Monday, January 25, 2016

The Time of the Doctor

Farewell to the Eleventh Doctor
(Matt Smith). And his clothes...
One episode (The Time of the Doctor)
First broadcast Dec 25 2013
Average audience for story: 11.14m + 1.89m iPlayer = 13.03m

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 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.

Orla Brady (Tasha Lem) Born Mar 28 1961
Career highlights
Irish born Orla made her acting debut on screen in So You Think You've Got Troubles (1991), then Minder (1993), Absolutely Fabulous (1994), Dangerfield (1995), Pie in the Sky (1996), Out of the Blue (1995-96), The Vicar of Dibley (1996), Noah's Ark (1997), Pure Wickedness (1999), Fogbound (2002), Servants (2003), Proof (2004-05), Revelations (2005), Protect and Serve (2007), Shark (2007-08), Wallander (2008), The Deep (2010), Fringe (2010-12), Eternal Law (2012), Jo (2013), The Price of Desire (2015), Banished (2015), American Odyssey (2015) and Into the Badlands (2015). She also regularly played Siobhan Dhillon in Mistresses (2008-10).
Facts
Orla is married to director and photographer Nicholas Brandt, who has directed music videos for Michael Jackson (including the Grammy-nominated Earth Song), Moby, Jewel, XTC and Badly Drawn Boy. In the 1980s Orla was a model for a series of photographic figure studies, one of which was used by artist Jack Vettriano as the basis for the woman in the red dress in his painting The Singing Butler (1992). Here she is on Twitter.

James Buller (Clara's dad) Born Apr 4 1970
Career highlights
Debuted in EastEnders (1996), followed by Strange But True? (1996), Grafters (1998), Babes in the Wood (1998-99), Sunburn (1999-2000), Sea of Souls (2004), The Grid (2004), Doctors (2006), Jonathan Creek (2013) and The Coroner (2015).
Facts
James is married to actress Maimie McCoy.

Elizabeth Rider (Linda) Born 1957
Doctor Who credits
Played: Mistress Ellen in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Lost in Time (2010)
Played: Linda in The Time of the Doctor (2013)
Career highlights
Elizabeth made her screen debut in Testament of Youth (1979), followed by Breakaway (1980), Sacred Hearts (1985), Hard Cases (1988), Civvies (1992), Dangerfield (1996), Where the Heart Is (1999), At Home with the Braithwaites (2001), Red Cap (2003), Sweet Medicine (2003), A Thing Called Love (2004), Hotel Babylon (2006), The Street (2007), Casualty (1995/2008-09), Law and Order UK (2010), Marchlands (2011), Lewis (2014), The Casual Vacancy (2015), Lady Chatterley's Lover (2015) and Midsomer Murders (2016). Elizabeth has enjoyed a handful of recurring roles too, including Sheila Thwaite in The Lakes (1997-99), two roles in Coronation Street (Ashley Peacock's biological mother Kathleen Gutteridge (1999) and Genna (2006)), two roles in EastEnders (Nurse Jill (2004) and Nurse Green (2007-08)), Maureen Smith in Waking the Dead (2009/11) and DCI Lynette Driver in more than 75 episodes of daytime soap Doctors since 2005.

Sheila Reid (Clara's gran) Born Dec 21 1937
Doctor Who credits
Played: Etta in Vengeance on Varos (1985)
Played: Clara's gran in The Time of the Doctor (2013), Dark Water (2014)
Career highlights
Sheila's earliest TV credit was in Mr Nobody (1960), after which she appeared in The Alphabet Murders (1965), A Flea in Her Ear (1967), Three Sisters (1970), Justice (1973), Moll Flanders (1975), Flickers (1980), Get Lost! (1981), The Home Front (1983), Miracles Take Longer (1984), Brazil (1985), The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987), American Friends (1991), Oliver's Travels (1995), Where the Heart Is (1998), Mrs Caldicot's Cabbage War (2002), Sea of Souls (2006), Bones (2008), Holby City (2009), Psychoville (2009/11), Psychobitches (2012-13) and Miller's Mountain (2014). Her most memorable role is as mobility scooter driver Madge Harvey in the comedy drama Benidorm (2007-15).

