Tuesday, March 08, 2016

The Magician's Apprentice/ The Witch's Familiar (+ preludes)

Davros (Julian Bleach) made a triumphant
return in The Magician's Apprentice
Prologue
One episode (Prologue)
First broadcast Sep 12 2015 (webcast)
Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor); Clare Higgins (Ohila); see below
Crew: Steven Moffat (writer); Hettie MacDonald (director); Peter Bennett (producer); see below

The Doctor's Meditation
One episode (The Doctor's Meditation)
First broadcast Sep 15 2015 (cinema)
Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor); Daniel Hoffmann-Gill (Bors); see below
Crew: Steven Moffat (writer - see below); Ed Bazalgette (director - see here); Derek Ritchie (producer - see here)

The Magician's Apprentice/ The Witch's Familiar
Two episodes (The Magician's Apprentice, The Witch's Familiar)
First broadcast Sep 19 to 26 2015
Average audience for story: 6.13m

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.

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)
Career highlights
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).
Facts
Michelle has been married to fellow actor Jack Davenport since 2000.

Julian Bleach (Davros) Born 1964
Doctor Who credits
Played: Ghostmaker in Torchwood: From Out of the Rain (2008)
Played: Davros in The Stolen Earth/ Journey's End (2008), The Magician's Apprentice/ The Witch's Familiar (2015)
Played: The Nightmare Man in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Nightmare Man (2010)
Julian also played Davros at the 2009 Doctor Who Prom
Career highlights
Julian's earliest screen credit is for Beg! (1994), followed by Topsy-Turvy (1999), The Brothers Grimm (2005), The Fall (2006), Frankenstein (2007), Criminal Justice (2008), Psychoville (2010), Les Miserables (2012), Ripper Street (2012), The Fallen Word (2013), This is Jinsy (2014) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). He also played The Grand Master in 29 episodes of MI High (2008-13) and Niccolo Machiavelli in The Borgias (2011-13).
Facts
Julian co-devised the musical Shockheaded Peter in 2002, which won the 2002 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment. Julian is one of very few actors to have credited roles in Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart) Born Jan 14 1965
Doctor Who credits
Played: Kate Stewart in The Power of Three (2012), The Day of the Doctor (2013), Death in Heaven (2014), The Magician's Apprentice (2015), The Zygon Invasion/ The Zygon Inversion (2015)
Career highlights
Jemma (real name Jemima) made her debut in a 1988 episode of Tales of the Unexpected, followed by roles in Dream Demon (1988), All Good Things (1991), Howards End (1992), The Buddha of Suburbia (1993), Mosley (1998), Cry Wolf (2000), Fish (2000), My Family (2002), The Grid (2004), Lassie (2005), Mansfield Park (2007), Unforgiven (2009), Frankie (2013), Dracula (2013-14), The Afghan (2015) and Love and Friendship (2016). She had her greatest screen success playing Dr Eleanor Bramwell in the ITV series Bramwell (1995-2000), and also regularly played Eve Granger in Cold Blood (2007-08).
Facts
Jemma appeared in a TV commercial for Rover cars in 1989. She is from the famous Redgrave dynasty of actors - her grandparents were Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, her father was Corin Redgrave, her aunts Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave, and her cousins Joely Richardson and the Natasha Richardson (which makes actor Liam Neeson her brother-in-law). Jemma's brother is film and TV cameraman Luke Redgrave.

Jaye Griffiths (Jac) Born Sep 24 1963
Doctor Who credits
Played: Jac in The Magician's Apprentice (2015), The Zygon Invasion (2015)
Career highlights
Jaye made her credited debut in 1987's A Killing on the Exchange, after which she appeared in Damon and Debbie (1987), Rockcliffe's Babies (1988), Hard Cases (1988), Moon and Son (1992), Drop the Dead Donkey (1993), Peak Practice (1993), Between the Lines (1992-93), Love Hurts (1994), Unfinished Business (1998-99), Care (2000), Rocket Man (2005), Criminal Justice (2008), A Touch of Frost (2010), Skins (2011), Coronation Street (2011), Sherlock (2012), Wizards vs Aliens (2013), EastEnders (2015) and Casualty (2016). She has had a number of regular roles, including Jenny Wendle in Weirdsister College (2001-02), Sally Johnson in more than 70 episodes of The Bill (1991-95/2003), Dr Elizabeth Croft in more than 70 episodes of Doctors (2006) and Janet Mander in Silent Witness (2008-12), but it is for her role as Ros Henderson in Bugs (1995-99) that she may be best remembered. She also presented two children's series, Watch and Storytime.
Facts
In 2013 Jaye appeared on Celebrity Mastermind, and her specialist subject was the life and career of racing driver Ayrton Senna (she came joint second).

