|Bill (Pearl Mackie) meets the|
Emojibots (Kiran Shah and
First broadcast: Apr 22 2017
Average audience for story: 5.98m
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.
Mina Anwar (Goodthing) Born Sep 20 1969
Doctor Who credits
Played: Gita Chandra in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Day of the Clown, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Secrets of the Stars, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Enemy of the Bane, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Prisoner of the Judoon, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Vault of Secrets, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith, The Sarah Jane Adventures: Sky (2008-11)
Played: Goodthing in Smile (2017)
Mina's first high profile role was in the sitcom The Thin Blue Line, playing WPC Maggie Habib (1995-96), and her CV also includes 99-1 (1995), Flight (1995), Barbara (1999), Maybe Baby (2000), Always and Everyone (2001), The Bill (2003), Best Friends (2004), Mayo (2006), No Angels (2006), Coronation Street (2005/06), The Invisibles (2008), Scoop (2009-11), The Wright Way (2013), The Slammer (2013), Happy Valley (2014), Remember Me (2014), Marley's Ghosts (2015), Upstart Crow (2016), In the Club (2014-16) and Damned (2016). She also played Trudy Rehman in 106 episodes of House of Anubis (2011-13).
In 1999, trained mezzo-soprano Mina co-founded a company called Aware International with actress Dervla Kirwan, which manufactured underwear called Secretpockets aimed at the discreet use of condoms - the women's were called The Force and men's Downunderwear. Profits were intended for STD clinics, but the company was dissolved in 2003. If you want to read a somewhat awkward interview with Mina with the Northern Echo, click here! Here she is on Twitter.
Ralf Little (Steadfast) Born Feb 8 1980
Ralf made his screen debut aged 14 in Sloggers (1994-95), followed by Elidor (1995), Children's Ward (1998), Monkey Trousers (2000), Always and Everyone (2000), Aladdin (2000), 24 Hour Party People (2002), Fat Slags (2004), The Waiting Room (2007), Robin Hood (2007), Massive (2008), Married Single Other (2010), Powder (2011), Death in Paradise (2013), Our Zoo (2014), The Interceptor (2015), Lewis (2015), The A Word (2016) and Borderline (2016, as narrator). He also played Richard Eustace in Paradise Heights (2002) and The Eustace Bros. (2003), and enjoyed huge success as Jonny Keogh in 55 episodes of sitcom Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps (2001-06), Richard Dickens in The Cafe (2011-13) and, most famously of all, Anthony Royle in sitcom The Royle Family (1998-2010). Ralf also has credits behind the cameras, as executive producer on The Cafe, Borderline and Urban Myths: Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon (2017 - the episode that was pulled from broadcast as it featured a white man playing the late Michael Jackson, which upset, among many others, Jackson's daughter Paris). Ralf has also written for The Ralf Little Show (2002), The Cafe and The Girl Whisperer (2016).
Ralf's younger brother is Ross Little, who played Michael Gilder in 34 episodes of Born and Bred (2002-05). Ralf is also a semi-professional footballer, having played for Maidstone United, Staines Town, Edgware Town, Chertsey Town, Stone Dominoes, Manchester United (testimonial match) and the Principality of Sealand.
Kiran L Dadlani (Kezzia)
Kiran's earliest credited screen work was on Cold Enough for Snow in 1997, followed by Murder in Mind (2001), Casualty (2002), Life on Mars (2008), Coronation Street (2013) and Doctors (2014).
In 1996, Kiran appeared in the music video for the song Colour of Love by Dutch pop singer Amber (aka Marie Claire Cremers).
Kalungi Ssebandeke (Nate)
This is Kalungi's first credited screen acting role, but he is also a playwright, having been selected for the BBC Writers Room London Voices scheme. His brother is filmmaker Moses Ssebandeke. Here he is on Twitter.
Kaizer Akhtar (Praiseworthy)
Kaizer - also credited as Kaizer Shaan Akhtar - made his debut playing the voice of Isaac in 52 episodes of children's series Baby Jake (2011-12), and has also had work in The Honourable Woman (2014), Tut (2015) and PLOEY - You Never Fly Alone (2017).
