|The ghost of Prentis (Paul Kaye) stalks|
the corridors of The Drum
First broadcast Oct 3 to 10 2015
Average audience for story: 5.84m
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.
Colin McFarlane (Moran) Born Sep 15 1961
Doctor Who credits
Played: Alien voice in Voyage of the Damned (2007)
Played: General Pierce in Torchwood: Children of Earth (2009)
Played: Moran in Under the Lake/ Before the Flood (2015)
Debuted as Detective Sergeant Watson in Dempsey and Makepeace (1985), then Bust (1988), Sean's Show (1992), In Dreams (1992), Class Act (1995), The Thin Blue Line (1996), Dennis the Menace (1996-98, as the voice of Sergeant Slipper), Ted and Ralph (1998), Black Books (2000), The Fast Show (1994-2000), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (2001), Strange (2003), As If (2004), Batman Begins (2005), Judge John Deed (2002-03/05/06), MI High (2008), The Dark Knight (2008), Parents of the Band (2008-09), Hounded (2010), Reggie Perrin (2010), Dirk Gently (2012), Plebs (2014), Death in Paradise (2015), Olympus (2015) and Father Brown (2016). He also gave voice to the Cube in the UK Saturday night game show of the same name (2011-14), and has often been the commentating voice for the National Television Awards. He also provided the voice of Harrison in the animated series Chuggington (2008-15).
Sophie Stone (Cass) Born 1981
Sophie debuted in Casualty in 2003, then took roles in FM (2009), Marchlands (2011), Midsomer Murders (2013), Mapp and Lucia (2014) and Small World (2016).
In 2004, Sophie, who has been deaf since birth, was the first deaf student to win a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), and is the first deaf actress to appear in Doctor Who (there have been other deaf actors, notably Tim Barlow in Destiny of the Daleks (1979)). She is a founder member of the Deaf and Hearing Ensemble.
Zaqi Ismail (Lunn) Born Nov 8 1992
Doctor Who was Zaqi's screen debut, after which he appeared in Indian Summers (2016).
He is fluent in British Sign Language, as his elder sister is deaf. Here he is on Twitter.
Morven Christie (O'Donnell) Born 1981
Debuted in The Second Quest (2004), then Doctors (2004), Teachers (2004), House of 9 (2005), The Flying Scotsman (2006), Oliver Twist (2007), Lost in Austen (2008), The Young Victoria (2009), Monday Monday (2009), Survivors (2010), The Sinking of the Laconia (2011), Sirens (2011), Twenty Twelve (2012), Hunted (2012), Lilting (2014), From There to Here (2014), The A Word (2016) and Murder (2016). She also regularly plays Amanda Kendall in Grantchester (2014-16).
In 2012 she married film director Scott Graham, before which she was linked to actor Rupert Evans. In 2014, Morven got into a Twitter spat with actor (and fellow Doctor Who alumni) Frances Barber over the Scottish independence referendum. Morven was a campaigner for Scottish independence, while Barber was an advocate of staying as a union. In a 2015 interview, Morven said: "Throughout the referendum I saw a lot of stuff on her Twitter about Scots and the SNP." At one point, later deleted, Barber condemned the SNP as reminiscent of the Third Reich. "You're not talking about an idea, you're talking about my family, my friends and me. It's xenophobic and really aggressive and I'm not going to ignore this. I think it hit me so personally." This is her on Twitter.
Arsher Ali (Bennett) Born Apr 9 1984
Arsher debuted in Trial and retribution (2007), then Maxwell (2007), Britz (2007), Wallander (2010), Four Lions (2010), Complicit (2013), The Guilty (2013), The Missing (2014), Arthur and George (2015) and The Darkest Universe (2016). He also played Zak Khan in Silent Witness (2011) and A-Rab in Beaver Falls (2011-12).
Arsher often writes a column for the Nottingham Post about his beloved Nottingham Forest FC. He's also a big cricket fan, having played for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. His wife is Roxy Shahidi, best known for her role in Emmerdale. Here's Arsher on Twitter.
Steven Robertson (Pritchard) Born Jan 1 1977
Steven was born in Vidlin in the Shetland Islands, and his first credited work was 2004's Rory O'Shea Was Here, followed by Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Einstein's Big Idea (2005), Nova (2005), True North (2006), Sugarhouse (2007), Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), He Kills Coppers (2008), Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008), Red Riding (2009), Shameless (2009), Ashes to Ashes (2010), Luther (2011), The Bletchley Circle (2012), Ripper Street (2012), In the Flesh (2014) and Utopia (2014). He may be best recognised for playing Dominic Rook in Being Human (2012-13) and Sandy Wilson in Shetland (2013-16).
Steven overcame severe dyslexia as a student.
