|The new look Cybermen!|
First broadcast May 11 2013
Average audience for story: 6.64m + 1.89m iPlayer = 8.53m
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.
Eve De Leon Allen (Angie) Born 1997
Doctor Who credits
Played: Angie in The Bells of Saint John (2013), The Crimson Horror (2013), Nightmare in Silver (2013), The Name of the Doctor (2013)
Eve's other work includes playing The Boss in the 2008 series Nuzzle and Scratch.
Kassius Carey Johnson (Artie)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Artie in The Bells of Saint John (2013), The Crimson Horror (2013), Nightmare in Silver (2013), The Name of the Doctor (2013)
Other work includes Gigglebiz (2009-10), Man Down (2013) and Hank Zipzer (2015).
Jason Watkins (Webley) Born Jul 30 1966
Jason debuted in EastEnders as Gerry Fairweather in 1987 and 1988, then found roles in High Hopes (1988), Soldier Soldier (1991), The Good Guys (1993), The Buddha of Suburbia (1993), Annie's Bar (1996), Grown Ups (1997), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Duck Patrol (1998), Onegin (1999), Sex Traffic (2004), Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004), Conviction (2004), Funland (2005), The Romantics (2006), Confetti (2006), Housewife, 49 (2006), Five Days (2007), Life on Mars (2007), The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle (2007), The Golden Compass (2007), Wild Child (2008), Little Dorrit (2008), Murderland (2009), Nativity! (2009), Psychoville (2011), The Hour (2011), Dirk Gently (2010/12), Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger (2012), Call the Midwife (2013), Atlantis (2013), Our Zoo (2014), Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey? (2014), The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies (2014, for which he won a BAFTA), W1A (2014-15), The Secret (2016) and The Hollow Crown (2016). He also regularly played Herrick in Being Human (2009-11) and Gavin in Trollied (2011-15).
On January 1, 2011, Jason's two-year-old daughter Maude died of sepsis, a whole-body inflammatory response to infection. His wife is jewellery designer and actress Clara Francis. Here's Jason on Twitter.
Warwick Davis (Porridge) Born Feb 3 1970
Warwick made his acting debut Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi (1983), a role he reprised in two Ewok feature films - Caravan of Courage (1984) and The Battle for Endor (1985). After this, he appeared in Labyrinth (1986), Willow (1988), The Princess and the Dwarf (1989), Zorro (1991), Gulliver's Travels (1996), Prince Valiant (1997), The 10th Kingdom (2000), Murder Rooms (2001), Dr Terrible's House of Horrible (2001), Skinned Deep (2004), Ray (2004), The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Extras (2006), Agent One-Half (2008), Merlin (2010), The Unbroken (2012), Jack the Giant Slayer (2013), Life's Too Short (2011/13), Dwarves Assemble (2013), Get Santa (2014), Catherine Tate's Nan (2015) and Ghost Busters (2016, as a motion-captured Stay Puft Marshmallow Man). Warwick's association with the Star Wars universe extends beyond the 1980s too - he played numerous roles (including a walk-on for Yoda, as well as Greedo the Elder in The Phantom Menace (1999) and Wollivan in The Force Awakens (2015). He is also a mainstay of the Harry Potter film franchise between 2001-09, playing Professor Flitwick and Griphook. Warwick also played Reepicheep in two adaptations of the books of CS Lewis - Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1989) and The Silver Chair (1990), and played Nikabrik in the 2008 film Prince Caspian. On top of all that, Warwick has played the title character in the Leprachaun film franchise since 1993. Warwick is also a writer, penning Agent One-Half, Life's Too Short and Dwarves Assemble (the latter of which he also directed and produced). In 2014 he turned his hand to presenting the show Celebrity Squares.
Warwick was born with the condition spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenital (SED), which caused his dwarfism (he was 2ft 11in tall at the age of 13, and is 3ft 6in tall as an adult). Warwick was originally cast as an Ewok extra in Return of the Jedi, but when Wicket actor Kenny Baker (aka R2-D2) fell ill, Warwick stepped in (the Ewok was then renamed Wicket Wystri Warrick). Warwick is married to fellow short actor Samantha Davis, whose father is dwarf actor Peter Burroughs (Peter appeared in the Doctor Who story The King's Demons in 1983). Together, Warwick and his father-in-law Peter run Willow Management, an acting agency for actors under 5ft and over 7ft tall. Warwick also runs the Reduced Height Theatre Company. Warwick and Samantha have two children - their son is named Harrison, after Warwick's Star Wars co-star Harrison Ford. The couple also had two more children, but both died in infancy as a genetic result of their combined conditions - Warwick's SED and Samantha's achondroplasia.
Tamzin Outhwaite (Captain) Born Nov 5 1970
After making her TV debut presenting the youth series No Limits in 1987 (billed as Tammi Outhwaite), she made her acting debut in The Mystery of Mr Martinu (1993), then Men Behaving Badly (1995), Da Ali G Show (2000), Hustle (2004), Walk Away and I Stumble (2005), Vital Signs (2006), Paradox (2009), Silent Witness (2012), Great Expectations (2012) and Agatha Christie's Marple (2013). Regular roles include Melanie Healy in 420 episodes of EastEnders (1998-2002), Sergeant Jo McDonagh in Red Cap (2003-04), Rebecca Mitchell in Hotel Babylon (2006-07), Rose Chamberlain in The Fixer (2008-09) and DCI Sasha Miller in New Tricks (2013-15).
