Guests

Guests
Paul Cornell

Paul CornellMulti-award winning writer Paul needs very little introduction. He first came to many people’s attention through writing fan fiction in the 1980s, progressing to become a professional writer as one of the first authors of the Virgin New Adventure books, creating the enduringly popular Bernice Summerfield.

He then went on to write for the BBC Books Doctor Who range and for Big Finish and to create the online return of Doctor Who with The Scream of Shalka, a venture that was cut short by the return of Doctor Who to television in 2005. Paul was invited by Russell T. Davies to join the writing team for Series One, contributing the wonderful Father’s Day. For Series Three, he adapted one of his most successful New Adventures into the brilliant two-parter Human Nature / The Family of Blood.

Sadly that was the last we have seen of Paul as a writer of television Doctor Who, but he has continued to write for the series in comics and this year achieved an ambition by becoming a Target Novels writer, adapting Steven Moffat’s Twice Upon a Time for the revival of the range.

Paul has written episodes of Elementary, Primeval, Robin Hood, and many other TV series and has worked for every major comics publisher, including his creator-owned series Saucer State for IDW; This Damned Band for Dark Horse; Batman and Robin for DC Comics; and Wolverine and Young Avengers for Marvel Comics.

Paul’s successful series of Shadow Police novels – London Falling, The Severed Streets and Who Killed Sherlock Holmes and his ongoing Witches of Lychford series (both published by Tor) are very much recommended and his acclaimed thriller Chalk was published in 2017.

Mark Benton

Mark BentonMark Benton is best known to Doctor Who fans as one of the first guest stars to appear, when the show returned to our screens in 2005 – playing conspiracy theorist Clive Finch in the episode, Rose.

Mark had earlier worked with Russell T. Davies and Christopher Eccleston, when he played the Devil in Davies’ s The Second Coming.

He has enjoyed a long and varied career since making his TV debut on Desmond’s and then Boon in 1992 going on to become one of the most recognised faces on British TV as well as one of our most versatile actors, with appearances in programmes such as Randall and Hopkirk: Deceased, Dr. Terrible’s House of Horrible, Swiss Tony, Barbara, Clocking Off, Murphy’s Law, Early Doors, Twisted Tales, Northern Lights, The Street, Waterloo Road and many more, including a memorable turn in Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimore’s brilliant but sadly short-lived Catterick.

In September 2013, Mark was one of the contestants in the eleventh series of Strictly Come Dancing, surviving until week 10.

He has had a notable recent success as Frank Hathaway, alongside Jo (Lynda with a Y) Joyner in the delightful BBC daytime detective series Shakespeare and Hathaway.

Michelle Ryan

Michelle Ryan Michelle is a Londoner, whose first television role was “Dolores” in the children’s program, The Worst Witch (2000).

She then went on to play the role that made her famous, that of “Zoe Slater” in EastEnders (2000-2005). Highlights of her time in the soap included a two hander episode in which her character, shared the screen with her mother, “Kat”, drawing in 19 million viewers and winning “Best Single Episode” at the British Soap Awards (2002).

Since leaving Eastenders, she has appeared in a number of movies, beginning with Sean Ellis’ Cashback (2004) and including Flick (2008). alongside Faye Dunaway; I Want Candy (2007); Noel Clarke’s 4.3.2.1. (2010); Girl Walks Into a Bar (2011); The Man Inside; and Cockneys vs Zombies (2012).

Michelle has appeared in a number of UK television series, including Steven Moffat’s Jekyll (2007), and Mansfield Park (2007) opposite Billie Piper, before being cast as “Jaime Sommers” in the title role for NBC’s 2007 remake of Bionic Woman. Other TV roles have included “Nimueh” in Merlin (2008); and in Mister Eleven (2009) with Olivia Colman.

Of course, Michelle is best known to us for her role as “Lady Christina de Souza” in the first of the 2009 Doctor Who specials Planet of the Dead, a part to which she has returned recently for Big Finish Productions.

Adjoa Andoh

Adjoa AndohAdjoa Andoh is an actress with a long and successful career on film, television, stage and radio. She has played lead roles at the RSC, the National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre and the Almeida Theatre.

Adjoa is a familiar face on television, notably of course in Doctor Who as Sister Jatt in New Earth, but more significantly as Martha Jones’s mother Francine.

She has had long stints in Casualty and EastEnders and has also appeared in Jonathan Creek; the 1995 Tomorrow People story “The Rameses Connection” (the one with Christopher Lee); Noel Clarke’s films Adulthood and Brotherhood, MI High and many other high-profile films and shows.

Adjoa made her Hollywood debut in 2009 starring as Nelson Mandela’s Chief of Staff Brenda Mazibuko alongside Morgan Freeman as Mandela in Clint Eastwood’s Invictus.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming Adjoa to Derby QUAD and thank Matthew Campbell of M&M Famous Faces for helping to make this happen.

David Warner

David WarnerDavid Warner is one of the preeminent British actors on both stage and screen of the last fifty years. In the 1960s, his Hamlet was considered to be the defining one of his generation and he remains a classical actor of great renown. He is no stranger to science fiction and has a worldwide following for his many appearances in the Star Trek TV and feature-film franchise.

David has enjoyed a film career second to none on both sides of the Atlantic. He is known for such films as Morgan – A Suitable Case for Treatment, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tom Jones, The Ballad of Cable Hogue, Cross of Iron, The Omen, Holocaust, The 39 Steps, Time After Time, Portrait in Evil, Time Bandits, Tron, Titanic, and various characters in the Star Trek franchise including Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and Star Trek: The Next Generation. In 1981, he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special for his portrayal of Pomponius Falco in the television miniseries Masada.

It’s probably true to say that he was too busy off being a major film star to have crossed paths with Doctor Who during the classic series; and so it was not until 2013 that he made his Doctor Who TV début as the Duran Duran loving Russian Professor Grisenko in the Eleventh Doctor story Cold War.

David has played many, many roles for Big Finish both in Doctor Who stories and in their other series. Most prominently he has played an alternative universe version of the Doctor in two Doctor Who Unbound releases and in the New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield.

We look forward immensely to welcoming David to Derby QUAD and Whooverville.