Nicholas Briggs

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Nicholas Briggs
Nick Briggs Dalek Master.jpg
Briggs in 2008
Born (1961-09-29) 29 September 1961 (age 52)
London, England
Nationality British
Other names Nick Briggs, Arthur Wallis
Occupation Actor, voice actor, writer, director, sound designer, composer
Years active 1987–present
Website
www.nicholasbriggs.com/

Nicholas Briggs (born 29 September 1961 in London, England)[1] is a British actor and writer, predominantly associated with the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who and its various spin-offs, particularly as the voice of the Daleks and the Cybermen. Briggs sometimes uses the pseudonym Arthur Wallis.

Career[edit]

Doctor Who[edit]

Some of Briggs' earliest Doctor Who-related work was as host of The Myth Makers, a series of made-for-video documentaries produced in the 1980s and 1990s by Reeltime Pictures in which Briggs interviews many of the actors, writers and directors involved in the series. When Reeltime expanded into producing original dramas, Briggs wrote some stories and acted in others, beginning with War Time, the first unofficial Doctor Who spin-off, and Myth Runner, a parody of Blade Runner showcasing bloopers from the Myth Makers series built around a loose storyline featuring Briggs as a down on his luck private detective in the near future.

In the late 1980s, Briggs also provided the voice of a future incarnation of the Doctor for a series of unofficial audio dramas by Audio Visuals (a forerunner of Big Finish Productions). This version of the Doctor also appeared in "Party Animals", an instalment of the Doctor Who comic published in Doctor Who Magazine issue 173, cover date 15 May 1991. Briggs also provided the model for the face of the supposed "Ninth Doctor" for Doctor Who Magazine in the late 1990s, when the magazine's comic strip ran a storyline in which the Eighth Doctor apparently regenerated, only for it to later be revealed that the whole thing had been a massive deception (see Shayde and Fey Truscott-Sade).

He wrote and appeared in several made-for-video dramas by BBV, including the third of the Stranger stories, In Memory Alone opposite former Doctor Who stars Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant. (In Memory Alone would be the last of the Stranger series to have any similarity to Doctor Who, which had inspired it.) He also wrote and appeared in a non-Stranger BBV production called The Airzone Solution (1993)[2] and directed a documentary film, Stranger than Fiction (1994).[3]

Briggs co-wrote a Doctor Who book called The Dalek Survival Guide (ISBN 0-563-48600-7, published by BBC Books 2002).[4]

Since Doctor Who returned to television in 2005, Briggs has provided the voices for several monsters, most notably the Daleks and the Cybermen. Briggs also voiced the Nestene Consciousness in the 2005 episode "Rose", and recorded a voice for the Jagrafess in the 2005 episode "The Long Game"; however, this was not used in the final episode because it was too similar to the voice of the Nestene. He also provided the voices for the Judoon in both the 2007 and 2008 series, and did the voice of the Ice Warrior Skaldak in the 2013 episode "Cold War".

On 9 July 2009, Briggs made his first appearance in the Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood in the serial Children of Earth, playing Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary Rick Yates.[5]

Briggs has directed many of the Big Finish Productions audio plays, and has provided Dalek, Cybermen, and other alien voices in several of those as well. He has also written and directed the Dalek Empire and Cyberman audio plays for Big Finish. In 2006, Briggs took over from Gary Russell as executive producer of the Big Finish Doctor Who audio range.[6] In 2007, he guest starred in the Sapphire and Steel audio drama Water Like a Stone.

Briggs voiced the Daleks in a charity theatre production of The Daleks' Master Plan and briefly appeared on stage playing a regenerated Doctor.[7]

In 2010 he starred in Doctor Who Live as Winston Churchill.

Between 2012 and 2014 Briggs frequently collaborated with Benjamin Maio Mackay and the Preachrs Podcast. He recorded 2 interviews with the Doctor Who podcast and recorded small segments for the various live sell out shows written by Benjamin. In 2014 he voiced the Daleks in Benjamin's touring comedy show "50 Years of Doctor Who: Preachrs Podcast Live 2!" which played Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival to great acclaim.[8]

In 2013 the BBC began production of a docudrama depicting the creation and early days of Doctor Who, called An Adventure in Space and Time, to be shown as part of the programme's fiftieth anniversary celebrations. Briggs has a cameo role in the drama playing actor Peter Hawkins, who was the original voice of the Daleks in 1963.[9] In November 2013 he also appeared in the one-off 50th anniversary comedy homage The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.[10]

