Thursday, 26 February 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Cracker, Series 2

Actors Robbie Coltrane (here playing criminal psychologist 'Fitz'), Geraldine Somerville (as DS Penhaligon), and Lorcan Cranitch (DS Beck) all returned for three new thrillers, first broadcast on ITV in the autumn of 1994.
Christopher Eccleston left his role as Chief Inspector Bilborough in the first story (he was killed by Robert Carlyle's character, Albie Kinsella), and he was succeeded by Ricky Tomlinson as new DCI, Charlie Wise.
Another repeat run of the second, nine-part season concluded on ITV3 last night, and featured Maureen O'Brien (pictured as Virginia Trant in the second serial), and twelve other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

To Be A Somebody (TX: October 10 to 24 1994)
  • for series semi-regulars Paul Copley (Pathologist), Edward Peel (Chief Superintendent), Barbara Flynn (Judith) and Peter Brayahm (stunts) see my blog for Series 1 of Cracker
  • series production manager Des Hughes was the line producer on eight recent adventures, from The Snowmen to The Time of the Doctor, and made a cameo appearance in The Five(ish) Doctors
  • Dorothy Friend worked on the continuity for Boom Town too
The Big Crunch (TX: October 31 to November 14)
  • Emma Cunniffe (Sarah) played Claire in Night Terrors
  • Big Fiish artist James Fleet (Michael Trant) voiced O'Reilley for Max Warp (2008), Geoff Cooper for The Entropy Composition, and Martin Ashcroft and Sir Jack Merrivale for Special Features (both featured on The Demons of Red Lodge release of 2010)
  • Ellie Haddington (Mrs Barnes) was Professor Docherty in Last of the Time Lords
  • Jim Carter (Kenneth Trant) voiced Brother Bernard for The Book of Kells (BF, 2010)
Men Should Weep (TX: November 21 to December 5)
    • Rachel Davies (Mrs Malcolm) was Camilla in State of Decay
    • series casting assistant Andy Pryor has been the casting director on the revived series since Rose

    Doctor Who On This Day #57


    1966 - The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve, Episode 4: Bell of Doom broadcast
    1972 - The Sea Devils, Episode 1 first screened
    1977 - The Talons of Weng-Chiang, Part 1 first screened
    1993 - Caves of Androzani, Part 2 repeated on BBC2
    1995 Ghost Light Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
    1998 - The Krotons, Episode 4 first screened on Space
    1999 The Space Museum Omnibus repeated on UK Gold; The Krotons, Episode 4 repeated on Space; and The Invasion of Time, Parts 6 repeated on UKTV (Aus)
    2000 The Sensorites Omnibus repeated on UKTV (Aus); The SiluriansEpisode 3 repeated on Space; The Deadly Assassin, Parts 1 and 2 both first screened on BBC America; and The Robots of Death, Part 2 first screened on Prairie PTV
    2001 The Hand of Fear, Part 3 repeated on UKTV (Aus)
    2005 The Invisible Enemy Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
    2006 The Ambassadors of Death Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
    2009 - Gridlock and Doctor Who Confidential: Are We There Yet? both repeated
    on BBC3
    2010 Voyage of the Damned repeated on BBC3
    2011 Amy's ChoiceThe Hungry Earth and Cold Blood all first screened on
    France 4
    2012 - Inferno, Episodes 3 and 4 both repeated on KBTC; School ReunionThe Girl in the Fireplace and Planet of the Dead all repeated on Watch; The Big Bang repeated on MPTV; The Rebel Flesh and The Almost People both repeated on Fox (Germany); and The Girl Who Waited first screened on KBS2
    2013 Utopia repeated on UKTV (NZ); Silence in the Library repeated on Watch;
    The Waters of Mars repeated on BBC America; and the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular staged at the BBC Worldwide Showcase in Liverpool
    2014 Image of the Fendahl, Parts 1 and 2 and Kinda, Parts 3 and 4 all repeated on Syfy (Aus); The Idiot's Lantern and The Impossible Planet both repeated on BBC America; The Sound of Drums and Last of the Time Lords both repeated on TV3;
    Forest of the Dead repeated on France 4; The Time of Angels repeated on Syfy (Portugal); Vincent and the Doctor repeated on Jeem TV (UK); Closing Time 
    repeated on Watch; The Snowmen repeated on Syfy (Netherlands); and The Crimson Horror repeated on BBC Entertainment Latin America HD
    2015 The Talons of Weng-Chiang, Parts 2 and 3 both repeated on Horror; 
    Underworld, Part 2 and Blink both repeated on Syfy (Aus); The Stones of Blood,
    Parts 3 and 4 both first screened on Retro TV; The Impossible Planet repeated on KCPT2; The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe and Asylum of the Daleks both 
    repeated on BBC America; Nightmare in Silver repeated on BBC Nordic HD and BBC Polska HD; and Flatline and Doctor Who Confidential: When Time Froze both 
    repeated on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific

    Wednesday, 25 February 2015

    Doctor Who Vs. Poirot, Series 2

    David Suchet reprised his iconic portrayal of Hercule Poirot, with Hugh Fraser (Captain Hastings), Philip Jackson (Inspector Japp), and Pauline Moran (Miss Lemon) all returning for nine new period crime dramas, which first aired on ITV in the winter of 1990.
    Four of the serials were based on short stories from 
    Poirot's Early Cases (published by Collins in 1974), another four derived from Poirot Investigates (1924), and the opening feature-length episode was based on Agatha Christie's seventh Poirot novel (1932).
    A repeat run of season two continues on ITV Encore 
    tonight, and featured thirty-three Doctor Who cast and 
    crew connections:


    Peril At End House (TX: January 7 1990)
    • Jeremy Young (Croft) played Kal in 100,000 BC, and Gordon Lowery in Mission to the Unknown
    • Alison Sterling (Freddie) had an unspecified role in Big Finish's The Natural History of Fear, and voiced Tarrith Koth for The Twilight Kingdom (both 2004)
    • Jenny Funnell (Andrews) voiced Veronica Buchman for Wirrn Isle (2012), and Reaver for The King of Sontar (2014)
    • Godfrey James (Inspector) was Tarn in Underworld
    • cinematographer Peter Bartlett was a camera operator on The Abominable Snowmen
    • Jamie Harcourt was a camera operator on The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit too
    The Veiled Lady (TX: January 14)
    • Frances Barber (Millicent) was Madame Kovarian (pictured) throughout the Series six story arc
    • Lloyd McGuire (Guard) was Lugo in The Face of Evil, and voiced Lieutenant Tendexter for The Architects of History (BF, 2010)
    • stuntman Valentino Musetti made six uncredited appearances in the 'classic' series - he was a Mongol Bandit in Marco Polo: Riders from Shang-Tu, a Saracen Warrior in The Crusade: The Lion, an Egyptian in The Daleks' Master Plan, a Prisoner in The Mind of Evil, and an extra in Colony in Space, and The Time Monster
    The Lost Mine (TX: January 21)
    • Colin Stinton (Lester) was President Arthur Winters in The Sound of Drums
    • James Saxon (Dyer) was Oscar Botcherby in The Two Doctors
    • Vincent Wong (Chinaman) was Ho in The Talons of Weng-Chiang, the Chinese Delegate in Day of the Daleks, and a Captain in Enlightenment
    • Hi Ching (Feng) made his TV debut as an uncredited Gaztak in Meglos
    • Ozzie Yue (Manager) was a Foreman in The Angels Take Manhattan
    • Lee Richards (Policewoman) was the Buxom Romana in Destiny of the Daleks
    The Cornish Mystery (TX: January 28)
    • Jerome Willis (Pengelley) was Stevens in The Green Death
    • Derek Benfield (Adams) voiced Dr John Hallam for Catch 1782 (2005)
    • Richard Braine (Assistant) voiced Percy Closed for The English Way of Death (2015)
    The Disappearance of Mr Davenheim (TX: February 4)
    • Kenneth Colley (Davenheim) voiced Cristophe Zarodnix for Sisters of the Flame and Vengeance of Morbius (both 2008)
    • Richard Beale (Merritt) voiced a Refusian in The Ark, and a Broadcaster for The Macra Terror, then appeared as Bat Masterson (pictured) in The Gunfighters, and as a Minister in The Green Death
    Double Sin (TX: February 11)
    • Elspet Gray (Penn) was Chancellor Thalia in Arc of Infinity, and voiced Hera for Immortal Beloved (BF, 2007)
    • Gerard Horan (Flagg) was Mr. Clark and Father of Mine in Human Nature and The Family of Blood
    • Michael J Shannon (Baker Wood) voiced Prosecutor Uglosi for Nevermore (2010)
    • George Little (Dicker) was Haroun ed-Din in The Crusade
    The Adventure of the Cheap Flat (TX: February 18)
    • Samantha Bond (Stella) was Miss Wormwood in The Sarah Jane Adventures pilot, Invasion of the Bane, and Enemy of the Bane, and voiced Mother Baroque for The Scapegoat (BF, 2009)
    • Jemma Churchill (Elsie) voiced Lady Forleon for Creatures of Beauty (2003)
    • Peter Howell (Paul) was the Investigator in The Mutants
    • Nigel Whitmey (Valdarno) was Simmons in Dalek
    The Kidnapped Prime Minister (TX: February 25)
    • Patrick Godfrey (Estair) was Tor in The Savages and Major Cosworth in The Mind of Evil
    • Timothy Block (Norman) was Tanner in Black Orchid
    The Adventure of the Western Star (TX: March 4)
    • Struan Rodger (Van Braks) provided the voice of the Face of Boe in New Earth and Gridlock
    • Ian Collier (Sergeant) was Stuart Hyde in The Time Monster, and Omega in Arc of Infinity
    • Bruce Montague (Hoffberg) voiced Elgin for The Genocide Machine (BF, 2000) and Grash for Sword of Orion (2001)

