Nicholas Briggs

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Nicholas Briggs
Briggs in 2008
Born (1961-09-29) 29 September 1961 (age 62)
Other namesNick Briggs
Arthur Wallis
Alma materRose Bruford College
Occupation(s)Actor, writer, director, sound designer, composer
Years active1987–present
Known forVoice of the Daleks and the Cybermen in Doctor Who

Nicholas Briggs (born 29 September 1961)[1] is an English actor, writer, director, sound designer and composer. He is associated with the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who and its spin-offs, particularly as the voice of the Daleks and the Cybermen in the 21st century series.

Briggs is also the executive producer of Big Finish Productions, for which he has produced, directed and written several audio plays, as well as acting in many of them.


Briggs studied at Rose Bruford College with Barry Killerby, who is better known as Mr Blobby.[2][3][4]


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 Wartime, 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).

Briggs 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)[5] and directed a documentary film, Stranger than Fiction (1994).[6]

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

Briggs also voiced the Cyber-Controller and Professor Osborn in the 2002 webcast audio series Real Time.

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". He also provided the voices for the Judoon in both the 2007 and 2008 series as well as the spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures, and did the voice of the Ice Warrior Skaldak in the 2013 episode "Cold War".

Briggs with Bernard Cribbins at the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend in 2013

On 9 July 2009, Briggs made his first appearance in the Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood in the serial Children of Earth, playing Special Government Advisor Rick Yates.[8][9][10]

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 (who had been producer of Big Finish since 1999) and became co-executive producer of the company.[11] 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.[12] Briggs also recorded a short cameo, as the Daleks for the live Dr Who podcast stage show, 50 Years of Doctor Who: Preachrs Podcast Live 2.[13] He appeared in this alongside a mix of modern and classic Doctor Who actors including; Peter Davison, Richard Franklin, Simon Fisher Becker and Terry Molloy.

In 2010, Briggs starred in Doctor Who Live as Winston Churchill.

In 2012, Briggs's Doctor Who novel The Dalek Generation was published by Random House/BBC Books.

In 2013, Briggs portrayed the Dalek voice actor Peter Hawkins in the BBC docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time, which depicted the inception of Doctor Who.[14] In November 2013 he also appeared in the one-off 50th anniversary comedy homage The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.[15]


Briggs also directed, created the sound design and composed the incidental music for all three series of the BBC Radio 4 science fiction comedy Nebulous, written by Graham Duff and starring Mark Gatiss.[16]

Outside the realm of science fiction, Briggs has appeared on stage at Nottingham's Theatre Royal since 1997, including a run as Sherlock Holmes in Holmes and the Ripper by Brian Clemens and The House of the Baskervilles, adapted by Briggs himself.[17]

Briggs has also been playing Sherlock Holmes in an acclaimed series of audio dramas for Big Finish Productions since 2011. Productions include dramatised adaptations of Conan Doyle stories such as The Hound of the Baskervilles, "The Final Problem" and "The Empty House", as well as original stories such as The Adventure of the Perfidious Mariner, The Ordeals of Sherlock Holmes and The Judgement of Sherlock Holmes. Richard Earl co-stars as Dr. Watson.

Briggs also appeared in the films Adulthood and, both written and directed by fellow Doctor Who actor Noel Clarke. Briggs became the presenter of Radio 7's Seventh Dimension, daily science fiction segment in 2011. As of 15 April 2013, he is part of a rotating line-up of hosts of the 7th Dimension on BBC Radio 4 Extra.[18]

Briggs hosts the Big Finish podcast, a promotional podcast for Big Finish Productions[19] and The Benji and Nick show, a podcast that where he and fellow Big Finish sound designer Benji Clifford discuss old cult television shows with regular guest appearances from Shelley Dean and Jamie Anderson.[20]



Year Title Director Screenwriter Actor Role Notes
1987 Wartime Yes Soldier Also assistant director
Video short
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
Breach of the Peace Yes Yes Evans Direct-to-video
1995 Eye of the Beholder Yes Yes Soldier
1997 Auton Yes Yes
1998 Auton 2: Sentinel Yes Yes Yes Mike
1999 Auton 3 Yes Credited as Arthur Wallis
2008 Adulthood Yes Max
2010 Yes Barry
2011 Cleaning Up Yes Ted Short film
2017 The Lego Batman Movie Yes Daleks Theatrically-released film


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" (voice only)
2005–present Doctor Who Daleks
Ice Warriors
Nestene Consciousness
The Vlinx
Voices only
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
The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot Himself
2015 The Big Fat Quiz of the Year Dalek
2018 Gerry Anderson's Firestorm R.E.M.U.S. (voice) / main role

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Judge Dredd: Dredd Vs. Death Judge Death
2010 Doctor Who: The Adventure Games Daleks
Oswald Fox
Daleks in "City of the Daleks"
Cybermen in "Blood of the Cybermen"
Oswald Fox in "Shadows of the Vashta Nerada"
2015 Lego Dimensions Daleks
Dalek Emperor
Rusty the Friendly Dalek
2022 Eve Online Daleks Voice role



  1. ^ "Behind The Voice Actors – Nicholas Briggs". Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  2. ^ Russell, Gary (3 April 2000). "Nick Briggs interview". Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Actor – Nicholas Briggs". Nicholas Briggs. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  4. ^ "European Graduates | Rose Bruford College, Dartford, United Kingdom". European Graduates. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  5. ^ "The Airzone Solution". Doctor Who Reference Guide. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  6. ^ "The Stranger: In Memory Alone". Doctor Who Reference Guide. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  7. ^ "The Dalek Survival Guide (Dr Who) by Nicholas Briggs". Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  8. ^ Torchwood Magazine, December 2008
  9. ^ "5 Minutes with Nick Briggs | the Hub by the London Book Fair | Publishing News". 22 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Doctor Who actor spotlight: Nicholas Briggs – Voice of the Daleks and other monsters". 9 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Big Finish Changes.". Doctor Who Magazine (373): 5. 13 September 2006.
  12. ^ Watch out – the Daleks are coming
  13. ^ "History | Preachrs Podcast". Archived from the original on 12 August 2020. Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  14. ^ Foster, Chuck (21 February 2013). "An Adventure in Space and Time: The Voice of the Daleks". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  15. ^ "The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot", BBC programmes, retrieved 26 November 2013
  16. ^ "Nebulous: Us and Phlegm – David Tennant Audio". Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  17. ^ "Stage: Classic Thriller Season". Derby Evening Telegraph. 1 August 2008. Archived from the original on 12 September 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2008.
  18. ^ "BBC Radio 4 Extra". Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  19. ^ "The Big Finish Podcast - Ranges - Big Finish". Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  20. ^ "Podcasts – Nicholas Briggs". Retrieved 2 July 2021.

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