Jami Reid-Quarrell (Colony Sarff)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Colony Sarff in The Magician's Apprentice/ The Witch's Familiar (2015)
Played: Veil in Heaven Sent (2015)
Played: Wraith in Hell Bent (2015)
Career highlights
Doctor Who is Jami's first credited screen work, although he is an accomplished stage aerialist and physical performer (for instance, you can see him as Gordon the Boar in this Gordon's gin commercial!). He has also appeared in High Road (1997), The Mark Thomas Comedy Product (2000), Bunnytown (2007) and Salad Days (2015). His acrobatic skills can also be seen in the music video for Depeche Mode's Fragile Tension (2009).
Facts
Here's Jami on Twitter.

Harki Bhambra (Mike Jameson)
Career highlights
Harki's further work includes Drifters (2015), Hospital People (2016) and The Hand of the Creator (2016).
Facts
You might spot him in this 2015 commercial for Travelodge. Here's his Twitter feed.

Daniel Hoffmann-Gill (Bors) Born 1976
Doctor Who credits
Played: Bors in The Doctor's Meditation (2015, uncredited), The Magician's Apprentice (2015)
Career highlights
Debuted in My Last Five Girlfriends (2009), then Kill Keith (2011), Tricked (2014), The Job Lot (2015), Galavant (2015-16) and Alice Through the Looking-Glass (2016).
Facts
6ft 6in Daniel is one-quarter of the comedy troupe This Glorious Monster. His partner is actor Eva-Jane Willis. Here he is on Twitter.

Joey Price (Boy [Young Davros]) Born 2003
Career highlights
Other work includes The Great Fire (2014), The Enfield Haunting (2015), Mr Selfridge (2016) and Bitter Harvest (2016).

Benjamin Cawley (Kanzo)
Career highlights
Benjamin's other work includes Crossing Lines (2014), Christmas Eve (2015) and Shetland (2016).
Facts
Here's Benjamin on Twitter.

Jonathon Ojinnaka (Soldier)
Career highlights
Jonathon debuted in Shameless (2011), then Scott and Bailey (2011), Coronation Street (2012), The Caravan (2015) and Emmerdale (2015).
Facts
Jonathon was one of the dancers in the music video for Sexy Chick by David Guetta and Akon (2009). Here he is on Twitter.

Aaron Neil (Mr Dunlop)
Career highlights
Debuted in Harold Shipman: Doctor Death (2002), then State of Play (2003), The Grid (2004), Spooks (2006), The Time of Your Life (2007), White Girl (2008), Five Days (2010), Hunted (2012), Quirke (2014), Honour (2014), Tracey Ullman's Show (2016) and The Promise (2016).
Facts
Here's Aaron on Twitter.

Clare Higgins (Ohila) Born Nov 10 1955
Doctor Who credits
Played: Ohila in The Night of the Doctor (2013), The Magician's Apprentice and its prologue (2015), Hell Bent (2015)
Career highlights
Clare debuted in a 1980 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, followed by roles in The Citadel (1983), Mitch (1984), Cover Her Face (1985), Hideaway (1986), Hellraiser (1987), Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988), After the War (1989), Bad Behaviour (1993), Fatherland (1994), Silent Witness (1996), The House of Mirth (2000), Stage Beauty (2004), Goldplated (2006), The Golden Compass (2007), The Curse of Steptoe (2008), Being Human (2009), Toast (2010), The Syndicate (2012), Parade's End (2012), Shameless (2012), Downton Abbey (2012), Homefront (2012), Rogue (2014), EastEnders (2015) and Heretiks (2016).
Awards
1995: Olivier Award for Best Actress (Sweet Bird of Youth)
2003: Olivier Award for Best Actress (Vincent in Brixton)
2005: Olivier Award for Best Actress (Hecuba)
Facts
As a child, Clare was expelled from convent school, and ran away from home aged 17. At 19 she gave birth to a son who she gave up for adoption, but was reunited with him in 2005, when he was aged 31. Clare is also a trained massage therapist and psychotherapist. She was once married to actor Clive Wood, who appeared in the Doctor Who story The Pandorica Opens (2010).

