Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Name of the Doctor (+ She Said, He Said)

Introducing... the War Doctor (John Hurt)
She Said, He Said
One episode (She Said, He Said: A Prequel [sic])
First broadcast May 11 2013 (BBC Red Button)
Cast: Matt Smith (The Doctor), Jenna-Louise Coleman (Clara); see below

Crew: Steven Moffat (writer); see below

The Name of the Doctor
One episode (The Name of the Doctor)
First broadcast May 18 2013
Average audience for story: 7.45m + 2.06m iPlayer = 9.51m

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.

Alex Kingston (River Song) Born Mar 11 1963
Doctor Who credits
Played: River Song in Silence in the Library/ Forest of the Dead (2008), The Time of Angels/ Flesh and Stone (2010), The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang (2010), The Impossible Astronaut/ Day of the Moon (2011), A Good Man Goes to War (2011), Let's Kill Hitler (2011), Closing Time (2011), The Wedding of River Song (2011), The Angels Take Manhattan (2012), The Name of the Doctor (2013), The Husbands of River Song (2015)
Alex also appeared as River Song in the DVD extras Night and the Doctor (2011), and voiced her in the video game The Eternity Clock (2012).
Career highlights
Alex made her screen acting debut at the age of 17 in Grange Hill (1980), playing Jill Harcourt, then took roles in Henry's Leg (1986), Hannay (1989), The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989), Soldier Soldier (1993), Crocodile Shoes (1994), The Knock (1996), The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders (1996, for which she was BAFTA-nominated), Croupier (1998), Warrior Queen (2003), Alpha Dog (2006), Lost in Austen (2008), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2008), Sordid Things (2009), Hope Springs (2009), Ben Hur (2010), FlashForward (2009-10), Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (2009-10, spookily playing Miranda Pond!), Marchlands (2011), Upstairs Downstairs (2012), NCIS (2012), Chasing Shadows (2014) and Bukowski (2015). Alex also played Dr Elizabeth Corday in 160 episodes of ER (1997-2004/09) and Dinah Lance in Arrow (2013-14).
Facts
Alex's first husband was fellow actor Ralph Fiennes between 1993-97, whom she met at drama school. In an interview she said she considered committing suicide following her separation from Fiennes, which was triggered by Fiennes having an affair with actress Francesca Annis (Fiennes and Annis stayed together for 11 years). Alex appeared in a TV commercial for QC sherry in 1990.

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.

Richard E Grant (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.

Nasi Voutsas (Andro)
Career highlights
Nasi's only other acting role is in Holby City (2015).
Facts
Nasi is a former member of the rock/ hip-hop band Archean Soundtrack. He can also be seen in Kate Nash's music video for the single 3am (2013), and is a founder of the Antler Theatre Company. Here he is on Twitter.

David Avery (Fabian) Born Apr 6 1986
Career highlights
Debuted in No Way Through (2009), then Missing (2010), Love Tourettes (2011), The Inbetweeners Movie (2011), Pini (2012), Starred Up (2013), The Dumping Ground (2013), 24: Live Another Day (2014), Kosmos (2015) and The Night Manager (2016). He played Marcus Graham in 14 episodes of Brothers with No Game between 2012-14.
Facts
Until 2011 David was credited with the name David Chrysanthou. In June 2012 David won Monologue Slam UK, reciting Nowhere in America by Bathsheba Doran. Here he is on Twitter.

Michael Jenn (Clarence DeMarco)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Clarence DeMarco in The Name of the Doctor (2013), Clarence and the Whispermen (DVD extra scene, 2013)
Career highlights
Michael made his debut in Another Country (1984), followed by Dance with a Stranger (1985), Call Me Mister (1986), Sky Bandits (1986), Maurice (1987), Bugs (1996), Quills (2000), Unleashed (2005), Valiant (2005), Empire (2005), Casualty 1907 (2008), Sherlock Holmes (2009), Merlin (2008/10), World War Z (2013 - he's the zombie in the notable final scene), The White Queen (2013), Atlantis (2013), The Musketeers (2014), Cinderella (2015) and The Limehouse Golem (2016).

