|Jamie Hill as a crimson Monk|
First broadcast: May 20 2017
Average audience for story: 5.53m
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, The Empress of Mars, The Eaters of Light, World Enough and Time/ The Doctor Falls (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 Hour (2012), World War Z (2013, ironically playing W.H.O Doctor!), The Fifth Estate (2013) and Paddington (2014). He also played Cardinal Richelieu in the first series of The Musketeers (2014), but will be better known as the foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker in 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 short Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life (1995), which won an Oscar for Best Short Film, Live Action, and 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 Male Actor (Soft Top Hard Shoulder)
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 1986, Peter appeared in the video for the intensely annoying Alexei Sayle single Didn't You Kill My Brother?, but this wasn't his first brush with music. In 1980 he 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 more recently has become a 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!).
Pearl Mackie (Bill Potts) Born May 29 1987
Doctor Who credits
Played: Bill Potts in Friend from the Future, 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 (2016-17)
Pearl's only other screen work includes Svengali (2013), an episode of Doctors (2014) and Date Aid (2015), although she has also worked on stage extensively since 2010.
Pearl can be seen as a clubber in the music video for Years & Years' Real (2014). Here she is on Twitter.
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.
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)
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).
Michelle has been married to fellow actor Jack Davenport since 2000.
Corrado Invernizzi (Cardinal Angelo) Born 1965
Italian-born Corrado debuted in 1997's La dottoressa Gio, followed by roles in Shooting the Moon (1998), Inspector Montalbano (1999), Ladies of the Law (2002), Mafiosa (2006), Carabinieri (2007), Grand Star (2007), Requiem for a Killer (2011), The Young Montalbano (2012), Braquo (2014), The Face of an Angel (2014), Marco Polo (2014), Falco (2016) and Genius (2017).
Joseph Long (Pope)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Rocco Colasanto in Turn Left (2008)
Played: Pope in Extremis (2017)
Debuted in Widows 2 (1985), then Magnum PI (1985), Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1986), CATS Eyes (1987), London's Burning (1988), Capital City (1989), Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1990), The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1994), The Final Cut (1995), Trial and Retribution (1998), Casualty (2000), Where the Heart Is (2001), Daniel Deronda (2002), Little Britain (2003), The Mysti Show (2004), EastEnders (2003-04), Mrs Henderson Presents (2005), Genie in the House (2006), The Other Man (2008), Sherlock (2010), Zen (2011), Borgia (2013), Dracula Untold (2014), Transporter: The Series (2014), Killing Jesus (2015), The Collection (2016), Peaky Blinders (2017) and Murder on the Orient Express (2017). He may be best remembered as Luigi the barman in Ashes to Ashes (2008-10), or Abd Aziz in Tyrant (2016).
Ivanno Jeremiah (Rafando)
Born in Uganda, Ivanno debuted in The Veteran (2011), followed by Injustice (2011), The Jury (2011), Julius Caesar (2011), Bottom Knocker Street (2013), The Hollow Crown (2016) and Bees Make Honey (2017). He may be best recognised as synth Max in Humans (2015-16).
Here's Ivanno on Twitter.
Laurent Maurel (Nicholas) Born May 5 1972
Frenchman Laurent debuted in Vega (1999), followed by Comedie Classique (2002), CID (2005), Ladies of the Law (2006), Mafiosa (2007), Boulevard du Palais (2010), Backpackers (2013), War and Peace (2016), The Well (2016), Bright-eyed Revenge (2016) and Babs (2017).
Ronke Adekoluejo (Penny)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Penny in Extremis (2017), The Pyramid at the End of the World (2017)
Ronke debuted in Suspects (2014), then found work in Chewing Gum (2016), Josh (2016), Cold Feet (2016), NW (2016), Sick Note (2017) and Been So Long (2018).
Here's Ronke on Twitter.
Francesco Martino (Piero) Born Oct 25 1981
Italian-born Francesco debuted in Un difetto di famiglia (2002), followed by Facing Windows (2003), Don Gnocchi - L'angelo dei bimbi (2004), Black Arrow (2006), Aria (2009), Visions (2009), Krokodyle (2010), Parking Lot (2011), H+ (2012-13), Francesco (2014), Allegiance (2015) and Point Break (2015).
Here he is on Twitter.
Alana Maria (Pentagon woman)
American Alana's other acting work includes The Basil Brush Show (2004), Until Death (2007) and The Commuter (2018).
Also known as Alana Simon, she enjoyed chart success in the 1990s with MK (aka Marc Kitchen), singing on the tracks Burning (1991), Always (1992), Love Changes (1993) and Surrender (1993). Always peaked at number 69 on the UK Singles Chart in 1995, and a Route 94 Remix peaked at number 12 in 2014. A new version of Burning peaked at number 44 in the UK in 1995. MK featuring Alana had greater success on the US Dance Club Chart, with both versions of Burning reaching number 7, and both Always and Love Changes hitting number 1.
