It is the last two episodes of Doctor Who Series 10 so we have a two more cast and crew to post. Here’s the second to last.
Before director Rachel Talalay found herself working on Doctor Who, she studied Applied Mathematics at Yale University and then worked as a computer engineer at Johns Hopkins University. There, she met director John Waters and became production assistant on his film Polyester.
During this time, Rachel met the head of New Line Cinema, Robert Shaye, which led her to direct the Nightmare on Elm Street films. Moving onto TV, she has worked on a variety of projects from Wind in the Willows to American horror series Supernatural.
In 2014, Rachel directed the series eight finale episodes, Dark Water and Death in Heaven. She has retrospectively returned for every series since, having directed the series nine finale, Heaven Sent and Hell Bent and series ten’s World Enough and Time and The Doctor Falls. (If you’ve visited the Doctor Who Experience recently, you might have noticed Rachel’s wooden desk that sits outside the TARDIS set which has a little doodle on it warning people not touch it or else they will be exterminated! The doodle is rather cute but the intent is menacing. Just don’t touch it, seriously, don’t!).
Sherlock Fans may be pleased to know that she directed the opening episode of season four’s Sherlock and worked on the American superhero series, Supergirl, directing episode three of the second season. Writer Steven Moffat recently confirmed that Rachel will be directing this year’s Christmas Special. Blimey, that’s a whole bucket load of geek frenzy!
World Enough and Time will be writer Steven Moffat’s forty-seventh episode of Doctor Who that he’s written since 2005! That’s an astonishing achievement, wouldn’t you say? He has been a fan since childhood and he adored the Fifth Doctor, played by Peter Davison.
He executive produced six series, wrote the 50th Anniversary, The Day of the Doctor and the regeneration of the War, Eleventh and (soon to be) Twelfth Doctor. Sometimes, we forget how much Steven Moffat has shaped and developed the show’s mythology.
Steven and Mark Gatiss brought us the acclaimed BBC Sherlock series back in 2007 and he has written nine episodes of the show since then. How on Earth does he do it? Maybe he teleports into space and has his brain expanded by a band of aliens? Or he could just drink a lot of coffee…
Guest star Oliver Langsley who played Jogi started his career as a writer and was awarded the 4Talent’s Multi-Talented Award and Broadcast Hotshot back in 2008. In 2001, he started theatre company Les Enfants Terrible which toured around Britain and abroad.
In 2012, Oliver took on his biggest role as late comedian Kenny Everett in Best Possible Taste. I wonder if the Doctor is a fan of comedians? He could be a contender himself, imagine the possibilities!
Paul Brightwell as the Surgeon has appeared in the films Titanic (1997), Sliding Doors (1998) and Sleepy Hollow (1998). It’s a shame he didn’t bump into the Doctor when he was in Titanic. Yes, I know fictional universes don’t usually crossover but sometimes they do. Let me dream, please?
Alison Lintott portrays the Nurse in this week’s episode. Doctor Who isn’t the only fandom show she’s been on. Alison had a chance to be in Marvel’s universe as the sad woman with horns in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy. She’s also guest starred in number of the UK long running series including Casualty, Holby City, The Bill and another Steven Moffat series, Sherlock.
John Simm began his studying acting at the Blackpool Drama College and the Drama Centre in London. He is known for his roles in Life on Mars (2006-07) and Mad Dogs (2011-13). But his Doctor Who journey started back in 2007 when he took over the role of The Master from Derek Jacobi. His incarnation came up against David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor as he caused chaos on Earth, immobilising the Doctor into an ancient version of himself and torturing Martha Jones’ family.
Now, he faces a future version of himself. Lord knows how that confrontation will go. I’d imagine it will start with a few compliments, followed by some bouncy banter and finally end with them both fighting the urge to kill or dance with one another. Who knows? I’d quite like to see them enjoying some relaxing afternoon tea and a dash of ‘Which version does the Doctor prefer’?
And of course, Michelle Gomez is back again as Missy. The multitalent actress and comedienne has bound into our hearts with her deliciously delightfuly portray of The Mistress a.k.a. Missy – The Master. There isn’t enought space to add all of Michelle’s accomplishments so we thought we’d tag on another fan mash-up with Dr. Twelfth as read by Michelle.