|Clara (Jenna Coleman) with her itsy-bitsy|
TARDIS and Doctor
First broadcast Oct 18 2014
Average audience for story: 6.71m + 1.28m iPlayer = 7.99m
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)
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).
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)
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.
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)
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.
Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink) Born 1982
Doctor Who credits
Played: Danny Pink in Into the Dalek, Listen, Time Heist (uncredited), The Caretaker, Kill the Moon, Mummy on the Orient Express, Flatline, In the Forest of the Night, Dark Water/ Death in Heaven, Last Christmas (all 2014)
Samuel made his debut in Doctors (2003), then Sons, Daughters and Lovers (2004), Hex (2004), Totally Frank (2005-06), The History Boys (2006), Highlight (2009), Gavin & Stacey (2007/09), DCI Banks (2011), Bedlam (2012), Midsomer Murders (2013), Death in Paradise (2014), Pleasure Island (2015), The Lady in the Van (2015) and Witless (2016). He also regularly played Daniel in Trollied (2014-15), but his breakthrough role was Ross Kirk in more than 100 episodes of soap Emmerdale (2007-09).
Samuel originated the character of Crowther in Alan Bennett's The History Boys when it was on stage at the National Theatre, London, in 2004, directed by Nicholas Hytner, then reprised the role in stage runs in the US, Australia and Hong Kong, as well as the movie adaptation. In 2011 he appeared as Mr Romantic in a series of TV commercials for Carte Noire coffee. Here he is on Twitter.
Joivan Wade (Rigsy) Born Aug 2 1993
Doctor Who credits
Played: Rigsy in Flatline (2014), Face the Raven (2015)
Joivan made his debut in Casualty (2012), followed by Callum (2012), Big School (2013), Pompidou (2015), The Interceptor (2015) and Walliams and Friends (2015). He regularly played Failia in Youngers (2013-14) and joined the cast of EastEnders in 2016 as Jordan Johnson.
Joivan is co-founder of The Wall of Comedy, along with Percelle Ascott. Here's Joivan on Twitter.
John Cummins (Roscoe) Born Mar 19 1978
John's other work includes Doctors (2008), Locked Up Abroad (2009), EastEnders (2010), All's Well That Ends Well (2012), The Hour (2011-12) and 24: Live Another Day (2014).
Jessica Hayles (PC Forrest)
Jessica's only other work to date is Listen to Me (2015). She is an associate of the Not Too Tame theatre company. Here she is on Twitter.
Christopher Fairbank (Fenton) Born Oct 4 1953
Debuted in Z Cars (1978), followed by roles in Agatha (1979), The Professionals (1979), The Old Curiosity Shop (1979-80), Noah's Castle (1980), The Awakening (1980), Going Out (1981), Sapphire and Steel (1982), Plenty (1985), Casualty (1987), Batman (1989), Hamlet (1990), Spender (1992), Alien 3 (1992), Prime Suspect 3 (1993), Finney (1994), Crocodile Shoes (1994-96), Space Precinct (1995), The Fifth Element (1997), Underworld (1997), Invasion: Earth (1998), The Bunker (2001), Below (2002), Spooks (2003), The Rotters' Club (2005), The Line of Beauty (2006), Never Better (2008), Ashes to Ashes (2008), Merlin (2008), Five Daughters (2010), Lennon Naked (2010), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), Borgen (2013), Jack the Giant Slayer (2013), Jamaica Inn (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Hercules (2014), Wolf Hall (2015), Wallander (2015), Dickensian (2015-16) and Lady Macbeth (2016). He will perhaps be best remembered for playing Moxey in 40 episodes of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet between 1983-86 and 2002-04.
Christopher got involved with cannabis in 1969 and when his parents found it in his bedroom, they called the police to try and scare him off it. However, he was expelled from school and given two years on probation. As a teenager he suffered from severe acne and was told by some casting agents that he could only work in radio, but as time would tell, his pock-marked face gave him character!
Matt Bardock (Al) Born 1969
Matt debuted in Prime Suspect 2 (1992), followed by Bodyguards (1996), Kavanagh QC (1998), This Year's Love (1999), Topsy-Turvy (1999), Honest (2000), All or Nothing (2002), Bollywood Queen (2002), New Tricks (2005), No Angels (2006), The Street (2006) and The Coroner (2015). Regular roles include Clive Barnard in A Touch of Frost (1992-97), Albie in The Lakes (1997-99), Scott Burnett in The Bill (2005) and Jeff Collier in more than 300 episodes of Casualty (2007-14).
Here's Matt on Twitter.
Raj Bajaj (George) Born 1986
Rajender's other work includes Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008), Do Dooni Chaar (2010) and Doctors (2013).
Raj was one of the people who performed at the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympics in 2008. He is also part of the Bad News Crew filmmakers on YouTube. You might also recognise him from the 2014 TV commercials for Cadbury's Creme Eggs. Here he is on Twitter.