Mark Anthony Brighton (Colonel Albero)
Career highlights
Debuted in The Bill (2000), then Ready When You Are, Mr McGill (2003), Casualty (2005), The Golden Hour (2005), Missing (2010), The Tunnel (2013), Not Going Out (2014) and Kidz Time TV (2015).

Rob Jarvis (Abramal)
Career highlights
Debuted in Call Red (1996), then The Brittas Empire (1996), Among Giants (1998), Ultraviolet (1998), The Darkest Light (1999), Heartlands (2002), The Last King (2003), Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps (2003-04), Grownups (2006), Lead Balloon (2008), New Tricks (2009), Luther (2010), Monroe (2012), Hunted (2012), Southcliffe (2013), Endeavour (2014), Vera (2015) and Father Brown (2016). He also played Eddie in 47 episodes of Hustle (2004-12).
Facts
Rob also works as one of the principal continuity announcers for the National Geographic channel in the UK.

Tessa Peake-Jones (Marta) Born May 9 1957
Career highlights
Tessa first appeared in Fallen Hero in 1978, after which she took roles in Telford's Change (1979), The Danedyke Mystery (1979), Pride and Prejudice (1980), Bergerac (1983), Charters & Caldicott (1985), Tickets for the Titanic (1987), Hard Cases (1989), Anything More Would Be Greedy (1989), Fish (2000), The Lost World (2001), Marchlands (2011), Casualty (2012), Bonobo (2014) and The Devil Went Down to Islington (2016). Tessa has had various regular roles, including Maria in sitcom Up the Garden Path (1990-93), Sally Rokeby in sitcom So Haunt Me (1992-94), Mrs Hunter in The Demon Headmaster (1996-98), Sue Bond in Doctors (2009/11) and Mrs Maguire in Grantchester (2014-16), but she will be best known as Del Boy's partner Raquel in sitcom Only Fools and Horses (1988-03).
Facts
Between 1985-2012, Tessa's partner was the actor Douglas Hodge (who, awkwardly, played a grown-up version of her character's son Damien in Only Fools and Horses in 1996!). Look out for her in the video for Culture Club's 1982 single Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?

Jack Hollington (Barnable) Born 2001
Career highlights
Jack's other work includes Casualty (2014), The Go-Between (2015) and Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands (2016).

Sonita Henry (Colonel Meme) Born Jan 23 1977
Career highlights
Sonita debuted in The Fifth Element (1997), then Out of the Darkness (2001), Garden Party (2008), Star Trek (2009), NCIS (2009), Cold Case (2010), Chuck (2011), Law and Order LA (2011), Young Dracula (2014) and Olympus (2015).
Facts
Sonita has also worked in motion capture for various video games, and has performed in a plethora of TV commercials for everything from XBox, Land Rover and M&Ms to Burger King, Red Baron Pizza and Hyundai. Sonita has her own special feature on the Star Trek DVD showing her transformation for the role of the Starfleet doctor who delivers baby James T Kirk. Here she is on Twitter.

Kayvan Novak (Voice of Handles) Born Nov 23 1978
Career highlights
Kayvan got his first credit in The American Embassy in 2002, after which he appeared in Judge John Deed (2002), Holby City (2004), Spooks (2004), Syriana (2005), Be More Ethnic (2007), The Blue Tower (2008), Four Lions (2010), Sirens (2011), Hacks (2012), Full English (2012), Skins (2013), Inside No.9 (2014), Cuban Fury (2014), Puppy Love (2014), Paddington (2014), Asylum (2015), SunTrap (2015) and Top Coppers (2015). He is also a prolific voice artist, having given his talent to Talented Mouse (2007), Headcases (2008), A Turtle's Tale (2010), The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012), Danger Mouse (2015) and Thunderbirds Are Go (2015-16, as Brains). He will be best known, however, for his comedy series Fonejacker (2007-08) and Facejacker (2010-12), which he also wrote and directed. Fonejacker won a Best Comedy Series BAFTA in 2008, and Facejacker was nominated in 2011. Kayvan was also nominated as Best Male Comedy Breakthrough Artist at the British Comedy Awards in 2010.

