Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Casanova

The story of the life of the legendary 18th century
Italian adventurer, Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798) 
was scripted by then Doctor Who show-runner, 
Russell T Davies and co-executive produced with Julie Gardner.
Stage and film actor Peter O'Toole (1932-2013) portrayed the older Casanova, whilst David Tennant's role as the younger man (pictured) led Davies to cast him in the lead of the newly revived Doctor Who series.
The three-part comedy drama (a co-production from Red, BBC Wales and Granada TV) was originally broadcast on BBC Three in March 2005, then on BBC One in April. Another repeat run began on the Drama channel last night, and featured thirty-one further Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Shaun Parkes (Rocco) played Zachary Cross Flane in the two-part Satan Pit adventure
  • Nina Sosanya (Bellino) was Trish Webber in Fear Her
  • Big Finish artist Nickolas Grace (Chancellor) made a brief TV appearance as Albert Einstein in Death is the Only Answervoiced Loozly for Bang-Bang-A-Boom! (2002), the Time Lord Straxus for Human Resources (2007), Sisters of the Flame and The Vengeance of Morbius (both 2008), then both Balancer and Viktor Skaarsgard for Equilibrium (2015)
  • Matt Lucas (Villars) voiced both the Cylinder and the Jelloid in The One Doctor (BF, 2001), and even played the Second Doctor as a drummer in the Shooting Stars spoof, The Who!
  • Daisy Haggard (Coquette) was Sophie in The Lodger and Closing Time
  • Raymond Coulthard (Ambassador) voiced Loki, Edgar and Hawks for Cobwebs (BF, 2010), and Ralph for the upcoming release Suburban Hell
  • Annette Badland (Pauline) was Margaret Blaine, alias Blon Fel Fotch Pasameer-Day Slitheen, in Aliens of London, World War Three and Boom Town, and voiced Queen Karlina for Equilibrium and Thelma for Suburban Hell (both 2015)
  • Dervla Kirwan (Mother) was Miss Hartigan in The Next Doctor
  • Zac Fox (Young Casanova) was the Photo-shoot PA in Asylum of the Daleks and The Angels Take Manhattan
  • Ron Cook (Prisoner) was Mr Magpie in The Idiot's Lantern
  • Ewan Bailey (Doctor) and Andrew Havill (Chancellor) both worked on Voyage of the Damned - the former provided Alien voices and the latter was Chief Steward
  • Graham Padden (Priest) was Pa in Gridlock
  • Clare Higgins (Cook) was Ohila in The Night of the Doctor, a role reprised for forthcoming episodes The Magician's Apprentice and The Witch's Familiar
  • Angus Wright (Man-at-Arms) voiced Magnus Greel for The Butcher of Brisbane (BF, 2012)
  • director Sheree Folkson later helmed In the Forest of the Night
  • co-executive producers Michael Treen and Damien Timmer were the production manager on The Twin Dilemma, and an extra on An Adventure in Space and Time respectively
  • film editor Nick Arthurs also edited The Curse of the Fatal Death then Hide
  • Liz Griffiths was the set decorator on seven Series 1 stories too
  • Steve Smith was also make-up artist on forty-one episodes, from The Christmas Invasion to The Waters of Mars, and Music of the Sphere
  • Susan Liggat was also first assistant director on Love & Monsters,Army of Ghosts and Doomsday, then produced another eight installments of the Tennant era, as well as the pilot episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • recordist Nick Foley was ADR mixer on The Snowmen
  • VFX compositor Simon Blackledge and Matt Wood both worked onA Town Called Mercy and The Power of Three - Wood was VFX supervisor on The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe too
  • Samantha Hall was also post-production supervisor on fifty-one installments, from New Earth to Flesh and StoneTime Crash and Music of the Spheres
  • Anna Lau was costume supervisor on nine NuWho episodes too
  • Julie Scott was also production executive on seventy-seven stories, from The Runaway Bride to The Time of the Doctor, besides Time CrashMusic of the SpheresDoctor Who at the PromsDreamland,The Adventure Games: City of the Daleks and Blood of the Cybermen, nine episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures and thirty Torchwood adventures
  • stuntman Bill Davey was stunt co-ordinator on The Satan Pit two-parter, Love & Monsters and Turn Left
  • stuntman Glenn Marks was stunt co-ordinator on The Family of Blood two-parter and Blink
  • incidental music was provided by Murray Gold
  • Glenn Coxon was also floor runner on Love & Monsters, Blink and Torchwood

