Friday, 28 November 2014

Doctor Who On This Day #333

1964 The Dalek Invasion of Earth, Episode 2: The Daleks first broadcast
1987 - Actress Karen Sheila Gillan born in Inverness, Scotland
1990 - Search Out Science: Space repeated on BBC2
1993 The Daleks, Episodes 1 to 4 all repeated on UK Gold
1994 The Ultimate Foe, Part 14 repeated on UK Gold
1995 The Face of Evil, Part 4 repeated on UK Gold
1997 Planet of Giants, Episode 1 first screened on Space
1998 The Romans Omnibus repeated on MPT; The War Games, Episodes 5 to 10 all repeated on UK Gold; Spearhead from Space, Episodes 3 and 4 both repeated on NHPTV; Inferno, Episodes 6 and 7 both repeated on Iowa PTV; Frontier in Space, Episodes 5 and 6 both repeated on Colorado PTV; Robot, Part 4 first screened on Prairie PTV; The Ark in Space, Parts 1 and 2 both repeated on BBC America; The Invisible Enemy, Parts 2 and 3 both repeated on BBC Prime; The Five Doctors Omnibus repeated on UKTV (Aus); and Frontios Omnibus repeated on WUFT
1999 - The Sensorites, Episode 4: A Race Against Death repeated on Space;
The Three Doctors, Episodes 3 and 4 both repeated on KBTC; The Green Death, Episodes 4 and 5 both repeated on WCET; Invasion of the Dinosaurs Omnibus
repeated on NHPTV; Pyramids of Mars, Part 4 repeated on Twin Cities PTV; The 
Android Invasion, Part 4 repeated on Lakeshore PTV; The Deadly Assassin 
Omnibus repeated on MPT; Image of the Fendahl, Parts 1 and 2 both repeated
on MiND; The Pirate Planet Omnibus repeated on KRWG; Earthshock Omnibus repeated on UK Gold; Planet of Fire, Part 4 repeated on WUSF; and The Mark of 
the Rani Omnibus repeated on KSPS
2000 - The Monster of Peladon, Part 3 repeated on UKTV (Aus)
2002 - Hellblossom resumed for another three-day run at the Bridge Theatre, Northbridge, Perth, Australia
2003 The Keeper of Traken, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on UK Gold
2004 The Greatest Show in the Galaxy Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
2007 The Age of Steel and Doctor Who Confidential: From Zero to Hero both 
repeated on BBC3
2008 The Family of Blood and Doctor Who Confidential: Bad Blood both repeated on BBC3
2011 Meglos, Parts 1 and 2 both repeated on Syfy (Aus); Rise of the Cybermen and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: Stage Fright both repeated
on UKTV (Aus); and A Good Man Goes to War first screened on Syfy (Spain)
2012 Planet of the Spiders, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on Syfy (Aus); The Unquiet Dead repeated on BBC America; and Turn Left and The Stolen Earth both first screened on Fox (Germany)
2013 - Meglos, Parts 1 and 2 both repeated on Syfy (Aus); Dalek repeated on
France 4; The Age of Steel repeated on Watch; The Lazarus Experiment repeated
on UKTV (Aus); The Eleventh Hour repeated on Syfy (Portugal); The Impossible Astronaut repeated on BBC Entertainment Latin America; Night Terrors repeated on BBC Nordic; The Wedding of River Song repeated on BBC Nordic HD and Polska HD; The Power of Three first screened on Syfy (Spain); The Snowmen repeated on WTTW Prime; The Day of the Doctor repeated on Ztélé; Behind the Lens repeated on the BBC Red Button; and Doctor Who Explained and The Best of the Monsters 
both repeated on BBC Entertainment Europe
2014 - The Time Warrior, Parts 3 and 4 both first screened on Retro TV; The Greatest Show in the GalaxyParts 3 and 4 both first screened on Horror; The Sound of Drums and Last of the Time Lords both repeated on UKTV (NZ); The Doctor's Daughter repeated on Watch; Cold Blood, Vincent and the Doctor, 
The Lodger, The Pandorica Opens and The Big Bang all repeated on Syfy (Aus);
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship repeated on BBC Nordic HD and BBC Polska HD; The Bells of Saint John and The Rings of Akhaten both repeated on Jeem TV (Middle East);
The Crimson Horror repeated on YLE TV2; Mummy on the Orient Express repeated on DR3; and Death In Heaven first screened on BBC Entertainment Latin America

