TW & DW Connections:
Tracy Beaker & The Dumping Ground Series including
The Movie of Me
By DJ Forrest
This has to be the biggest collaboration of cast and crew since we put together the Game of Thrones article last year. You may also be surprised just how many cast and crew of the Tracy Beaker drama that we discovered in Torchwood and Doctor Who. Aside from Ciaran Joyce who we know played Smiler in Torchwood: Captain Jack Harkness, and Clive Rowe who played Morvin Van Hoff in Doctor Who – Voyage of the Damned, you’d think that there hadn’t been many from the Whovian world, but you’d be wrong.
Due to the high volume of cast and crew appearing in often all 4 of the dramas and film, it was easier to list those people only once, save reading the same details a bunch of times. So when you’re going through the list and wonder why we didn’t list Duke or Liam in other serials, this is the reason.
When the Tracy Beaker series first began, it started its life out in
, which gave way to there being a high
level of Torchwood and Doctor Who cast and crew involved in the series. In the latter part of the series – The
Dumping Ground, the drama moved up north to Cardiff , where hoping that the fans
wouldn’t notice, the house altered and changed its name, again. Newcastle
In the Wales edition of the story, the Dumping Ground was known as Stowey House, it had a massive back garden and looked like a town house, and I think all of my family wanted to live there, if only for the massive garden.
Kids bedrooms were upstairs as were the staff, downstairs were the kitchen, lounge/tv room and the other rooms.
In Tracy Beaker Returns the house was called Cliffside, still in
, with a
Welsh cast and crew, but the interior and indeed the grounds were
different. Gone was the large garden,
replaced only by sports facilities – tennis court and basket ball court. There was still a garden area but it wasn’t
the same as before. Wales
Interior wise, the kitchen was upstairs, the bedrooms were scattered, much larger though I recall, and it looked like a large hotel or hostel!
Much later with the move to Newcastle, the house name changed again, this time to Elmtree House, and as before, none of the kids nor staff had noticed the change. It was still the Dumping Ground as it had been when Tracy Beaker had been in charge but the fixtures and fittings were most definitely new but greatly improved. I loved the kitchen and the lounge area. It looked more up to date from the office point of view and homely. Mind you, a lot of the cast had grown up, especially Dani Harmer’s character
. The tearing around the house and shouting
loudly at staff had gone, as had Elaine the pain! Tracy
Elmtree House remained long after
left and a new cast of wayward children arrived, including a new care worker
Mai Lee. Thankfully, one cast member
from the old series remains to this day, Mike.
And I hope there will be more stories to continue this great CBBC drama,
as like with many children’s dramas, such as The Sarah Jane Adventures, you
could watch these over and over and over again.
My family have grown up watching the series, and its fun to look back on the series, knowing that
got her dream job, and Mike never fully left the job even if the young cast
grew up and moved on. I liked the series
for its light hearted look at children in care, but also how it handled
difficult issues faced by children of today.
Jacqueline Wilson has written many children novels over the years, but
The Story of Tracy Beaker has to be my favourite. Tracy
I’m sure you’ve all a favourite character from the drama series; below as always you’ll find where else you’ve seen your cast and crew. We’ve done the research so you don’t have to.
The Story of Tracy Beaker began in 2002 and was filmed in
Cast & Crew
Series Directed by
Joss Agnew for 24 episodes from 2002-2004. Was director of 20 episodes of SJA from 2008 - 2011.
Ciaran Joyce Lol for 84 episodes from 2003-2006. Played Smiler in Torchwood: Captain Jack Harkness in 2007.
Clive Rowe Duke played 79 episodes from 2002-2005. Played Morvin Van Hoff in Doctor Who: Voyage of the Damned in 2007. Appeared as himself in Doctor Who Confidential episode Kylie Meets the Doctor in 2007 and appeared in Newsround in 2007 as Morvin Van Hoff in episode dated 18 December, but was uncredited.
Nisha Nayar Elaine for 71 episodes from 2002-2006. Played a Female Programmer in Doctor Who: Bad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways in 2005. In 1987 Nisha played Red Kang for part 1 - 4 of Doctor Who:
but was uncredited for all 4
episodes. Paradise Towers
Rochelle Gadd Adele for 42 episodes from 2002-2003. Played Sally in Doctor Who: Army of Ghosts in 2006 but was uncredited.
Sonny Muslim Ryan for 24 episodes in 2002. Played Lance in SJA: Warriors of Kudlak part 1 & 2 in 2007.
Roderick Smith Gordon for 1 episode in 2003. Played Cruikshank in Doctor Who: The Invisible Enemy part 2 & 3 in 1977.