Doctor Who On This Day #91


1973 - Frontier in Space, Episode 6 first broadcast
1993 Terror of the Autons, Episode 1 repeated on UK Gold
1994 The Androids of Tara, Part 4 repeated on UK Gold
1995 Inferno, Episode 1 repeated on UK Gold
1996 The Creature from the Pit Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
1997 The Monster of Peladon Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
1998 - The Silurians, Episode 3 first screened on Space
1999 The Web Planet, Episode 3: Escape to Danger repeated on UKTV (Aus);
The Silurians, Episode 3 repeated on Space; Terror of the Zygons, Part 3 (of 3) repeated on BBC Choice (Scotland); and Doctor Who TV Movie repeated on YLE TV2
2000 - The Chase, Episode 3: Flight Through Eternity repeated on UKTV (Aus)
2001 - The Face of Evil Omnibus repeated on UKTV (Aus); and The Power of Kroll, Part 1 first screened on Prairie PTV
2002 Carnival of Monsters Omnibus repeated on UK Gold; and Robot Omnibus repeated on MPT
2007 - Doomsday repeated on UK Gold; and Smith and Jones and Doctor Who Confidential: Meet Martha Jones both first screened
2009 The Christmas Invasion repeated on UKTV (Aus); and Silence in the Library repeated on BBC3
2010 The Waters of Mars repeated on BBC3 
2011 - The Doctor Dances repeated on Space
2012 The Poison Sky and Doctor Who Confidential: Sontar-Ha! both repeated 
on BBC3; Flesh and Stone first screened on DR3; and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: Extra Time repeated on UKTV (Aus)
2013 - The Tomb of the Cybermen Omnibus and The End of Time, Parts 1 and 2
all repeated on BBC America; Pyramids of Mars, Parts 1 and 2 both repeated on
KBTC; The Christmas Invasion and A Christmas Carol both repeated on Watch;
The Beast Below first screened on WPT Flagship; Flesh and Stone and Doctor Who Confidential: Blinded By The Light both repeated on Iowa PTV; The Girl Who Waited repeated on MPTV; The Bells of Saint John first screened on BBC America, Space and ABC1; and The Companions first screened on BBC America
2014 Destiny of the Daleks, Parts 3 and 4, Frontios, Parts 3 and 4 and Rose all repeated on Syfy (Aus); The Age of Steel repeated on Watch; Partners in Crime 
repeated on WPT; Planet of the Dead repeated on France 4; The Hungry Earth 
repeated on TV3 (Spain); A Christmas Carol and The Impossible Astronaut both repeated on BBC America; The God ComplexClosing Time and The Wedding of 
River Song all repeated on Syfy (Portugal); Dinosaurs on a Spaceship repeated
on BBC Entertainment Latin America and Really Scary TV; The Power of Three 
repeated on Really Scary TV; The Name of the Doctor repeated on Ztélé; and
Doctor Who Explained repeated on BBC Entertainment Latin America
2015 - Invasion of the Dinosaurs, Parts 5 and 6 both repeated on Retro TV;
The Androids of Tara, Part 1, The Eleventh Hour and Let's Kill Hitler all repeated
on Syfy (Aus); State of Decay, Parts 3 and 4 both first screened on Retro TV;
Snakedance, Parts 2 and 3 both repeated on Horror; The End of the World repeated on ABC2; Human Nature repeated on Watch and KCPT2; Vincent and the Doctor, The Lodger and The Pandorica Opens all repeated on BBC America; A Town Called Mercy and The Power of Three both repeated on BBC Nordic HD and BBC Polska HD; The Rings of Akhaten repeated on Syfy (Spain); Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS and The Crimson Horror both repeated on Syfy (Netherlands); and The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith, Episode 1 repeated on Jeem TV (Middle East)

Monday, 30 March 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Coronation Street, Part 1: 1960/61


