Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Kill the Moon

The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) crawling
on the moon (sorry, I mean egg)
One episode (Kill the Moon)
First broadcast Oct 4 2014
Average audience for story: 6.91m + 1.36m iPlayer = 8.27m

CAST

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.

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.

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)
Career highlights
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).
Facts
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.

Ellis George (Courtney Woods) Born 1999
Doctor Who credits
Played: Courtney Woods in Deep Breath, Into the Dalek, The Caretaker, Kill the Moon (all 2014)
This is Courtney's only work to date. Here she is on Twitter.

Hermione Norris (Lundvik) Born Feb 12 1967
Career highlights
Hermione debuted in Blood Rights (1990), followed by work in Spatz (1991), Drop the Dead Donkey (1991), The Men's Room (1991), Clarissa (1991), Between the Lines (1993), Hospital! (1997), See You Friday (1997), Cadfael (1997), Berkeley Square (1998), Mad Cows (1999), Born Romantic (2000), Quicksand (2003), Lucky Jim (2003), Bouquet of Barbed Wire (2010), Outcasts (2011), The Crimson Field (2014), In the Club (2014), Agatha Raisin: The Quiche of Death (2014) and Love of My Life (2016). Regular roles include Karen Marsden in Cold Feet (1997-2003), DCI Carol Jordan in Wire in the Blood (2002-05), Beatrice Kingdom in Kingdom (2007-09) and Ros Myers in Spooks (2006-09).
Facts
Hermione is named after the daughter of Helen of Troy in Greek mythology. She is married to screenwriter Simon Wheeler (creator of Kingdom and a TV executive - they married in 2002 at the Tower of London (UNIT HQ?). Wheeler's father is General Sir Roger Wheeler, Chief of General Staff between 1997-2000.

Tony Osoba (Duke) Born Mar 15 1947
Doctor Who credits
Played: Lan in Destiny of the Daleks (1979)
Played: Kracauer in Dragonfire (1987)
Played: Duke in Kill the Moon (2014)
Career highlights
Scottish born Tony made his earliest appearance in Antony and Cleopatra (1974), and then Crown Court (1976), Target (1978), Charles Endell Esq (1979-80), The Flame Trees of Thika (1981), Educating Marmaldade (1982), The Cleopatras (1983), Brookside (1984), Return to Treasure Island (1986), Gruey (1988), Snakes and Ladders (1989), Making News (1990), Coronation Street (1982/90), Watt on Earth (1991), Between the Lines (1994), Bugs (1997), The Demon Headmaster (1998), Taggart (1999), Family Affairs (2000), Fran's People (2002), Mersey Beat (2002-03), Dinotopia (2002-03), Revolver (2004), Tanner (2007), The Shadow Line (2011) and Extended Rest (2014). He will forever be remembered as Jock McLaren in the hit sitcom Porridge (1974-77) and its spin-off Going Straight (1978). He also had a regular role as Detective Sergeant Chas Jarvis in Dempsey and Makepeace (1985-86).
Facts
Tony's mother Margaret Osoba, a former BBC researcher, popularised the theory that crime writer Agatha Christie "stole" her character Hercule Poirot from thriller writer Frank Howel Evans, who in 1909 published a story featuring a detective named Poiret.
In 2013 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Tony here.

Phil Nice (Henry) Born Jan 29 1959
Doctor Who credits
Played: Male hiker in Torchwood: Miracle Day  (The New World) (2011)
Played: Henry in Kill the Moon (2014)
Career highlights
Phil debuted in Smith & Jones (1984), followed by roles in South of the Border (1985), Inspector Morse (1987), Chelmsford 123 (1988/90), Davro (1990-91), Mr Bean (1991), KYTV (1992/93), Nelson's Column (1995), The Thin Blue Line (1995), Heartbeat (2002), Mile High (2004), Broken News (2005), Vital Signs (2006), Bonkers (2007), The Inbetweeners (2008), Outnumbered (2011), Hunderby (2012), Hebburn (2012-13), Broadchurch (2015) and Houdini and Doyle (2016). He started out as an impressionist on series such as Spitting Image (as the voices of John Craven and Max Bygraves) and Five Alive (both 1986). He also regularly played Keith in the sitcom Citizen Khan (2012-14).