Tom Gibbons (Young man)
Career highlights
Debuted in Coronation Street (2010), then Scott and Bailey (2011), The Body Farm (2011), Emmerdale (2014) and The Driver (2014). He also played Ryan in Young Dracula (2011-12).

Ken Bones (Voice [The General])
Doctor Who credits
Played: The General in The Day of the Doctor (2013), The Time of the Doctor (2013, voice only), Hell Bent (2015)
Career highlights
Ken made his credited debut in 1977's Jubilee, followed by roles in Fox (1980), Spearhead (1981), Frankie and Johnnie (1986), Bellman and True (1987), London's Burning (1988), Jack the Ripper (1988), Seekers (1993), Cutthroat Island (1995), Crime Traveller (1997), Cold Feet (1998), In Deep (2002), Hustle (2004), Troy (2004), The Virgin Queen (2006), Doctors (2007), Law and Order UK (2009), Any Human Heart (2010), The Hour (2011), Upstairs Downstairs (2012), Da Vinci's Demons (2013), The World's End (2013) and Tyrant (2015). He regularly played Melas in Atlantis (2013-15) and Annas in A.D. The Bible Continues (2015).

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)
Career highlights
Aidan started out as one of the animatronics operators on children's series Fimbles in 2002, for which he also provided voice work. He was also movement director on the 2009 adaptation of The Day of the Triffids, and was the children's acting coach on the 2011 film Horrid Henry. Further acting work includes Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), Warrioress (2011), Restless (2012) and Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 (2013).

Nicholas Briggs (Voice of the Daleks & 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)
Career highlights
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), 4.3.2.1. (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.
Facts
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!

Barnaby Edwards (Dalek operator) Born 1969
Doctor Who credits
Played: Daleks in Thirty Years in the TARDIS (1993), Dalek (2005), Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Ways (2005), 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), 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)
Career highlights
Barnaby has worked a lot in the world of Doctor Who apart from operating Daleks, including voicing the Krarg commander in the 2003 web series Shada, and providing a number of voices for the Doctor Who Adventure Games (2010-11). Non-Doctor Who work includes The Giblet Boys (2005), Children of Men (2006), The Merry Wives of Windsor (2011) and Shadows of a Stranger (2014).
Facts
Barnaby has also been an actor, writer and director for Big Finish Productions since the early days of Doctor Who audios, having directed (among others) Exotron, Doctor Who and the Pirates, Frozen Time and The Chimes of Midnight; he has written stories such as The Bride of Peladon, The wreck of the Titan and The Beast of Orlok. Barnaby is also an exhibited artist, as well as an art history lecturer.
Here he is on Twitter.

Nicholas Pegg (Dalek operator)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Daleks in Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Ways (2005), 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), Asylum of the Daleks (2012), The Day of the Doctor (2013), The Time of the Doctor (2013), The Magician's Apprentice/ The Witch's Familiar (2015)
Career highlights
Nicholas has featured highly in the Doctor Who universe since the 1980s when he began producing his own fanzines. He also played the Cyber Leader in the 1993 documentary Thirty Years in the TARDIS and voiced Think Tank in the 2003 audio adventure of Shada (which he also adapted and directed). Nicholas also contributed to many of the extras on the BBC's Doctor Who DVD range, and also writes and directs audios for Big Finish. Acting work outside Doctor Who has included two small roles in Doc Martin (2005/06).
Facts
Nicholas is an authority on the life and work of David Bowie, having written books on him, contributed to TV documentaries and helped curate the 2013 David Bowie Is... exhibition for the Victoria and Albert Museum. Nicholas's bio claims he could well be the only Equity member to have played Hamlet, a Dalek and an otter. Here's his Twitter feed.
In 2014 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Nicholas here.