Shown on the Drama channel again last night, the BBC Four drama, The Road 
to Coronation Street documented the creation of ITV's long-running soap opera,
from inception (as Florizel Street in 1959) to first transmission a year later.
Set mainly at Granada Studios in Manchester, the biopic told the true story
of Tony Warren (born Anthony Simpson in 1936, and played here by David Dawson), a struggling actor and scriptwriter who envisaged a programme that depicted normal, working-class life in a Salford terraced street.
After an initial commission to write thirteen pilot episodes, Warren contributed to the soap - affectionately known as Corrie - until 1978, and even made a cameo appearance in the show's 50th anniversary live edition in 2010.
Based in the fictional Northern town of Weatherfield, Corrie debuted with a live episode on Friday December 9th 1960, and within three months was Britain's most watched TV programme and a national institution.
The show's first year on air included scripts from future Doctor Who writer
Barbara Clegg, guest starred former actor Barry Letts (in two episodes as Wentworth), and featured twenty-four other cast connections:
  • Alan Rothwell (David Barlow, 1960-1968) voiced Janto for Big Finish's The Twilight Kingdom (2004)
  • Daphne Oxenford (Esther Hayes, 1960-1972) was the Archivist in Dragonfire
  • Cyril Luckham (Dr. Tinsley) was the White Guardian from The Ribos Operation to Enlightenment
  • Frank Crawshaw (Arnold Tanner, 1961) was Arnold Farrow in Planet of Giants
  • Campbell Singer (Mason) and Reg Lever (Davies) both appeared in The Celestial Toymaker - Singer was Joey the Clown, the King of Hearts and Sergeant Rugg, and Lever was the Joker in The Hall of Dolls   
  • Graham Rigby (Thief here; Whitehead, 1963; Lambert, 1965/66; Wardle, 1995) was Larry Madison in The Dalek Invasion of Earth
  • Bryan Mosley (Alf Roberts, 1961-1999) had two parts in The Daleks' Master Plan - he was a Prop Man in The Feast of Steven, and Malpha in The Abandoned Planet
  • Fulton Mackay (Dr. Graham) was Dr. Quinn in The Silurians
  • Angela Douglas (Eunice) was Doris Lethbridge-Stewart in Battlefield
  • John Collin (Snape here; Pickens, 1969; and Stringer, 1979) was Brock in The Leisure Hive
  • Robin Wentworth (Dewhurst here; and Greaves, 1969) was Professor Horner in the first episode of The Daemons
  • Donald Morley (Fletcher here; and Bolton, 1974) and Keith Anderson (Constable) both appeared in The Reign of Terror - as Jules Renan and Robespierre respectively
  • Kenneth Cope (Jed Stone, 1961-63, 1966, 2008-09) was Packard in Warriors' Gate
  • Phillip Anthony (Pilkington) was Roald in The Daleks' Master Plan: The Nightmare Begins
  • Keith Marsh (Foreman here; Chippendale, 1966; Marsden, 1980; and Uncle Mervyn, 1999) was Conway in Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD
  • Neville Barber (Marsden) was Dr. Cook in The Time Monsters
  • Steve Plytas (Leo) was Wigner in The Tenth Planet
  • Anne Reid (Valerie Tatlock/Barlow, 1961-1971) was Nurse Crane in The Curse of Fenric, and Florence the Plasmavore in Smith and Jones
  • Jack Woolgar (Stallholder here; and Noblett, 1970) was Staff Sergeant Arnold in The Web of Fear
  • Harold Goldblatt (Riley) was Professor Dale in (episodes 3 and 4 of) Frontier in Space
  • Bernard Kay (Foster) was Carl Tyler in The Dalek Invasion of Earth, Saladin in The Crusade, Inspector Crossland in The Faceless Ones, and Caldwell in Colony in Space, and later voiced Major Dickens for Night Thoughts (Big Finish, 2006)
  • Stratford Johns (Powell) was Monarch in Four to Doomsday
First shown in September 2010, The Road to Coronation Street also featured these Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
  • Lynda Baron (Violet Carson) recorded The Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon (sung off screen) for The Gunfighters way back in 1966, then was Captain Wrack in Enlightenment, then Val in Closing Time 
  • Steven Berkoff (Sidney Bernstein) provided the voice of the Shakri in The Power of Three
  • Celia Imrie (Doris Speed) was Miss Kizlet in The Bells of Saint John, and voiced Dr. Elizabeth Bradley for series two of the Counter Measures spin-off audio drama
  • Tim Palmer was also the cinematographer on Let's Kill HitlerThe Wedding of River Song and Nightmare in Silver
  • Thomas Alibone was assistant director on An Adventure in Space and Time too

