Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Doctor Who Vs. Poirot, Series 1

ITV's long-running period crime drama began in 1989, and David Suchet's portrayal of Agatha Christie's Belgian detective is now regarded as the definitive Poirot.
Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson and Pauline Moran all joined the series here as recurring characters, Captain Arthur Hastings, Inspector James Japp and Felicity Lemon.
Fraser and Jackson later starred in Doctor Who audio plays from Big Finish - the former in Circular Time (2007) and The Cradle of the Snake (2010), and the latter in Valhalla (2007).
Five of the serials were based on short stories from Poirot's Early Cases (Collins, 1974), three more from Murder in the Mews and Other Stories (1937), and two from The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (1960).
Currently being repeated on ITV3, the first, ten-part season featured 'classic' series actors Geoffrey BeeversCaroline John (as Mr and Mrs Tolliver in part seven), Mary Tamm (pictured as Louise Farley in the final story) and thirty-one other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

The Adventure Of The Clapham Cook (TX: January 8 1989)
  • Brigit Forsyth (Mrs Todd) played Ruth Maxtible in The Evil of the Daleks
  • Danny Webb (Porter) was Mr Jefferson in The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit
  • Antony Carrick (Todd) was Captain Rossini in The Masque of Mandragora
Murder In The Mews (TX: January 15)
  • Christopher Brown (Golfer) was Marriner in Enlightenment
The Adventure Of Johnnie Waverly (TX: January 22)
  • Geoffrey Bateman (Waverly) was Dymond in Nightmare of Eden
  • Jamie Harcourt was a camera operator on The Satan Pit two-parter too
Four And Twenty Blackbirds (TX: January 29)
  • Clifford Rose (Makinson) was Rorvik in Warriors' Gate
  • Philip Locke (Cutter) was both Bigon and the voice of Control in Four to Doomsday    
  • Cheryl Hall (Molly) was Shirna in Carnival of Monsters
  • John Sessions (Radio Voice) voiced Mozart for 100: My Own Private Wolfgang (BF, 2007), Roland for Castle of Fear (BF, 2009), and General Tannis for Death Comes to Time (2002)
  • Charles Pemberton (Stooge) was a Cybeman in Tomb of the Cybermen,  and a Technician in The War Games
  • Denys Hawthorne (Bonnington) was Rudge in The Trial of a Time Lord: Terror of the Vervoids
  • Holly De Jong (Dulcie) voiced Amelia Doory for Project: Twilight (BF, 2001)
The Third Floor Flat (TX: February 5)
  • George Little (Dicker here and in The Dream) was Haroun ed-Din in The Crusade
Triangle At Rhodes (TX: February 12)
  • Annie Lambert (Valentine) was Enlightenment, also in Four to Doomsday
  • Martyn Whitby (Postman) was a Drayman in The Mark of the Rani
Problem At Sea (TX: February 19)
  • Ben Aris (Fowler) was Lieutenant Shears in Invasion of the Dinosaurs 
  • John Normington (Clapperton) was Morgus in The Caves of Androzani, and Trevor Sigma in The Happiness Patrol
The Incredible Theft (TX: February 26)
  • Albert Welling (Carlile) played the titular Fúhrer in Let's Kill Hitler
  • John Carson (Carrington) was Director Ambril in Snakedance
  • 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 (episodes 9 and 10 of) The Daleks' Master Plan, a Prisoner in The Mind of Evil, and an extra in Colony in Space (1), and The Time Monster (1)
The King Of Clubs (TX: March 12)
  • Gawn Grainger (Walton) was George Stephenson, also in the second Rani adventure
  • Cathy Murphy (Maid) was Mum in The Christmas Invasion
  • Sean Pertwee made a cameo appearance in The Five(ish) Doctors
The Dream (TX: March 19)
  • Christopher Saul (Tremlett) was a Trooper in The Awakening
  • Tommy Wright (Workman) was the Guardmaster in The Creature from the Pit
  • Donald Bisset (Mayor) was Colin McLaren in The Highlanders
  • Paul Lacoux (Stillingfleet) voiced Dr. Mathias for The Harvest (BF, 2004)
  • Arthur Howell (Instructor) was a Confederate Horseman in The War Games  
  • Marc Boyle was a stuntman on (episode one of) Terror of the Autons too, then a Prisoner and a UNIT motorcyclist in The Mind of Evil (3 and 4 respectively), Kronos in The Time Monster, an Exxilon in (part 1 of) Death to the Daleks, and was the fight arranger on The Time Warrior
  • stuntman Bill Weston was a Militiaman in The Smugglers