James Quinn (Bill)
Debuted in The New Statesman (1990), then Waterfront Beat (1990), Sleepers (1991), Stay Lucky (1993), Children's Ward (1994), Hollyoaks (1996), Red Cap (2001/03), Dalziel and Pascoe (2002), Millions (2004), Shameless (2005), New Street Law (2007), The Street (2007), Scott & Bailey (2011), In with the Flynns (2012), Love Matters (2013), Hank Zipzer (2015) and After Hours (2015). James also played Phil in Early Doors (2003-04), PC Robert Rymer in Fat Friends (2000-05) and DS Willets in Coronation Street (2013).
James was married to Coronation Street actress Sue Cleaver between 1993-2003. He was also the creator of the BBC Radio comedy Sir Ralph Stanza's Jail Diaries, a result of him being writer in residence at Strangeways Prison in 2000. He is also a match day commentator for Manchester United's FCUM Radio. Here he is on Twitter.
Michelle Gomez (Missy) Born Nov 23 1966
Doctor Who credits
Played: Missy in Deep Breath (2014), Into the Dalek (2014, uncredited), The Caretaker (2014, uncredited), Flatline (2014), In the Forest of the Night (2014), Dark Water/ Death in Heaven (2014), The Magician's Apprentice/ The Witch's Familiar (2015), Extremis (2017), The Lie of the Land (2017), Empress of Mars (2017), The Eaters of Light (2017), World Enough and Time/ The Doctor Falls (2017)
Michelle made her debut in the 1989 TV movie First and Last, followed by roles in The Acid House (1998), Taggart (1992/99), Highlander: The Raven (1999), The Escort (1999), Offending Angels (2000), Rebus (2001), My Family (2002), Manchild (2003), Murder in Suburbia (2005), Carrie & Barry (2004-05), Feel the Force (2006, which she also sang the theme tune for), Oliver Twist (2007), Bad Education (2012-13), Psychobitches (2013-14), The Brink (2015) and Gotham (2015). She also played Janice McCann in The Book Group (2002-03) and Sue White in Green Wing (2004-06).
Michelle has been married to fellow actor Jack Davenport since 2000.
Jamie Mathieson (writer)
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: Mummy on the Orient Express (2014), Flatline (2014), The Girl Who Died (2015), Oxygen (2017)
Jamie's other screenwriting credits include Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (2009), Becoming Human (2011), Dirk Gently (2012), Being Human (2010-13) and Tripped (2015).
Jamie is a former stand-up comedian who spoke to the Doctor Who production team in 2004 about writing for the series, but did not get a script successfully commissioned for another decade. Here he is on Twitter.
In 2015 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Jamie, as well as Toby Whithouse, here.
Douglas Mackinnon (director)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Sontaran Stratagem/ The Poison Sky (2008), The Power of Three (2012), Cold War (2013), Listen (2014), Time Heist (2014), Flatline (2014), The Husbands of River Song (2015)
Douglas started out as a director on London's Burning in the early 1990s, then worked on The Bill (1994-95), Thief Takers (1996), The Grand (1997), Gentlemen's Relish (2001), Nice Guy Eddie (2001-02), Murder in Suburbia (2004), The Last Detective (2003/07), Jekyll (2007), Robin Hood (2009), Silent Witness (2004/13), Line of Duty (2012/14), Outlander (2015) and Sherlock (2016). He also wrote and directed the short Sealladh (1992) and Calum Dongle (2011).
Here he is on Twitter.
Nikki Wilson (producer)
Doctor Who credits
Script edited: The Sontaran Stratagem/ The Poison Sky (2008)
Produced: The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Last Sontaran (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Day of the Clown (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Secrets of the Stars (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Mark of the Berserker (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Enemy of the Bane (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Prisoner of the Judoon (2009), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Mad Woman in the Attic (2009), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith (2009), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Eternity Trap (2009), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Mona Lisa's Revenge (2009), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Gift (2009), The Waters of Mars (2009), Deep Breath (2014), Into the Dalek (2014), Robot of Sherwood (2014), The Caretaker (2014), Flatline (2014), Sleep No More (2015), Face the Raven (2015), The Husbands of River Song (2015)
Executive producer: The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Nightmare Man (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Vault of Secrets (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Empty Planet (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Lost in Time (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith (2010)
Nikki's other credits include script editing duties on Mind Games (2001), Trial and Retribution (1999-2000), The Bill (2003) and New Street Law (2006), while she performed producing duties on New Street Law (2007), Upstairs, Downstairs (2010), Casualty (2011-13) and Wizards vs Aliens (2014).
In 2009 Nikki changed her screen name from Nikki Smith to Nikki Wilson.
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.
David P Davis (script editor)
Doctor Who credits
Script edited: 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, The Zygon Invasion/ The Zygon Inversion, Sleep No More, Face the Raven, The Husbands of River Song (2014-15)
David has also edited scripts for Merlin (2010) and Casualty (2011-14), as well as being a researcher on Holby City (2009-10). He wrote an episode of Casualty in 2012.
Here's David on Twitter.