    Doctor Who On This Day #56


    1967 - The Moonbase, Episode 3 first broadcast
    1978 - The Invasion of Time, Part 4 first screened
    1994 Underworld, Part 2 repeated on UK Gold
    1995 Paradise Towers, Part 4 repeated on UK Gold
    1996 The Androids of Tara Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
    1998 - The Krotons, Episode 3 first screened on Space
    1999 - The Krotons, Episode 3 repeated on Space; and The Invasion of Time, Parts 5 repeated on UKTV (Aus)
    2000 - Planet of Giants, Episode 3: Crisis repeated on UKTV (Aus); and The 
    SiluriansEpisode 2 repeated on Space
    2001 Genesis of the Daleks Omnibus repeated on UK Gold; and The Happiness Patrol Omnibus repeated on MPT
    2006 The Silurians Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
    2007 The Time Monster Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
    2010 Last of the Time Lords and Doctor Who Confidential: The Valiant Quest both repeated on BBC3
    2011 - The Sontaran Stratagem repeated on Space; and The Big Bang repeated
    on BBC3
    2012 Gridlock and Daleks in Manhattan both repeated on BBC3
    2013 The Aztecs, Episodes 3 and 4, The Tomb of the Cybermen Omnibus and
    Planet of the Dead all repeated on BBC America; Utopia repeated on UKTV (NZ); 
    The Unicorn and the Wasp repeated on Watch; The Doctor's Wife repeated on WTTW HD; and The Doctors Revisited: The Second Doctor first screened on BBC America
    2014 - The Invisible Enemy, Parts 3 and 4 and Kinda, Parts 1 and 2 all repeated 
    on Syfy (Aus); Rise of the Cybermen and The Age of Steel both repeated on BBC America; Utopia repeated on TV3; Silence in the Library repeated on France 4; 
    Victory of the Daleks and The Day of the Doctor both repeated on Syfy (Portugal); 
    The God Complex repeated on Watch; and Asylum of the Daleks repeated on WGVU
    2015 - Designer Barry Newbery died in Britain, aged 88; The Robots of Death, Part 4 and The Talons of Weng-Chiang, Part 1 both repeated on Horror; Underworld, Part 1 and The Family of Blood both repeated on Syfy (Aus); The Stones of Blood, Parts 1 and 2 both first screened on Retro TV; The Long Game repeated on Watch; The Idiot's Lantern repeated on KCPT2; Closing Time and The Wedding of River Song both repeated on BBC America; The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe 
    repeated on Syfy (Netherlands); A Town Called Mercy and The Power of Three both repeated on KLRU; The Crimson Horror repeated on BBC Nordic HD and BBC Polska HD; Time Heist and The Caretaker both repeated on Fox (Germany); 
    and Mummy on the Orient Express repeated on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific

    Tuesday, 24 February 2015

    Doctor Who Vs. Whitechapel, Series 3


    This excellent dark and gritty crime drama series returned to ITV1 for a third run in the winter of 2012. Now extended to six episodes (three two-parters), and again written by Ben Court and Caroline Ip, the show's cast was again headed by Rupert Penry-Jones as DI Joe Chandler (pictured, centre). 
    Also reprising their regular roles were former Doctor Who guest stars Phil Davis (DS Ray Miles, left), Steve Pemberton (Edward Buchan, right), Claire Rushbrook (Dr. Caroline Llewellyn), and Sam Stockman (DC Emerson Kent).
    The recurring motif of Whitechapel - the recreation of historic East End crimes (again researched here by fictional Ripperologist, Buchan) - now centred on the famous Ratcliffe Highway Murders of 1811, the Thames Torso mysteries of Victorian London (1873/74 and 1887-89), and even the urban legend of the 'bogeyman'. Previous series dramatised (with varying success) both a modern-day Jack the Ripper, and then new Kray twins.
    A repeat run of season three is currently underway on ITV Encore, and featured these twenty-one Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

    'Case One' (TX: January 30 & February 6)
    • Christina Chong (Lizzie Pepper) and script supervisor Lindsay Grant both worked on A Good Man Goes to War - the former played Lorna Bucket
    • Ben Bishop (DC Mansell) voiced Stone for Big Finish's The Justice of Jalxar (2013)
    • Mona Hammond (Voodoo Lady) was Rita Anne in Rise of the Cybermen
    • David Schneider (Salter) voiced Ernst Bratfisch for The Silver Turk (BF, 2011)
    • Ben Smith (Wilke) was Luke in School Reunion
    • Nina Toussaint-White (Tish) was Mels in Let's Kill Hitler
    • Richard Cordery (Collier) voiced Professor Rinxo Jabbery for Plague of the Daleks (BF, 2009) and Sam for A Town Called Fortune (BF, 2010)
    • former script writer John Flanagan (Landlord) wrote Meglos
    • David Mason was also line producer on The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon
    • film editor Anthony Combes edited The Wedding of River Song too
    'Case Two' (TX: February 13 & 20)
    • director Richard Clark also helmed Gridlock, The Lazarus ExperimentThe Doctor's Wife and Night Terrors
    • Paul Chequer (Merceron) voiced a Servo Robot for Serpent Crest: Tsar Wars (AudioGo, 2011)
    • Camilla Power (DI Norroy) voiced Councillor Kostal for The Valley of Death (BF, 2011)
    • Pip Torrens (Underwood) was Headmaster Rocastle for Human Nature and The Family of Blood
    • Stephanie Carey was also a stunt performer on Voyage of the DamnedThe Beast BelowThe Curse of the Black SpotLet's Kill Hitler and The Girl Who Waited
    'Case Three' (TX: February 27 & March 5)
    • Holli Dempsey (Elsa) was Kelly in Closing Time
    • Victoria Alcock (Cindy) was Angela in Planet of the Dead, and voiced Marion for Power Play (BF, 2012)
    • Owen McPolin was also the cinematographer on The Eleventh Hour, The Doctor's Wife, Night Terrors, The Girl Who Waited and The God Complex
    • series SFX make-up artist Paul McGuinness was Drathro in The Mysterious Planet
    • series props master Garry Dawson worked on stand-by props on Cold War and The Crimson Horror