Kelly Hunter (Shadow Architect) Born 1961
Doctor Who credits
Played: Shadow Architect in The Stolen Earth (2008), The Magician's Apprentice (2015)
Career highlights
Debuted in Agony (1981), then Supergirl (1984), Boon (1989), The House of Eliott (1991), Prime Suspect 3 (1993), Resort to Murder (1995), Soldier Soldier (1996), The Vice (2001), Vanity Fair (2004), Bleak House (2005), Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) and Waking the Dead (2008). She has also narrated several episodes of science series Horizon since 2010.
Facts
Kelly is also a director and acting tutor, specialising in introducing Shakespeare to children to unlock the communicative blocks of autism. Her mother is actress Maria Charles (best known as the overbearing mother in sitcom Agony), while her father was actor Robin Hunter, son of actor Ian Hunter. Kelly is married to theatre director Simon Usher. Here's her Twitter account.

India Ria Amarteifio (Alison) Born 2002
Career highlights
India made her debut in Gangsta Granny (2013), then appeared in The Interceptor (2015), Hank Zipzer (2015), Fungus the Bogeyman (2015) and Evermoor (2015-16, as Lacie Fairburn). She has also been in various stage shows, including The Lion King and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Dasharn Anderson (Ryan)
Career highlights
Dasharn's other credits include Truckers (2013) and Hetty Feather (2015, as Gideon Smeed).

Stefan Adegbola (Newsreader)
This is Stefan's first TV credit, although he has been active on the stage since 2013. Here he is on Twitter.

Lucy Newman-Williams (Newsreader)
Career highlights
American Lucy's other work includes The Wire (2002), A Dirty Shame (2004), Doctors (2012), Red Dwarf (2012), Survivor (2015) and London Has Fallen (2016).

Shin-Fei Chen (Newsreader)
Career highlights
Debuted in South Paw (2014), then Faa Iheihe (2014). Chinese-born Shin-Fei also plays Jennifer in the series Chinese Girls in London (2016), for which she is also a producer and writer.

Barnaby Edwards (Dalek operator) Born 1969
Doctor Who credits
Played: Daleks in Thirty Years in the TARDIS (1993), Dalek (2005), Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Ways (2005), Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday (2006), Daleks in Manhattan/ Evolution of the Daleks (2007), The Stolen Earth/ Journey's End (2008), Victory of the Daleks (2010), The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang (2010), Asylum of the Daleks (2012), The Day of the Doctor (2013), The Time of the Doctor (2013), Into the Dalek (2014), The Magician's Apprentice/ The Witch's Familiar (2015)
Career highlights
Barnaby has worked a lot in the world of Doctor Who apart from operating Daleks, including voicing the Krarg commander in the 2003 web series Shada, and providing a number of voices for the Doctor Who Adventure Games (2010-11). Non-Doctor Who work includes The Giblet Boys (2005), Children of Men (2006), The Merry Wives of Windsor (2011) and Shadows of a Stranger (2014).
Facts
Barnaby has also been an actor, writer and director for Big Finish Productions since the early days of Doctor Who audios, having directed (among others) Exotron, Doctor Who and the Pirates, Frozen Time and The Chimes of Midnight; he has written stories such as The Bride of Peladon, The wreck of the Titan and The Beast of Orlok. Barnaby is also an exhibited artist, as well as an art history lecturer.
Here he is on Twitter.

