Biographies

Murray Gold

Composer

Murray Gold Credit: Phil Watkins

Murray Gold was born in Portsmouth in 1969. He has composed music for some of the most iconic television programmes of the past fifteen years including Shameless, Queer as Folk, Musketeers, David Attenborough's Life Story, Torchwood, Clocking Off, Scott and Bailey, Last Tango in Halifax, Casanova and Cucumber. He has worked for the UK's National Theatre, Israel's Tmu Nah theatre, Ballet Lorent with poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and on numerous other shows for stage and screen. He has five BAFTA nominations and five Royal Television Society nominations.

His music for Doctor Who Series Seven was voted best television music both at the Córdoba International Film Music Festival 2014 and by the International Film Music Critics' Association.

Ben Foster

Orchestrator and Conductor, ANZ and UK Tours 2015

Ben Foster

Ben Foster was born in Liverpool and studied composition and conducting with Steve Martland before attending the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he was awarded the Lutosławski Prize for composition upon graduation. He is also a graduate of the National Film & Television School.

Ben has orchestrated and conducted Murray Gold's music for Doctor Who since 2005, comprising 83 episodes to date, concerts at the BBC Proms, Doctor Who Live and the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular. Other orchestration and conducting credits include Robin Hood, Letters to Juliet, The Grey, and blockbuster Prometheus. He has recently been working with producer Giles Martin on forthcoming releases for Sir Paul McCartney.

As a conductor , he works regularly with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra. Last year he recorded some of David Arnold's music for the London 2012 Closing Ceremony with the London Symphony Orchestra. Ben has been nominated for 3 BAFTA Cymru awards for his TV composition and in 2008 was proud to be selected as Chairman of the judging panel for BBC Young Musician. In 2013 he shared the BAFTA for Best Entertainment Craft Team with his brother Nick Foster for their work on Derren Brown's Apocalypse for Channel 4.

As a composer he is best known for his music for the first three seasons of the BBC show Torchwood. He has also written music for a variety of programmes, including Scott & Bailey, Hidden Kingdoms, and Happy Valley, plus themes for Question Time, BBC Young Musician and Cardiff Singer of the World. In 2014 he will once again team up with Nick Foster to compose the music for the ITV relaunch of Thunderbirds.

Peter Davison

Host, ANZ and UK Tours 2015

Peter Davison

Peter is best remembered for playing the fifth incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who, between 1981 and 1984 - a role he has reprised opposite David Tennant in 2007 for Children In Need special Time Crash, and for numerous Big Finish audio adventures.

Other TV credits include Tristran Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small, two series of A Very Peculiar Practice, Sink or Swim, At Home with the Braithwaites and CPS Director Henry Sharpe in Law & Order: UK.

On stage, Peter spent three years on the West End, playing Professor Callaghan in Legally Blonde: The Musical, and prior to that, two years as King Arthur in Spamalot. Most recently, he performed in David Hare's Iraq war drama The Vertical Hour.

Peter also wrote, directed and co-starred in Doctor Who 50th anniversary comedy spoof The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot - where Davison and fellow former Doctors Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy, attempted to get themselves into the anniversary special.