Other[edit]

Briggs also directed the BBC Radio 4 science fiction comedy Nebulous, written by Graham Duff and starring Mark Gatiss.[11]

Outside the realm of science fiction, Briggs has appeared on stage at Nottingham's Theatre Royal, including a run as Sherlock Holmes in Holmes and the Ripper by Brian Clemens.[12] He also appeared in the film Adulthood, written and directed by fellow Doctor Who actor Noel Clarke. As of 15 April 2013, Briggs is part of a rotating line-up of hosts of the 7th Dimension on BBC Radio 4 Extra.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title director screenWriter Actor Role Notes
1987 Myth Makers Vol. 7: Myth Runner Yes Yes Yes Myth Runner
Himself
Direct-to-video
Wartime Yes Soldier Also assistant director
Video short
1989 Myth Makers Vol. 6: Sarah Sutton/Peter Grimwade Yes Interviewer Direct-to-video
Myth Makers Vol. 19: Colin Baker Yes Yes
1991 The Corridor Sketch Yes Reporter Short
1993 The Stranger: In Memory Alone Yes Yes Minor Direct-to-video
The Airzone Solution Yes Yes Sam Flint
1994 The Stranger: The Terror Game Yes Yes Raven Also composer
Direct-to-video
Myth Makers Vol. 7: Wendy Padbury Yes Interviewer Direct-to-video
Myth Makers Vol. 30: Caroline John Yes
Myth Makers Vol. 12: Ian Marter Yes Presenter Video short
Breach of the Peace Yes Yes Evans Direct-to-video
1995 Myth Makers Vol. 32: Peter Purves Yes N/A
Eye of the Beholder Yes Yes Soldier
1996 Myth Makers Vol. 16: Richard Franklin Yes N/A
1997 Auton Yes Yes
1998 Auton 2: Sentinel Yes Yes Yes Mike
1999 Auton 3 Yes Credited as Arthur Wallis
Direct-to-video
2008 Adulthood Yes Max
2010 4.3.2.1 Yes Barry
2011 Cleaning Up Yes Ted Short film

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Doctor Who: Real Time Cybercontroller
Professor Osborn
TV mini series
The League of Gentlemen Garden Centre Worker Episode: "The Medusa Touch"
2004 Coupling Dalek Episode: "Nightlines"
2005–present Doctor Who Daleks
Cybermen
Judoon
Ice Warriors
Nestene Consciousness
Jagrafess
Zygons
2006 Tardisode Dalek Episode: "Doomsday"
2009 Doctor Who Prom The Dalek TV movie
Lewis Solicitor Episode: "Counter Culture Blues"
Torchwood Rick Yates Episode: "Children of Earth: Day Four"
The Sarah Jane Adventures Captain Tybo Episode: "Prisoner of the Judoon"
2010 BBC Proms Dalek Dialogue Episode: "Doctor Who Prom"
2013 An Adventure in Space and Time Peter Hawkins
Daleks
The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot Himself

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Judge Dredd: Dredd Vs. Death Judge Death
2010 Doctor Who: The Adventure Games Daleks
Cybermen
Oswald Fox
Episodes: "City of the Daleks"
"Blood of the Cybermen"
"Shadows of the Vashta Nerada"

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Behind The Voice Actors – Nicholas Briggs". Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Airzone Solution". Doctor Who Reference Guide. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Stranger: In Memory Alone". Doctor Who Reference Guide. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Dalek Survival Guide (Dr Who) by Nicholas Briggs". AbeBooks.co.uk. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Torchwood Magazine. December 2008. 
  6. ^ "Big Finish Changes..". Doctor Who Magazine (373): 5. 13 September 2006. 
  7. ^ http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/entertainment/Watch-out--the-Daleks.3387437.jp Watch out – the Daleks are coming
  8. ^ "'50 Years of Doctor Who: Preachrs Podcast Live 2!' Comes to Melbourne International Comedy Festival Today". Broadway World.com. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Foster, Chuck (21 February 2013). "An Adventure in Space and Time: The Voice of the Daleks". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot", BBC programmes, retrieved 26 November 2013
  11. ^ "Nebulous: Us and Phlegm – David Tennant Audio". Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "Stage: Classic Thriller Season". Derby Evening Telegraph. 1 August 2008. Retrieved 1 August 2008. 
  13. ^ "BBC Radio 4 Extra". Retrieved 15 April 2013. 

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