Nicholas Pegg (Dalek operator)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Daleks in Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Ways (2005), Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday (2006), Daleks in Manhattan/ Evolution of the Daleks (2007), The Stolen Earth/ Journey's End (2008), Victory of the Daleks (2010), Asylum of the Daleks (2012), The Day of the Doctor (2013), The Time of the Doctor (2013), The Magician's Apprentice/ The Witch's Familiar (2015)
Career highlights
Nicholas has featured highly in the Doctor Who universe since the 1980s when he began producing his own fanzines. He also played the Cyber Leader in the 1993 documentary Thirty Years in the TARDIS and voiced Think Tank in the 2003 audio adventure of Shada (which he also adapted and directed). Nicholas also contributed to many of the extras on the BBC's Doctor Who DVD range, and also writes and directs audios for Big Finish. Acting work outside Doctor Who has included two small roles in Doc Martin (2005/06).
Facts
Nicholas is an authority on the life and work of David Bowie, having written books on him, contributed to TV documentaries and helped curate the 2013 David Bowie Is... exhibition for the Victoria and Albert Museum. Nicholas's bio claims he could well be the only Equity member to have played Hamlet, a Dalek and an otter. Here's his Twitter feed.
In 2014 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Nicholas here.

Nicholas Briggs (Voice of the Daleks) Born Sep 29 1961
Doctor Who credits
Played: Voice of the Nestene Consciousness in Rose (2005)
Played: Dalek voices in Dalek (2005), Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Ways (2005), Doomsday TARDISode (2006), Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday (2006), Daleks in Manhattan/ Evolution of the Daleks (2007), The Stolen Earth/ Journey's End (2008), Victory of the Daleks (2010), The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang (2010), The Wedding of River Song (2011), Asylum of the Daleks (2012), The Day of the Doctor (2013), The Time of the Doctor (2013), Into the Dalek (2014), The Magician's Apprentice/ The Witch's Familiar (2015), Hell Bent (2015)
Played: Voice of the Jagrafess in The Long Game (2005, uncredited)
Played: Cybermen voices in Rise of the Cybermen/ The Age of Steel (2006), Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday (2006), The Next Doctor (2008), The Pandorica Opens (2010, uncredited), A Good Man Goes to War (2011), Closing Time (2011), Nightmare in Silver (2013), The Time of the Doctor (2013), Death in Heaven (2014)
Played: Voice of the Judoon in Smith and Jones (2007), The Stolen Earth (2008, uncredited), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Prisoner of the Judoon (2009), The End of Time Part Two (2010, uncredited), The Pandorica Opens (2010, uncredited)
Played: Rick Yates in Torchwood: Children of Earth (2009)
Played: National Museum Pandorica video narrator in The Big Bang (2010, uncredited)
Played: Voice of Skaldak in Cold War (2013)
Played: Voice of the Zygons in The Day of the Doctor (2013), The Zygon Invasion/ The Zygon Inversion (2015)
Career highlights
Nicholas's career has been principally within the world of Doctor Who, starting out as the producer of the Myth Makers series of videos in the 1980s and 90s interviewing Doctor Who alumni. Also on video, Nicholas has been involved with Wartime (1987), The Airzone Solution (1993) and the Auton trilogy (1997-99), and was present for the infancy of what we now know as Big Finish Productions with his Audio Visuals unofficial audio dramas. Nicholas has been involved with Big Finish all through its life, from its birth in 1996 to being its current executive producer. He also writes, directs and composes for the Big Finish audios, and has also written Doctor Who books, including The Dalek Generation (2013).
Screen acting credits come in the form of The League of Gentlemen (2002), Adulthood (2008), Lewis (2009), 4.3.2.1. (2010), Cleaning Up (2011) and An Adventure in Space and Time (2013 - in which he played original voice of the Daleks, Peter Hawkins).
Nicholas has also provided voices for a number of video games, namely Judge Dredd: Dredd vs Death (2003) and Doctor Who: The Adventure Games (2010), and provided optional 21st century voices for the Daleks in the special edition DVD of the 1972 Doctor Who story Day of the Daleks.
Facts
In his 1980s Audio Visuals series he played an indeterminate future version of the Doctor, who went on to immortalised in the Doctor Who Magazine comic strip Party Animals in 1991. Here he is, on Twitter!

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).

Hettie MacDonald (director) Born 1962
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Blink (2007), The Magician's Apprentice/ The Witch's Familiar (2015)
Career highlights
Hettie's directing debut came with the feature film Beautiful Thing (1996 - she directed the stage play in 1994), followed by Casualty (1997), Servants (2003), White Girl (2008), Wallander (2010), Lewis (2011), The Tunnel (2013) and Fortitude (2015).

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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