Sunday, 31 August 2014

Doctor Who Vs. The Little Vampire

The Little Vampire series of children's books by Angela Sommer Bodenburg began in 1979, and were originally adapted for German television in 1985, and a cinema version was released in 2000. 
Shown on ITV2 today, the film featured Richard E Grant (pictured here as Sackville-Bagg) and ten other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Alice Krige (Freda) voiced Dr Patricia Sawyer for Phantoms of the Deep (Big Finish, 2013)
  • Elizabeth Berrington (Elizabeth) was Auntie in The Doctor's Wife
  • Jim Carter (Rookery) voiced Brother Bernard for The Book of Kells (BF, 2010)
  • Steve Griffin was also a stuntman on The Idiot's Lantern
  • Georgie Glen (Lorna) was Mrs King in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Temptation of...
  • three-times Oscar winning costume designer James Acheson worked in the same capacity on twenty-nine episodes of the 'classic' series, from The Mutants to The Deadly Assassin - he was responsible for designing the Fourth Doctor's first outfit
  • digital compositor Sandra Roach was a 2D artist on The Idiot's LanternThe Impossible PlanetThe Satan Pit and Love & Monsters
  • Micky Reeves was the gaaffer on Closing Time and Torchwood too
  • Richard Glass and Jemma Scott-Knox-Gore both worked on The Time of the Doctor too, as (contact lens) optician and co-ordinator

Date With History: 1888

Prostitute Mary Ann 'Polly' Nichols, aged 43, became the first canonical victim of the Victorian serial killer known as Jack the Ripper.
She was murdered at around 3.40 am, on Friday August 31st, in Buck's Row (now Durward Street), Whitechapel. 
The Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police (CID), James Monro also resigned his post today, and ultimately replaced Sir Charles Warren following the later murder of Mary Kelly.

