Blogtor Who takes a look at Brett Goldstein, one of the guest stars in this week’s episode of Doctor Who: The Tsuranga Conundrum.

Brett Goldstein is a writer, actor, comic and film buff who graduated in Film Studies at the University of Warwick. He then honed his acting skills at the American Academy of Dramatic Art. Since then he has embarked on a career which has already seen him collaborate with a former companion and the current Doctor. Read on to check out just some of the highlights of his career so far…

Big Screen Goldstein

Like fellow guest star Lois ChimimbaThe Tsuranga Conundrum is not the first time that Goldstein has appeared alongside Jodie Whittaker onscreen. In 2016 the two starred together in the indie film Adult Life Skills. The comedy tells the story of Anna (Whittaker), a woman on the cusp of 30, whose life stalls after the death of her twin brother. Goldstein appears in the film as Brendan, a local estate agent who awkwardly attempts to chat Anna up. The role led to Goldstein winning Best Supporting Actor at the 2016 British Independent Film Awards.

The previous year, Goldstein took the lead in the feature-length British comedy SuperBob. Adapted from the 2009 short of the same name, SuperBob saw Goldstein play Peckham postman Robert Kenner, who becomes the world’s first superhero after being struck by a meteorite. SuperBob was shown at festivals in London and San Diego before premiering in London in 2015, with fellow cast members including Doctor Who former companion Catherine Tate and guest star David Harewood (The End of Time).

Goldstein has also appeared in several film shorts including Bullet to the Heart, For Life and Tattooed. Full-length film projects include The Knot, Spaced Out and Howl. As well as appearing in films, Goldstein is also a self-avowed film enthusiast. He indulges his passion by hosting the Films To Be Buried With podcast, which launched during the summer. The show sees him interview his guests, usually fellow comics such as inaugural guest James Acaster, Katherine Ryan and Nish Kumar. With his guests they discuss what films have stood out to them throughout their life.

Goldstein On TV

Goldstein is probably most recognisable for his roles in several British sitcoms. In the BBC show Uncle, about an out-of-work musician (Nick Helm) who forms an unlikely bond when tasked with looking after his young nephew Errol (Elliot Speller-Gillott), Goldstein played the role of Casper. He was also seen in the Channel 4 Ricky Gervais vehicle Derek as Tom, who strikes up a romance with care home manager Hannah (Kerry Godliman).

Other sitcom roles for Goldstein include a policeman in an episode of Cuckoo, Scott – neighbour of Jessica Knappett’s Meg – in Drifters, and personal trainer Danny Jones in the Dave mockumentary Hoff The Record, following the efforts of a fictionalised David Hasselhoff to revive his UK career.

Goldstein has also made televised comedy appearances outside of sitcom, including an episode of The Catherine Tate Show – to which he has also contributed material – as well as two episodes of the Comedy Central series Drunk History UK.

Stand Up Shows

In addition to his work on screen, Goldstein is also a flourishing stand-up comic. Launching his career in live comedy in 2006, he was quickly invited to take part in new comedy showcase Comedy Reserve at The Pleasance, Edinburgh the following year.

Goldstein has since taken several solo shows to the Edinburgh Fringe and beyond, including Contains Scenes of an Adult Nature and Burning Man. This year he toured his latest show, What Is Love Baby Don’t Hurt Medescribed by The Scotsman as a ‘frank, thoughtful and, by turns, very funny personal tale’.

Goldstein’s stage talents don’t end there! He has been once again working with Catherine Tate, this time on the live version of her live sketch show, and also took to the stage last year for a completely different kind of performance; reenacting The Muppet Christmas Carol in six minutes in aid of Parkinson’s UK.

What’s Next?

This weekend is an exciting one for Goldstein; as well as his upcoming guest appearance in Doctor Who, he also debuted a live version of his film podcast! Films To Be Buried With LIVE launched at the BFI on London’s Southbank yesterday. Goldstein’s special guest for his first live stage show was Will Poulter, an actor who’s well-known for films such as The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader and We’re The Millers, the latter of which earned him the BAFTA Rising Star Award.

Goldstein‘s latest film is the British comedy-drama Wild Honey Pie. Starring Jemima Kirke (HBO’s Girls) as aspiring writer Gillian, Wild Honey Pie has been shown at festivals including the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival in the US.

Filming has also been completed on a new short, F*ck, reuniting Goldstein with fellow Uncle actor Esther Smith. The short has recently been selected for the Norwich Film Festival, and will air during their Friday Night’s Alright For Shorts evening on 16th November at The Forum.

The Tsuranga Conundrum

This week’s episode of Doctor Who sees Goldstein play Astos.We don’t know much about Astos just yet apart from that he is one of two medics – the other being Lois Chimimba‘s Mabli – at the facility the Doctor and her friends find themselves in. But how exactly is he involved in the TARDIS team’s latest adventure?

Doctor Who – Series 11 – Ep 5 – The Tsuranga Conundrum - Mabil (LOIS CHIMIMBA), Astos (BRETT GOLDSTEIN) - (c) BBC Studios
Doctor Who – Series 11 – Ep 5 – The Tsuranga Conundrum – Mabli (LOIS CHIMIMBA), Astos (BRETT GOLDSTEIN) – (c) BBC Studios

Doctor Who continues today at 7pm GMT on BBC One and at 8pm EST on BBC America with The Tsuranga Conundrum by Chris Chibnall. Series 11 stars Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), and Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair).

The Tsuranga Conundrum guest stars Brett Goldstein, Lois Chimimba, Suzanne Packer, and Ben Bailey-Smith, and is directed by Jennifer Perrott.

“RISK TO LIFE: ABSOLUTE.” Injured and stranded in the wilds of a far-flung galaxy, the Doctor, Yaz, Graham and Ryan must band together with a group of strangers to survive against one of the universe’s most deadly — and unusual — creatures.


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