|Justin Chatwin as The Ghost|
in The Return of Doctor Mysterio
First broadcast Dec 25 2016
Average audience for story: 7.83m
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
Justin Chatwin (Grant Gordon/ The Ghost) Born Oct 31 1982
Canadian Justin made his screen debut in Smallville in 2001, after which he appeared in Josie and the Pussycats (2001), Mysterious Ways (2001), Night Visions (2002), Taken (2002), Traffic (2004), The Chumscrubber (2005), War of the Worlds (2005), Lost (2006), The Invisible (2007), Dragonball: Evolution (2009), Funkytown (2011), The Listener (2013), Bang Bang Baby (2014), No Stranger Than Love (2015), Orphan Black (2015), Poor Boy (2016), The Scent of Rain and Lightning (2016) and CHiPS (2017). Recurring roles include Josh Wilson in Weeds (2005/2012), Steve and Jimmy in Shameless (2011-15) and Cam Hawthorne in American Gothic (2016).
Between 2005-09 Justin shared an apartment in Los Angeles with fellow actor (and Shameless co-star) Noel Fisher. Romantically, he has been linked to actors Molly Sims, Addison Timlin and Margarita Levieva. Here's Justin on Twitter.
Charity Wakefield (Lucy Fletcher) Born Sep 18 1980
Charity's debut came in the series Hex in 2004, followed by roles in Exitz (2007), Fairy Tales (2008), Sense and Sensibility (2008), Legally Mad (2010), Any Human Heart (2010), The Raven (2012), Mockingbird Lane (2012), Scar Tissue (2013), Wolf Hall (2015), The Player (2015) and The Halcyon (2017). She also regularly played Ethel Bennett in Casualty 1907/08 (2008-09).
Charity's grandfather was the actor James Hayter, who in the 1970s had regular roles in The Onedin Line and Are You Being Served?. In 2015 she opened a vintage shop called Charlie Foxtrot Vintage in London. Here she is on Twitter.
Adetomiwa Edun (Mr Brock) Born Mar 4 1984
Nigerian born Adetomiwa made his screen debut in The Fixer (2009), followed by parts in Law and Order UK (2010), The Hour (2011-12), Bates Motel (2015), Lucifer (2015), Legends (2015) and Death in Paradise (2016). He also regularly played Sir Elyan in Merlin (2010-12), and may also be recognised as Alex Hunter in the football videogame FIFA 17.
In 2016, Adetomiwa's partner was the actor Oona Chaplin, Charlie's Chaplin's granddaughter.
Aleksandar Jovanovic (Dr Sim) Born May 4 1971
German Aleksandar made his screen acting debut in Jugofilm (1997), followed by Short Sharp Shock (1998), Balko (1999), Falling Rocks (2000), Sperling (2001), Gangster (2002), Under Suspicion (2004), Wolff's Turf (2005), A Case for Two (2007), Treasure Island (2007), Wilsberg (2009), SOKO: Der Prozess (2013), Der Knastarzt (2014), Helen Dorn (2015), Close to the Enemy (2016), Collide (2016), Tempel (2016) and The Titan (2016).
His wife is famous German actor Clelia Sarto.
Logan Hoffman (Young Grant) Born 2008
This is Logan's first TV work.
Daniel Lorente (Teen Grant)
This is Daniel's first TV work.
Sandra Teles (Reporter)
Born in Goa, India, Sandra's other work includes Just Shoot Me! (2002), Frasier (2002), Backwaters (2006), Holding Back (2010), Postman Pat: The Movie (2014) and Doctors (2016).
Sandra is also a writer and helped to set up City Writers Room. Here she is on Twitter!
Tanroh Ishida (Operator) Born Oct 29 1987
Tanroh's earliest acting work was in video games, principally the Total War: Shogun series (2011-12), while other work includes Eating Scarlet (2011), Gambit (2012), The Railway Man (2013), 47 Ronin (2013), The Windmill (2016) and The Journey is the Destination (2016).
Tanroh runs the Tea Leaf Theatre Company, which fuses the disciplines of Japanese and Western theatre styles. Here he is on Twitter.
Vaughn Johseph (Soldier)
American Vaughn's other acting work includes Cattle Call (2007), The Mark: Redemption (2013), The Daughter (2013), Philomena (2013) and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014, as the uncredited voice of the President). He has also worked as a director on productions such as Thoughts from LA 2 the UK (2015) and The Only Way is Linda: TOWIL (2015).
Lee Kemp (Journalist)
Lee's debut came in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016), followed by roles in Sherlock (2017) and Case Files (2017).
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), Friend from the Future (2016), The Return of Doctor Mysterio (2016)
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, Friend from the Future (2016), The Return of Doctor Mysterio (2010-16)
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). He is also an executive producer on the spin-off series Class (2016).
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).
Ed Bazalgette (director)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Doctor's Meditation (2015), The Girl Who Died/ The Woman Who Lived (2015), The Return of Doctor Mysterio (2016)
Ed's career began as a dubbing editor on Campion in 1990, as well as Lovejoy (1991), The Long Roads (1993) and Great Moments in Aviation (1994), after which he was credited with editing the fly-on-the-wall series Airport (1996), and then broke into directing with Home Front in the Garden (1998). Further directing work includes Turner: The Man Who Painted Britain (2002), Genghis Khan (2005), Hannibal (2006), EastEnders (2007), Top Gear (2007), Casualty (2011), Holby City (2008-11), Endeavour (2013), DCI Banks (2014), Poldark (2015) and Houdini and Doyle (2016).
Ed was the lead guitarist with the band The Vapors, who scored a UK number three hit in 1980 with Turning Japanese. His great great grandfather was Sir Joseph Bazalgette, who designed and engineered the London sewer system. His third cousin Sir Peter Bazalgette is a leading figure on the British arts scene, as well as a creative force in the TV production company Endemol, responsible for shows such as Big Brother and Deal or No Deal. Here he is on Twitter.
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), The Return of Doctor Mysterio (2016)
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).
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), The Pilot (2017)
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.
Emma Genders (assistant script editor)
Doctor Who credits
Script edited: Class: For Tonight We Might Die, Class: The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo, Class: Nightvisiting, Co-Owner of a Lonely Heart, Class: Brave-ish Heart, Class: Detained, Class: The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did, Class: The Lost (all 2016)
Assistant script editor: The Return of Doctor Mysterio, The Pilot (2016-17)
Emma is also a part-time amateur potter and ceramicist.