Here he is on Twitter.
Kiran Shah (Emojibot) Born Sep 28 1956
Doctor Who credits
Played: Figure in Listen (2014)
Played: Emojibot in Smile (2017)
Born in Kenya, Kiran made his screen acting debut with The People That Time Forgot (1977), followed by roles in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), The Dark Crystal (1982), Return of the Jedi (1983, as an Ewok), Legend (1985), Gothic (1986), Bullseye! (1990), Space Precinct (1995), The Biggest Step (2002), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), Shameless (2007), Trapped! (2010), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Force Awakens (2015, as Teedo), Game of Thrones (2016) and Rogue One (2016, as Oolin Musters). Kiran has also performed stuntwork on productions such as Candleshoe (1977), Superman (1978), The Great Muppet Caper (1981), Krull (1983), Aliens (1986), Braveheart (1995), Titanic (1997), Spice World (1997), The World is Not Enough (1999) and The Hobbit trilogy (2012-14). He is also a member of the team who create parody films with such titles as The Throbbit, Harvey Putter and the Ridiculous Premise and The Dork of the Rings.
2003: Guinness World Record for the world's shortest stunt performer
2010: Guinness World Record for the world's shortest wing walker
Kiran, who is 4ft 1in tall, was the scale double for Bilbo and Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. He can also be seen in the music video for Jamie T's Calm Down Dearest (2007). Kiran originally auditioned for the role of R2-D2 in Star Wars, but lost out to Kenny Baker. Kiran has also worked with stage magician Simon Drake, entertaining celebrities on tour, performing as musician Julian Lennon's support act, and performing at Tina Turner's 50th birthday party. Kiran will also forever be immortalised as the Tango Man in the controversial (and sometimes banned) TV commercials for Tango ("You've been Tangoed!"). He's on Twitter.
Craig Garner (Emojibot) Born Jan 7 1985
Craig made his debut in Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), followed by roles in Filth (2013), Tarzan (2013), Robot Overlords (2014), Get Santa (2014) and London Fields (2017). He also performed stunts on The Woman in Black 2 (2014) and Jupiter Ascending (2015) and acted as a stand-in on Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017). Craig also took part in Channel 4's documentary series Seven Dwarves (2011).
Craig, who is 4ft 1in tall, has a rare condition called Moore-Federman Syndrome which gives him his short stature but means he does not have other characteristics of dwarfism such as short limbs or bowed legs. Here he is on Twitter!
Frank Cottrell-Boyce (writer) Born Sep 23 1959
Doctor Who credits
Writer: In the Forest of the Night (2014), Smile (2017)
Screenwriter and novelist Frank started out writing for TV soap Brookside (1987/89) and its spin-off Damon and Debbie (1987), and continued to write for television programmes and films such as The Real Eddy English (1989), In Suspicious Circumstances (1992), Crime Story (1992), A Woman's Guide to Adultery (1993), Coronation Street (1991-95), New York Crossing (1996), Welcome to Sarajevo (1997), Hilary and Jackie (1998), 24 Hour Party People (2002), Grow Your Own (2007), Framed (2009) and The Railway Man (2013). Frank also wrote the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, Isles of Wonder, and has written several books for young readers, including Millions (2004), The Unforgotten Coat (2011) and three sequels to Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2011-13).
2004: Carnegie Medal (Millions)
Here's Frank on Twitter.
Lawrence Gough (director)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Friend from the Future (2016), The Pilot (2017), Smile (2017)
Lawrence's first directing work was on a series of short films, including 2003's Beating the Dog, The Replacement (2005) and Gatecrash (2009). He has also worked on Salvage (2009), Maru (2009-11), Saor Sinn o Olc (2011), Hollyoaks (2012-13), Misfits (2013), Atlantis (2015), The Aliens (2016) and Snatch (2017). He has also written many of the short films he's directed, as well as episodes of Maru and Saor Sinn o Olc.
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).
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, 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 (2015-17)
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, 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 (2016-17)
Emma is also a part-time amateur potter and ceramicist.