Jennifer Hennessy (Moira) Born 1970
Doctor Who credits
Played: Valerie in Gridlock (2007)
Played: Moira in The Pilot (2017), Extremis (2017)
Prolific character actress Jennifer made her debut in Pauline Calf's Wedding Video (1994), then took roles in Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1996), Undercover Heart (1998), Clocking Off (2000), Swallow (2001), Flesh and Blood (2002), The Office (2002), The Second Coming (2003), Emmerdale (2003), Conviction (2004), Green Wing (2006), Lilies (2007), Drop Dead Gorgeous (2006-07), The Cup (2008), Paradox (2009), Coronation Street (2009), Hollyoaks (2011), South Riding (2011), Marchlands (2011), Psychoville (2011), Shameless (2012), Foyle's War (2013), Wizards vs Aliens (2012-13), Utopia (2014), The Passing Bells (2014), Vera (2015), Rough and Ready (2015), Dickensian (2015-16) and No Offence (2017).
Jennifer was a member of the St Winifred's School Choir which scored a UK Christmas number one single in 1980 with There's No One Quite Like Grandma (warning: this link may make you ill).
Jamie Hill (Monk)
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Foretold in Mummy on the Orient Express (2014)
Played: Monk in Extremis, The Pyramid at the End of the World, The Lie of the Land (2017)
Jamie also performed as the mummy on the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular tour in 2015, as well as a Silent at the 2013 Doctor Who Prom.
Tim Bentinck (Voice of the Monks) Born Jun 1 1953
Doctor Who credits
Played: Voice of the Monks in Extremis, The Pyramid at the End of the World, The Lie of the Land (2017)
Australian-born Tim debuted in ffolkes (1980), followed by Tales of the Unexpected (1980), Smuggler (1981), Man-Eaters of India (1986), Boon (1987), Three Up Two Down (1989), Made in Heaven (1990), Sharpe's Rifles (1993), Strike Force (1995), The New Adventures of Robin Hood (1998), Enigma (2001), Deserter (2002), Born and Bred (2003), Murder in Suburbia (2004), Shadow Play (2004), Broken News (2005), Absolute Power (2005), The Thick of It (2005/07), Lead Balloon (2008), Kingdom (2009), The Hour (2011), The Royal Bodyguard (2011-12), Doctors (2006/12), Fast Girls (2012), The Politician's Husband (2013), EastEnders (2013), Dracula (2013), Lucan (2013), The Game (2014), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) and Rillington Place (2016). Tim has also had recurring roles in series such as By the Sword Divided as Tom Lacey (1983-85), Square Deal as Nigel Barrington (1988-89), Grange Hill as Greg Mitchell (1995-97) and A Prince Among Men as Mark Fitzherbert (1997-98). Tim is a prolific voice artist, especially for video games, and in 2000 provided the voice of James Bond for the 007 game The World is Not Enough. Tim has also been playing David Archer in the BBC Radio soap The Archers since 1982.
As well as being an actor, Tim is also Count Bentinck, the 12th Earl of Portland (a title he inherited in 1997). Although Tim took his seat in the House of Lords, he did not speak there before losing the right to do so under the House of Lords Act 1999. In 1732, Tim's ancestor William Bentinck (Baron Bentinck of the Duchy of Guelders) was made a Count of the Holy Roman Empire, a title still held by Tim but which cannot be used in the UK. Tim's wife is Judy Bentinck, a one-time costume designer for the Royal Shakespeare Company and now a bespoke milliner. Tim's sister Anna Bentinck is also an actor, while his father Henry Bentinck (the 11th Earl of Portland) worked for a time as a TV producer (including for the BBC's Today programme), and claimed to have coined the "Mr Kipling makes exceedingly good cakes" advertising catchphrase. Tim and Judy's son William (Viscount Woodstock) is a social entrepreneur who founded Levantine Links and Ragged University. Tim appeared on Celebrity Mastermind in 2013 with the specialist subject of Winnie the Pooh, while his voice may also be familiar to Londoners as the voice saying "Mind the gap" on the Underground's Piccadilly line! Here's Tim 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).
Daniel Nettheim (director)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: K9: Sirens of Ceres, K9: Dreameaters, K9: Oroborus, K9: Fall of the House of Gryffen (all 2010), The Zygon Invasion/ The Zygon Inversion (2015), Extremis (2017), The Pyramid at the End of the World (2017)
Australian Daniel made his directing debut with the 1995 shorts The Beat Manifesto and The Third Stroke, after which he found work on Driven Crazy (1998), Angst (2000), Love is a Four-Letter Word (2001), Fat Cow Motel (2003), White Collar Blue (2002-03), Last Man Standing (2005), The Secret Life of Us (2001-05), Headland (2005-06), The Elephant Princess (2008), Raggs (2007-09), All Saints (2007-09), Snake Tales (2009), Rush (2009-10), The Hunter (2011), Mr and Mrs Murder (2013), Whitechapel (2013), Dance Academy (2012-13), Line of Duty (2014), Humans (2015) and Jack Irish (2016).
Daniel's brother Matt is an on-set feature films stills photographer, while his uncle David Nettheim was an actor, who appeared in the Doctor Who story The Enemy of the World (1967-68). Here's Daniel 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), The Pilot (2017), Smile (2017), Extremis (2017), The Pyramid at the End of the World (2017), World Enough and Time/ The Doctor Falls (2017)
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).