Kevin McCurdy Ben's Dad for 1 episode in 2003. Played a swordmaster for Doctor Who: The Christmas Invasion in 2005 but was uncredited. Appeared in Doctor Who Confidential as himself for the episode Fear Factor in 2006. In the same year appeared in Totally Doctor Who episode #1.10 as himself.
Richard Elfyn Mr. Smart for 1 episode in 2005. Played the Voice of the Knights in Doctor Who: Robot of Sherwood in 2014
Julian Lewis Jones Ron for 1 episode in 2005. Played Alex in Torchwood: Fragments in 2008.
Madeleine Rakic-Platt New Girl for 1 episode in 2006. Played Lilly Frobisher in Torchwood: Children of Earth Day 1- 5 in 2009. Played Ella in Doctor Who:
Forest of the Dead but was uncredited in 2008. Madeleine
is also sister to Abby Rakic-Platt who plays Jackie.
Simon Ludders Brian Gee for 1 episode in 2002. Played a patient in Doctor Who: New Earth in 2006.
Phylip Harries Shop Assistant for 1 episode in 2006. Played the Water Taxi Man in Torchwood; Children of Earth Day One in 2009.
Dave for 1 episode in 2004. Played a Manservant in
Doctor Who: The Girl in the Fireplace in 2006 - was credited as Gareth Wyn
Amy Starling Social Worker for 1 episode in 2005. Played the Waitress in Torchwood: Random Shoes in 2006.
Victoria Pugh Mrs. Ball for 1 episode in 2006. Played Mrs Grainger in Torchwood: Sleeper in 2008.
Brendan Charleson Colin for 1 episode in 2003. Played Ivan Fletcher in Torchwood: Day One in 2006.
Claire Cage Selima for 1 episode in 2003. Played David's Wife in Torchwood: Sleeper in 2008. Check out our Interview with Claire last year.
Series Casting By
Gary Howe for 2 episodes in 2004. Was Casting Director for Doctor Who: Attack of the Graske video Game in 2005.
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matthew Purves first assistant director for 14 episodes in 2002. Was assistant floor manager for 4 episodes of Doctor Who: Battlefield in 1989.
Jon Williams first assistant director for 9 episodes from 2003-2004. Was first assistant director for Torchwood: Countrycide in 2006.
Anna Evans third assistant director for 9 episodes from 2005-2006. Was second assistant director for 12 episodes of SJA from 2007 - 2008.
Was second assistant director for Doctor Who: Blink 2007. Was Production Runner for Doctor Who: The Parting of the Ways 2005.
Appeared as herself for Totally Doctor Who episode 2.9 in 2007.
Lloyd Elis first assistant director for 4 episodes in 2005. Was first assistant director for 4 episodes of SJA in 2008.
Was first assistant director for Doctor Who: The End of the World and The Unquiet Dead in 2005.
Dafydd Arwyn Jones first assistant director for 1 episode in 2006. Was first assistant director for Torchwood: Random Shoes in 2006
Dafydd Shurmer design team / designer for 18 episodes in 2004. Was stand-by art director for 4 episodes of Doctor Who from 2007 - 2011.
Was stand-by art director for 5 episodes of Torchwood in 2006
Terry Horle design team / designer for 12 episodes in 2004. Was construction manager for 28 episodes of Doctor Who from 2012 - 2014.
Series Sound Department
Jeff Welch boom operator for 3 episodes in 2002. Was Boom operator for 39 episodes of Doctor Who from 2005 - 2014, sound maintenance engineer for 27 episodes from 2010 - 2012. Was sound maintenance engineer for 26 episodes of SJA from 2007 - 2011, and boom operator for Invasion of the Bane in 2007. Was sound maintenance engineer for Doctor Who: Space and Time in 2011.
Was boom operator for 10 episodes of Torchwood from 2006 - 2009.
Appeared in the Doctor Who Confidential episode Look Who's Talking in 2008 as himself.
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Rees first assistant camera / focus puller for 46 episodes from 2002-2006. Was first assistant camera for The Science of Doctor Who in 2013. Was focus puller for 62 episodes of Doctor Who from 2006 - 2012 and first assistant camera uncredited for Tooth and Claw and The Girl in the Fireplace in 2006.
Was first assistant camera for 26 episodes of SJA from 2007 - 2011, and focus puller for 9 episodes from 2007 - 2008.
Was focus puller for all 5 episodes of Torchwood: COE in 2009. Was first assistant camera for The SJA Comic Relief Special in 2009'
Appeared as himself and focus puller for Doctor Who Confidential episodes Eyes Wide Open in 2010 and What Dreams May Come in 2011.
Clive Baldwin grip for 3 episodes in 2002. Was grip for Doctor Who: Blink 2007, End of Time Pt 1 & 2 in 2009/2010, and Closing Time in 2011. Was grip: UK unit for Torchwood: Miracle Day 2011 - The New World, The Categories of Life, The Middle Men and The Gathering, and Grip for all five episodes of Torchwood: COE in 2009. Was grip for 8 episodes of SJA from 2007 - 2008.