Christopher Dane (McKean)
Career highlights
Christopher began his screen acting CV with the 2005 short Covert Encounters, followed by Martyr (2006), Dark Rage (2008), The Butterfly Tattoo (2009), Born of Hope (2009), Frontman (2011), Riot (2012), Call the Midwife (2013), Vikings (2013), The List (2013), Four Warriors (2015), The Bridge (2015), Ren (2015) and The Unseen World: The Crown of Thornes (2016). He is also a writer, editor and producer of various short films.
Facts
Here's Christopher on Twitter.

CREW

Peter Harness (writer) Born 1976
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: Kill the Moon (2014), The Zygon Invasion/ The Zygon Inversion (2015), The Pyramid at the End of the World (2017)
Career highlights
Peter's writing career kicked off with A View from a Hill (2005), after which he worked on Heist (2008), City of Vice (2008), Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me (2008), Case Histories (2011/13), Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015, which he also produced) and Wallander (2012/15).
Facts
Here's Peter on Twitter.
In 2016 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Peter here.

Paul Wilmshurst (director) Born Dec 15 1961
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Kill the Moon (2014), Mummy on the Orient Express (2014), Last Christmas (2014)
Career highlights
Paul's earliest directing credit is for If I were Prime Minister: Christopher Haskins (1995), followed by Without Walls (1996), A Little Bit of Elvis (1998), White Tribe (2000), I Shouldn't Be Alive (2005), Trial and Retribution (2008), Silent Witness (2010), Law and Order UK (2010), Da Vinci's Demons (2013), Strike Back (2011-13), A.D. The Bible Continues (2015) and Indian Summers (2016). Paul has also been producer on many of his projects, including Without Walls, White Tribe and I Shouldn't Be Alive.
Awards
2006: International Emmy Award for Best Documentary (Hiroshima)

Peter Bennett (producer)
Doctor Who credits
First assistant director: Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Ways (2005), Attack of the Graske (2005), Tooth and Claw (2006), The Girl in the Fireplace (2006), The Idiot's Lantern (2006), Fear Her (2006), Torchwood: Everything Changes (2006), Torchwood: Day One (2006), The Runaway Bride (2006), Daleks in Manhattan/ Evolution of the Daleks (2007), The Sound of Drums/ Last of the Time Lords (2007), Voyage of the Damned (2007), The End of Time (2009-10)
Production manager: The Doctor's Daughter (2008), Midnight (2008), The Stolen Earth/ Journey's End (2008)
Produced: Torchwood: Children of Earth (Days 1-5) (2009), The Beast Below (2010), Victory of the Daleks (2010), The Hungry Earth/ Cold Blood (2010), The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang (2010), Listen (2014), Time Heist (2014), Kill the Moon (2014), Mummy on the Orient Express (2014), Dark Water/ Death in Heaven (2014), The Magician's Apprentice/ The Witch's Familiar (2015), The Zygon Invasion/ The Zygon Inversion (2015), Heaven Sent/ Hell Bent (2015)
Career highlights
Peter has been working in television and film since debuting as an assistant director on The Awakening of Emily in 1976. He also performed AD duties on Orca (1977), International Velvet (1978), Moonraker (1979), Hart to Hart (1983), Bloodbath at the House of Death (1984), Ladyhawke (1985), A View to a Kill (1985), Inspector Morse (1987), Forever Green (1992), Minder (1991-94), Wycliffe (1995), Pie in the Sky (1995-97), The Avengers (1998), The Mummy (1999), The Mummy Returns (2001), Sea of Souls (2004), Alexander (2004), Honest (2008) and Sherlock (2012). Other roles include directing the 1997 series Brigitte and Friends (a chat show vehicle for Brigitte Nielsen), being production unit manager on For Your Eyes Only (1981), Mrs Caldicott's Cabbage War (2002) and Casualty (2013), and location manager for The Watcher in the Woods (1980), The Dogs of War (1980), Octopussy (1983), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and Hostage (1992). Peter's other producing duties include Wizards vs Aliens (2013).

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)
Career highlights
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.
Facts
Here's David on Twitter.

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