Dan Starkey (Sontaran) 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.

Ross Mullan (Silent) Born Jan 5 1967
Doctor Who credits
Played: Silent in The Time of the Doctor (2013)
Played: The Teller in Time Heist (2014)
Played: Wraith in Hell Bent (2015)
Career highlights
Canadian Ross, who is 6ft 4in, debuted in the 2002 short film Blow Job, followed by work in Clash of the Titans (2010), When the Lights Went Out (2012), Bloody Cuts (2014-15), Howl (2015) and Il Sonnambulo (2016). He also played a White Walker in Game of Thrones (2012-14), and is the puppeteer and voice of Neville in 77 episodes of Bear Behaving Badly (2007-10) and the Numbertaker in Numberjacks (2008-09).
Facts
Here's Ross on Twitter.

Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) Born Nov 28 1987
Doctor Who credits
Played: Soothsayer in The Fires of Pompeii (2008)
Played: Amy Pond 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, A Christmas Carol, Space/ Time, 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, Good As Gold, Pond Life, Asylum of the Daleks, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, A Town Called Mercy, The Power of Three, The Angels Take Manhattan (2010-12). Return appearance in The Time of the Doctor (2013).
She also provided the voice for Amy Pond in The Doctor Who Adventure Games (2010-11) and played Amy in the various Night and the Doctor shorts on the Series 6 DVD.
Career highlights
Karen debuted in Rebus (2006), then found roles in Harley Street (2008), Stacked (2008), New Town Killers (2008), The Kevin Bishop Show (2008-09), Outcast (2010), We'll Take Manhattan (2012), Not Another Happy Ending (2013), Oculus (2013), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), A Touch of Cloth (2014), Selfie (2014) and 7 Days in Hell (2015).
Facts
Karen has leant her vocal talent to TV commercials for eHarmonyWarburtons bread and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Her cousin is actress Caitlin Blackwood, who played the younger version of Amy Pond in Doctor Who. Her father is singer John Gillan. In 2008 Karen modelled at the launch party for the Dainty Doll make-up range, "created" by Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts. She can also be seen in the 2014 music video for TV on the Radio's Happy Idiot.

