HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target Happy birthday to the unsung hero of Doctor Who, Nicholas Briggs!You may not know his name, but you’ll recognize his timbre.Jack-of-all-trades Briggs is an actor, writer, director, sound designer, and composer, best known as the voice of many of the Doctor’s greatest villains.Briggs’ first Whovian break came in the mid-80s, when he snagged the role of The Myth Makers host, interviewing actors, writers, and directors involved in the original BBC series.When production company Reeltime Pictures expanded into original dramas, Briggs also expanded his role, penning some stories and acting in others, including unofficial Doctor Who spin-off Wartime—a 1987 direct-to-video film in which he plays an unnamed soldier.Briggs, behind the scenes of ‘Doctor Who’ (via BBC)He began honing his voice acting skills as a future incarnation of the Doctor for a series of audio dramas by Audio Visuals (a precursor of Big Finish Productions).And even served as the model for a Ninth Doctor, as the Time Lord appeared in a 1990s Doctor Who Magazine comic strip depicting the Eighth Doctor’s regeneration. (Which later turned out to be a hoax.)Since Russell T. Davies revived Doctor Who in 2005, Briggs has provided the voices of several monsters—most notably the Daleks and Cybermen.He also voiced the Nestene Consciousness in revival opener “Rose” and recorded a voice for the Jagrafess in “The Long Game.” Oh, and there was his work as the Judoon in DW and spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures, as well as Ice Warrior Skaldak in Eleventh Doctor take “Cold War.”It’s easy to hide behind the scenes. But Briggs stepped into the spotlight in 2009, joining Torchwood serial “Children of Earth” as Special Government Advisor Rick Yates.Hard at work on 2015 episode “The Witch’s Familiar” (via BBC)The London-born performer really carries a torch for Doctor Who, directing, writing, and acting in a number of Big Finish audio plays. In 2006, he was named co-executive producer of the entertainment company.If you get a chance, pick up the Dalek Survival Guide reference book, co-written by Briggs and published in 2002, or his 2013 novel The Dalek Generation, one of three Eleventh Doctor novels released by BBC Books.Like I said: Jack of all trades, even if those trades are limited to one science-fiction franchise.Cheers to 56, sir! We hope it’s Dalek-table.(Also, a shoutout to one of my favorite Doctor Who comic artists, Rachael Stott, who turns 28 today!)Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.