Doctor Who On This Day #244


1932 - Actor Roy Castle born in Holmfirth, Yorkshire
1968 - The Dominators, Episode 4 first broadcast
1978 - The Sun Makers, Part 4 repeated on BBC1
1983 - Black Orchid, Part 1 repeated on BBC1
1991 - Writer Gerry Davis died in Venice, California, aged 61
1993 - The Ark in Space, Part 3 repeated on UK Gold
1994 Warriors of the Deep, Part 3 repeated on UK Gold
1995 Planet of the Spiders, Part 6 repeated on UK Gold
1997 Planet of the Spiders Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
1998 The Space Museum Omnibus repeated on UK Gold; The 
Krotons, Episodes 1 and 2 both repeated on NHPTV; The Seeds of 
Death, Episode 1 repeated on Space; The War Games, Episodes 8 and
9 both repeated on Iowa PTV; The Mutants, Episodes 5 and 6 both repeated on Colorado PTV; The Robots of Death, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on BBC Prime; and Destiny of the Daleks Omnibus repeated on WFWA
1999 - The Ark, Episode 4: The Bomb repeated on Space; and Planet of the Spiders, Part 2 repeated on UKTV (Aus)
2000 - The Curse of Peladon, Episode 2 repeated on UKTV (Aus)
2002 Meglos Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
2003 Spearhead from Space, Episodes 3 and 4 and The Leisure Hive Omnibus all repeated on UK Gold; and The Hand of Fear, Part 2 repeated on WSKG
2006 Doomsday repeated on BBC3
2007 - Bad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways both repeated on UK
Gold; and Smith and Jones and Doctor Who Confidential: Meet Martha Jones both repeated on BBC3
2008 - School Reunion repeated on WXXI; and Forest of the Dead 
and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: River Runs Deep both first screened on ABC1
2009 - The Shakespeare Code and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: Stage Fright both repeated on ABC2
2010 Human Nature and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: Alter Ego both repeated on UKTV (Aus); and The Stolen Earth first screened on Space
2011 Terror of the Zygons, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on Syfy 
(Aus); The Girl in the Fireplace and Rise of the Cybermen both 
repeated on BBC America;  The Impossible Planet and Doctor Who 
Confidential Cutdown: Out of Time both repeated on UKTV (Aus); 
Human Nature repeated on BBC America and Watch; and The Family 
of Blood repeated on Watch
2012 The Creature from the Pit, Episodes 6 and 7 both repeated 
on Radio 4 Extra; Ghost Light, Part 3 and The Curse of Fenric, Part 1 
both repeated on Syfy (Aus); The Shakespeare CodeDoctor Who 
Confidential Cutdown: The End of an Era and The Saxon Mystery 
all repeated on UKTV (Aus); Silence in the Library and Forest of the 
Dead both repeated on Watch; The Eleventh HourThe Beast Below
Victory of the DaleksThe Time of AngelsFlesh and StoneThe 
Vampires of VeniceAmy's ChoiceThe Hungry EarthCold Blood and 
Vincent and the Doctor all repeated on BBC America; The Doctor, The 
Widow and the Wardrobe repeated on BBC3; and Prequel: Pond Life
Part 5 released online
2013 School ReunionThe Girl in the FireplaceRise of the Cybermen
and The Age of Steel all repeated on France 4; Flesh and Stone 
repeated on BBC Entertainment Latin America; A Christmas Carol 
repeated on Watch; The Doctor's Wife and The Rebel Flesh both 
repeated on BBC Nordic HD and BBC Polska HD; The God Complex 
and Closing Time both repeated on BBC Entertainment Europe, 
Romania and Middle East; The Bells of Saint John repeated on BBC3; 
The Crimson Horror first screened on DR3; Doctor Who Confidential: The Valiant Quest repeated on BBC Entertainment Middle East; Doctor Who Confidential: Blinded by the Light repeated on BBC Entertainment Europe; and Doctor Who Confidential: After Effects repeated on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific
2014 Pyramids of Mars, Part 2 repeated on KPTS; Underworld, Parts
 1 and 2 both repeated on Syfy (Aus); The Armageddon Factor, Parts 5 
and 6 both repeated on KBTC; Aliens of London repeated on WILL; 
Tooth and Claw and School Reunion both repeated on UKTV (NZ); The 
Girl in the Fireplace and Doctor Who Confidential: From Script to 
Screen both repeated on Iowa PTV; The Impossible Planet and The 
Satan Pit both repeated on KCPT; The Eleventh Hour repeated on BBC 
Entertainment Latin America and WPT; Amy's Choice and The Hungry Earth both repeated on RAI4; The Lodger repeated on KLRU; The Big Bang repeated on OETA; The Almost PeopleA Good Man Goes to War, Let's Kill HitlerNight Terrors and The Girl Who Waited all repeated on KCPT2; A Town Called Mercy repeated on France 4; The Power of Three and The Angels Take Manhattan both repeated on Syfy (Spain) and France 4; The Snowmen and The Bells of Saint John both repeated on Syfy (Spain); The Rings of Akhaten repeated on MPB; Deep Breath 
first screened on Prime and repeated on BBC Entertainment Latin America; Into the Dalek first screened on BBC America, BBC Polska, BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific, Space and YLE TV2 and repeated on BBC3 and ABC1; Earth Conquest repeated on BBC America; and Doctor Who Explained repeated on BBC Polska

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Doctor Who Vs. King Ralph

Released by Universal in 1991, this minor box-office hit comedy was shown on ITV1 today.
When the entire House of Wyndham is electrocuted to death in a freak accident, the only survivng heir to the British throne is revealed as the long-lost, working-class American, Ralph Jones (played by John Goodman). Installed in London, Ralph is then schooled as the new monarch by the real heir, Willingham (Peter O'Toole) and Phipps (Richard Griffiths), but is frustated by the traitorous heir apparent, Lord Graves (John Hurt).
The cast of King Ralph also featured Camille Coduri (the King's love interest, Miranda) and twelve other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Leslie Phillips (Halliwell) voiced Robert Knox for both Medicinal Purposes (Big Finish, 2004) and Assassin in the Limelight (BF, 2008)
  • Julian Glover (King Gustav) played King Richard the Lionheart in The Crusade, and Scaroth in City of Death
  • Rudolph Walker (King Mulambon) was Harper in (episodes 4 and 5 of) The War Games
  • Ann Beach (Mum) voiced the Deacon for Night Thoughts (BF, 2006)
  • Dallas Adams (MC) was Professor Howard Foster in Planet of Fire
  • Ian Gelder (Instructor) was Dekker in Torchwood: Children of Earth
  • Angus MacKay (Tailor) was Lord Cardinal Borusa in The Deadly Assassin, and the Headmaster in Mawdryn Undead
  • Roger Ashton-Griffiths (Photographer) has been cast in the forthcoming adventure, Robot of Sherwood
  • stunt co-ordinator Greg Powell was the Knight in The Time Monster
  • cinematographer Kenneth MacMillan had been a film cameraman on Planet of Evil
  • Peter Walpole was also the set decorator on five Series 1 episodes, from Rose to World War Three
  • associate editor William Webb also edited Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures

