Monday, 21 May 2018

Doctor Who Vs. Burke and Hare

Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis portrayed the notorious 19th century serial killers, Burke
and Hare in this British black comedy.
David Tennant was originally
cast as Hare, but was replaced
by Serkis. The film was helmed
by cult writer and director of
An American Werewolf in 
London, John Landis.
During 1827 and 1828, two 
Irish immigrants, William Burke 
and William Hare perpetrated 
seventeen murders in the West 
Port area of Edinburgh, and sold 
the corpses to the anatomy 
lecturer, Dr. Robert Knox. The killers were only prosecuted when Hare was
given immunity to implicate his accomplice. Burke was hanged in 1829. Ironically, the bodies of executed criminals were then dissected, and Burke's skeleton is still displayed at the city's Medical College. Knox (played by Tom Wilkinson) never faced any criminal charges, and was forced to leave Scotland when the Anatomy Act (which outlawed 'body-snatching') was passed in 1832.
The second cinema depiction of these murders (released in 2010) was shown 
on BBC Two again last night, and featured Christopher Lee, Isla Fisher, Tim 
Curry, Ronnie Corbett and nineteen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Pegg (Burke) played the Editor in The Long Game, and voiced Don Chaney for Big Finish's Invaders From Mars (2002)
  • Bill Bailey (Angus) was Droxil in The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
  • Jessica Hynes (Lucky) was Joan Redfern in Human Nature and The Family of Blood, then (that character's great-granddaughter) Verity Newman in The End of Time, and voiced Glory Bee also for Invaders From Mars
  • David Schofield (Fergus) voiced Nostradamus for The Doomsday Quatrain (2011), and Billy for Death in Blackpool (2009), then starred in The Girl Who Died as Odin
  • Steve Spiers (Doorman) was Commissioner Strickland in Aliens of London and World War Three
  • Hugh Bonneville (Harrington) was Captain Henry Avery in The Curse of the Black Spot (and briefly in A Good Man Goes to War and The Wedding of River Song)
  • Duncan Duff (Attendant) was a Newsreader in Rise of the Cybermen and The Age of Steel, and voiced Joe Hartley for Night Thoughts (2006)
  • Jenny Agutter (Lucy) voiced Sekhmet for The Bride of Peladon (2008)
  • John Woodvine (Lord Provost) was the Marshal of Atrios in The Armageddon Factor, and voiced Galileo Galilei for Doom Coalition: The Galileo Trap (2015)
  • Christopher Obi (Martin) was George in Closing Time
  • Michael Smiley (Patterson) voiced Seedleson for Creatures of Beauty (2003), and was Colonel Morgan Blue in Into the Dalek
  • Christian Brassington (Charles) voiced Alfred Stahlbaum for The Silver Turk (2011), and made a cameo appearance in The Five(ish) Doctors
  • Reese Shearsmith (Mackenzie) and Paul Davis (Patient) both starred in Sleep No More, as Rassmussen and King Sandman respectively, whilsr Shearsmith was also Dan Matthews in the two Auton VHS spin-offs, Andrew Powell in the PROBE video series, and depicted Patrick Troughton in An Adventure in Space and Time
  • Danielle de Costa was also a stunt performer on Voyage of the Damned and Night Terrors
  • Gary Hoptrough was a stuntman on The Runaway Bride and Let's Kill Hitler too
  • stuntman Curtis Rivers was John Barrowman's stunt double on Utopia, The Sound of Drums and Torchwood
  • prosthetics supervisor Waldo Mason was in the SFX crew for Aliens of London
  • Lisa McDiarmid was also the stand-by art director on The Sound of Drums, Last of the Time LordsTorchwood and the pilot episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • Neal Champion was the SFX supervisor on An Adventure in Space and Time too

Doctor Who On This Day #142


1965 - The Edge of DestructionEpisode 1 repeated on TV1 (NZ); and