    Doctor Who On This Day #55


    1968 - The Web of Fear, Episode 4 first broadcast
    1973 - Frontier in Space, Episode 1 first screened
    1979 - The Armageddon FactorPart 6 first screened
    1984 - Planet of Fire, Part 2 first screened
    1994 Underworld, Part 1 repeated on UK Gold
    1996 - The Ghosts of N-Space, Episode 6 first broadcast on Radio 2
    1997 Planet of the Daleks Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
    1998 - The Krotons, Episode 2 first screened on Space
    1999 - The Krotons, Episode 2 repeated on Space; and The Invasion of Time, Parts 4 repeated on UKTV (Aus)
    2000 - Planet of Giants, Episode 2: Dangerous Journey repeated on UKTV (Aus); The SiluriansEpisode 1 repeated on Space; and Day of the Daleks, Episode 1 first screened on TG4
    2001 The Brain of Morbius Omnibus repeated on UKTV (Aus); and The Androids 
    of Tara, Part 3 first screened on Prairie PTV
    2002 The Mind of Evil Omnibus repeated on UK Gold; and Invasion of the Dinosaurs 
    Omnibus repeated on MPT
    2007 The Impossible Planet repeated on UK Gold
    2008 - Dalek first screened on WXXI
    2009 - The Empty Child and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: Special Effects both repeated on UKTV (Aus); The Girl in the Fireplace and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: From Script to Screen both repeated on ABC1; and The Shakespeare Code and Doctor Who Confidential: Stage Fright both repeated on BBC3
    2010 The Sound of Drums and Doctor Who Confidential: The Saxon Mystery 
    both repeated on BBC3
    2011 Planet of the Ood repeated on Space
    2012 The Satan Pit repeated on BBC America; The Sound of Drums repeated
    on BBC Entertainment India and ABC2; Smith and Jones and The Shakespeare Code both repeated on BBC3; and Midnight repeated on Watch
    2013 The Aztecs, Episodes 1 and 2 both repeated on BBC America; The Seeds 
    of Death Omnibus repeated on UKTV; Revenge of the Cybermen, Parts 3 and 4
    both repeated on KBTC; 42 and Human Nature both repeated on France 4; Blink 
    repeated on UKTV (NZ); Victory of the Daleks and Doctor Who Confidential: War Games both repeated on Iowa PTV; The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon both repeated on Fox (Germany); Let's Kill Hitler repeated on MPTV; The Wedding of River Song and Doctor Who Confidential: When Time Froze both first screened on WPT; and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: The Born Identity 
    repeated on UKTV (Aus)
    2014 The Invisible Enemy, Parts 1 and 2 and Four to Doomsday, Parts 3 and 4 all repeated on Syfy (Aus); School Reunion and The Girl in the Fireplace both repeated on BBC America; Blink repeated on TV3; The Unicorn and the Wasp repeated on France 4; The End of Time, Part 2, The Eleventh Hour and The Beast Below all
    repeated on Syfy (Portugal); The Almost People repeated on BBC Entertainment Latin America; The Girl Who Waited repeated on Watch; and Cold War repeated
    on Ztélé
    2015 The Robots of Death, Parts 2 and 3 both repeated on Horror; The Sun Makers, Part 4, Human Nature and The Curse of the Black Spot all repeated on Syfy (Aus); The Pirate Planet, Parts 3 and 4 both first screened on Retro TV; Dalek 
    repeated on Watch; The Age of Steel repeated on KCPT2; The Girl Who Waited and The God Complex both repeated on BBC America; The Wedding of River Song 
    repeated on Syfy (Netherlands); Cold War and Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS both repeated on BBC Nordic HD and BBC Polska HD; and Kill the MoonDoctor Who Confidential: Open All Hours and When Time Froze all repeated on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific

    Monday, 23 February 2015

    Doctor Who Vs. Murder At The Vicarage

    Following an initial short-story appearance in The Tuesday Night Club (1926), Agatha Christie's first full-length Miss Marple mystery, her tenth novel, was published in 1930.
    Murder at the Vicarage was originally dramatised for television by BBC1 (as their fifth serial), and was first screened on Christmas Day, 1986.
    For regular series production crew members George Gallaccio (producer here), John Walker (cinematographer) and Bernard Ashby (editor) and their 'classic' era links, see my blog for The Body in the Library.
    The serial was shown again on the Alibi cable channel yesterday, and featured nine further Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

    • Jack Galloway (Archer) played Captain Joseph Willow in The Awakening
    • Christopher Good (Hawes) was Morgan (pictured) in The Beast Below
    • Rachel Weaver (Mary) was Inga in Terminus
    • Kathleen Bidmead (Miss Wetherby) had five uncredited roles in the 'classic' run - a Tribe Elder in The Mysterious Planet, a Rezzie in Paradise Towers, Mrs. Smith in Remembrance of the Daleks, a Tourist in Silver Nemesis and Woman in Survival
    • Thea Murray was a production assistant on The Masque of Mandragora too
    • production designer Raymond London also designed The War MachinesThe Krotons and The Mind of Evil
    • Sylvia Thornton was make-up designer on The Android Invasion too
    • Bill Chesneau was also sound recordist on The InvasionThe Curse of PeladonDeath to the Daleks and The Leisure Hive
    • Christopher Sandeman was the AFM on Time and the Rani too
    BBC Radio 4 transmitted a five-part adaptation of Murder at the Vicarage in December 1995. June Whitfield again voiced Miss Marple, and was joined by:
    • Richard Todd (Melchett) was Sanders in Kinda
    • Imelda Staunton (Griselda) provided the voice of the Interface for The Girl Who Waited