Thursday, 27 November 2014

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.
The second, nine-part season - which began a repeat run on
ITV3 last night - featured Maureen O'Brien (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 #332


    1935 - Producer Verity Ann Lambert born in London; and writer Johnny Byrne born in Dublin
    1963 - The BBC Programme Review board made the unusual decision to repeat the first episode of their newest drama series - An Unearthly Child was thus reshown before episode two
    1965 - The Daleks' Master Plan, Episode 3: Devil's Planet broadcast
    1976 Pyramids of Mars Omnibus screened on BBC1
    1992 - The Sensorites, Episode 1: Strangers in Space repeated on UK Gold; and The Daemons, Episode 2 repeated on BBC2
    1993 - Dimensions In Time, Part 2 first screened
    1994 Planet of Fire Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
    1997 The Sensorites, Episode 6: A Desperate Venture first screened on Space
    1998 - Planet of Giants, Episode 1 repeated on Space; Genesis of the Daleks, Part 3 repeated on UKTV (Aus) and Part 6 repeated on BBC Chocie; and The Curse of Fenric, Part 4 and The Antique Doctor Who Show both repeated on BBC Choice
    1999 The Sensorites, Episode 3: Hidden Danger repeated on Space; The Dominators Omnibus repeated on UK Gold; Invasion of the Dinosaurs, Parts 4 and 5 both repeated on Iowa PTV; The Hand of Fear, Parts 1 and 2 both first screened on BBC America; The Deadly Assassin, Part 1 first screened on Prairie PTV; and The Five Doctors (4-part version) repeated on UK Gold
    2000 - The Monster of Peladon, Part 2 repeated on UKTV (Aus)
    2003 Scream of the Shalka, Episode 3 released online; and The Keeper of Traken, Parts 1 and 2 both repeated on UK Gold
    2004 Silver Nemesis Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
    2005 Paradise Towers Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
    2007 Rise of the Cybermen and Doctor Who Confidential: Cybermen both 
    repeated on BBC3; and The Impossible Planet repeated on UKTV (Aus)
    2011 The War Games, Episodes 9 and 10 both repeated on KBTC; The Leisure Hive, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on Syfy (Aus); and The Beast Below and The Vampires of Venice both repeated on Boing
    2012 Planet of the Spiders, Parts 1 and 2 both repeated on Syfy (Aus); The End of the World repeated on BBC America; and The Wedding of River Song repeated
    on UKTV (Aus)
    2013 The Leisure Hive, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on Syfy (Aus); World War Three repeated on France 4; Rise of the Cybermen repeated on Watch; Evolution of the Daleks repeated on UKTV (Aus); Utopia repeated on BBC America; The End of Time, Part 2 repeated on Syfy (Portugal); Let's Kill Hitler repeated on BBC Nordic; 
    The God Complex and Closing Time both repeated on BBC Nordic HD and BBC Polska HD; The Rings of Akhaten repeated on Fox (Germany); The Day of the Doctor repeated on Ztélé; and Doctor Who: Legacy mobile phone game released
    2014 - The Time Warrior, Parts 1 and 2 both first screened on Retro TV; 
    Enlightenment, Parts 1 and 2 both repeated on Syfy (Aus); The Greatest Show in the GalaxyParts 1 and 2 both first screened on Horror; The Poison Sky repeated on Watch; The Unicorn and the Wasp repeated on UKTV (NZ); The Lodger repeated on KCPT2; The Rings of Akhaten repeated on WTTW Prime; Journey to the Centre
    of the TARDIS repeated on YLE TV2; and The Destinations of Doctor Who repeated
    on UKTV (Aus)