Rory Taylor lighting camera for 3 episodes in 2002. Was director of photography for 22 episodes of Doctor Who from 2006 - 2010.
Was director of photography for Torchwood: Children of Earth, all five episodes in 2009.
Was cinematographer for 13 episodes of SJA from 2007 - 2008 and director of photography for 8 episodes in 2007. Was director of photography for Doctor Who: Time Crash in 2007.
Director of photography for Doctor Who: Attack of the Graske video game in 2005.
Was camera operator for 5 episodes of Doctor Who from 2008 - 2009. And appeared as himself for Doctor Who Confidential episodes Alter Ego and Bad Blood in 2007, Nemesis and Shadow Play in 2008.
Gavin Walters gaffer for 1 episode in 2002. Was electrician for Doctor Who: Love & Monsters in 2006.
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andrea Mear costume assistant for 31 episodes from 2005-2006. Was costumer assistant for 46 episodes of SJA from 2007 - 2011, costume assistant for Invasion of the Bane in 2007. Was Daily Costume assistant for Doctor Who: The End of the World in 2005 but was uncredited.
Clive Evans location manager for 20 episodes in 2004. Was location manager for 5 episodes of Doctor Who in 2005 - Rose, The End of the World, The Unquiet Dead, Aliens of London, World War Three. Worked in Continuity for 3 episodes of Doctor Who in 2005 - Dalek, The Long Game and Father's Day.
Pam Humphreys script supervisor for 4 episodes from 2002-2003. Was script supervisor for the Doctor Who video game Attack of the Graske in 2005.
Rhiannon Cooper production secretary for 3 episodes in 2003. Was Production co-ordinator for 3 episodes of Doctor Who Confidential in 2007 and production team for 1 episode in 2006. Was Senior production co-ordinator for 6 episodes of Torchwood Declassified in 2006 and production co-ordinator for 3 episodes in 2006.
Tracy Beaker's 'The Movie of Me' 2004 TV film
Sara Carver Gloria. Was the voice of Sylvia in Doctor Who: The Adventure Games - City of the Daleks video game in 2010.
Jo Osmond Tracy Beaker's Double. Appeared as a Space Station alien in Doctor Who: The End of the World in 2005 and a Child Auton in Rose, both roles she was uncredited for.
Camera and Electrical Department
Anthony Sutcliffe assistant camera. Was first assistant camera for The Science of Doctor Who movie documentary in 2013.
Gerry O'Riordan music scoring engineer. Was music recordist for 36 episodes of Doctor Who from 2009 - 2014 and music recording engineer for 19 episodes from 2005 - 2014. Was music recording engineer for 5 episodes of Torchwood: Children of Earth in 2009 but was uncredited on all 5 occasions.
Emyr Jenkins colourist. Was on-line editor in 2013 for 2 episodes of Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited - The Tenth Doctor and The Sixth Doctor.
Tracy Beaker Returns sees the ‘dumping ground’ move to
in 2010. Newcastle
Richard Wisker Liam for 30 episodes from 2010-2012. Played George in SJA: Lost in Time part 1 & 2 in 2010.
John Bell Toby for 25 episodes from 2010-2011. Played Creet in Doctor Who: Utopia in 2007.
Michael Jayston Mr. Spooner for 1 episode in 2011. Played The Valeyard for 14 episodes of Doctor Who: The Trial of a Time Lord in 1986. Appeared in the video documentary short as himself and The Valeyard in The Making of the Trial of a Time Lord: Part One - Mysterious Planet and Part Four: The Ultimate Foe in 2008. Appeared as The Valeyard in Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited episode The Sixth Doctor in 2013. He was uncredited for this. He appeared in video documentary short in 2010 as The Valeyard in The Last Chance Saloon and in 2007 for Rogue Time Lords. He appeared as The Valeyard for Trials and Tribulations in 2008, Doctor Who: The Colin Baker Years in 1993.
Tracy Ann Oberman Terrie Fender for 1 episode in 2010. Played Yvonne Hartman, head of Torchwood One in Doctor Who: Army of Ghosts and Doomsday in 2006 - credited as Tracy-Ann Oberman. Appeared in Doctor Who Confidential as herself in the episode Welcome to Torchwood again in 2006. Appeared as Yvonne Hartman in the video short Cybermen in 2009.
Calum Callaghan Jack for 1 episode in 2012. Played Keiran in Torchwood: Countrycide in 2006.
Wayne Cater Comic Shop Owner for 1 episode in 2011. Played the Stage Manager in Doctor Who: The Unquiet Dead in 2005.
Series Film Editing by
Philip Hookway for 3 episodes in 2010. Was Editor for Doctor Who: Flatline in 2014.
