialect coach Joan Washington, who has worked on productions such as Crimson Peak, the Star Wars prequels (she is responsible for Ewan McGregor's impression of Alec Guinness...) and Schindler's List. His father Henrik was the last Minister of Education in the British colony of Swaziland before its independence in 1968. Richard was a guest at the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles in 2005. Ironically, bearing in mind his role in Withnail & I, Richard is allergic to alcohol (he can only keep it down for 10 minutes before being ill for 24 hours). Richard has kept a daily diary since the age of 10, inspired to do so after witnessing his mother commit adultery with his father's best friend on the back seat of a car. In 2014 Richard launched his own fragrance, JACK. Here's Reg (as he's also known) on Twitter.

Jim Conway (Uncle Josh)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Man in Torchwood: Miracle Day (The Categories of Life) (2011)
Played: Uncle Josh in The Snowmen (2012)
Career highlights
Debuted in Turn the World Down (2001), then Law and Order UK (2011), Skyfall (2012), Dancing on the Edge (2013), Sherlock (2014), Call the Midwife (2014) and Fergie Time (2016).

Cameron Strefford (Walter) Born 2002
Career highlights
Cameron's only other credit is Les Miserables (2012), as Gavroche's urchin, but he has also appeared on the West End stage in The Wizard of Oz and Singin' in the Rain. His mother Anthea Strefford used to work as a production coordinator for the BBC.

Joseph Darcey-Alden (Digby) Born Feb 18 2002
Career highlights
Joseph's other work includes the shorts Pranks (2012) and Waxwing (2013). He also played The Boy in a stage adaptation of Raymond Briggs' The Snowman in London. His sister is Ellie Darcey-Alden, who appears as his sister in this story, and Joseph's Twitter can be found here. He now lives in California in the US.

Ellie Darcey-Alden (Francesca) Born Sep 4 1999
Career highlights
Ellie debuted uncredited in Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008), then Robin Hood (2009), Holby City (2009), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow Part 2 (2011), Pranks (2012), Welcome to the Punch (2013) and Borgia (2013). A disproportionately expansive Wikipedia entry for Ellie can be found here. She now lives in California in the US. Here she is on Twitter.

Liz White (Alice) Born Nov 5 1979
Career highlights
Debuted in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (2002), then Always and Everyone (2002), Ultimate Force (2002-03), Teachers (2003), Vera Drake (2004), A Thing Called Love (2004), The Street (2006), The Fixer (2008), Franklyn (2008), Garrow's Law (2010), The Crimson Petal and the White (2011), The Woman in Black (2012), Line of Duty (2014), Pride (2014), New Tricks (2014) and Our Zoo (2014). She will be best remembered as Annie Cartwright in Life on Mars (2006-07).
Facts
Liz can also be seen in the music video for Bush's single Inflatable (2002).

Annabelle Dowler (Walter's mother) Born 1974
Career highlights
Other work includes The Six Wives of Henry VIII (2001), The Bill (2003), Lewis (2009), Silent Witness (2010), Doctors (2014), Suffragette (2015) and The Huntsman Winter's War (2016). Annabelle has also played the part of Kirsty Miller in BBC radio soap The Archers since 2001.
Facts
Here's Annabelle on Twitter.

Ben Addis (Bob Chilcott)
Career highlights
Debuted in King Lear (2008), then Consuming Passion (2008), Lewis (2010), The Decoy Bride (2011), Hugo (2011), Vera (2013) and The Musketeers (2015).
Facts
Here's Ben on Twitter.

Daniel Hyde (Lead workman) Born Sep 25 1975
Career highlights
Daniel made his earliest screen appearance in The Bill (2000), then London's Burning (2001), Hollyoaks (2003/05), Casualty (2005), Family Affairs (2005), The Real Essex Boys (2012) and Mr Sloane (2014).
Facts
In 2003, it was reported that he was being investigated by police in connection with a £160,000 fraud.

Sophie Miller-Sheen (Clara's friend)
Career highlights
Other work includes Misfits (2011), Whitechapel (2013) and The Rizen 2 (2016).

Juliet Cadzow (Voice of the Ice Governess) Born May 9 1951
Career highlights
Juliet's career began with the 1972 short The Duna Bull, followed by roles in The View from Daniel Pike (1973), The Wicker Man (1973), Doom Castle (1980), Scotch & Wry (1980), Brond (1987), Venus Peter (1989), The Campbells (1990), I, Lovett (1993), Roughnecks (1994), Hamish Macbeth (1996), Nightlife (1996), The Baldy Man (1997), Beautiful Creatures (2000), Still Game (2006), Skins (2012) and Ceremony (2014). Her most high profile role is playing Edie McCredie in the children's show Balamory (2002-05).
Facts
Juliet's husband was the theatre writer and actor David MacLennan.