Marco Polo, Episodes 5 and 6 both repeated on ABC
1966 The Gunfighters, Episode 4: The OK Corral first screened on BBC1
1968 - The Savages, Episode 4, The War Machines, Episode 4, The 
Smugglers, Episode 4, The Tenth Planet, Episode 4, The Power of the 
Daleks, Episode 2 and The HighlandersEpisode 2 all repeated on ABC
1969 The Tomb of the Cybermen, Episode 4 repeated on ABC
1972 - The War Games, Episode 1 repeated on ABC
1973 - The Space Pirates, Episode 6 repeated on ABC
1974 The Silurians, Episode 3 repeated on ABC
1976 The Sontaran ExperimentPart 1 repeated oABC
1979 The Armageddon FactorPart repeated and Part 4 first 
screened, both on ABC
1980 The Face of Evil, Part 1 first screened on WTTW 11; and The 
Invisible Enemy, Parts 2 and 3 both repeated on ABC
1981 Pyramids of Mars, Part 4 repeated on KQED Plus
1982 The Armageddon FactorPart 4 repeated on KQED Plus
1983 The Ark in Space, Part 4 first screened on KSPS; and Planet of 
EvilPart 3 repeated on KQED Plus
1984 The Invasion of TimeParts 4 to 6 all repeated on WTTW 11; 
and CastrovalvaPart 4 repeated on ABC
1985 Death to the Daleks, Part 3 repeated on KQED Plus
1986 The Curse of Peladon, Episode 2 repeated on ABC; and Logopolis
Part 3 repeated on KQED Plus
1987 Terror of the Autons, Episode 3 repeated on KQED Plus
1988 The Keeper of TrakenPart 3 repeated on ABC and KQED Plus 
and Part 4 repeated on KQED Plus; and Kinda Omnibus repeated on 
KQED Plus
1989 The Seeds of DoomParts 3 and 4 both repeated on Super 
Channel (UK); and Timelash Omnibus repeated on KQED Plus
1991 City of Death, Part 2 repeated on KQED Plus
1992 The Sea Devils, Episode 5 repeated on KQED Plus
1993 Inferno, Episode 3 repeated on UK Gold
1994 The Invisible Enemy Omnibus repeated on KQED Plus
1995 Day of the Daleks Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
1997 Revenge of the CybermenPart 3 repeated on UKTV (Aus)
1998 The Sensorites, Episode 1: Strangers in Space repeated on
Space; and Timelash, Part 2 repeated on UKTV (Aus)
1999 The Seeds of Death, Episode 2 repeated on Space; The War 
Games, Episodes 1 to 5 all repeated on UK Gold; and The Curse of 
Fenric, Part 2 repeated on UKTV (Aus) 
2000 Robot, Parts 1 and 2 both repeated on KBTC; Genesis of the 
DaleksPart 6 repeated on WCET; Revenge of the Cybermen, Part 1
repeated on WCET and Part 4 repeated on KUED; Terror of the Zygons,
Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on NHPTV; The Deadly Assassin, Part 4 
repeated on Twin Cities PTV; The Robots of Death, Part 3 repeated on
Lakeshore PTV; The Creature from the Pit, Parts 1 and 2 both repeated
on MiND; The Invisible Enemy, Parts 1 and 2 both repeated on Colorado PTV; Underworld Omnibus repeated on KNME; Warriors' Gate Omnibus
repeated on MPT; Full Circle, Part 4 repeated on BBC Prime; The Two 
Doctors, Part 4 (of 6) repeated on WUSF; and The Ultimate Foe Omnibus
repeated on UK Gold
2001 The Mind Robber Omnibus repeated on KQED Plus; The Android 
InvasionParts 3 and 4 both repeated on BBC America; The Androids of 
Tara, Part 1 repeated on UKTV (Aus); and City of Death, Part 1 repeated
 on Prime
2002 The Talons of Weng-Chiang, Part 4 repeated on BBC Kids (Can); 
and Battlefield, Part 2 repeated on UKTV (Aus)
2003 The Ark in Space, Part 3 repeated on BBC Kids (Can) and Part 
 repeated on BBC Kids (Can) and Tele 5; and Doctor Who TV Movie
repeated on Syfy (RSA)
2004 - Time Flight, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on BBC Kids (Can)
2005 - Black Orchid Omnibus repeated on UK Gold; Rose first screened
on ABC; The Empty Child first screened on BBC1 and repeated on BBC3;
and Doctor Who Confidential: Special Effects both first screened on BBC3
2006 The Time Warrior Omnibus repeated on MPT; Father's Day 
repeated on People+ Arts; and The Age of Steel repeated on BBC3