Doctor Who On This Day #243


1975 - Terror of the Zygons, Part 1 first broadcast
1979 - The Androids of Tara, Part 4 repeated on BBC1
1980 - The Leisure Hive, Part 1 first screened
1993 The Ark in Space, Part 2 repeated on UK Gold
1994 Warriors of the Deep, Part 2 repeated on UK Gold
1995 Planet of the Spiders, Part 5 repeated on UK Gold
1998 The Daleks, Episode 2: The Survivors repeated on MPT;
The Dalek Invasion of the Earth, Episode 2: The Daleks repeated on
Space; The Silurians Omnibus repeated on WCET; Inferno Omnibus repeated on UK Gold; The Time Monster, Episodes 1 and 2 both repeated on Colorado PTV; The Curse of Peladon, Episodes 3 and 4 both repeated on LPB; The Ark in Space, Part 1 repeated on BBC America and WQED; Terror of the Zygons Omnibus repeated on KSPS; Nightmare of Eden Omnibus repeated on WBTU; Four to Doomsday, Part 2 repeated on WUSF; Resurrection of the Daleks, Part 3 (of 4) repeated on KRCB; and The Mysterious Planet, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on KBTC
1999 - The Ark, Episode 3: The Return repeated on Space; Planet of 
the Spiders, Part 1 repeated on UKTV (Aus); and The Pirate Planet
Omnibus repeated on KQED Plus
2000 - The Curse of Peladon, Episode 1 repeated on UKTV (Aus)
2002 Real Time, Episode 5 released online
2003 Spearhead from Space, Episodes 3 and 4 and The Horns of Nimon Omnibus all repeated on UK Gold
2006 Army of Ghosts repeated on BBC3
2007 - The Doctor Dances and Boom Town both repeated on UK Gold; and The Runaway Bride repeated on BBC3
2008 Human Nature and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: Alter Ego both repeated on UKTV (Aus)
2009 - New Earth repeated on WXXI; and Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD screened on TV4, Sweden
2010 The Lazarus Experiment repeated on UKTV (Aus)
2011 - Terror of the Zygons, Parts 1 and 2 both repeated on Syfy (Aus); Tooth and ClawSchool Reunion and 42 all repeated on BBC America; The Idiot's Lantern, The Poison Sky and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: Call Me the Doctor all repeated on UKTV (Aus); The Lazarus Experiment and 42 both repeated on Watch; and Let's Kill Hitler repeated on Space
2012 Ghost Light, Parts 1 and 2 both repeated on Syfy (Aus); The 
Impossible PlanetThe Satan Pit and The Big Bang all repeated on BBC
America; Smith and Jones and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: Bad Blood both repeated on UKTV (Aus); The Doctor's Daughter and The 
Unicorn and the Wasp both repeated on Watch; and Prequel: Pond Life,
Part 4 released online
2013 Army of Ghosts repeated on France 4; Voyage of the 
Damned repeated on ABC2; The Sontaran Stratagem repeated on
RAI4; MidnightTurn LeftThe Stolen Earth and Journey's End all
repeated on Watch; The Beast Below repeated on TV3; The Time of Angels repeated on BBC Entertainment Latin America; The Doctor's Wife repeated on BBC Nordic HD; The God Complex repeated on Syfy (Portugal); The Angels Take Manhattan repeated on BBC3; The Rings of Akhaten repeated on Syfy (Netherlands); Doctor Who Confidential: Are We There Yet? repeated on BBC Entertainment Europe; Doctor Who Confidential: Blinded by the Light repeated on BBC Entertainment Middle East; and Doctor Who Confidential: What Goes on Tour repeated on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific
2014 RoseThe End of the World and A Christmas Carol all repeated
on Syfy (Aus); The Doctor Dances repeated on UKTV (NZ); The Parting of the Ways repeated on TV3; Human Nature and The Family of Blood both repeated on Space; Flesh and Stone and The Vampires of Venice both repeated on RAI4; The Pandorica Opens repeated on Syfy (Aus) and RAI4; The Big Bang repeated on Syfy (Aus) and OETA; The Curse of the Black Spot and The Doctor's Wife both repeated on BBC Nordic HD and BBC Polska HD; A Good Man Goes to War repeated on Jeem TV (Middle East); The Girl Who Waited repeated on KCPT2; A Town Called Mercy repeated on Syfy (Spain) and Syfy (Portugal); The Power of Three both repeated on Syfy (Portugal); The Angels Take Manhattan repeated on Syfy (Spain); The Time of the Doctor repeated on Fox, Germany; Deep Breath repeated on BBC America, BBC Polska, BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific, Fox and ABC2; Into the Dalek first screened on BBC1, ABC1 and Fox; Doctor Who Extra: Into the Dalek released on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Red Button; The Ultimate Time Lord repeated on BBC America; and  Doctor Who Confidential: Double Trouble and Take Two both repeated on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific

Doctor Who Vs. Titanic (2012)

The centenary of the loss of RMS Titanic in 1912 was marked by ITV1's big-budget costume drama, written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.
Titanic set out to paint a picture of Edwardian society, telling the stories of almost a hundred characters, both real and fictional, from every social level. Their narratives are developed and interwoven over the first three episodes, each of which ends in a cliffhanger as the disaster unfolds. The final part draws all these separate strands together and reveals who survives the sinking. 
The series first aired in the UK over four Sunday installments in March and April 2012, and was broadcast over two consecutive nights on American TV.
Titanic was repeated on ITV Encore this month, and featured Jenna Coleman (pictured as Annie Desmond), Ruth Bradley (as Mary Maloney), and fourteen other Doctor Who cast links:
  • Celia Imrie (Grace) played Miss Kizlet in The Bells of Saint John, and voiced Dr Elizabeth Bradley for series two of the Counter Measures spin-off audio drama from Big Finish
  • James Wilby (Bruce Ismay) voiced Tenebris for both The Acheron Pulse and The Shadow Heart (BF, 2012)
  • Toby Jones (Batley) was the Dream Lord in Amy's Choice, and voiced renegade Time Lord Kotris for Dark Eyes (BF, 2012) opposite Bradley
  • Lee Ross (Barnes) was the Boatswain in The Curse of the Black Spot
  • Sophie Winkleman (Dorothy) voiced Kelly Westwood for The Eight Truths and Worldwide Web (BF, both 2009)
  • Christine Kavanagh (Mrs Thayer) was Aram in Timelash
  • Sylvestra Le Touzel (Lady Duff Gordon) made her TV debut aged 10, as a Child in The Mind Robber
  • Simon Paisley Day (Duff Gordon) was a Steward in The End of the World
  • Miles Richardson (JJ Astor) was Douglas Cavendish in both video spin-off dramas Downtime (1995), and Daemos Rising (2004), and voiced Charles Darwin for Bloodtide (BF, 2001), Braxiatel for Zagreus (BF, 2003) and Black Rod for The Gunpowder Plot (2011)
  • Brian McCardie (First Officer Murdoch) voiced Alan Weir for the forthcoming audio release, Masters of Earth
  • Ben Bishop (Stoker Lyons) voiced Stone for The Justice of Jalxar (BF, 2013)
  • Pandora Colin (Countess of Rothes) voiced Fash for Prisoner of the Sun (BF, 2011)
  • Timothy West (Lord Pirie) voiced Kai Tobias for Phobos (BF, 2007), Ronald Turvey for Cuddlesome (BF, 2008), and Dr Magnus Soames for House of Blue Fire (BF, 2011)
  • Jeff Mash (Valet) was Grant in Day of the Moon
  • Mark Lewis Jones (Evans) voiced Professor Oliver Mortlake for the upcoming audio adventure, The Darkness of Glass
  • Olivia Darnley (Bessie) was Kourtney in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot

Friday, 29 August 2014

Doctor Who On This Day #242


1964 - The Reign of Terror, Episode 4: The Tyrant of France first screened 
1993 - Robot Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
1994 Warriors of the Deep, Part 1 repeated on UK Gold
1995 Planet of the Spiders, Part 4 repeated on UK Gold
1997 Robots of Death, Part 2 repeated on UK Gold
1998 The Space Museum Omnibus repeated on UK Gold; The 
Krotons, Episodes 1 and 2 both repeated  on NHPTV; The Seeds of Death, Episode 1 repeated on Space; The War Games, Episodes 8 and
9 both repeated on Iowa PTV; The Mutants, Episodes 5 and 6 both repeated on Colorado PTV; The Robots of Death, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on BBC Prime; and Destiny of the Daleks Omnibus repeated on WFWA
1999 The Ark, Episode 2: The Plague repeated on Space; Day of the Daleks, Episodes 3 and 4 both repeated on KBTC; Carnival of Monsters, Episodes 2 and 3 both repeated on NHPTV; Planet of the Daleks, Episodes 3 and 4 both repeated on WCET; Revenge of the Cybermen, Parts 1 and 2 both repeated on Colorado PTV and Part 3 repeated on Twin Cities PTV; Terror of the Zygons, Part 3 repeated on Lakeshore PTV; The Seeds of Doom, Part 4 repeated on WQED; The Masque of Mandragora Omnibus repeated on KRWG; The Hand of Fear, Parts 2 and 3 both repeated on MiND; The Robots of Death, Part 2 repeated on MPBN; The Invisible Enemy Omnibus repeated on KNME; The Creature from the Pit Omnibus repeated on UK Gold; Terminus Omnibus repeated on KSPS; and The Awakening, Part 1 repeated on WUSF
2000 Day of the Daleks, Episode 4 repeated on UKTV (Aus)
2003 The Android Invasion, Parts 1 and 2 and The Armageddon Factor Omnibus all repeated on UK Gold
2006 Fear Her repeated on BBC3
2007 Doomsday and Doctor Who Confidential: Finale both repeated on BBC3
2008 School Reunion both repeated on UK Gold
2009 Utopia and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: 'Ello 'Ello 'Ello 
both repeated on UKTV (Aus); and Dr. Who and the Daleks screened
on TV4, Sweden
2010 Evolution of the Daleks42 and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: Space Craft all repeated on UKTV (Aus); and Planet of the Dead first screened on WXXI
2011 Revenge of the Cybermen, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on
Syfy (Aus); The Age of Steel and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: 
The End of an Era both repeated on UKTV (Aus); and The Christmas 
InvasionNew Earth and The Lazarus Experiment all repeated on BBC
America
2012 The Creature from the Pit, Part 3 repeated on Radio 4 Extra;
 Battlefield, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on Syfy (Aus); DalekThe 
Long Game and Father's Day all repeated on BBC America; The Age of Steel,The Idiot's Lantern and The Pandorica Opens all repeated on BBC America; DoomsdayDoctor Who Confidential Cutdown: Alter Ego and
Shadow Play all repeated on UKTV (Aus); The Sontaran Stratagem 
and The Poison Sky both repeated on Watch; The God Complex and
Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: Heartbreak Hotel both repeated on ABC2; and Prequel: Pond Life, Part 3 released online
2013 Revenge of the Cybermen, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on 
Syfy (Aus); Fear Her repeated on France 4; Last of the Time Lords 
repeated on ABC2; Planet of the Ood repeated on RAI4; Victory of the Daleks repeated on BBC Entertainment Latin America; The Girl Who Waited repeated on Syfy (Portugal); Let's Kill Hitler repeated on WTTW
Prime; The Bells of Saint John repeated on Syfy (Netherlands); and
Doctor Who Confidential: Are We There Yet? repeated on BBC Entertainment Middle East
2014 The Daleks, Episodes 5 and 6 both repeated on Horror; The 
Web Planet, Episodes 3 and 4 both first screened on Retro TV; Rose, 
Partners in Crime, The Fires of Pompeii, The Big Bang and A Christmas 
Carol all repeated on Syfy (Aus); The Doctor Dances and Boom Town 
both repeated on BBC America; Bad Wolf repeated on TV3; Tooth and 
Claw and School Reunion both repeated on UKTV (NZ); Blink repeated 
on YLE TV2; Flesh and Stone repeated on Watch; The Lodger repeated 
on KLRU; The Pandorica Opens repeated on Syfy (Aus) and RAI4; The 
Curse of the Black Spot repeated on BBC Nordic HD and BBC Polska
HD; The Almost People and Doctor Who Confidential: Take Two both 
repeated on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific; Night Terrors repeated on KCPT2; Dinosaurs on a SpaceshipA Town Called Mercy and The Power of Three all repeated on Syfy (Portugal); The Angels Take Manhattan 
repeated on BBC Entertainment South Africa and Syfy (Spain); and 
Deep Breath repeated on BBC3