|The Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann),|
back after 17 years - and it's about time!
First broadcast Nov 14 2013 (online)
Audience for story: 2.5m (first week figure)
Paul McGann (The Doctor) Born Nov 14 1959
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Doctor in Doctor Who (1996), The Night of the Doctor (2013). Paul also played the Doctor in the BBC audio adventure Shada (2003), and for Big Finish since 2000
After making his debut in Whistling Wally (1982), Paul appeared in Gaskin (1983), The Importance of Being Earnest (1986), Withnail & I (1987), Empire of the Sun (1987), The Rainbow (1989), Paper Mask (1990), Alien 3 (1992), Nice Town (1992), The Three Musketeers (1993), The Hanging Gale (1995), Fairytale: A True Story (1997), Our Mutual Friend (1998), Forgotten (1999), Nature Boy (2000), Fish (2000), Queen of the Damned (2002), Lie With Me (2004), Sea of Souls (2006), Tripping Over (2006), True dare Kiss (2007), Vampire Killers (2009), Collision (2009), Jonathan Creek (2010), A Mother's Son (2012), Ripper Street (2013), The Bletchley Circle (2014) and The Pit and the Pendulum: A Study in Torture (2015). Prolific documentary voiceover artist Paul rose to fame as Percy Toplis in The Monocled Mutineer (1986, for which he was BAFTA nominated); other recurring roles include Mo Morris in Give Us a Break (1983-84), Lieutenant Bush in the Hornblower series (2001-03) and Mark North in Luther (2010-11).
Paul was originally cast as the lead in ITV's Sharpe adaptations, but broke his leg playing football a few days into filming Sharpe's Rifles (1993) and had to be replaced by Sean Bean, who went on to keep the role. Bean's replacement of McGann triggered the largest insurance settlement in British television history, valued at £2.13m, but Paul retains a connection with Sharpe by narrating the audiobooks. Paul also narrowly missed out on replacing Michael Praed in Robin of Sherwood in 1986. Paul, along with his acting brothers Mark, Stephen and Joe, was once a member of the group The McGanns, which continues today as a trio (minus Paul). Paul was involved with just one single, in 1983, entitled Shame About the Boy backed with Red Light. Paul separated from his wife Annie after 14 years together in 2006, and began a two-year relationship with actress Susannah Harker, who had been a guest performer in the audio Shada. Here he is, on Twitter.
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)
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).
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).
Emma Campbell-Jones (Cass)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Dr Kent in The Wedding of River Song (2011)
Played: Cass in The Night of the Doctor (2013)
Emma debuted in Casualty (2005), then Sea of Souls (2006), Dream Team 80s (2006), Taggart (2010), A Touch of Cloth (2012), Hollyoaks (2012), Jo (2013), The Tunnel (2013), Law and Order UK (2014) and 6 Days (2016).
Emma's father is former Formula 1 racing driver John Campbell-Jones, who took part in various Grand Prix in 1962-63. She is also related to British actors Diana Churchill and Mervyn Johns. Emma is a good friend of Seventh Doctor actor Sylvester McCoy, who took her as his guest to the BFI 3D screening of The Day of the Doctor in 2013. Here she is on Twitter.
In 2016 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Emma here.
Clare Higgins (Ohila) Born Nov 10 1955
Doctor Who credits
Played: Ohila in The Night of the Doctor (2013), The Magician's Apprentice and its prologue (2015), Hell Bent (2015)
Clare debuted in a 1980 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, followed by roles in The Citadel (1983), Mitch (1984), Cover Her Face (1985), Hideaway (1986), Hellraiser (1987), Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988), After the War (1989), Bad Behaviour (1993), Fatherland (1994), Silent Witness (1996), The House of Mirth (2000), Stage Beauty (2004), Goldplated (2006), The Golden Compass (2007), The Curse of Steptoe (2008), Being Human (2009), Toast (2010), The Syndicate (2012), Parade's End (2012), Shameless (2012), Downton Abbey (2012), Homefront (2012), Rogue (2014), EastEnders (2015) and Heretiks (2016).
1995: Olivier Award for Best Actress (Sweet Bird of Youth)
2003: Olivier Award for Best Actress (Vincent in Brixton)
2005: Olivier Award for Best Actress (Hecuba)
As a child, Clare was expelled from convent school, and ran away from home aged 17. At 19 she gave birth to a son who she gave up for adoption, but was reunited with him in 2005, when he was aged 31. Clare is also a trained massage therapist and psychotherapist. She was once married to actor Clive Wood, who appeared in the Doctor Who story The Pandorica Opens (2010).
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).
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.
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
Steven is married to TV producer Sue Vertue (whose mother is TV producer Beryl Vertue).
John Hayes (director)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Vastra Investigates (2012), The Bells of Saint John prelude (2013), The Night of the Doctor (2013)
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.
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).
Richard Cookson (script editor)
Doctor Who credits
Script edited: The Night of the Doctor (2013), An Adventure in Space and Time (2013), The Day of the Doctor (2013), The Last Day (2013), Robot of Sherwood (2014), Time Heist (2014), Flatline (2014)
Wrote: Strax's cinema introduction to The Day of the Doctor (2013, uncredited)
Richard's earliest script doctoring duties were on Criminal Justice (2009), then Survivors (2010), Five Daughters (2010), The Fades (2011), Ripper Street (2012-13) and Peaky Blinders (2013). He has also worked as a production assistant on The Curse of Steptoe (2008), Hughie Green, Most Sincerely (2008), Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me (2008) and Consuming Passion (2008). In 2015 he also directed and produced an episode of current affairs show Panorama dealing with the tobacco industry.
Between 2012-13 Richard was also responsible for all of Doctor Who's spin-off fictional content through BBC Books, Penguin Books, IDW Comics, Immediate Media, Big Finish and Audio Go. In 2013, Richard became Head of Development for Lovely Day Productions, which makes programmes such as Grantchester and The Daltons.