Thursday, February 25, 2016

Mummy on the Orient Express

66 Seconds Til Death!
(Sounds like a 1970s horror film...)
One episode (Mummy on the Orient Express)
First broadcast Oct 11 2014
Average audience for story: 7.11m + 1.35m iPlayer = 8.46m

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.

Frank Skinner (Perkins) Born Jan 28 1957
Career highlights
Frank is known first and foremost as a comedian, starting out writing material for Packet of Three (1991), Bunch of Five (1992), Packing Them In (1992), Blue Heaven (1992-94), A Little Bit of Elvis (1998) and Shane (2004). He has been a prominent fixture on British TV for decades, starting with The Word in 1991 and including appearances on Des O'Connor Tonight (1991), Do the Right Thing (1994), Gagtag (1994), Gamesmaster (1994), TFI Friday (1996), Brit Awards 1997 (presenting the Best British Video Award to the Spice Girls for Say You'll Be There), Harry Hill (1999), Brit Awards (2002, as host), Play It Again (2007), Genius (2009), Alan Carr: Chatty Man (2009), Never Mind the Buzzcocks (1999/2008/2009), The Bubble (2010), Little Crackers (2010), Opinionated (2010-11), I Love My Country (2013), Have I Got News for You (1992-2015), Taskmaster (2015) and Bring the Noise (2015). He has had several shows of his own too, notably The Frank Skinner Show (1995-2001), Fantasy Football League (1994-2004), Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned (2000-05) and Room 101 (1995/2012-16). As an actor, he has appeared in Woodcock (1994), Blue Heaven (1992-94), The Flint Street Nativity (1999), Cinderella (2000), Time Gentlemen Please (2000-01), Shane (2004) and Rotters (2015).
Awards
1991: Perrier Award for Comedy at Edinburgh Fringe Festival
2001: British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Entertainment Personality (The Frank Skinner Show)
Facts
Frank - born Christopher Collins - co-wrote and performed the official England FC anthem for the 1996 UEFA European Championships. It was called Three Lions and was a collaboration with the Lightning Seeds and Frank's Fantasy Football League co-presenter David Baddiel. It was a UK Number 1 single in the summer of 1996, and returned to Number 1 in June 1998 as an unofficial anthem for England's World Cup campaign. The song has re-entered the charts several times since - in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014. That wasn't Frank's only brush with music, however - in 1998 he appeared on Stars in Their Eyes performing as Elvis Costello, and again in 2002 as Johnnie Ray. Here he is on Twitter.
This is Your Life: Frank was the subject of BBC TV's This is Your Life on November 15th, 1995, surprised by host Michael Aspel during a stand-up gig at the London Palladium.

David Bamber (Captain Quell) Born Sep 19 1954
Career highlights
David debuted on screen in Privates on Parade (1983), followed by roles in Brass (1983), Cockles (1984), The Doctor and the Devils (1985), Call Me Mister (1986), A Very Peculiar Practice (1988), High Hopes (1988), Dakota Road (1992), Stalag Luft (1993), The Buddha of Suburbia (1993), Pride and Prejudice (1995), My Night with Reg (1997), Chalk (1997), The Bourne Identity (2002), Daniel Deronda (2002), Beethoven (2005), Miss Potter (2006), New Tricks (2007), Robin Hood (2007), Valkyrie (2008), Collision (2009), The King's Speech (2010), Psychoville (2009/11), Blandings (2013) and Doctors (2015). He regularly played Marcus Tullius Cicero in Rome (2005-07).
Awards
1995: Olivier Award for Best Actor (My Night with Reg)
Facts
David's wife is actor Julia Swift, daughter of actor David Swift (best known as Henry Davenport in Drop the Dead Donkey) - David's brother (ie, Julia's uncle) is actor Clive Swift, who appeared in Revelation of the Daleks and Voyage of the Damned. David was interviewed in October 2013 about his career, in which he mentioned he was sorry he'd never been asked to be in Doctor Who. Eight months later he was filming Mummy on the Orient Express! Here's David on Twitter.

John Sessions (Voice of Gus) Born Jan 11 1953
Doctor Who credits
Played: Voice of General Tannis in Death Comes to Time (animation, 2002)
Played: Voice of Gus in Mummy on the Orient Express (2014)
Career highlights
John's screen career began in 1982 with The Sender, followed by parts in Danger: Marmalade at Work (1984), The Bounty (1984), Laugh??? I Nearly Paid My Licence Fee (1984), The Lenny Henry Show (1985), Boon (1986), Sky Bandits (1986), Castaway (1986), Girls on Top (1986), Porterhouse Blue (1987), Whoops Apocalypse (1988), Henry V (1989), One Foot in the Grave (1990), John Sessions' Tall Tales (1991), The Pope Must Diet (1991), John Sessions' Likely Stories (1994), Princess Caraboo (1994), Nice Day at the Office (1994), My Night with Reg (1997), The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (1997), Cousin Bette (1998), Gormenghast (2000), Murder Rooms (2001), Gangs of New York (2002), Hawking (2004), Five Children and It (2004), Judge John Deed (2002-05), Low Winter Sun (2006), Oliver Twist (2007), Nativity! (2009), Sherlock (2010), Outnumbered (2011), The Iron Lady (2011), Shameless (2012), Filth (2013), Pudsey the Dog: The Movie (2014), Mr Holmes (2015), Outlander (2014-15), Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (2015) and Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016). John has also written material for TV, including his own Tall Tales and Likely Stories, as well as Stella Street (1997/2004) and Ronnie Ancona & Co (2007). He is also remembered for his stint in the improvisational game show Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1988-91), and providing the voices of various people, including Prince Edward, Bob Geldof and Laurence Olivier for Spitting Image (1986).