Tamzin is a popular actress for TV commercials for the likes of Wrigley's Doublemint chewing gum (1987), Anadin (1995), Avon cosmetics (2003-05) and Belle Color from Garnier (2011), while in 1992, Tamzin appeared as a dancer in the music video for U2's Even Better Than the Real Thing. In 1999 she won a National Television Award for Most Popular Newcomer, and in 2002 won a British Soap Award for Best Actress. Between 2006-14 Tamzin was married to actor Tom Ellis (who appeared in the Doctor Who story Last of the Time Lords (2007)) - Tamzin cited Ellis's infidelity in divorce papers. Tamzin's cousin is TV producer Daniel Baldwin. Here she is on Twitter.
Eloise Joseph (Beauty)
Debuted in Primeval (2008), then The Color of Magic (2008), The Bill (2009), Casualty (2009), Married Single Other (2010), Mad Dogs (2011), The Inbetweeners Movie (2011), Skins (2011-12), Spy (2012) and Youngers (2014).
Will Merrick (Brains) Born Apr 9 1993
Will's breakthrough role was playing Alo Creevey in Skins (2011-12), after which he found work in In with the Flynns (2012), About Time (2013), Atlantis (2013), Count Arthur Strong (2015) and The Rack Pack (2016).
In 2009, Will was in the Top 10 of 50,000 candidates in the UK national GCSE examinations for Drama. He is a founding member of the No Prophet Theatre Company. Here he is on Twitter.
Calvin Dean (Ha-Ha) Born May 21 1985
Doctor Who credits
Played: Chris in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Gift (2009)
Played: Ha-Ha in Nightmare in Silver (2013)
Calvin's CV includes The Duchess (2008), Casualty (2008), Demons (2009), Tormented (2009), Law and Order UK (2011), Dancing on the Edge (2013), Freak of Nurture (2015), Howl (2015) and Agatha Raisin (2016).
Zahra Ahmadi (Missy) Born 1981
Zahra debuted as DC Imelda Folks in Trial and Retribution in 2006/07, then found roles in Britz (2007), Doctors (2009), Bellamy's People (2010), Tamara Drewe (2010), The Thick of It (2012), The Mimic (2013), The Job Lot (2013), Black Mirror (2014) and Babylon (2014). She's also had a handful or recurring roles, including Shabnam Masood in soap EastEnders (2007-08), Mehtap in The Increasingly Poor Decision of Todd Margaret (2010-12/16) and Sinem in Count Arthur Strong (2013-15).
In 2008 the Sun newspaper reported that Zahra quit her role in EastEnders after the producers refused to give her "meaty" storylines.
Aidan Cook (Cyberman)
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)
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).
Nicholas Briggs (Voice of the Cybermen) 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), 220.127.116.11. (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!
Neil Gaiman (writer) Born Nov 10 1960
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Doctor's Wife (2011), Nightmare in Silver (2013), Rain Gods (Series 7 DVD minisode, 2013)
Neil is one of the UK's foremost fiction authors, having started out writing non-fiction books on subjects such as Duran Duran and The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy. He has also written comic books since the late 1980s, such as 2000 AD, Judge Dredd and Batman, and also created his own comics, most notably The Sandman series. His first fiction book was a project with Terry Pratchett called Good Omens in 1990, after which he has written many more, including Neverwhere (1996), American Gods (2001), Coraline (2002), Anansi Boys (2005) and Eternity's Wheel (2015). There have also been many children's books, including The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish (1997) and The Sleeper and the Spindle (2014), and short story collections such as Angels and Visitations (1993), Fragile Things (2006) and Trigger Warning (2015). He also wrote the Doctor Who digital short story Nothing O'Clock in 2013.
Several of his works have been adapted into TV or film projects, including Neverwhere (1996), MirrorMask (2005), Stardust (2007) and Coraline (2009). He has also written new material for TV, including Babylon 5 (1998), and appeared in Arthur (2010) and The Simpsons (2011).
Neil is a very good friend of the American singer songwriter Tori Amos, and they pop up in each other's work - Neil wrote a character based upon her in his novel Stardust, while Tori has referred to Neil in several of her songs since a demo tape in 1991. Neil has written stories for some of Tori's album and tour literature, and is her daughter Tash's godfather. Neil is married to songwriter and performer Amanda Palmer, one-time vocalist with The Dresden Dolls. The couple have an open marriage. This is his website and this is his Twitter.
Stephen Woolfenden (director)
Stephen's behind-the-cameras CV stretches back as far as being a runner on 1986's Lady Jane, followed by stints as trainee, second or first assistant director on productions such as Return to Treasure Island (1986), We Are Seven (1991), The Jazz Detective (1992), Telltale (1993), The Lifeboat (1994), The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain (1995), Shine (1996), Murder Most Horrid (1996), Neverwhere (1996), The Governess (1998), Hideous Kinky (1998), The Martins (2001), Charlotte Gray (2001), Happiness (2003), State of Play (2003), Prime Suspect 6 (2003), the Harry Potter film franchise (2007-11), Strike Back (2012), Warm Bodies (2013) and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016). Stephen's first directing credit was on The Mysti Show (2004-06), followed by Dream Team (2006), Echo Beach (2008), Trinity (2009), Strike Back (2013), DCI Banks (2014) and Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands (2016).
Stephen is married to camera operator Chyna Thomson, whose father is Alex Thomson, Director of Photography on such films as The Keep (1983), Legend (1985), The Krays (1990), Alien 3 (1992) and Demolition Man (1993). Stephen's father is TV and film composer Guy Woolfenden. Here's Stephen 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
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.