Doctor Who On This Day #90


1968 - Fury from the Deep, Episode 3 broadcast
1974 - The Monster of Peladon, Part 2 first screened
1982 - Time Flight, Part 4 first screened
1984 - The Twin Dilemma, Part 4 first screened
1985 - Revelation of the Daleks, Part 2 first screened
1993 The Silurians, Episode 7 repeated on UK Gold
1994 The Androids of Tara, Part 3 repeated on UK Gold
1995 The Ambassadors of Death, Episode 7 repeated on UK Gold
1997 Planet of Evil Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
1998 - The Silurians, Episode 2 first screened on Space
1999 The Web Planet, Episode 2: The Zarbi repeated on UKTV (Aus); The Silurians, Episode 2 repeated on Space; and Terror of the Zygons, Part 2 (of 3) repeated on BBC Choice (Scotland)
2000 - The Chase, Episode 2: The Death of Time repeated on UKTV (Aus); and The Sea Devils, Episode 3 first screened on TG4
2001 - The Invisible Enemy, Part 1 repeated on UKTV (Aus)
2002 The Three Doctors Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
2003 The Three Doctors Omnibus repeated on UK Gold; and Pyramids of Mars, Part 2 repeated on WSKG
2007 - Writer David Ralph Martin died in Bridport, aged 72; and The Weakest Link Doctor Who Special first screened on BBC1
2008 - The Empty Child repeated on WXXI
2009 The Unicorn and the Wasp repeated on BBC3
2010 The Parting of the Ways and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: The Last Battle both repeated on UKTV (Aus)
2011 - The Empty Child repeated on Space
2012 Earthshock, Parts 1 and 2 both repeated on Syfy (Aus); The Sound of 
Drums repeated on Watch; Planet of the Ood repeated on BBC3 and BBC America;
The Sontaran Stratagem repeated on BBC3; The Waters of Mars repeated on BBC America; and Flesh and Stone and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: Blinded By 
The Light both repeated on ABC2
2013 The Mind of Evil Omnibus screened at the Flatpack Festival, Birmingham; 
The Runaway Bride repeated on Watch; The Curse of the Black SpotThe Doctor's WifeThe Rebel FleshThe Almost PeopleA Good Man Goes to WarLet's Kill HitlerNight TerrorsThe Girl Who WaitedClosing TimeThe Wedding of River 
SongThe Doctor, the Widow and the WardrobeAsylum of the DaleksDinosaurs 
on a SpaceshipA Town Called MercyThe Power of ThreeThe Angels Take 
Manhattan and The Snowmen all repeated on BBC America; The God Complex 
repeated on BBC America and Fox (Germany); Closing Time repeated on Fox;
The Bells of Saint John first screened on BBC1; and A Thousand Tiny Wings,
Episode 1 repeated on Radio 4 Extra
2014 - Actress Kate O'Mara died in Sussex, aged 74; The Ark in Space Omnibus repeated on KPTS; The Seeds of Doom, Parts 2 to 6, The Masque of Mandragora,
The Face of EvilImage of the Fendahl Omnibuses, and Destiny of the Daleks, Parts
1 and 2 all repeated on Syfy (Aus); The Sun Makers, Parts 1 and 2 both repeated
on KBTC; Aliens of London repeated on KNCT; The Satan Pit and Love & Monsters 
both repeated on RAI4; Gridlock repeated on Fox (Germany); Partners in Crime 
repeated on WPT Flagship; The Eleventh HourThe Beast Below and Victory of the Daleks all repeated on Watch; Amy's Choice repeated on TV3 (Spain); Vincent and the Doctor The Lodger The Pandorica Opens The Big Bang all repeated on France 4; The Curse of the Black Spot repeated on MPB; The Almost PeopleLet's Kill Hitler and Night Terrors all repeated on KCPT2; A Good Man Goes to War on LPB, Idaho PTV and KCPT2; Asylum of the Daleks repeated on Really Scary TV; A Town 
Called Mercy repeated on BBC Entertainment Europe, Romania, Middle East and Really Scary TV; The Power of Three repeated on UKTV; The Angels Take Manhattan repeated on KCPT; The Bells of Saint John repeated on UKTV (Aus);
The Rings of Akhaten repeated on OETA DT2; Hide repeated on Iowa PTV; Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS repeated on KLRU; The Crimson Horror repeated on KUED; Nightmare in Silver repeated on WXXI; The Day of the Doctor repeated on BBC Entertainment Latin America; and Doctor Who Confidential: The Born Identity repeated on LPB
2015 - The Aztecs Omnibus and 42 both repeated on Watch; The Stones of Blood, Part 4 and The End of Time, Part 2 both repeated on Syfy (Aus); Kinda, Part 4 and Snakedance, Part 1 both repeated on Horror; Rose repeated on ABC2; Army of Ghosts and Doomsday both repeated on EBRU; Amy's Choice, The Hungry Earth and Cold Blood all repeated on BBC America; The Girl Who Waited repeated on WPT; A Town Called Mercy repeated on BBC Nordic HD and BBC Polska HD; The Bells of Saint John repeated on Syfy (Spain); Hide and Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS both repeated on Syfy (Netherlands); and Death in Heaven repeated on BBC Entertainment Latin America

