|Santa Claus (Nick Frost - ain't that just|
the perfect name?)
First broadcast Dec 25 2014
Average audience for story: 8.28m + 1.10m iPlayer = 9.38m
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.
Nick Frost (Santa Claus) Born Mar 28 1972
Doctor Who credits
Played: Santa Claus in Death in Heaven, Last Christmas (both 2014)
Debuted in Jim's Gift (1996), then Big Train (1998), Black Books (2000/04), Shaun of the Dead (2004), Straight 8 (2004), Kinky Boots (2005), Green Wing (2006), Hot Fuzz (2007), Wild Child (2008), Paul (2011, which he also wrote), Attack the Block (2011), Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), The World's End (2013), Cuban Fury (2014), Mr Sloane (2014), Unfinished Business (2015), Syrenia (2015), Galavant (2016) and The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016). He will be best known for playing Mike Watt in the sitcom Spaced (1999-2001), various roles in Man Stroke Woman (2005-07) and Commander Henderson in Hyperdrive (2006-07). Nick was also executive producer on The World's End, Cuban Fury and Mr Sloane.
Nick is a frequent collaborator with actor Simon Pegg (who appeared in the Doctor Who story The Long Game (2005)). In the 1990s Nick appeared in a TV commercial for Aero. His past jobs include rugby player, Mexican restaurant chef and waiter, and a kibbutz volunteer. Here's Nick on Twitter.
Dan Starkey (Ian) 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).
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).
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.
Nathan McMullen (Wolf) Born 1988
Nathan made his screen acting debut with Casualty (2010), followed by Shameless (2012), Kelly + Victor (2012) and The Driver (2014). He will be best recognised for playing Finn Samson in Misfits (2012-13).
In May 2015 Nathan was one of two actors hospitalised after an accident during the dress rehearsal of the stage version of The Hudsucker Proxy at the Liverpool Playhouse (the other actor was Clive Wood, who appeared in the 2010 Doctor Who story The Pandorica Opens).
Faye Marsay (Shona McCullough) Born Dec 30 1986
Debuted in Is That It? (2008), followed by The White Queen (2013), Fresh Meat (2013), The Bletchley Circle (2014), Pride (2014), Glue (2014), My Mad Fat Diary (2015), Vera (2016), Love, Nina (2016) and Game of Thrones (2015-16).
2012: Spotlight Prize
Here's Faye on Twitter.
Natalie Gumede (Ashley Carter) Born Mar 20 1984
Debuted in Von Trapped (2004), followed by roles in Emmerdale (2005), Clubbed (2008), The Persuasionists (2010), Moving On (2013), Death in Paradise (2015) and Jekyll & Hyde (2015). She also regularly played China in Ideal (2005-10) and Kirsty Soames in almost 200 episodes of Coronation Street (2011-13/16). In 2013 she was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, finishing joint second.
Natalie's paternal grandfather was Josiah Zion Gumede was the only President of the internationally unrecognised self-proclaimed state of Zimbabwe Rhodesia for six months in 1979. Here's Natalie on Twitter.
Maureen Beattie (Fiona Bellows) Born 1953
After debuting in This Man Craig in 1966 at the age of just 13, Ireland-born Maureen went on to take roles in The Lost Tribe (1980), Scotch and wry (1980), Maggie (1981-82), Women (1983), Troubles and Strife (1985-86), Truckers (1987), Boon (1991), Casualty (1991-93), All Night Long (1994), Bramwell (1997), City Central (1999), Taggart (1985/92/2000), Bad Girls (2001), The Worst Week of My Life (2005), The Decoy Bride (2011), Vera (2013) and Spores (2016).
Maureen's father is Scottish stand-up comedian and TV personality Johnny Beattie, while her mother was model Kitty Lamont. Her sister Louise was also an actor, before taking up a job at the Procurator Fiscal's office.
Michael Troughton (Professor Albert Smithe) Born Mar 2 1955
Michael made his screen acting debut in David Copperfield in 1974, followed by Fathers and Families (1977), Backs to the Land (1977), Graham's Gang (1977), The Mill on the Floss (1979), Blake's 7 (1980), Bless Me Father (1981), Nancy Astor (1982), Squadron (1982), Sorrell and Son (1984), CATS Eyes (1985), My Brother Jonathan (1985), Boon (1987), Chain (1990), The Gingerbread Girl (1993), Sean's Show (1992-93), Goodnight Sweetheart (1995), My Good Friend (1996), Get Well Soon (1997), Retrace (1996-98), Enigma (2001), Cold Feet (2001), Micawber (2001-02), Holby City (2002), Breathless (2013), Jonathan Creek (2014) and Birds of a Feather (2016). Regular roles include DC Melish in Minder (1984-89), Piers Fletcher-Dervish in The New Statesman (1987-92), Mr Ackerman and Mr Walters in Woof! (1989/97) and Ivor in Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married (1999-2000).
Michael is, of course, the son of Second Doctor Patrick Troughton, and younger brother of fellow actor (and Doctor Who alumni) David Troughton. In 2012 Michael wrote a biography of his father. Michael took a decade out of his acting profession between 2002-12 to care for his wife Caroline, who suffered from multiple sclerosis. During that time he got a science degree from the Open University, then became a schoolteacher in physics and drama. He became a full-time carer between 2009-12, until Caroline died in 2012, and Michael returned to acting. Here he is on Twitter!
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).
Paul Wilmshurst (director) Born Dec 15 1961
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Kill the Moon (2014), Mummy on the Orient Express (2014), Last Christmas (2014)
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.
2006: International Emmy Award for Best Documentary (Hiroshima)
Paul Frift (producer)
Doctor Who credits
Produced: In the Forest of the Night (2014), Last Christmas (2014)
Paul's career behind the camera began as an assistant director on Betrayal (1983), followed by work in this capacity on The Cold Room (1984), The Company of Wolves (1984), Underworld (1985), Aliens (1986), 84 Charing Cross Road (1987), The Accidental Tourist (1988), The Girl in the Cafe (2005) and Crooked House (2008). Paul has also worked as a location or production manager on Empire of the Sun (1987), Rob Roy (1995), The X-Files: Fight the Future (1998), CI5: The New Professionals (1999) and The Holiday (2006). His production CV stretches back to 1990's Anything for a Quiet Life, and he has also produced The Cormorant (1993), Demob (1993), Mrs Dalloway (1997), Alice Through the Looking Glass (1998), Essex Boys (2000), The Way We Live Now (2001), State of Play (2003), Primeval (2008), Crooked House (2008), Going Postal (2010), Room at the Top (2012), The Escape Artist (2013), That Day We Sang (2014) and Victoria (2016).
2013: BAFTA TV Award for Best Mini-Series (Room at the Top)
Here's Paul on Twitter.
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.