Paul Kaye (Prentis) Born Dec 15 1964
Paul started his screen career playing the character of rude celebrity interviewer Dennis Pennis in shows such as Anyone for Pennis? (1995), The Sunday Show (1995-97), Shooting Stars (1996) and Very Important Pennis (1996-97), as well as another of his characters called Mike Strutter, who got his own series, Strutter (2006-07), Paul also wrote his own material for these characters. After killing off Pennis, Paul turned to acting - both serious and comedy - and appeared in You Are Here (1998), Coming Soon (1999), Spaced (1999), Citizen Kaye (2000), Blackball (2003), Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (2004), It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004), Spivs (2004), Match Point (2005), Hustle (2006), EastEnders (2007), Angelo's (2007), Murder in Mind (2009), Pulling (2008-09), Midsomer Murders (2009), Skins (2010), Shameless (2011), Being Human (2011), Candy Cabs (2011), Pusher (2012), Stella (2013), Game of Thrones (2013), Ripper Street (2013), Blackwood (2014), Dracula Untold (2014), Lilyhammer (2013-14), Inside No.9 (2015), Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015), Humans (2015) and Tomorrow (2016). His regular roles have included Bob Slay in Perfect World (2000-01), Kenny Marsh in Two Thousand Acres of Sky (2001-03), the voice of Dr Wasabi in Chop Socky Chooks (2008), and the voice of Vince in Mongrels (2010-11).
Paul appears in the 1998 music video for the Top 10 Fat Les single Vindaloo, sending up Richard Ashcroft's appearance in the Verve's video for Bittersweet Symphony. He has two sons - Jordan Katz Kaye's middle name is after his mother Orly's maiden name, and Geffen Strummer Kaye's middle name is after Paul's comedy character Mike Strutter. Before getting into showbiz, Paul was a scene painter at London's Old Vic Theatre, illustrated for the NME, i-D and Time Out, and designed merchandise for football clubs such as Derby County, Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton and Aston Villa. He also formed and took part in a number of bands, including We Are Pleb and TV Eye. Paul met his future wife Orly while working in a kibbutz in Israel in 1984. They married in 1989. Orly's mother was killed by a rocket attack in Gaza, Israel in 2008.
Neil Fingleton (The Fisher King) Dec 18 1980 to Feb 25 2017 (heart attack)
As well as playing the Fisher King, 7ft 7.56in Neil appeared in X-Men: First Class (2011), 47 Ronin (2013), Game of Thrones (2014, as Mag the Mighty) and Jupiter Ascending (2015). He also performed stunts in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and was the motion capture actor for Ultron, and appeared as himself on Superhuman: Giants (2007), Hole in the Wall (2008) and Pointless Celebrities (2013).
2007: Guinness World Record for Tallest Man in the European Union
Neil was the UK's tallest British-born man until his death. His siblings are also pretty tall - his sister is 6ft 3in and his brother is 6ft 8in, while both his parents are 6ft and his great grandfather was 6ft 8in. By the age of 11, Neil was already 7ft tall! He won a basketball scholarship in the US, and played for various teams between the age of 16 and 27. Neil ran a clothes shop for tall people called 7 Foot 7.
Peter Serafinowicz (Voice of the Fisher King) Born Jul 10 1972
Peter started out mimicking the voice of Jacques Chirac for the series Spitting Image in 1996, after which he appeared in Comedy Nation (1998), You Are Here (1998), Murder Most Horrid (1999), Smack the Pony (1999), The Phantom Menace (1999, as the dubbed voice of Darth Maul), How Do You Want Me? (1998-99), Spaced (1999-2001), Ted and Alice (2002), I'm Alan Partridge (2002), Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hardware (2003-04), Look Around You (2002-05), Run, Fatboy, Run (2007), The Peter Serafinowicz Show (2007-08), Couples Retreat (2009), Whitechapel (2010), Killing Bono (2011), Running Wilde (2010-11), Watson & Oliver (2012), Bad Sugar (2012), Father Figure (2013), Mr Sloane (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Parks and Recreation (2013-15), Spy (2015), Hunt the Truth (2015) and Going in Style (2016). Peter wrote material for his own 2007-08 show, as well as Look Around You, as well as producing them. He acted as creative consultant on South Park in 2014-15.
Peter's wife is actor Sarah Alexander, his brother is TV producer James Serafinowicz, while his sister Helen is married to screenwriter Graham Linehan. In 2007, Peter dropped his attempt to use the Human Rights Act to prevent the publication of details revealing his Belarusian grandfather as the first man in Britain to go on trial for Nazi war crimes. Szymon Serafinowicz Sr was charged with allegedly murdering three Jews while a police chief during the Nazi occupation of Belarus during World War Two. He was found unfit for trial on grounds of dementia in 1997, and died later that year, aged 86. Here's a video of Peter doing 50 impressions in two minutes. It's a cheat, but look out for SV7 from The Robots of Death! Here's his Twitter feed.