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Doctor Who Vs. A Murder Is Announced

The third installment in the BBC's Miss Marple series was first broadcast in the winter of 1985, and was repeated again on the Alibi channel today. The producers were mindful of the criticism levelled at Margaret Rutherford's comedic portrayal of Jane Marple in four films in the 1960's, and specified that their version of the character remained strictly as written. Published in 1950, the book (the fourth Marple mystery) was billed as Agatha Christie's fiftieth novel, and was faithfully adapted here by Alan Plater. This three-part serial again starred the 79 year old BAFTA nominated actress Joan Hickson as the definitive Marple (forty years after being recommended for the part by Christie herself), and fifteen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
  • Smantha Bond (Julia) played Miss Wormwood in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Invasion of the Bane and Enemy of the Bane, then voiced Mother Baroque for Big Finish's The Scapegoat (2009)
  • Simon Shepherd (Patrick) starred in the The Seprent Crest stories (from AudioGo, all 2011) Tsar Wars (as Boolin), The Broken Crown (as Mr Bewley), and Aladdin Time (as the Magician)
  • Elaine Ives-Cameron (Hannah) was Martha in The Stones of Blood
  • Ralph Michael (the Colonel) was Balaton in The Pirate Planet
  • Sylvia Sims (Mrs Easterbrook) was Lady Pritchard in Ghost Light
  • Carry On actress Joan Sims (Miss Murgatroyd) was Katryca in The Mysterious Planet
  • Liz Crowther (Myrna) voiced Tessa Waylund for Something Inside (BF, 2003)
  • David Collings (Reverand Harmon) was Vorus in Revenge of the Cybermen, Poul in The Robots of Death, and took the titular role in Mawdryn Undead, then voiced an Unbound Doctor for Full Fathom Five (BF, 2003) and Rosato for The King of Sontar (BF, 2014)
  • production manager Alan Wareing worked on the 'classic' series as a production assistant on The Keeper of Traken and manager on Timelash, then directed The Greatest Show in the GalaxyGhost Light and Survival
  • associate producer George Gallacio was a former production manager on thirty-one 'classic' era episodes 
  • production designer Raymond Cusick (pictured in 1964) was assigned to The Daleks to bring Terry Nation's creations to life, and designed sets for nine other early serials
  • cinematographer Peter Hall was a film cameraman on The Seeds of DeathThe Space PiratesColony in SpaceTerror of the Zygons and Logopolis
  • Joanna Newbery was AFM on Time and the Rani too
  • series film recordist Malcolm Campbell was sound recordist on The Caves of Androzani and The Twin Dilemma
  • John Taylor was the boom operator on The Five Doctors too
The BBC Radio 4 treatment of A Murder Is Announced was first transmitted in five weekly parts in 1999, and featured June Whitfield and four further Doctor Who 
cast links:
  • Graham Crowden (Clithering) was Soldeed in The Horns of Nimon
  • Judy Cornwell (Miss Bunner) was Maddy in Paradise Towers
  • Jenny Funnell (Mitzi) voiced Veronica Buchman for Wirrn Isle (BF, 2012)
  • Joanna McCallum (Laura) voiced The Bursar for Night Thoughts (BF, 2006)
Another stage production toured the UK recently with Louise Jameson in the
lead with:
  • Jo Castleton (Letitia) appeared in the spin-off video dramas Auton 2 (1998), Auton 3 (1999), and Zygon (2008), then voiced Lady Sarah for The Marian Conspiracy (BF, 2000) and Sciencetech Vi Kruger for Dark Eyes 2 (2014)
  • Ben Roddy (Edmund) voiced Operations for The Nowhere Place (BF, 2006)
A national theatrical run in 2013 starred Katy Manning (as Letitia Blacklock) with:
  • Gearaldine Newman (Marple) voiced Eliza for The Wishing Beast (BF, 2007) and Lady Sybil for The Doomwood Curse (BF, 2008)
  • Gemma Bissix voiced Aglae for The Fires of Vulcan (BF, 2000)
  • John D Collins was Talor in Arc of Infinity