2007 - World War Three first screened on WTTW 11; Father's Day first
screened on NET and repeated on People+ Arts; and Doctor Who Con-
fidential: Time Trouble first screened on NET
2008 The Ambassadors of Death, Episodes 5 and 6 both first screened 
on MTV3 SciFi and TV4; and The Long Game repeated on Jimmy
2009 The Seeds of Death, Episodes 5 and 6 both repeated on MTV3 
SciFi, TV2 and TV4; and Human Nature and Doctor Who Confidential: 
Alter Ego both repeated on BBC3
2010 The Doctor Dances repeated on Syfy (Rus); Last of the Time Lords 
repeated on Syfy (Spain); Partners in Crime repeated on Syfy (Ben)
Silence in the Library and Doctor Who Confidential: Shadow Play both 
first screened on WGVU; and Amy's Choice repeated on BBC3
2011 Warriors' Gate, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on MTV3 SciFi, TV and 
TV4The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit both repeated on Watch;
MidnightTurn LeftThe Stolen EarthJourney's EndThe Next Doctor,
The Hungry EarthCold Blood and Vincent and the Doctor all repeated on
BBC America; Victory of the Daleks and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown:
 War Games both repeated on UKTV (Aus); The Doctor's Wife and Doctor 
Who Confidential: Bigger on the Inside both first screened on ABC1 and 
repeated on BBC3; The Rebel Flesh first screened on BBC1; Doctor Who Confidential: Double Trouble both first screened on BBC3; and The 
Whispering Forest, Episode 1 repeated on Radio 4 Extra
2012 Time and the Rani Omnibus repeated on MTV3 SciFi and TV4; 
The Empty Child repeated on YLE TV2; The Parting of the Ways and
Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: The Last Battle both repeated on
ABC2; Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: Space Craft repeated on UKTV
 (Aus); and A Thousand Tiny Wings, Episode 1 first broadcast on Radio
4 Extra
2013 The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances both repeated on BBC
America; Bad Wolf repeated on Syfy (Port); Last of the Time Lords 
repeated on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific; Planet of the Ood repeated
on Watch; Flesh and Stone first screened on YLE TV2; and Doctor Who 
Confidential Cutdown: Take Two repeated on UKTV (Aus)
2014 Planet of the Spiders, Parts 1 and 2 both first screened on Horror;
Logopolis, Part 2, Terminus, Part 3 and Utopia all repeated on Syfy (Aus);
 Rose repeated on RAI4; The Age of Steel repeated on KCPT2; Partners
 in Crime and The Fires of Pompeii both repeated on BBC America; The
 Doctor's Daughter repeated on TV3 (Spain); The End of Time, Part 1
 repeated on KLRU; The Pandorica Opens repeated on Really Scary TV;
A Good Man Goes to War repeated on WSIU; The Rings of Akhaten 
repeated on Syfy (Port); Hide repeated on BBC Entertainment Latin
America HD; and Nightmare in Silver and The Name of the Doctor both
repeated on Fox (FRG)
2015 - Inferno, Episodes 2 and 3 both repeated on Horror; The Face of 
EvilParts 1 and 2 both repeated and Planet of Fire, Parts 3 and 4 both 
first screened, all on Retro TV; The Leisure HivePart 3 and The Doctor Dances both repeated on Syfy (Aus); World War Three first screened on 
FX (Ind); The Idiot's Lantern and Doctor Who Confidential: The Writer's Tale both repeated on UNC-MX; The Lazarus Experiment repeated on TV Cultura; Utopia repeated on ABC2; The Doctor's Daughter repeated on
BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific; The Pandorica Opens repeated on KCPT2;
The Almost People, A Good Man Goes to War and Let's Kill Hitler all 
repeated on BBC Nordic HD and BBC Polska HD; Journey to the Centre 
of the TARDIS repeated on Syfy (Ben); The Name of the Doctor repeated
on RAI4; Mummy on the Orient ExpressFlatline and In the Forest of the 