Rab Affleck (Archie) Born Jan 30 1953
Career highlights
Rab debuted in Crossing the Line (1990), followed by Down Among the Big Boys (1993), Bad Boys (1996), Postmortem (1998), The Bill (1998), Gangs of New York (2002), Layer Cake (2004), Alexander (2004), Taggart (1998/2005), Still Game (2005-06), Stardust (2007), Made of Honor (2008), Doors Open (2012) and A Royal Night Out (2015).
Facts
Before becoming an actor Rab earnt a living as a semi-professional boxer, competing for the British Heavyweight title in 1979 (he lost to Bunny Johnson). Rab's experience of bare-knuckle fighting brought him to the attention of the Crossing the Line producers. In 1994, Rab's brother Thomas was shot (but not killed) outside his home in Irvine, Scotland. In 2003 Rab's stepson Drew was jailed for life (a minimum of 27 years) after using a petrol bomb to set fire to a house in Irvine, killing two women and a 12-year-old girl.

Samuel Irvine (Messenger boy) Born 2002
Samuel's only other credit is in the short The Fable of Forsaken (2015). He can also be seen in the music video for the White Lights single Campfires in Winter (2013). His brother Noah and father Barry are also actors.

Sophie Downham (Young Clara) Born 2000
Doctor Who credits
Played: Young Clara in The Bells of Saint John prelude, The Name of the Doctor (both 2013)
Career highlights
Sophie's other work includes Unforgiven (2009) and Appropriate Adult (2011).
Facts
Her brother Jack also acts - he played the young Robin in the 2010 film Robin Hood, and has portrayed Noah Sharma in the soap Emmerdale since 2009.

Paul Kasey (Whisper Man) Born Aug 5 1973
Doctor Who credits
Played: Auton in Rose (2005)
Played: Coffa (Forest of Cheem) in The End of the World (2005, uncredited)
Played: Slitheen in Aliens of London/ World War Three (2005), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Revenge of the Slitheen (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Lost Boy (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Gift (2009), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Nightmare Man (2010)
Played: Zu-Zana in Bad Wolf (2005)
Played: Clockwork man in The Girl in the Fireplace (2006)
Played: Cyber-Leader in Rise of the Cybermen/ The Age of Steel (2006), Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday (2006), The Next Doctor (2008)
Played: Ood in The Impossible Planet/ The Satan Pit (2006), Death is the Only Answer (2011)
Played: The Hoix in Love & Monsters (2006), Torchwood: Exit Wounds (2008, uncredited)
Played: Weevil in Torchwood: Everything Changes, Torchwood: Day One (uncredited), Torchwood: Greeks Bearing Gifts, Torchwood: Combat, Torchwood: End of Days, Torchwood: Sleeper, Torchwood: Adam, Torchwood: Reset (uncredited), Torchwood: Dead Man Walking, Torchwood: A Day in the Death (uncredited), Torchwood: Fragments, Torchwood: Exit Wounds (2006-08)
Played: Blowfish in Torchwood: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2008), Torchwood: Fragments (2008)
Played: Robot Santa in The Runaway Bride (2006)
Played: Judoon in Smith and Jones (2007), The Stolen Earth (2008), The Pandorica Opens (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Prisoner of the Judoon (2009)
Played: Hero pig man in Daleks in Manhattan/ Evolution of the Daleks (2007)
Played: Kudlak in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Warriors of Kudlak (2007)
Played: The Host in Voyage of the Damned (2007)
Played: Ood Sigma in Planet of the Ood (2008), The Waters of Mars (2009), The End of Time (2009-10)
Played: Hath Peck in The Doctor's Daughter (2008)
Played: Sorvin in Planet of the Dead (2009)
Played: Highwayman in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Mona Lisa's Revenge (2009)
Played: Shansheeth in The Sarah Jane Adventurers: Death of the Doctor (2010)
Played: Red robot in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Empty Planet (2010)
Played: Nephew in The Doctor's Wife (2011)
Played: Cyberman in Closing Time (2011)
Played: The Metalkind in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Sky (2011)
Played: Wooden Queen in The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (2011)
Played: Time zombie in Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS (2013)
Played: Whisper Man in The Name of the Doctor (2013)
Played: Zygon in The Day of the Doctor (2013)
Played: Footman in Deep Breath (2014)
Career highlights
Paul's earliest role was in Blade II (2002), followed by 28 Days Later (2002, on which he was also movement advisor), 1408 (2007), Inkheart (2008) and Scoop (2009). He also played the George in werewolf form in Being Human (2009-12), and has performed as various monsters at the BBC Proms and Symphonic Spectacular events. He has also donned costumes for TV commercials such as Foxy Bingo and Butlins and was a performer and movement advisor for London's 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.

