Who are we welcoming in 2018? Read on…
A versatile character actor, Fisher-Becker’s work has covered a wide spectrum, from Shakespeare to pantomime, film, television, radio and theatre. He is best known for his appearance in movies such as Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone and Les Misérables, a starring role in the TV series Puppy Love, and as Dorium Maldovar during the Eleventh Doctor’s run in Doctor Who.
You can follow Simon on Twitter at @fisherbecker.
Jason Haigh-Ellery founded Big Finish Productions in 1998 and the company has grown to be the largest independent producer of Audio Drama in the world, working regularly with media corporations such as the BBC, MGM and ABC on Doctor Who, Torchwood, Stargate, Judge Dredd, and on original series such as Graceless and The Confessions of Dorian Grey. In 2013, Big Finish won the BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Drama for Doctor Who.
In 2011, Jason also founded the animation house Planet 55 Studios in Sydney, Australia, working first with the BBC on two animated versions of Doctor Who and now producing the original 26 part drama Prisoner Zero for ABC.
For television, Big Finish Entertainment has produced two reality shows – Nadia Goes to Hollywood and Nadia: Chasing the Dream for TV3 and been involved with reality shows Strictly Dance Fever (BBC) and Fame – the Musical (RTE). Jason is presently developing a new teen television drama for an Australian broadcaster.
Theatre (tour): Henry V, As You Like It, Days of Hope, Tomorrow Morning, Spring Awakening, By Jeeves, Snoopy the Musical, Love Shack, High Society, Fly me to the Moon, Debbie Does Dallas – the Musical, Teenage Kicks, The Steamie, Guess How much I love You?, The Wedding Singer, West End Men, Fame – the Musical (Eire), Yes Prime Minister, The Ladykillers, Never Forget and Footloose – the Musical.
Theatre (West End): Life Coach, Wolfboy, Footloose – the Musical, Shout!, A Christmas Carol, Third Floor, Shoshana Bean at the Ambassadors Theatre, Idina Menzel at the Royal Albert Hall, The Whatsonstage Theatregoer Awards (since 2007), Never Forget –The Take That Musical, West End Men, Yes Prime Minister (Theatregoer Award – Best New Comedy), The Ladykillers (4 Olivier nominations) and the sell-out West End debut of Nicholas Hoult in New Boy.
Theatre (USA): Cinderella, Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty and her White Night, Sleeping Beauty, A Snow White Christmas and Peter Pan and Tinkerbell in Los Angeles with Lythgoe Family Productions each Christmas.
More Info: bigfinish.com
Rosie Jane played companion Bill Potts’ mother in the tenth series of Doctor Who. Before this, she made her Doctor Who debut as a member of the High Council in 2013’s 50th Anniversary special The Day of the Doctor.
We are welcoming Rosie to Chicago TARDIS for the first time.
Christopher Jones is a comic book artist who drew the recent Third Doctor mini-series for Titan Comics; written by Paul Cornell.
He is best known for his work on Young Justice and The Batman Strikes for DC Comics. His other DC Comics work includes Batman ’66, Justice League Adventures, Batman & Robin, Day of Judgment, and the cult series Young Heroes in Love. Christopher‘s work for Marvel Comics includes Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Marvel Superhero Squad. His other comics include the graphic novels Also Known As (written by Tony Lee), Kolchak: Fever Pitch, the SF series Parallel Man, Gargoyles: Bad Guys, and the comic book adaptation of the cult horror favorite Re-Animator. He is also the co-creator of Dr. Blink Superhero Shrink with writer/cartoonist John Kovalic.
His upcoming work includes another Doctor Who project for Titan Comics, which will soon be announced.
You can follow Christopher on Twitter at @ChrisJonesArt.
Peal Mackie grew up in Brixton in south London. She earned a degree in Drama from the University of Bristol. She speaks three languages: English, French and Spanish. During her studies she went to workshops and took part in many extra-curricular plays.
Alongside Martin Freeman, Maxine Peake, Morwenna Banks and Matt Berry, Mackie appeared as a front of house girl in the 2013 music comedy Svengali. In 2014, Mackie played Anne-Marie Frasier in Doctors and the young computer genius Mia in Crystal Springs at the Park Theatre in London.[ She has also been seen in the political satire Obama-ology at the Finborough Theatre, the National Theatre’s West End production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, and the short film Date Aid by Bond. Pearl has worked as an acting tutor for Troupers, a company that teaches theatre skills to children and young people.
Pearl was brought to our screens in 2017 as Bill Potts, companion to the Twelfth Doctor. She blew audiences away with her portrayal of Bill, who brought never before seen queer representation to Doctor Who. She is the last companion to the Doctor who has appeared on screen to date, with her last appearance being the 2017 Christmas Special, Twice Upon A Time.
Ian McNeice’s television breakthrough was as Harcourt in the award-winning series Edge of Darkness. He has also played the alcoholic sous chef Gustave LaRoche on the television series Chef!, the evil Baron Vladimir Harkonnen in Frank Herbert’s Dune and, later, Children of Dune, Burt Large in all seven series of Doc Martin, and the Newsreader in the HBO/BBC production Rome.
McNeice has also appeared in a number of films throughout the past few decades, including 84 Charing Cross Road, Day of the Dead, No Escape, From Hell and The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Around the World in 80 Days, White Noise, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
He made his Doctor Who debut when he guest-starred as villain Zeus in the Big Finish BBC Digital Radio 7 drama Immortal Beloved. Later McNeice would become well known in the Who universe for portraying Winston Churchill in the TV series from 2010 – 2011. However, this wasn’t the first or last time he would play Churchill. He had previously played Churchill in the 2008 premiere production of the Howard Brenton play Never So Good, and later played him again in the 2012 stage version of The King’s Speech.
You can follow Ian on Twitter at @ianmcneice1950.
Ross Mullan began his performing career working mostly in mask and physical theatre companies. He has worked in theatre for National and International tours of shows such as East of Eden, David Copperfield, Christmas Carol and Sherlock Holmes. Ross also played Orsino, in Bath Theatre Royals production of Twelfth Night, the title role of the Selfish Giant for Leicester Haymarket Theatre, and brought the critically acclaimed play Thick from the Edinburgh festival to New York City with sold out performances.
Ross is also an established puppeteer and voice over artist having trained with Jim Hensons company many years ago. He is the voice and spirit behind Nev the Bear on CBBC’s Bear Behaving Badly. He is The White Walker on HBO’s Game of Thrones, The Silence and The Teller on Doctor Who, and in Clash of the Titans he plays Pemphredo one of the three blind Stygian witches. More recently, he had a role in the most recent installment of the cult science fiction made-for-TV series Sharknado.
Originally from Montreal, Canada, Ross has been residing in the UK for more than 20 years.
You can follow Ross on Twitter at @rossmullan.
Kelly Yates is principally a penciller and inker who was used heavily during the Tenth Doctor‘s run at IDW Publishing. He provided pencils for issues
4 and 6 of The Forgotten and inked the last issue as well. He drew and inked Ground Control and pencilled Autopia, for which he also co-created the cover. However, the “purest” example of his cover skills can be found on the 2010 IDW annual, for which he was solely responsible.
He currently does work on Doctor Who comics through Titan Publishing. He also currently publishes his creator-owned projects, MonstHer and Amber Atoms.
More Info: kellyyatesart.com