Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Empress of Mars

The Empress of Mars!
One episode (Empress of Mars)
First broadcast: June 10 2017
Average audience for story: 5.02m

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 (2013-16)
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, Series 10 (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 (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.

Adele Lynch (Iraxxa)
Career highlights
Adele's screen work includes It Can Be Done (1998), The Bill (1999/2000), Fuel for the Dream (1999), Brixton Shores (1999), Dark Knight (2001) and Monsters (2002). She also appeared in the music video for McFly's Please, Please (2006).
Facts
The Blue Room, a stage play by David Hare, caused a stir in 2003 as it featured the actors in the nude, one of whom was Adele. The people of Dorchester were apparently outraged when the play visited Dorchester Arts Centre.

Ferdinand Kingsley (Catchlove) Born 1988
Career highlights
Debuted in The Last Legion (2007), then The Hollow Crown (2012), Ripper Street (2013), The Whale (2013), Borgia (2014), Dracula Untold (2014), Victoria (2016) and Still Star-Crossed (2017).
Facts
Ferdinand is the son of actor Sir Ben Kingsley and theatre director Alison Sutcliffe, while his brother is actor Edmund Kingsley. He can also be seen in the 2012 music video for The Crookes' Dance in Colour. Ferdy also occasionally works as a music producer under the name FK. Here he is on Twitter.

Richard Ashton (Friday) Born Oct 2 1965
Career highlights
6ft 7in Richard made his screen acting debut in Keeping Up Appearances (1990), followed by roles in Don't Tell Father (1992), Bunch of Five (1992), Monster Cafe (1994), Space Precinct (1994), The Fifth Element (1997), Dark Ages (1999), Starforce (2000), Calendar Girls (2003), Genie in the House (2009), Dracula: The Dark Prince (2013), Vikings (2014), Outlander (2015), The Saint (2016), Bitter Harvest (2017) and The Last Laugh (2017). He also played Little John in The New Adventures of Robin Hood (1997-99).

Anthony Calf (Godsacre) Born May 4 1959
Doctor Who credits
Played: Charles in The Visitation (1982)
Played: Godsacre in Empress of Mars (2017)
Career highlights
Doctor Who was Anthony's big break, after which he appeared in Beau Geste (1982), To Catch a King (1984), Drummonds (1985-87), The Monocled Mutineer (1986), Fortunes of War (1987), My Family and Other Animals (1987), Great Expectations (1991), Diana: Her True Story (1993), The Madness of King George (1994), Pride and Prejudice (1995), My Night with Reg (1997, Celeb (2002), Judge John Deed (2003), The Murder Room (2005), The Good Samaritan (2007), Dalziel and Pascoe (2007), Material Girl (2010), Call the Midwife (2013), Dracula (2013), Noel Coward's Private Lives (2014), Home Fires (2015-16) and Power Monkeys (2016). More recently he will be known as playing Michael Beauchamp in Holby City (2005-06) and Robert Strickland in New Tricks (2005-15).
Facts
He is married to actress Caroline Harker, whose sister is actress Susannah Harker (former wife of actor Iain Glen, who was in The Time of Angels/ Flesh and Stone (2010), and now partner of Eighth Doctor Paul McGann).
In 2015 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Anthony here.

Bayo Gbadamosi (Vincey)
Career highlights
Bayo has also appeared in The Swarm (2011) and Casualty (2017).
Facts
Bayo studied law at university and then took a Masters in business before becoming an actor. Here's his Twitter feed.

Ian Beattie (Jackdaw) Born Mar 3 1965
Career highlights
After debuting in The Hanging Gale (1995), Ian went on to work on Space Truckers (1996), Alexander (2004), Closing the Ring (2007), The Tudors (2009), Mo (2010), Keith Lemon: The Film (2012), A Belfast Story (2013), Line of Duty (2014), Blandings (2014), Farr (2015), Vikings (2015), Barbarians Rising (2016), The Journey (2016), Prime Suspect 1973 (2017) and Papillon (2017). He also regularly played Meryn Trant in Game of Thrones (2011-15).
Facts
When he was a child, Ian toured Northern Ireland in a circus with his father. Here's his Twitter feed.

Glenn Speers (Sergeant Major Peach) Born 1967
Career highlights
Glenn debuted in School Without Walls (2008), then Perrier's Bounty (2009), Fedz (2013), Ripper Street (2013), Orthodox (2015), The Few (2016) and Stan Lee's Lucky Man (2017).
Facts
Glenn only started acting when he was 40 years old, before which he was an aircraft engineer in the Royal Navy. He was also in a rock band called The Rhino's Horn.

Lesley Ewen (Coolidge)
Career highlights
Lesley debuted in Fire with Fire (1986), then Danger Bay (1986), Backfire (1988), Mom P.I (1990), Bird on a Wire (1990), Look Who's Talking Too (1990), The Crush (1993), Magic in the Water (1995), Sliders (1996), The X Files (1993/94/95/97), The Net (1998), Viper (1999), The Sentinel (1996-99), Millennium (1999), The Outer Limits (1995/99), So Weird (2000), The Twilight Zone (2002), Stargate SG-1 (2006), The L Word (2007), V (2011), Arrow (2012) and Eve of Destruction (2013).
Facts
More recently, Lesley has concentrated on her career in live art, as well voice coaching, acting tutorship, photography, directing and video installations.

