|The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Bill|
(Pearl Mackie) at the 1814 frost fair
First broadcast; Apr 29 2017
Average audience for story: 5.61m
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.
Peter Singh (The Pie-Man) Born 1979
Peter made his debut in The Syndicate in 2012, followed by parts in Count Arthur Strong (2013), Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013), Hollyoaks Later (2013), Gigglebiz (2013-15), Hamlet (2015), Capital (2015), Stan Lee's Lucky Man (2016) and Catastrophe (2017). He also played Dr Inman in In the Club (2014-16) and Matthew Singh in Coronation Street (2015-16).
Peter was cleared of sexual assault in September 2016 after being accused by a female police officer of groping her bottom. As well as being an actor, Peter is also a landlord of HMO properties in Ealing, London.
Nicholas Burns (Lord Sutcliffe) Born 1977
Debuted in Surrealisimo: The scandalous Success of Salvador Dali (2002), followed by roles in The Bill (2002), The House That Jack Built (2002), Cambridge Spies (2003), A Touch of Frost (2004), Swiss Toni (2004), The Mighty Boosh (2005), Fear of Fanny (2006), Born Equal (2006), Man Stroke Woman (2005-07), Roman's Empire (2007), The IT Crowd (2007), No Heroics (2008-09), Misfits (2009), The Sinking of the Laconia (2011), Psychoville (2011), The World's End (2013), The Tractate Middoth (2013), The Crimson Field (2014), The Lady in the Van (2015), Houdini and Doyle (2016), A Midsummer Night's Dream (2016) and Ghost stories (2017). Nicholas may also be familiar from several longer-running roles, including Nick Mayer in Absolute Power (2003-05), the title character in Nathan Barley (2005), Martin Weedon in Benidorm (2007-14), Michael in Marley's Ghosts (2015-16) and Ben in Uncle (2014-17).
In 2014, Nicholas's wife Louise publicly shamed hotel Claridge's after she was asked to cover herself with a napkin as she breast-fed her 12-week-old baby daughter. Here's Nicholas on Twitter.
Tomi May (Dowell)
Debuted in The Journey (2009), followed by Doctors (2011), White Heat (2012), Line of Duty (2012), Jo (2013), The Job Lot (2013), Toast of London (2013), Sherlock (2014), Hollyoaks (2014), The Interceptor (2015), The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (2016), Coronation Street (2016), Moving On (2016) and EastEnders (2017).
His real name is Tom Stojanovic, and he's of Serbian-English parentage. He began acting in 2007 after 20 years of working as a dance DJ. You can also spot him in a 2011 TV advert for Newcastle Brown Ale. Here's Tomi on Twitter.
Austin Taylor (Spider)
No information available.
Asiatu Koroma (Kitty)
Asiatu's only other screen work to date is Hollyoaks (2015).
Ellie Shenker (Dot)
Ellie's only other work is Brimstone (2016).
Badger Skelton (Perry)
Badger debuted in Leading the Blind (2012), followed by Home Sweet Home (2013), The Secret Agent (2016) and This Country (2017).
Kishaina Thiruselvan (Harriet) Born 2006
This is Kishaina's screen debut.
Simon Ludders (Overseer) Born 1968
Doctor Who credits
Played: Patient in New Earth (2006)
Played: Overseer in Thin Ice (2017)
Simon made his screen debut doing the voice of Roderigo in Shakespeare: The Animated Tales (1994), followed by roles in Every Cloud (1996), Harpur and Iles (1997), Care (2000), The Story of Tracy Beaker (2002), The Basil Brush Show (2002), I'm Alan Partridge (2002), Calendar Girls (2003), Green Wing (2006), Wire in the Blood (2008), The Green Green Grass (2009), Baker Boys (2011), Becoming Human (2011), Broadchurch (2013), Doctors (2014), Stella (2016) and The Dumping Ground (2017). Simon also played Sid the Source in 13 episodes of Scoop (2009), had various roles in Gigglebiz (2009-11) and played Renfield in 66 episodes of Young Dracula (2006-14). He's also a prolific scriptwriter, having worked on Lucky Bag (1999), TV to Go (2001), The Armstrong and Miller Show (2009-10), Gigglebiz (2011), Tati's Hotel (2011) and Stella (2013-16).
Here's Simon on Twitter.
Sarah Dollard (writer) Born Jan 21 1980
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: Face the Raven (2015), Thin Ice (2017)
Australian Sarah started her TV career as a script editor on Australian soap Neighbours (2005-08), and fulfilled similar script doctoring duties on The Saddle Club (2008), Merlin (2009), Primeval (2011) and Stella (2012). Her script writing work began with by writing episodes of Neighbours in 2007 through until 2013, as well as writing a series of Primeval webisodes in 2010, Being Human (2013), The Game (2014), Cara Fi (2014, which she also created and produced), You, Me and the Apocalypse (2015) and The Halcyon (2017).
Here's Sarah on Twitter.
Bill Anderson (director)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Thin Ice (2017), Knock Knock (2017)
Bill's directing work began with King of Jazz (1991), then Creatures of Light (1992), Guardians (1996), Melissa (1997), Silent Witness (1998), The Lakes (1999), Fields of Gold (2002), Spooks (2004), Lewis (2006-10), Taggart (2010), DCI Banks (2011), The Mill (2014) and Mr Selfridge (2016).
Bill joint-won the Edinburgh International Film Festival's Chaplin Award in 1992 for Best First Feature for Creatures of Light.
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)
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.
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.