Doctor Who On This Day #89


1936 - Composer Sir Richard Rodney Bennett born in Broadstairs
1969 - The Space Pirates, Episode 4 broadcast
1975 - Genesis of the Daleks, Part 4 first screened
1982 - Time Flight, Part 3 first screened
1984 - The Twin Dilemma, Part 3 first screened
1993 The Silurians, Episode 6 repeated on UK Gold
1994 The Androids of Tara, Part 2 repeated on UK Gold
1995 The Ambassadors of Death, Episode 6 repeated on UK Gold
1998 The Edge of Destruction, Episode 1 repeated on Space; and The Twin Dilemma Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
1999 - The Web Planet, Episode 1 repeated on UKTV (Aus); The Time Meddler, Episode 4: Checkmate and The Silurians, Episode 1 both repeated on Space; Genesis of the Daleks Omnibus repeated on KQED Plus; and Terror of the Zygons, Part 1 (of 3) repeated on BBC Choice (Scotland);
2000 - The Chase, Episode 1: The Executioners repeated on UKTV (Aus); and The Sea Devils, Episode 2 first screened on TG4
2001 - The Sun Makers, Part 1 repeated on UKTV (Aus)
2002 Death Comes to Time: No Child of Earth, Part 1 released on BBCi
2003 The Time Monster Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
2005 - Project Who? Part 2: Reverse the Polarity first broadcast on Radio 2
2009 - The Family of Blood first screened on WXXI; and The Story of Doctor Who first broadcast on Radio 7
2011 Father's Day repeated on Space; and The Girl in the Fireplace repeated on UKTV (Aus)
2012 The Brain of Morbius, Episode 6 repeated on Radio 4 Extra; Black Orchid 
Omnibus repeated on Syfy (Aus); Utopia repeated on Watch; The Fires of Pompeii repeated on BBC America; The Time of Angels and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: Eyes Wide Open both repeated on ABC2; and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: Send in the Clones repeated on UKTV (Aus)
2013 The Christmas Invasion repeated on Syfy (Portugal); The Runaway Bride 
and Doctor Who Prom (2010) both repeated on Watch; The Eleventh HourThe 
Beast BelowThe Time of AngelsFlesh and StoneThe Vampires of VeniceAmy's ChoiceThe Hungry EarthCold BloodVincent and the DoctorThe LodgerThe Pandorica OpensThe Big BangA Christmas CarolThe Impossible Astronaut, and 
Day of the Moon all repeated on BBC America; and Victory of the Daleks repeated
on Syfy (Portugal) and BBC America
2014 Revenge of the Cybermen and Terror of the Zygons Omnibuses, The Seeds of Doom, Part 1, Mawdryn Undead, Parts 2, 3 and 4, The King's DemonsWarriors of the DeepPlanet of Fire and The Caves of Androzani Omnibuses all repeated on Syfy (Aus); The Idiot's Lantern and The Impossible Planet both repeated on RAI4; The Stolen EarthJourney's EndPlanet of the DeadThe Vampires of VeniceAmy's ChoiceThe Hungry EarthCold BloodThe Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe 
and The Day of the Doctor all repeated on France 4; The Pandorica Opens and 
Doctor Who Confidential: Alien Abduction and Out of Time all repeated on BBC Nordic HD and BBC Polska HD; The Big Bang repeated on BBC3, BBC Nordic HD and BBC Polska HD; Day of the Moon repeated on Jeem TV (Middle East); Night Terrors 
repeated on BBC Nordic and AXN Adria; The Girl Who Waited repeated on KCPT2; 
Asylum of the Daleks repeated on France 4 and Really Scary TV; Dinosaurs on 
a Spaceship repeated on BBC Entertainment Europe, Romania, Middle East and 
WGVU; A Town Called Mercy repeated on BBC Entertainment Europe, Romania, 
Middle East and UKTV (NZ); The SnowmenThe Bells of Saint John and Cold War 
all repeated on BBC America; The Rings of Akhaten repeated on BBC America and OETA; Hide repeated on Syfy (Netherlands); The Crimson HorrorNightmare in Silver and The Name of the Doctor all repeated on Really Scary TV; and Doctor Who Confidential: After Effects repeated on BBC Entertainment Europe, Romania and Middle East
2015 - The War Machines, Episodes 3 and 4 and The Dominators, Episodes 1 and 2 all repeated on Retro TV; Pyramids of Mars, Part 3 repeated on KPTS; Planet of Evil, Parts 3 and 4, The Stones of Blood, Part 3 and A Good Man Goes to War all repeated on Syfy (Aus); The Android Invasion Omnibus repeated on Horror; Kinda, Parts 1 and 2 both repeated on KBTC; The Christmas Invasion repeated on EBRU and UNC-TV; New Earth, Tooth and Claw and School Reunion all repeated on EBRU; 
Love & Monsters repeated on KNCT; Gridlock, Daleks in Manhattan, Evolution of the Daleks and The Lazarus Experiment all repeated on KCPT2; 42, Human Nature, The Family of Blood, Blink, Utopia and Dinosaurs on a Spaceship all repeated on Watch; The End of Time, Part 1 repeated on BBC Entertainment Latin America and Syfy (Aus); The End of Time, Part 2, The Day of the Doctor and An Adventure in Space and Time all repeated on BBC Entertainment Latin America; The Time of Angels repeated on KCPT; A Christmas Carol, Into the Dalek, Robot of Sherwood and Listen all repeated on France 4; The Girl Who Waited repeated on WPT; The Snowmen repeated on WVPB and MPTV; Hide repeated on MPB; The Crimson Horror repeated on OETA; Dark Water first screened on RAI4; and Doctor Who Confidential: Fear Factor repeated on Iowa PTV

