Wednesday, April 05, 2017
The Lie of the Land
First broadcast: June 3 2017
Average audience for story: 4.82m
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.
Emma Handy (Mother) Born Mar 24 1974
Emma made her debut in Velvet Goldmine (1998), then took roles in Black Cab (2000), Iris (2001), Vacuums (2003), William and Mary (2004), Silent Witness (2004), Threesome (2011), Fast Girls (2012), Doctors (2010/2015), Doc Martin (2015), The Worst Witch (2016) and The Coroner (2016). She also played DC Paula McIntyre in Wire in the Blood (2003-08).
Athena Droutis (Girl) Born 2007
Other work includes Flinch (2014), Wolf Hall (2015) and Urban Hymn (2015).
Beatrice Curnew (Group Commander) Born Jul 1 1980
Debuted in Emmerdale (2009), then How We Invented the World (2012), Skyfall (2012), Top Boy (2013), The Christmas Candle (2013), Black Mirror (2014), The Last Panthers (2015) and EastEnders (2012/14/16).
Beatrice, who also appears in the music video for George Michael's White Light (2012), can be found on Twitter. She wrote a blog about the day she discovered she'd been cast in The Lie of the Land.
Stewart Wright (Alan) Born Jan 12 1974
Stewart's earliest appearance was in Fierce Creatures in 1997, after which he landed roles in Chalk (1997), People Like Us (1999), The Vicar of Dibley (2000), My Hero (2000), Smack the Pony (2000), Black Books (2000), Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), World of Pub (2001), Coupling (2001), Rescue Me (2002), Celeb (2002), Wild West (2002-04), A Good Year (2006), Bonkers (2007), Incendiary (2008), Love and Marriage (2013), The Nightmare Worlds of H G Wells (2016), I Want My Wife Back (2016) and Marley's Ghosts (2016). He also regularly played PC Mark Mylow in Doc Martin (2004-06).
Stewart once landed a place in the England Rugby Under-18s reserve team, but left through injury. Here he is on Twitter.
Solomon Israel (Richard)
Solomon debuted in the 2006 short Growing, then Diary of a Tired Black Man (2008), Brothers With No Game (2013-14), Holby City (2014), Josh (2015) and I Live with Models (2017).
Here he is on Twitter.
Rosie Jane (Bill's mum)
Rosie also appeared uncredited in a photograph of Bill's mum in the episodes The Pilot, Knock Knock and Oxygen (all 2017). Here's her Twitter feed.
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.
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.
Wayne Yip (director)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Class: The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did (2016), Class: Detained (2016), The Lie of the Land (2017), Empress of Mars (2017)
Wayne (sometimes credited as Wayne Che Yip) did his first work as a director on the 2008 short Samantha, followed by Coming Up (2010), Secret Diary of a Call Girl (2011), Utopia (2013), Misfits (2011-13), Tatau (2015), Salem (2016) and Imposters (2017). Wayne has also worked as a producer and writer on various film shorts.
Wayne has also co-directed a number of music videos, including Groove Armada's Drop the Tough (2009).
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), 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)
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).
In 2009 Nikki changed her screen name from Nikki Smith to Nikki Wilson.