Ian Hughes (Knibbs)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Finch in Torchwood: Miracle Day - The Gathering (2011)
Played: Knibbs in Empress of Mars (2017)
Career highlights
Ian debuted in Robin Hood (2009), then Doctors (2011), Stella (2014) and Ransom (2017).
Facts
Ian is also a communication coach and keynote speaker. He was the first recipient of the Royal National Theatre/ Ian Charleson Award, presented to him by Alec Guinness. Here he is on Twitter.

Ysanne Churchman (Voice of Alpha Centauri) Born May 14 1925
Doctor Who credits
Played: Alpha Centauri (voice) in The Curse of Peladon (1972), The Monster of Peladon (1974), Empress of Mars (2017)
Played: Spider voice in Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Career highlights
Ysanne made her debut aged 13 in Gallows Glorious (1938), followed by roles in Craven House (1950), Murder in the Cathedral (1951), The Railway Children (1951 & 1957), Sara and Hoppity (1962), Space Patrol (1964), Swizzlewick (1964), Rainbow City (1967), Z Cars (1968), Sadie, It's Cold Outside (1975), Madame Bovary (1975), Beasts (1976), 1990 (1978), Artemis 81 (1981), Ghost in the Water (1982), Alice in Wonderland (1986), Starlings (1988), Lipstick on Your Collar (1993) and Oliver Twist (1999). She is a prolific voice artiste best known for playing Grace Archer in radio soap The Archers (1952-55), as well as being the voice for Children's Hour on BBC Radio.

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)
Career highlights
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).
Facts
Michelle has been married to fellow actor Jack Davenport since 2000.

CREW

Mark Gatiss (writer) Born Oct 17 1966
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Unquiet Dead (2005), The Idiot's Lantern (2006), Victory of the Daleks (2010), Night Terrors (2011), Cold War (2013), The Crimson Horror (2013), Robot of Sherwood (2014), Sleep No More (2015), Empress of Mars (2017)
Played: Professor Lazarus in The Lazarus Experiment (2007)
Played: Voice of Danny Boy in Victory of the Daleks (2010, uncredited)
Played: Gantok in The Wedding of River Song (2011, as Rondo Haxton)
Career highlights
The frighteningly prolific and multi-talented Mark began his acting career in Harry (1993), after which he appeared in The Dwelling Place (1994), In the Red (1998), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (2000), Barbara (2000), Spaced (2001), Dr Terrible's House of Horrible (2001), Bright Young Things (2003), Sex Lives of the Potato Men (2004), Agatha Christie's Marple (2004), The Quatermass Experiment (2005), Funland (2005), Starter for 10 (2006), Fear of Fanny (2006), Jekyll (2007), Consenting Adults (2007), Sense and Sensibility (2008), Clone (2008), Crooked House (2008), Psychoville (2009), The First Men in the Moon (2010), The Crimson Petal and the White (2011), Being Human (2012), Horrible Histories (2012), Psychobitches (2013), Mapp & Lucia (2014), Wolf Hall (2015), Games of Thrones (2014-15) and Dad's Army (2016). He also regularly plays Mycroft Holmes in Sherlock (2010-15) and had a recurring role as Glenn Bulb in Nighty Night (2004-05), but will forever be known as a member of the League of Gentlemen comedy team, who had three series between 1999-2002 as well as the film The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse (2005).
Mark is also a prolific writer, having written various Doctor Who novels and audio adventures since the 1990s, as well as spin-off video productions such as The Zero Imperative (1994) and Unnatural Selection (1996). For the screen he has written Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (2001), The League of Gentlemen (1999-2002), The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse (2005), Nighty Night (2004-05), Crooked House (2008), A History of Horror (2010), Agatha Christie's Poirot (2008/10/13), An Adventure in Space and Time (2013), The Tractate Middoth (2013) and Sherlock (2010-16). He has also been producer on a number of these productions, and also directed The Tractate Middoth. Mark acted as script editor on the sketch series Little Britain (2003).
Awards
1997: Perrier Award at Edinburgh Fringe Festival (as The League of Gentlemen)
2000: BAFTA TV Award for Best Comedy Programme or Series (The League of Gentlemen)
2011: BAFTA TV Award for Best Drama Series (Sherlock)
Facts
Mark is married to the actor Ian Hallard, who appeared in his Doctor Who story Robot of Sherwood (2014). Along with his fellow League of Gentlemen Mark won the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Perrier Award in 1997. In 1999 Mark played a new incarnation of the Doctor in the sketch The Web of Caves, filmed for Doctor Who Night on BBC2 (this can be seen either here, or on the Doctor Who: The Beginning DVD collection - you may recognise the alien in it too!). He has also used the pseudonym Sam Kisgart when writing for Doctor Who Magazine, and when playing the Master in the Big Finish audio Sympathy for the Devil (2003) and for his cameo in Psychoville (it's an anagram of his name). Mark has also published a trilogy of books featuring the detective Lucifer Box - The Vesuvius Club (2004), The Devil in Amber (2006) and Black Butterfly (2008). Mark is on Twitter.

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)
Career highlights
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.
Facts
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)
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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