    Doctor Who Vs. Flood


    The British disaster film Flood (released by Lionsgate in 2007) was shown on the Syfy channel today, and is based on the excellent thriller written by climate change expert, Richard Doyle (Random, 2002). The novel depicts the aftermath of a devastating Atlantic storm. Present day London is threatened by a catastrophic flood - the Thames Barrier fails - and subsequent fires from a refinery explosion. The film (first broadcast as a mini-series on ITV in May 2008) however, concentrates on the flooding of London. Ironically, the capital's saviour proves to be the weather, and the rain extinguishes the second Great Fire. 
    Doyle's book is highly detailed and researched, full of both incident and characterisation, with a true sense of scale and realism. Flood conveys a thoroughly convincing scenario, presented with tangible peril and rising panic. A highly recommended and insightful read.
    The cast of Flood, headed by Robert Carlyle, David Suchet, Jessalyn Gilsig, Joanne Whalley, Tom Hardy and Tom Courtenay, included these nine Doctor Who cast links:
    • Nigel Planer (Hopkins) played Vorgenson in the live arena tour The Monsters Are Coming! (2010), and voiced Alex Marlow for Hothouse (Big Finish, 2009)
    • Rob Dixon (Bryant) voiced Reggie Mead for Project: Twilight (BF, 2001), and Sergeant Wood for No Man's Land (BF, 2006)
    • Pip Torrens (Richardson) was Headmaster Rocastle in Human Nature and The Family of Blood
    • Martin Ball (Wyatt) was Roger Davey in Partners in Crime
    • Chrissie Cotterill (Christine) was Madame Vernet in Vincent and the Doctor
    • John Benfield (Frank) voiced Don for Circular Time: Autumn (BF, 2007), and Captain Greeg for The Song of Megaptera (BF, 2010)
    • stunt co-ordinator Jim Dowdall had uncredited roles in Day of the Daleks, Genesis of the Daleks and Frontios
    • Steve Griffin was a stuntman on The Idiot's Lantern too
    • Susan Wooldridge (Nash's Assistant) auditioned for the role of Leela in 1976 - read the story here        

    Wednesday, 26 November 2014

    Doctor Who On This Day #331


    1966 - The Power of the Daleks, Episode 4 broadcast
    1977 - The Sun Makers, Part 1 first screened
    1981 - The Three Doctors, Episode 4 repeated on BBC2
    1991 The Ice Warriors Omnibus screened at MOMI, London
    1992 The Romans, Episode 4: Inferno repeated on UK Gold
    1993 - Dimensions In Time, Part 1 screened on BBC1; and Planet of the Daleks, Episode 3 repeated on UK Gold
    1995 The Deadly Assassin Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
    1997 The Sensorites, Episode 5: Kidnap first screened on Space
    1998 The Sensorites, Episode 6: A Desperate Venture repeated on Space;
    Genesis of the Daleks, Part 2 repeated on UKTV (Aus) and Part 5 repeated on
    BBC Choice; and The Ultimate Foe, Part 14 repeated on BBC Choice
    1999 The Sensorites, Episode 2: The Unwilling Warriors repeated on Space;
    and The Ambassadors of Death, Episodes 6 and 7 both first screened on TG4
    2000 - The Mark of the Rani Omnibus repeated on MPT; Time and the Rani, Part 1 repeated on WUSF; and The Three Doctors Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
    2003 Warriors' Gate, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on UK Gold
    2005 Time and the Rani Omnibus and World War Three both repeated on UK Gold; and  The Unquiet Dead repeated on Jimmy
    2006 The Mind of Evil Omnibus repeated on UK Gold; The Doctor Dances 
    repeated on UKTV (Aus); and Bad Wolf first screened on YLE TV2
    2008 Human Nature and Doctor Who Confidential: Alter Ego both repeated
    on BBC3
    2009 Dreamland, Episode 6 released on the BBC Red Button; and Voyage of the Damned repeated on BBC3
    2010 - The Sontaran Stratagem and The Poison Sky both repeated on BBC3; and Midnight repeated on Space
    2011 Father's Day repeated on Watch; The End of Time, Part 2 and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: The Valiant Quest both repeated on UKTV (Aus); Amy's Choice repeated on Boing; and The Almost People repeated on Syfy (Spain)
    2012 The Monster of Peladon, Parts 5 and 6 both repeated on Syfy (Aus);
    and Rose repeated on BBC America
    2013 The Leisure Hive, Parts 1 and 2 both repeated on Syfy (Aus); Aliens of London repeated on France 4; The Girl in the Fireplace repeated on Watch; Daleks in Manhattan repeated on UKTV (Aus); Blink repeated on BBC America; The End of Time, Part 1 and The Power of Three both repeated on Syfy (Portugal); A Good Man Goes to War repeated on BBC Nordic HD; Night Terrors and The Girl Who Waited 
    both repeated on BBC Nordic HD and BBC Polska HD; The Name of the Doctor 
    repeated on Ztélé; and The Companions repeated on Space
    2014 - The Green Death, Episodes 5 and 6 both first screened on Retro TV; 
    Terminus Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on Syfy (Aus); The Two DoctorsParts 5 
    and 6 (of 6) both repeated on Horror; The Sontaran Stratagem repeated on Watch;
    The Doctor's Daughter repeated on UKTV (NZ); The Vampires of VeniceAmy's Choice and The Hungry Earth all repeated on BBC America; Vincent and the Doctor 
    repeated on KCPT2; Let's Kill Hitler repeated on KLRU; Hide repeated on YLE TV2; and The Timey Wimey Stuff of Doctor Who repeated on UKTV (Aus)

