Monday, March 21, 2016

The Husbands of River Song

The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) meets River
Song (Alex Kingston) in his latest body
One episode (The Husbands of River Song)
First broadcast Dec 25 2015
Average audience for story: 7.69m

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.

Alex Kingston (River Song) Born Mar 11 1963
Doctor Who credits
Played: River Song in Silence in the Library/ Forest of the Dead (2008), The Time of Angels/ Flesh and Stone (2010), The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang (2010), The Impossible Astronaut/ Day of the Moon (2011), A Good Man Goes to War (2011), Let's Kill Hitler (2011), Closing Time (2011), The Wedding of River Song (2011), The Angels Take Manhattan (2012), The Name of the Doctor (2013), The Husbands of River Song (2015)
Alex also appeared as River Song in the DVD extras Night and the Doctor (2011), and voiced her in the video game The Eternity Clock (2012).
Career highlights
Alex made her screen acting debut at the age of 17 in Grange Hill (1980), playing Jill Harcourt, then took roles in Henry's Leg (1986), Hannay (1989), The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989), Soldier Soldier (1993), Crocodile Shoes (1994), The Knock (1996), The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders (1996, for which she was BAFTA-nominated), Croupier (1998), Warrior Queen (2003), Alpha Dog (2006), Lost in Austen (2008), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2008), Sordid Things (2009), Hope Springs (2009), Ben Hur (2010), FlashForward (2009-10), Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (2009-10, spookily playing Miranda Pond!), Marchlands (2011), Upstairs Downstairs (2012), NCIS (2012), Chasing Shadows (2014) and Bukowski (2015). Alex also played Dr Elizabeth Corday in 160 episodes of ER (1997-2004/09) and Dinah Lance in Arrow (2013-14).
Facts
Alex's first husband was fellow actor Ralph Fiennes between 1993-97, whom she met at drama school. In an interview she said she considered committing suicide following her separation from Fiennes, which was triggered by Fiennes having an affair with actress Francesca Annis (Fiennes and Annis stayed together for 11 years). Alex appeared in a TV commercial for QC sherry in 1990.

Matt Lucas (Nardole) Born Mar 5 1974
Doctor Who credits
Played: Nardole in The Husbands of River Song, 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 (2015-17)
Career highlights
Matt first came to prominence playing George Dawes the giant baby (as well as George's mother, future Little Britain character Marjorie Dawes) on the madcap quiz show Shooting Stars (1995-2009), after which he made appearances in The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer (1995), Mash and Peas (1996), Sunnyside Farm (1997), It's Ulrika! (1997), Dennis Pennis RIP (1997), Barking (1998), Plunkett and Macleane (1999), Sir Bernard's Stately Homes (1999), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (2001), Fun at the Funeral Parlour (2001-02), Catterick (2004), Shaun of the Dead (2004), French and Saunders (2004), Casanova (2005), The Wind in the Willows (2006), Kath and Kim (2007), Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire (2009), Alice in Wonderland (2010), The Infidel (2010), Bridesmaids (2011), The Look of Love (2013), Community (2013), The Harry Hill Movie (2013), Paddington (2014), Pompidou (2015), Bull (2015), The Labyrinth (2016) and Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016). It is for his comedy partnership with David Walliams that he is most known, working with him on Little Britain (2003-06), Little Britain USA (2008) and Come Fly with Me (2010-11). He also writes much of the material he appears in, such as Little Britain, Come Fly with Me, Mash and Peas and Pompidou.
Awards
2004: BAFTA TV Award for Best Comedy Programme or Series (Little Britain)
2004: British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actor (Little Britain)
2005: BAFTA TV Award for Best Comedy Programme or Series (Little Britain)
2005: BAFTA TV Award for Best Comedy Performance (Little Britain)
Facts
Matt began to lose his hair when he was six years old, suffering from alopecia universalis, the loss of all hair, including eyebrows and eyelashes. Matt's cousin Alexa Tilley took part in the 2005 series of The Apprentice. He was best man at the wedding of David Walliams to Lara Stone in 2010. Matt appeared in the music videos for Blur's number one single Country House (1995), Ben Folds' Jesusland (2005), and Pet Shop Boys' I'm with Stupid (2006). Matt's first husband Kevin McGee was found hanged in 2009, just 10 months after the couple divorced. Between 2012-15 he shared a Hollywood home with comedy actor Rebel Wilson. Here he is on Twitter.

