Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Oxygen

Dahh-Ren (Peter Caulfield) is feeling
a little blue
One episode (Oxygen)
First broadcast: May 13 2017
Average audience for story: 5.27m

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

Kieran Bew (Ivan) Born Aug 18 1980
Career highlights
Kieran's debut came in the 2001 short Shotgun Wedding, followed by Bedtime (2002), Manchild (2003), Spooks (2003), Hans Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairy Tale (2003), AVP: Alien vs Predator (2004), Hustle (2005), The Bill (2005-06), The Whistleblowers (2007), The Street (2007), 1234 (2008), Crusoe (2008-09), Waking the Dead (2011), Whitechapel (2012), WPC 56 (2013-14) and Twisted (2017). He also regularly played Alfonso, Duke of Calabria in Da Vinci's Demons (2014-15) and the title character in Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands (2016).
Facts
As a young fencer, Kieran won the under-16 and under-17 British Epee titles, and placed 21st at the 1996 Cadet World Championships. As an adult, he also works as a fight choreographer. Here's his Twitter account.

Peter Caulfield (Dahh-Ren) Born Jun 13 1984
Career highlights
Peter debuted in Banana and Cucumber (2015), followed by Modus (2017) and Strangeways Here We Come (2017).
Facts
Peter is also an established stage actor, having appeared in drama and musical theatre such as Enron, One Man Two Guvnors, Jesus Christ Superstar and Into the Woods. He is also a member of The Imaginarium, a digital studio dedicated to the creation of characters via motion-capture. In 2014, Peter was one of the singers on the charity single We're All Human by The L Project, which raised awareness of LGBT people suffering abuse in Russia. Here he is on Twitter.

Mimi Ndiweni (Abby) Born 1992
Career highlights
Debuted in Telling Tales (2012), then Cinderella (2015), The Legend of Tarzan (2016) and The Last Dragonslayer (2016). She played Tilly Brockless in eight episodes of Mr Selfridge (2016).

Katie Brayben (Ellie)
Career highlights
Katie made her screen debut in This Love (2012), followed by This Way Out (2013) and Vera (2015).
Awards
2015: Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical)
Facts
Katie made a name for herself playing Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Here she is on Twitter.

Justin Salinger (Tasker)
Career highlights
Justin made his debut in Velvet Goldmine (1998), followed by roles in London's Burning (2000), Peaches (2000), Dark Realm (2001), Waking the Dead (2002), Trust (2003), Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003), Enduring Love (2004), The Line of Beauty (2006), He Kills Coppers (2008), New Tricks (2008), Being Human (2011), Dracula (2013), Ripper Street (2013), The Mill (2014), Everest (2015), Humans (2016), Rillington Place (2016) and Once Upon a Time in London (2017).
Facts
Here's Justin on Twitter.

CREW

Jamie Mathieson (writer)
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: Mummy on the Orient Express (2014), Flatline (2014), The Girl Who Died (2015), Oxygen (2017)
Career highlights
Jamie's other screenwriting credits include Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (2009), Becoming Human (2011), Dirk Gently (2012), Being Human (2010-13) and Tripped (2015).
Facts
Jamie is a former stand-up comedian who spoke to the Doctor Who production team in 2004 about writing for the series, but did not get a script successfully commissioned for another decade. Here he is on Twitter.
In 2015 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Jamie, as well as Toby Whithouse, here.

Charles Palmer (director) Born 1965
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Smith and Jones (2007), The Shakespeare Code (2007), Human Nature/ The Family of Blood (2007), Oxygen (2017), The Eaters of Light (2017)
Career highlights
Charles started his career as a lowly but always integral clapper loader on The Camomile Lawn in 1992 and has gradually worked his way up to director since, acting as focus puller on Sharpe's Battle and Sharpe's Sword (1995), Bent (1997) and A Dance to the Music of Time (1997), before becoming a camera operator on Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) (2001), Bend It Like Beckham (2002) and The Biographer (2002). He got his directing breakthrough on the short The Magic of Vincent in 2000, and has since directed Linda Green (2001), Night & Day (2001), The Ghost Squad (2005), Vital Signs (2006, which he also created), Lark Rise to Candleford (2008), Lewis (2011), Death in Paradise (2011), By Any Means (2013) and Midsomer Murders (2015).
Facts
Cool Doctor Who links: Charles is married to actress Claire Skinner (who appeared in Doctor Who's 2011 Christmas episode) and his father is actor Geoffrey Palmer (who appeared in Doctor Who three times - in 1970, 1972 and 2007 (the Christmas episode, in fact!)). Charles's picture is used in the opening credits of the sitcom As Time Goes By, to represent his father's younger self.

Nikki Wilson (producer)
Doctor Who credits
Script edited: The Sontaran Stratagem/ The Poison Sky (2008)
Produced: The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Last Sontaran (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Day of the Clown (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Secrets of the Stars (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Mark of the Berserker (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Enemy of the Bane (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Prisoner of the Judoon (2009), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Mad Woman in the Attic (2009), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith (2009), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Eternity Trap (2009), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Mona Lisa's Revenge (2009), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Gift (2009), The Waters of Mars (2009), Deep Breath (2014), Into the Dalek (2014), Robot of Sherwood (2014), The Caretaker (2014), Flatline (2014), Sleep No More (2015), Face the Raven (2015), The Husbands of River Song (2015), Thin Ice (2017), Knock Knock (2017), Oxygen (2017), The Eaters of Light (2017), The Lie of the Land (2017), The Empress of Mars (2017)
Executive producer: The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Nightmare Man (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Vault of Secrets (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Empty Planet (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Lost in Time (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith (2010)
Career highlights
Nikki's other credits include script editing duties on Mind Games (2001), Trial and Retribution (1999-2000), The Bill (2003) and New Street Law (2006), while she performed producing duties on New Street Law (2007), Upstairs, Downstairs (2010), Casualty (2011-13) and Wizards vs Aliens (2014).
Facts
In 2009 Nikki changed her screen name from Nikki Smith to Nikki Wilson.

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