    Doctor Who Vs. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

    Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke returned as Holmes and Watson for the seventh, and final run of Granada's acclaimed period drama. Brett was gravely ill during the filming of these serials and died in 1995, aged just 61 - he remains the definitive Holmes.
    In the UK, the series has been rerun on Granada Plus, ITV1 (in 2006) and even BBC2 (between 2003-05), and the complete collection is available on DVD - part three was repeated on ITV3 today
    This six-part season first aired in the spring of 1994, and starred Caroline John (pictured as Mrs Carnac in the second episode) and twenty-one other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

    The Three Gables (TX: March 7 1994)
    • Peter Wyngarde (Pike) played Timanov in Planet of Fire
    • Gary Cady (Maberley) was Luke Ward in The Mark of the Rani 
    • John Gill (Sutro) was Oak in Fury from the Deep
    The Dying Detective (TX: March 14)
    • director Sarah Hellings (here and on The Red Circle and The Cardboard Box) also helmed The Mark of the Rani
    • Susannah Harker (Adelaide) voiced Clare Keightley for Shada (Big Finish, 2003)
    • Hugh Bonneville (Savage) 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)
    • Roy Hudd (Gedgrave) voiced Max Miller for Pier Pressure (BF, 2006)
    The Golden Prince-Nez (TX: March 21)
    • Frank Finlay (Coram) voiced Old Jacob for 100: Bedtime Story (BF, 2007)
    • Nigel Planer (Hopkins) was Vorgenson in the live arena tour, The Monsters are Coming! (2010), and voiced Alex Marlow for Hothouse (BF, 2009)
    • Christopher Guard (Smith) was Bellboy in The Greatest Show in the Galaxy
    • stunt arranger Greg Powell was the Knight in The Time Monster
    • cinematographer Elmer Cossey was a film cameraman on (episode five of) Planet of the DaleksGenesis of the DaleksRevenge of the CybermenImage of the Fendahl, and The Pirate Planet
    • production designer (here and on the last serial) Michael Young designed The Massacre too
    The Red Circle (TX: March 28)
    • John Hallam (Gorgiano) was Light in Ghost Light
    • James Coombes (Lucca) provided the Krarg voices for Shada, and was Paroli in Warriors of the Deep
    • Tom Chadbon (Inspector Hawkins, here and in the final story) was Duggan in City of Death, Merdeen in The Mysterious Planet, and voiced Gordon for No More Lies (BF, 2007)
    • Kerry Shale (Leverton) was Dr. Renfrew in Day of the Moon
    • Joseph Long (Firmani) was Rocco Colasanto in Turn Left
    • production designer Christopher Pemsel designed The Enemy of the World too
    The Mazarin Stone (TX: April 4)
    • Denis Lill (Inspector Bradstreet here and in The Return of Sherlock Holmes) was Dr. Fendelman in The Image of Fendahl, and Sir George Hutchinson in The Awakening
    The Cardboard Box (TX: April 11)
    • Joanna David (Susan) voiced Mrs Audley for Serpent Crest: The Broken Crown