Greg Davies (King Hydroflax) Born May 14 1968
Career highlights
Greg made his screen debut in 2005's Nelly Nut Live!, followed by Girls? Eugh! (2006), Katy Brand's Big Ass Show (2007), ChuckleVision (2007), Saxondale (2007), The Wall (2008), We Are Klang (2009), Schizo Samurai Shitzu (2010), This is Jinsy (2014), Taskmaster (2015) and A Gert Lush Christmas (2015). He is well known for playing Mr Gilbert in The Inbetweeners (2008-10) and their two movies (2011 & 2014), Dan in Man Down (2013-15) and Ken Thompson in Cuckoo (2012-16). He has also written for Nelly Nut Live!, We Are Klang, Man Down and Ask Rhod Gilbert (2010), and released his own comedy videos, Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog (2011) and The Back of My Mum's Head (2013).
Facts
Greg, who is 6ft 8in high and has size 14 feet, worked as a secondary school drama teacher for 15 years before moving into comedy. Here he is on Twitter.

Rowan Polonski (Flemming)
Career highlights
Rowan debuted in The Actors' Shrine (2012), then Otherworld (2014), Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) and The Three of Us (2016).
Facts
Here he is on Twitter.

Robert Curtis (Scratch)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Security man in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Prisoner of the Judoon (2009)
Played: Scratch in The Husbands of River Song (2015)
Career highlights
Robert's other work includes Hamlet (2009), EastEnders (2012), Hangar 10 (2014) and Doctors (2015).
Facts
Here's Robert on Twitter.

Chris Lew Kum Hoi (Alphonse)
Career highlights
Other work includes Jayson Bend: Queen and Country (2013), The Dispute (2014) and War Machine (2016).
Facts
Chris's Twitter feed.

Phillip Rhys (Ramone) Born Jun 14 1974
Career highlights
Debuted in USA High (1997), then The Others (1997), Woundings (1998), Kill the Man (1999), Undressed (1999), Punks (2000), Century City (2004), NCIS (2005), Bones (2007), Warehouse 13 (2010), Glee (2013), Tripped (2015) and Figaro (2016). He regularly played Quentin Mitchell in Flatland (2002), Reza Naiyeer in 24 (2002-03), Jude Sawyer in Nip/ Tuck (2003-05) and Aalim Sadiq in Survivors (2008-10). He also directed and produced The Rocky (2011) and The Scarecrow (2015).
Facts
In 2002 Phillip almost died when a tooth abscess infected his stomach and he lost a great amount of weight until doctors figured out the problem. His grandmother Janine Klotza was a prima ballerina in France in the 1920s, performing all the major ballets, except Giselle, after whom she named Phillip's mother. Here he is on Twitter.

Anthony Cozens (Concierge) Born 1977
Career highlights
Debuted in Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking (2004), then appeared in The Crouches (2005), Bleak House (2005), Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj (2006), Holby City (2010), Sherlock (2012), Houdini (2014), Cider with Rosie (2015) and Obsession: Dark Desires (2016).

Nicolle Smartt (Receptionist)
Career highlights
Other work includes Tripped (2014) and Recycled (2016), but she has also worked extensively in musical theatre, and also been a backing dancer on TV, including for Jai McDowall on Britain's Got Talent (2011).

Liam Cook (King Hydroflax's body)
Liam's only other credit is College Romance: The Musical (2012).

Nonso Anozie (Voice of King Hydroflax) Born May 28 1979
Career highlights
Nonso's earliest credit was in Prime Suspect 7 (2006), followed by The Last Legion (2007), Atonement (2007), RocknRolla (2008), Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang (2010), Outcasts (2011), Conan the Barbarian (2011), Game of Thrones (2012), Ender's Game (2013), Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014), Dracula (2013-14), Son of God (2014), Get Santa (2014), Cinderella (2015), Tut (2015), Pan (2015) and Zoo (2015-16).
Facts
Nonso is 6ft 6in tall. He was originally cast to provide the voice of polar bear Iorek Byrnison in the 2007 film The Golden Compass, but was replaced by Ian McKellen against director Chris Weitz's wishes. However, he did provide the voice for the video game spin-off. Here's his Twitter feed.

CREW

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).

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)
Career highlights
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).
Facts
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), Thin Ice (2017), Knock Knock (2017), Oxygen (2017), The Eaters of Light (2017), The Lie of the Land (2017), The Empress of Mars (2017)
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)
Career highlights
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).
Facts
In 2009 Nikki changed her screen name from Nikki Smith to Nikki Wilson.

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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