Peter Capaldi (The Doctor) Born Apr 14 1958
Doctor Who credits
Played: Caecilius in The Fires of Pompeii (2008)
Played: John Frobisher in Torchwood: Children of Earth (2009)
Played: The Doctor in The Day of the Doctor (uncredited), 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 Doctor's Meditation, 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, Friend from the Future, Class: For Tonight We Might Die, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, The Pilot, Smile, Thin Ice, Knock Knock, Oxygen, Extremis, The Pyramid at the End of the World, The Lie of the Land, Empress of Mars, The Eaters of Light, World Enough and Time/ The Doctor Falls, Twice Upon a Time (2013-17)
Career highlights
Peter made his screen acting debut in Living Apart Together (1982), followed by Local Hero (1983), Turtle Diary (1985), Minder (1985), Travelling Man (1985), John and Yoko: A Love Story (1985), The Love Child (1988), The Lair of the White Worm (1988), Dangerous Liaisons (1989), Chain (1990), Selling Hitler (1991), The Cloning of Joanna May (1992), Soft Top Hard Shoulder (1993), Prime Suspect 3 (1993), Chandler and Co (1994), Neverwhere (1996), The Crow Road (1996), The Vicar of Dibley (1996), Bean (1997), Shooting Fish (1997), Psychos (1999), Fortysomething (2003), Sea of Souls (2004), My Family (2004), Pinochet's Last Stand (1996), Magicians (2007), Skins (2007-08), The Devil's Whore (2008), Getting On (2009-10), The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (2010), The Field of Blood (2011), Big Fat Gypsy Gangster (2011), The Hour (2012), World War Z (2013, ironically playing W.H.O Doctor!), The Fifth Estate (2013), Shetland (2014) and The Complete Walk: Titus Andronicus (2016). He also played Cardinal Richelieu in the first series of The Musketeers (2014), and Mr Curry in the films Paddington (2014) and Paddington 2 (2017), but will be better known as the foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker in 21 episodes of the comedy The Thick of It (2005-12) and its film spin-off In the Loop (2009).
Peter is also talented behind the cameras, having written the film Soft Top Hard Shoulder (which was, incidentally, directed by Stefan Schwartz, who appeared in the Doctor Who story Battlefield (1989)), as well as writing and directing the Oscar-winning short Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life (1995), which starred alternative Ninth Doctor (and later Great Intelligence) Richard E Grant, and Crispin Letts, son of 1970s Doctor Who producer Barry Letts. Peter also wrote and directed Strictly Sinatra (2001) and The Cricklewood Greats (2012), and wrote nine episodes of the series Getting On (2009-10).
Awards
1993: BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Short Film (Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life)
1993: BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor - Film (Soft Top Hard Shoulder)
1994: BAFTA Film Award for Best Short Film (Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life)
1995: Academy Award for Best Short Film, Live Action (Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life)
2009: BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Acting Performance in Film (In the Loop)
2010: BAFTA TV Award for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Role (The Thick Of It)
2010: British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actor (The Thick Of It)
2012: British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actor (The Thick Of It)
Facts
In 1973, a teenage Peter wrote to the Radio Times in tribute to the late Roger Delgado (the Master). In 1980 Peter (middle name Dougan) was the singer in a band called the Dreamboys (along with comedian Craig Ferguson and storyboard artist Temple Clark) and released an EP comprising the songs Bela Lugosi's Birthday, Outer Limits and Shall We Dance. It's a cross between punk and goth with some heavy Bowie influence. In 1997, Peter appeared in a TV commercial for Michelob beer, "playing with his model collection". Peter's wife is fellow actor Elaine Collins, who was producer on shows such as Shetland and Vera. Peter was offered an audition for the role of the Eighth Doctor in 1995 but did not take it up as he didn't think he'd get the job (Doctor 12 awaited!). Peter has reportedly declined an OBE for services to drama.

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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).

Jamie Payne (director)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Hide (2013), The Time of the Doctor (2013)
Career highlights
Jamie's earliest directing work was on the short films The Dance of Shiva (1998) and Rough Magik (2000), before graduating to series such as The Bill (2002), New Tricks (2004), Distant Shores (2005), Primeval (2007-08), Survivors (2008/10), Ashes to Ashes (2010), Outcasts (2011), Call the Midwife (2012), The Hour (2011-12), Da Vinci's Demons (2012), The Bletchley Circle (2014), Indian Summers (2015) and Legends (2015).

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.

Derek Ritchie (script editor) Born 1978
Doctor Who credits
Script edited: The Time of the Doctor (2013), Deep Breath (2014), Into the Dalek (2014), The Caretaker (2014). Derek also script edited the 50th anniversary sketch The Five(ish) Doctors (Reboot) (2013)
Produced: The Doctor's Meditation, Under the Lake/ Before the Flood, The Girl Who Died, The Woman Who Lived (all 2015). He also produced Strax's cinema introduction for Deep Breath (2014)
Career highlights
Derek first worked as a locations assistant on The Book Group (2003), and has also edited script for Wizards vs Aliens (2012-13). He also produced that series in 2014. As an assistant director he has worked on The Planman (2003), AfterLife (2003), Shoebox Zoo (2004), The Last King of Scotland (2006), Still Game (2002-07), Identity (2010), Frankenstein's Wedding... Live in Leeds (2011), Becoming Human (2011) and Being Human (2008-12).

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