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)
Career highlights
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)
Career highlights
Other work includes Gigglebiz (2009-10), Man Down (2013) and Hank Zipzer (2015).

John Hurt (The War Doctor) Jan 22 1940 to Jan 25 2017 (pancreatic cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: The War Doctor in The Name of the Doctor (2013), The Night of the Doctor (2013), The Day of the Doctor (2013)
Career highlights
John is one of the world's busiest and most respected actors, having made his screen acting debut in Probation Officer in 1961, followed by roles in Z Cars (1962), Young and Willing (1962), This is My Street (1964), A Man for All Seasons (1966), Before Winter Comes (1969), 10 Rillington Place (1971), Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs (1974), The Ghoul (1975), Shades of Greene (1976), The Sweeney (1976), Midnight Express (1978), The Shout (1978), Watership Down (1978), The Lord of the Rings (1978), Alien (1979), The Elephant Man (1980), Champions (1984), Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), The Black Cauldron (1985), White Mischief (1987), Spaceballs (1987), The Bengali Night (1988), Scandal (1989), King Ralph (1991), Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993), Rob Roy (1995), Contact (1997), Watership Down (1999-2000), Tabloid (2001), Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001), Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001), Hellboy (2004), The Skeleton Key (2005), V for Vendetta (2005), The Alan Clark Diaries (2004-06), The Oxford Murders (2008), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), Outlander (2008), Brighton Rock (2010), Harry Potter and the Deathly hallows Parts 1 and 2 (2010-11), Whistle and I'll Come to You (2010), The Confession (2011), Immortals (2011), The Hollow Crown (2012), Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), Hercules (2014), The Last Panthers (2015) and The Legend of Tarzan (2016). Some of his most memorable roles include Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant 91975) and its sequel An Englishman in New York (2009), Caligula in I, Claudius (1976), the title character in The Storyteller (1987-88) and the voice of the Dragon in Merlin (2008-12).
Facts
John, whose narration can be heard in The Art of Noise's 1999 concept album The Seduction of Claude Debussy, has a distinctive voice which has been used as voiceover on hundreds of productions over the years, notably the 1987 AIDS awareness campaign Don't Die of Ignorance (1987). In the music world, he can also be seen in the video for Paul McCartney's Take It Away (1982) and Suede's Attitude (2002 - in drag!). You can also hear him reading Shakespeare Sonnet No.147, When Love Speaks, here, and a clip of dialogue from Nineteen Eighty-Four can be heard at the start of the Manic Street Preachers' Faster (1994). John has been nominated for an Oscar twice (for Midnight Express and The Elephant Man), and a Golden Globe twice (the same films, but winning for Midnight Express). He's also been nominated for seven BAFTAs, winning for The Naked Civil Servant, Midnight Express and The Elephant Man, and being awarded a fourth for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema in 2012. John has been married four times - his first marriage was to actress Annette Robinson (who was in the Doctor Who story The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve (1966)), while his current marriage is to casting director Anwen Rees-Myers. In 1983 his then girlfriend of 16 years, the French model Marie-Lise Volpeliere-Pierrot, was killed in a horse riding accident. John was awarded a CBE in 2004 and was knighted with an OBE in 2015. John's brother Michael is now known as Brother Anselm, a Benedictine monk and writer at Glenstal Abbey in Ireland. In June 2015 John announced he was suffering from early-stage pancreatic cancer, but in the October confirmed he was in remission. In December 2015 John reprised the role of the War Doctor in the first of a series of audio adventures. Apparently, he holds the record for the most amount of on-screen character deaths in film history (47 and counting; followed by Bela Lugosi, Vincent Price and Sean Bean).

CREW

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.

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 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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