Daisy Beaumont (Maisie) Born Jun 29 1973
Career highlights
Daisy debuted in This Life (1997), then took roles in Touching Evil (1998), Close Relations (1998), Where the Heart Is (1999), The World is Not Enough (1999), Summer Rain (2001), Shanghai Knights (2003), According to Bex (2005), EastEnders (2000/08), Mumbai Calling (2008), Star Stories (2006-08), The Border (2008-09), The Armstrong and Miller Show (2010), Great Night Out (2013), Whitechapel (2013), A Touch of Cloth (2012-14), Scrotal Recall (2014) and You, Me & Them (2013-15).
Facts
Here's Daisy on Twitter.

Janet Henfrey (Mrs Pitt) Born Aug 16 1935
Doctor Who credits
Played: Miss Hardaker in The Curse of Fenric (1989)
Played: Mrs Pitt in Mummy on the Orient Express (2014)
Career highlights
After debuting in The Dream Maker (1963), Janet's CV includes Martin Chuzzlewit (1964), Silas Marner (1964), Stand Up, Nigel Barton (1965), A Tale of Two Cities (1965), Tickertape (1968), The Jazz Age (1968), Wessex Tales (1973), Great Expectations (1981), Jury (1983), The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Chocky (1984), Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV (1985), Oliver Twist (1985), Alice in Wonderland (1986), Henry's Leg (1986), The Singing Detective (1986), Simon and the Witch (1987-88), Mr Majeika (1988), Capstick's Law (1989), The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989), The Upper Hand (1991), Bernard and the Genie (1991), Moon and Son (1992), One Foot in the Grave (1993), Just a Gigolo (1993), Dragonworld (1994), The Famous Five (1995), No Bananas (1996), Mrs Dalloway (1997), The Moonstone (1997), Les Miserables (1998), Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998), Doomwatch: Winter Angel (1999), The Worst Witch (1999-2000), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (2001), Tipping the Velvet (2002), My Uncle Silas (2001/03), The Omen (2006), Fairytale of London Town (2010), Metamorphosis (2012), Agatha Christie's Marple (2013), Father Brown (2014), Mr Turner (2014), Toast of London (2014) and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016). She also regularly played housekeeper Mrs Bale in sitcom As Time Goes By (1993-2005).

Christopher Villiers (Professor Moorhouse) Born Sep 7 1960
Doctor Who credits
Played: Hugh in The King's Demons (1983)
Played: Professor Moorhouse in Mummy on the Orient Express (2014)
Career highlights
Making his debut in Lady Killers (1981), Christopher's CV includes roles in Squadron (1982), Young Sherlock: The Mystery of the Manor House (1982), Sweet Sixteen (1983), Mansfield Park (1983), Kit Curran (1986), Mog (1985-86), Capstick's Law (1989), We Are Seven (1991), First Knight (1995), The Detectives (1997), Sliding Doors (1998), Faith in the Future (1998), Ultraviolet (1998), Midsomer Murders (1997/99), Big Meg, Little Meg (2000), Stig of the Dump (2002), The Vice (2002), Family Affairs (2002), Trevor's World of Sport (2003), Judge John Deed (2006), Kidulthood (2006), From Time to Time (2009), The Knot (2012) and Vera (2014). Between 2006-08 he regularly played Grayson Sinclair in soap Emmerdale, and also played Captain Nigel Croker in Mile High (2004-05).
Facts
His brother Jay is also an actor, while his sister Cat is a producer. Christopher is related to Henry Villiers, Bishop of Durham in the 1860s and George Villiers, the 4th Earl of Clarendon in the 19th century). In 1995 Christopher co-founded the 2020 Casting firm which supplies extras for film productions. Christopher is godfather to one of Resurrection of the Daleks actor Leslie Grantham's sons. Here he is, on Twitter!

Foxes (Singer) Born Apr 29 1989
Career highlights
Foxes was born Louisa Rose Allen but appropriated a stage name to differentiate her from singer Lily Allen. She started singing live as Foxes in 2011, and released her debut EP Warrior in 2012, followed by the album Glorious in 2014, which peaked at number 5 on the UK Albums Chart and was certified Silver. Her second album, All I Need, was released in 2016 and peaked at number 12. Her most successful singles have been Let Go for Tonight (number 7), Youth (number 12 in the UK, and number 1 on the US Dance Chart) and Holding onto Heaven (number 14).
Awards
2014: Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording (Clarity; shared with Zedd)
2015: Guinness World Record for Most Live Concerts in 12 Hours in Multiple Cities
Facts
Here's Foxes' website and Twitter. You can see the full music video for Foxes' cover of Queen's Don't Stop Me Now on the Series 8 DVD, or here.

Jamie Hill (The Foretold)
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Foretold in Mummy on the Orient Express (2014)
Played: Monk in Extremis (2017)
Career highlights
Jamie also performed as the mummy on the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular tour in 2015, as well as a Silent at the 2013 Doctor Who Prom.

CREW

Jamie Mathieson (writer)
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: Mummy on the Orient Express (2014), Flatline (2014), The Girl Who Died (2015), Oxygen (2017)
Career highlights
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).
Facts
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.

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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