Corey Taylor (Roar of the Fisher King) Born Dec 8 1973
American Corey is best known as the lead singer of the heavy metal band Slipknot, as well as the hard rock band Stone Sour. Corey helped form Stone Sour in 1992, and the band lasted until 1997, reforming in 2000. The band has been nominated for three Best Metal Performance Grammys. Corey joined Slipknot as its sixth member in 1997. The band members always wear masks during personal appearances, and Corey's has been described as resembling The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's Leatherface, "if only he used moisturiser". Slipknot have had a number one album on the UK chart (Iowa in 2001) and have hit the Top 10 with every subsequent album, including The Subliminal Verses (2004), All Hope is Gone (2008) and The Gray Chapter (2014). The latter two were number one albums in both the US and Australia. Slipknot have been nominated for 11 Grammys. Corey has also been a guest musician on work by Soulfly, Apocalyptica, Anthrax (unreleased) and Damageplan, and has produced two albums, for Face Cage and Walls of Jericho. On the acting front, Corey appeared alongside A Nightmare on Elm Street star Robert Englund in Fear Clinic (2013), as well as the film Bullied (2013).
2006: Grammy for Best Metal Performance (Before I Forget, with Slipknot)
Here's Corey on Twitter.
Toby Whithouse (writer) Born 1970
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: School Reunion (2006), Torchwood: Greeks Bearing Gifts (2006), The Vampires of Venice (2010), The God Complex (2011), A Town Called Mercy (2012), Under the Lake/ Before the Flood (2015), The Lie of the Land (2017)
Toby's first writing work was on Where the Heart Is (1999), followed by Attachments (2000), Hotel Babylon (2006), No Angels (2004/06, which he also created), The Armstrong and Miller Show (2007), Being Human (2008-13, which he also created) and The Game (2014, which he also created). He was also executive producer on Being Human (the UK and US versions), its spin-off Becoming Human (2011) and The Game.
Toby has also had a parallel career as an actor, having appeared in The Upper Hand (1992), A Masculine Ending (1992), The Scarlet and the Black (1993), Shadowlands (1993), Bright Hair (1997), Goodnight Sweetheart (1999), Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), The Virgin Queen (2006) and Cara Fi (2014), as well as the regular roles of Norman Foss in The House of Eliott (1992-94) and Alistair Frith in Being Human (2013).
Toby's series Being Human was twice nominated for a Best Drama Series BAFTA (in 2010 and 2011). Here's his Twitter.
In 2015 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Toby, and Jamie Mathieson, here.
Daniel O'Hara (director) Born Oct 1974
Daniel's directing CV begins with the 2003 short My Name is Yu Ming (which he also wrote), followed by The Clinic (2006), Paddywhackery (2007, which he also wrote), Zig and Zag: Best Bitz from Back Den (2008), Skins (2010), Beaver Falls (2011), Wizards vs Aliens (2012), Being Human (2011-13), The Game (2014), Silent Witness (2014-15) and Houdini and Doyle (2016). His TV career began as production manager on A Scare at Bedtime with Podge and Rodge in Ireland.
In 2003 Daniel co-founded the production company Dough Productions.
Derek Ritchie (producer) Born 1978
Doctor Who credits
Script edited: The Time of the Doctor (2013), Deep Breath (2014), Into the Dalek (2014), The Caretaker (2014). Derek also script edited the 50th anniversary sketch The Five(ish) Doctors (Reboot) (2013)
Produced: The Doctor's Meditation, Under the Lake/ Before the Flood, The Girl Who Died/ The Woman Who Lived (all 2015). He also produced Strax's cinema introduction for Deep Breath (2014)
Derek first worked as a locations assistant on The Book Group (2003), and has also edited script for Wizards vs Aliens (2012-13). He also produced that series in 2014. As an assistant director he has worked on The Planman (2003), AfterLife (2003), Shoebox Zoo (2004), The Last King of Scotland (2006), Still Game (2002-07), Identity (2010), Frankenstein's Wedding... Live in Leeds (2011), Becoming Human (2011) and Being Human (2008-12).
Nick Lambon (script editor)
Doctor Who credits
Script edited: Under the Lake/ Before the Flood, The Girl Who Died/ The Woman Who Lived, Heaven Sent/ Hell Bent (all 2015), The Return of Doctor Mysterio (2016)
Nick has also script edited DCI Banks (2012-14) and Wizards vs Aliens (2014), after acting as a story researcher on Holby City (2012).
In 2006 Nick joined Power Television and helped in the development of programmes such as Crusoe (2008-09) and The Day of the Triffids (2009). He became a script editor for Left Bank Pictures in 2011.