    Tuesday, 25 November 2014

    Doctor Who On This Day #330


    1967 - The Ice Warriors, Episode 3 first broadcast
    1978 - The Androids of Tara, Part 1 first screened
    1981 - The Three Doctors, Episode 3 repeated on BBC2
    1983 - The Five Doctors first screened in the UK
    1990 The Daleks, Episode 4: The Ambush repeated on BSB
    1992 The Romans, Episode 3: Conspiracy repeated on UK Gold
    1993 Planet of the Daleks, Episode 2 repeated on UK Gold
    1994 The Ultimate Foe, Part 13 repeated on UK Gold
    1995 The Face of Evil, Part 3 repeated on UK Gold
    1997 The Sensorites, Episode 4: A Race Against Death first screened on Space
    1998 The Sensorites, Episode 5: Kidnap repeated on Space; Genesis of the Daleks, Part 1 repeated on UKTV (Aus) and Part 4 repeated on BBC Choice; Terror of the Zygons, Part 3 (of 3), The Caves of Androzani, Part 4 and Missing in Action 
    all repeated on BBC Choice; and Doctor Who TV Movie repeated on ABC1
    1999 The Sensorites, Episode 1: Strangers in Space repeated on Space; and The Five Doctors, Part 4 (of 4) repeated on UKTV (Aus)
    2000 - Death to the Daleks Omnibus and Doctor Who TV Movie both repeated on UKTV (Aus); and The Ribos Operation, Part 3 first screened on Prairie PTV
    2001 Colony in Space Omnibus repeated on MPT; and Vengeance on Varos 
    Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
    2003 Warriors' Gate, Parts 1 and 2 both repeated on UK Gold
    2005 The Unquiet Dead first screened on Jimmy; and World War Three repeated on UK Gold
    2006 The Green Death Omnibus repeated on UK Gold; and The Empty Child 
    repeated on UKTV (Aus)
    2007 The Empty Child repeated on WXXI; The Girl in the Fireplace and Doctor Who Confidential: From Script to Screen both repeated on BBC3; and The Idiot's Lantern repeated on UKTV (Aus)
    2009 - Last of the Time Lords and Doctor Who Confidential: The Valiant Quest 
    both repeated on BBC3; and Dreamland, Episode 5 released on BBC Red Button
    2010 Forest of the Dead repeated on Space 
    2011 The Girl in the Fireplace repeated on UKTV (Aus)
    2012 - The Monster of Peladon, Part 1 repeated on KBTC and Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on Syfy (Aus); The Christmas Invasion and The Hungry Earth both 
    repeated on Watch; The Impossible PlanetDay of the MoonThe Curse of the 
    Black Spot and The Doctor's Wife all repeated on BBC America
    2013 The Horns of Nimon, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on Syfy (Aus); The End 
    of the World and The Unquiet Dead both repeated on France 4; School Reunion 
    and The Satan Pit both repeated on Watch; Gridlock repeated on UKTV (Aus); The Family of Blood and Vincent and the Doctor both repeated on BBC America; The Next DoctorPlanet of the Dead and The Waters of Mars all repeated on Syfy (Portugal); The Almost People repeated on BBC Nordic; A Good Man Goes to War and Let's Kill Hitler both repeated on BBC Nordic HD and BBC Polska HD; The Angels Take Manhattan repeated on BBC Entertainment Latin America; The Day of the Doctor repeated on ABC2; The Doctors Revisited: The Eleventh Doctor repeated on Space; Greatest Moments: Time Travel repeated on ABC1; and The Story of Trock first broadcast on Radio 1
    2014 - The Green Death, Episodes 3 and 4 both first screened on Retro TV; 
    Terminus Parts 1 and 2 both repeated on Syfy (Aus); The Two DoctorsParts 3 and 4 (of 6) both repeated on Horror; Planet of the Ood repeated on Watch; The Poison Sky repeated on UKTV (NZ); Victory of the DaleksThe Time of Angels and Flesh and Stone all repeated on BBC America; Cold Blood repeated on KCPT2; Cold War repeated on YLE TV2; The Name of the Doctor repeated on Ztélé; and The Women of Doctor Who repeated on UKTV (Aus)