Night all repeated on BBC America; Doctor Who Confidential: 'Ello 'Ello 
'Ello repeated on ABC2 (iView only); and Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 
AD screened on GEM
2016 The Keys of Marinus, Episode 4: The Snows of Terror repeated 
on KMOS; Time Flight, Parts 3 and 4, Arc of Infinity, Parts 1 and 2 and 
Mindwarp, Parts and 8 all repeated on Retro TV; Army of Ghosts
Doomsday, Smith and JonesThe Shakespeare Code and Gridlock all 
repeated on BBC Polska HD; Voyage of the DamnedPartners in Crime 
and Planet of the Dead all repeated on France 4; The Lazarus Experiment, 
The Fires of PompeiiPlanet of the OodThe Sontaran Stratagem, The 
Poison Sky and The Doctor's Daughter all repeated on Syfy (Aus); A Good
Man Goes to War, Let's Kill Hitler, Night Terrors and The Girl Who Waited 
all repeated on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific; The God Complex and 
Closing Time both repeated on BBC Entertainment AP, Syfy (Bra) and 
Syfy (Latin America); The Girl Who Waited, Under the Lake and Before 
the Flood repeated and Hell Bent first screened, all on Syfy (Bra) and 
Syfy (LA); The Magician's Apprentice repeated on BBC First (RSA), BBC
 First (Middle East), Syfy (Bra) and Syfy (LA); The Witch's Familiar 
repeated on BBC First (ME), Syfy (Bra) and Syfy (LA); The Girl Who 
Died and The Woman Who Lived both repeated on Syfy (LA); and The 
Zygon Invasion repeated on Syfy (Bra)
2017 - The GunfightersEpisodes 1 and 2 both repeated on KBTC; The 
Krotons Omnibus repeated on Retro TV; The Daemons Omnibus repeated 
on MPTV; Revenge of the CybermenParts 2 to 4 all repeated on The 
Zone and Omnibus repeated on WFWA; Planet of Evil, Parts 1 and 2 both 
repeated on The Zone; The Android InvasionPart 1 repeated on KRWG; 
The Robots of Death Omnibus repeated on WYCC; ThInvasion of Time
Parts 1 to 4 all repeated on WVPB; City of Death Omnibus repeated on
WXXI; The Leisure Hive Omnibus repeated on WILL; Meglos Omnibus 
repeated on Iowa PTV; Logopolis Omnibus repeated on KERA; 
Snakedance Omnibus repeated on WSRE; The Ultimate Foe Omnibus
repeated on Idaho PTV; The Eleventh Hour, The Beast Below, Victory 
of the Daleks, The Time of Angels, Flesh and Stone, Heaven Sent and 
Hell Bent all repeated on Syfy (Bra); The Pandorica Opens and The Big 
Bang both repeated on W; A Christmas Carol, Part 2 (of 2), The 
Impossible Astronaut, Day of the Moon, The Curse of the Black Spot 
and The Doctor's Wife all repeated on FX (Ind); Let's Kill Hitler repeated
on Syfy (Aus) and Syfy (Latin America); The Crimson Horror repeated
on TLC TV; Kill the Moon and Mummy on the Orient Express both 
repeated on BBC Entertainment Europe; Knock Knock repeated on DR3;
Oxygen repeated on BBC America and Syfy (Bra); Extremis first
screened on BBC America, ABC, ABC ME, Space, Prime, YLE TV2 and
Syfy (Bra); and Class, Episode 6 first screened on BBC America and 
Episode 7 repeated on BBC First (Middle East)
2018 The Mind Robber, Episodes 1 and 2 both repeated on Retro TV;
Time Flight, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on Retro TV and Omnibus 
repeated on PBS North; Enlightenment Omnibus repeated on WETA-UK;
World War Three and Dalek both repeated on BBC Polska HD; Cold War 
repeated on Star World Premiere; The Girl Who Died repeated on ABC 
and ABC ME; The Woman Who Lived, Sleep No More and Face the Raven 
all repeated on Fox (FRG); The Zygon Invasion repeated on BBC First 
(RSA); The Return of Doctor Mysterio repeated on Syfy (Bra); The Pilot 
repeated on Syfy (Bra) and Syfy (Latin America); and Smile repeated 
on Syfy (LA)

Doctor Who Vs. Jonathan Creek, Series 5

BAFTA award-winning screenwriter 
David Renwick's first new series of 
mysteries in ten years was shown on 
BBC One in 2014, following an Easter special in 2013. 