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Ripper Street, Series 1

This dark period drama, a joint production  from Tiger Aspect
and BBC America, was created by Richard Warlow and was filmed entirely in Dublin which doubled for the East End of London.
Set in Victorian Whitechapel, the series opens in April 1889, just six months since the last killing by Jack the Ripper, and H Division is responsible for policing this poor and overcrowded district. Here, the real-life head of CID, DI Edmund Reid (1846-1917), portrayed by Matthew Macfayden, was joined by fictional detectives, DS Bennet Drake (Jerome Flynn) and former Pinkerton agent, Captain Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg). The most prominent figure in the Whitechapel Murders investigation, DCI Frederick Abbeline (1843-1929), also appeared in four episodes, and was played by Clive Russell.
The first, eight part season of Ripper Street began another repeat run on the Drama channel this week, and featured Paul McGann (as Stanley Bone in part four) and fifteen other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

I Need a Light (UK TX: December 30 2012/US TX: January 19 2013)
  • Julian Bleach (Creighton) was Davros in The Stolen Earth and Journey's End
  • Steven Robertson (Thwaites) has been cast in Series 9
  • Mark Dexter (Donaldson) was Dad in Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead
  • prosthetics designer Waldo Mason was in the SFX crew on Aliens of London
In My Protection (TX: January 6 2013)
  • Michael Smiley (George Lusk) was Colonel Morgan Blue in Into the Dalek, and voiced Seedleson for Creatures of Beauty (Big Finnish, 2003)
The King Came Calling (TX: January 13)
  • Simon Gregor (Claxton) was the Steward in The Vampires of Venice
The Good of this City (TX: January 20)
  • series regular MyAnna Buring (Long Susan) was Scooti Manista (pictued) in The Impossible Planet
The Weight of One Man's Heart (TX: January 27)
  • director (here and part six) Colm McCarthy helmed The Bells of Saint John too
  • Iain Glen (Faulkner) was Father Octavian in The Time of Angels and Flesh and Stone
Tournament of Shadows (TX: February 3)
  • Peter Ferdinando (Morris) was Half-Face Man in Deep Breath
  • Edward Peel (Norwood) was Kane in Dragonfire
  • Derek Riddell (Constantine) was Sir Robert MacLeish in Tooth and Claw
  • David Verrey (Volsky) was Joseph Green in Aliens of London and World War Three
A Man of My Company (TX: February 17)
  • Oliver Cotton (Goldman) voiced Sir Gideon Hale for 1963: The Assassination Games (BF, 2013)
What Use Our Work? (TX: February 24)
  • series regular Lucy Cohu (Deborah Goren) was Alice Carter in Torchwood: Children of Earth