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nael Abbas first assistant director for 13 episodes from 2011-2012. Was first assistant director for Torchwood: Random Shoes in 2006.
Series Music Department
Jeremy Holland-Smith assistant composer for 5 episodes in 2010. As well as composing the music for Frankie in 2013, Jeremy was also conductor and additional orchestrations for Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe in 2011.
The Dumping Ground continuing the story from 2013
Carmen Munroe Hattie for 1 episode in 2013. Played Fariah in Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World, episodes 2 - 4 in 1968. Appeared as Fariah in the video documentary Race Against Time by Simon Guerrier in 2011.
Darren Morfitt Mr. Jenkins for 1 episode in 2014. Played Marco in Doctor Who: The Time of Angels and Flesh and Stone in 2010.
Louise Jameson Angel for 1 episode in 2013. Played Leela in 40 episodes of Doctor Who from 1977 to 1978. In The Lively Arts appeared as Leela for Whose Dr. Who in 1977 but was uncredited. Appeared uncredited in Doctor Who: Logopolis: Part 4 in 1981. Appeared as Leela for Resistance is Useless documentary in 1992, Doctor Who: The Tom Baker Years video documentary in the same year. Uncredited as Leela in Doctor Who: Thirty years in the TARDIS documentary in 1993.
Uncredited as Leela in Serial Thrillers video documentary in 2003. Behind the Sofa: Robert Holmes and Doctor Who video documentary in 2003. In Built for War, an extra on the Sontaran Experiment video in 2006, The Crowded TARDIS video short in 2007. Also in this year Hammer Horror video docu short in 2008, and The Rise and Fall of Gallifrey video short in same year. In 2009 appeared as Leela in Lalla's Wardrobe: A Frockumentary video short. In 2010 appeared as herself and Leela uncredited in Into the Unknown: The Making of 'Underworld' video short. On 12th Feb 1977 appeared as herself and Leela in an episode of Multi-Coloured Swap Shop (oh how I loved that series - had nothing to trade but wanted oh so many things!
Appeared as herself in 'Doctor Who' Who's Who documentary in 1986. The Doctors, 30 Years of Time Travel and Beyond video documentary in 1995. K9 Unleashed as herself in 2000. The Story of Doctor Who in 2003 as herself. In Doctor Who Confidential episode I Get a Side Kick out of You in 2005 as herself.
In 2007 appeared in video documentary A Matter of Time as herself and Leela. In Out of Time in 2008 video docu short, as herself and Leela.
Appeared on Celebrity Eggheads in 2010 in the episode Doctor Who.
Running from the Taxman as herself and Leela for the video documentary in 2011. A Pointless Celebrities Doctor Who Special in 2013 as herself. Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited mini series documentary in 2013 in the episode The Fourth Doctor.
Was at the Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty as herself in 2013 - What a night that was!
Appeared as herself for the CBBC show 12 Again in the Doctor Who Special in 2013. In 2014 appeared as herself for Who's Changing: An Adventure in Time with Fans, and Doctor Who: Celebrating 50 Years of Fandom as herself in 2014.
Geff Francis Dave for 1 episode in 2015. Played George in Doctor Who: The Bells of
in 2013. Saint
Series Film Editing by
Fergus MacKinnon for 5 episodes in 2015. Was editor of Torchwood: From Out of the Rain and Fragments in 2008.
John Parker for 3 episodes in 2013. Was editor for Doctor Who Confidential episodes - Send in the Clones, Nemesis and Friends and Foe in 2008, Lords and Masters in 2009, Allons-y, Death in
and Out of Time in
2010. Was off line editor for Doctor Who Confidential episodes Ship Ahoy! in
2011, Bigger on the Inside and When Time Froze, also in the same year. Venice
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jon Older first assistant director for 4 episodes in 2013. Was first assistant director for 5 episodes of Doctor Who from 2005 - 2006. The Empty Child, The Doctor Dances and The Christmas Invasion in 2005, New Earth and School
Paul Kennington stunt coordinator for 3 episodes from 2014-2015. Was stunt performer for 5 episodes of Doctor Who from 2006 - 2008. In three episodes he was uncredited for. The Doctor's Daughter in 2008, and Rise of the Cybermen and The Age of Steel in 2006.
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ed Moore additional photography for 5 episodes in 2015. Was director of photography and second unit, uncredited for The Day of the Doctor and The Time of the Doctor in 2013.
Series Animation Department
Niel Bushnell animation producer for 9 episodes in 2013.
Did additional graphics for Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty in 2013.
Series Other crew
Philip Gladwin series script editor for 10 episodes in 2015. Writer of 2 episodes of SJA: Warriors of Kudlak: part 1 & 2 credited as Phil Gladwin, 2007.