Comedian Alan Davies returned as 
reluctant detective Jonathan Creek 
(now married to Polly, played by 
Sarah Alexander), a role created
in 1997. 
A final feature-length episode, 
Daemons' Roostmarked the 
programme's twentieth anniversary
and was shown at Christmas 2016.
The three-part season began another 
repeat run on the Drama channel last 
night, and featured seventeen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

The Letters of Septimus Noone 
(UK TX: February 28 2014)
  • Big Finish actor Kieran Hodgson (Ridley) voiced Findel for Last of the Cybermen, Arin and Dennis for The Last Adventure: The Red House, Alam and Hilsee for The Isos Network, Bennus for The War Doctor 1 (all 2015), Klick Chervain for The Skin of the Sleek  and The Thief Who Stole Time (both 2017), and Devon Pryce for Tales From New Earth (2018)
  • Raquel Cassidy (Sharon) played Miranda Cleaves in The Rebel Flesh and The Almost People, and voiced Mesca for The Key 2 Time: The Judgement of Isskar (2009), Inquisa for Circular Time: Paradoxicide, Destiny Gray for Question Marks (both 2011), and Dr. Alison Foster for Destination: Nerva (2012)
  • Simon Thomas (Holtz) was Mr. Danes in The End of Time
  • Alice O'Connell (Rachel) was Laura in The Power of Three
  • James Bachman (Reverend Chater) voiced Hugh Bainbridge for Situation Vacant (BF, 2010)
  • Roger Dobson (series dialogue editor) and Des Murray (series on-line editor) both edited An Adventure in Space and Time too
  • series colourist Gareth Spensley also worked on twenty-one stories (from The God Complex to The Husbands of River Song)
  • stunt double Belinda McGinley was a stunt performer on Amy's Choice and The Girl Who Waited
The Sinner and the Sandman (UK TX: March 7)
  • Michael Troughton (Corbyn) was Professor Albert Smithe in Last Christmas, and voiced Quendril for Lords of the Red Planet (2013), Menlove Stokes for The Romance of Crime and The Well-Mannered War (both 2015)
  • Marc Danbury (Burglar) voiced Tog for The Axis of Insanity (2004)
  • Tim Faraday (Gilpin) was Tom's Dad in Fear Her
  • John Voce (Amery-Cooper) voiced Chief Surveyor Hardwick for Last of the Colophon, Branarack for The Entropy Plague, Jenkins for The Diary of River Song (all 2015), and Toban for The Age of Endurance (2016)
The Curse of the Bronze Lamp (UK TX: March 14)
  • June Whitfield (Heidi and Laurel) was Minnie Hooper in The End of Time
  • stunt co-ordinator Crispin Layfield has held that post on sixty-one instalments of the revived series (from Smith and Jones to The Doctor Falls)
  • series director David Sant (a former actor) was an Auton in Rose
  • series production designer John Asbridge also designed (part 1 of) The Happiness Patrol and Silver Nemesis