Ian McKellen (Voice of the Great Intelligence) Born May 25 1939
Career highlights
Sir Ian McKellen is one of the most famous and respected British actors in the world, but his screen acting career began with 1964's The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling, followed by Sunday Out of Season (1965), David Copperfield (1966), Alfred the Great (1969), Edward II (1970), Dying Day (1980), Priest of Love (1981), Walter (1982), Walter and June (1982), The Keep (1983), Scandal (1989), Last Action Hero (1993), Tales of the City (1993), The Shadow (1994), Jack and Sarah (1995), Richard III (1995, which he also adapted for screen), Restoration (1995), Bent (1997), Gods and Monsters (1998), Emile (2003), Asylum (2005), Coronation Street (2005), The Da Vinci Code (2006), Extras (2006), King Lear (2008), The Prisoner (2009), Mr Holmes (2015) and The Dresser (2015). He has also played Freddie Thornhill in the sitcom Vicious (2013-15), but is most known for playing the villain Magneto in the X-Men film franchise since 2000 and wizard Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies (2001-03 & 2012-14).
Awards
1977: Olivier Award for Actor of the Year in a Revival (Pillars of the Community)
1978: Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance (The Alchemist)
1979: Olivier Award for Actor of the Year in a New Play (Bent)
1979: Commander of the order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to drama
1981: Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play (Amadeus)
1984: Olivier Award for Actor of the Year in a Revival (Wild Honey)
1991: Olivier Award for Best Actor (Richard III)
1991: Knight Bachelor for services to drama
1996: Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Television (Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny)
2006: Olivier Award - Society's Special Award
2008: Companion of Honour for services to drama and equality
Facts
Ian has twice been nominated for an Oscar (for Gods and Monsters and The Fellowship of the Ring); three times for a Golden Globe; five times for an Emmy; and four times for a BAFTA. Out of all those nominations, he's only ever won once. He plays the vampire in the Pet Shop Boys music video for Heart (1987), and also appeared in the videos for the Guillemots' Falling Out of Reach (2008) and George Ezra's Listen to the Man (2014). Ian also provided a spoken vocal for the Scissor Sisters track Invisible Light (2010). In 2006 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

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Steven Moffat (writer) Born Nov 18 1961
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Empty Child/ The Doctor Dances (2005), The Girl in the Fireplace (2006), Blink (2007), Time Crash (2007), Silence in the Library/ Forest of the Dead (2008), The End of Time Part Two (additional dialogue, uncredited, 2010), The Eleventh Hour (2010), The Beast Below (2010), The Time of Angels/ Flesh and Stone (2010), The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang (2010), A Christmas Carol (2010), The Impossible Astronaut/ Day of the Moon (2011), A Good Man Goes to War (2011), Let's Kill Hitler (2011), The Wedding of River Song (2011), The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (2011), Asylum of the Daleks (2012), The Angels Take Manhattan (2012), The Snowmen (2012), The Bells of Saint John (2013), The Name of the Doctor (2013), The Night of the Doctor (2013), The Day of the Doctor (2013), The Time of the Doctor (2013), Deep Breath (2014), Into the Dalek (co-writer, 2014), Listen (2014), Time Heist (co-writer, 2014), The Caretaker (co-writer, 2014), Dark Water/ Death in Heaven (2014), Last Christmas (2014), The Magician's Apprentice/ The Witch's Familiar (2015), The Girl Who Died (co-writer, 2015), The Zygon Inversion (co-writer, 2015), Heaven Sent/ Hell Bent (2015), The Husbands of River Song (2015)
As well as being writer of these TV episodes, Steven has also written several of the minisodes and preludes accompanying them, as well as the 1999 Comic Relief special, The Curse of Fatal Death.
Executive producer: 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, 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 Night 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, The Husbands of River Song (2010-15)
As well as being executive producer of these TV episodes, Steven has also produced several of the minisodes, preludes and Adventure Games accompanying them, as well as Doctor Who Confidential (2010-11).
Career highlights
Steven's writing career stretches back to Stay Lucky in 1990, after which he wrote Exam Conditions (1992), 43 episodes of Press Gang (1989-93), Joking Apart (1991/93/95), The Office (1996), Chalk (1997), Murder Most Horrid (1994/96/99), Privates (1999), 34 episodes of Coupling (2000-04), Jekyll (2007), The Adventures of Tintin (2011) and Sherlock (2010-17). He has also acted as producer on Chalk, Coupling, Jekyll, Sherlock and An Adventure in Space and Time (2013). In 2001 he acted as script editor of Office Gossip.
Awards
1991: BAFTA TV Award for Best Children's Programme (Entertainment/ Drama) (Press Gang)
2008: BAFTA TV Award for Best Writer (Doctor Who)
2008: BAFTA Cymru Award for Best Screenwriter (Doctor Who)
2011: BAFTA TV Award for Best Drama Series (Sherlock)
2012: BAFTA Special Award
2012: BAFTA TV Award for Best Writer (Sherlock)
2014: Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special (Sherlock)
2015: Officer of the order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to drama
Facts
Steven is married to TV producer Sue Vertue (whose mother is TV producer Beryl Vertue).

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.

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 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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