Doctor Who On This Day #114


1966 - The Celestial Toymaker, Episode 4: The Final Test broadcast
1975 - Actor William Henry Hartnell died in Marden, Kent, aged 67
1993 - Battlefield, Part 1 repeated on BBC2; and The Sea Devils, Episode 6 repeated on UK Gold
1995 - The Mind of Evil Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
1998 - 100,000 BC, Episode 4: The Firemaker repeated on Space
1999 - The Ark, Episode 4: The Bomb repeated on Space; and The Dominators Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
2000 - The Monster of Peladon, Parts 5 and 6 both repeated on KBTC; The Invisible Enemy Omnibus repeated on KRWG; and Revelation of the Daleks Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
2005 - World War Three and Doctor Who Confidential: Why On 
Earth? both first screened; and State of Decay Omnibus repeated
on UK Gold
2006 - Invasion of the Dinosaurs Omnibus repeated on UK Gold; and Tooth and Claw repeated on BBC3
2009 The Idiot's Lantern and Doctor Who Confidential: The Writer's Tale both repeated on BBC3
2010 - Victory of the Daleks repeated on BBC3; and The Brain of Morbius, Episode 6 repeated on Radio 7
2011 - The Impossible Astronaut and Doctor Who Confidential: Coming to America both first screened; My Sarah Jane: A Tribute to Elizabeth Sladen first screened on CBBC; and Greatest Moments: Martha first screened on ABC1 
2012 - Warriors of the Deep, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on Syfy
(Aus); The Beast Below and Victory of the Daleks both repeated on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific; The Almost People repeated on BBC Entertainment India; A Good Man Goes to War first screened on BBC Entertainment India and repeated on ABC2; and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: The Born Identity repeated on ABC2
2013 Love & Monsters repeated on Watch; Fear Her repeated on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific; Partners in Crime first screened on YLE TV2;  The Eleventh Hour and The Beast Below both repeated on BBC America; The Curse of the Black Spot repeated on UKTV (NZ); The Almost People repeated on Syfy (Portugal); and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: Shadow Play and Heartbreak Hotel both repeated on UKTV (Aus)
2014 The Daleks, Episodes 5 and 6 both repeated on Horror; Meglos, Part 2, Kinda, Part 1 and Rise of the Cybermen all repeated on Syfy (Aus); The Unquiet Dead and Aliens of London both repeated on BBC America; School Reunion repeated on TV3; Utopia and The Sound of Drums both repeated on Really Scary TV; Voyage of the Damned repeated on France 4; The Eleventh Hour and The Beast Below both repeated on Fox, Germany; The Lodger and Doctor Who Confidential: Extra Time both repeated on BBC Nordic HD and BBC Polska HD; The Impossible Astronaut repeated on Ztélé; Day of the Moon repeated on Syfy (Portugal); The Curse of the Black Spot repeated on WSIU; The Doctor's Wife repeated on BBC Nordic; The Snowmen repeated on BBC Entertainment Latin America; Nightmare in Silver repeated on KCPT2;
The Name of the Doctor repeated on KLRU and Syfy (Netherlands); and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: When Time Froze repeated on UKTV (Aus)

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Doctor Who On This Day #113


1967 - The Faceless Ones, Episode 3 broadcast
1972 - The Mutants, Episode 3 first screened
1989 - Director Kenny McBain died in London, aged 42
1990 - 100,000 BC, Episode 4: The Firemaker repeated on BSB
1993 - The Sea Devils, Episode 5 repeated on UK Gold
1994 - The Creature from the Pit, Part 2 repeated on UK Gold
1998 - 100,000 BC, Episode 3: The Forest of Fear repeated on Space
1999 - The Ark, Episode 3: The Return repeated on Space
2001 The Masque of Mandragora Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
2006 - The Time Warrior Omnibus repeated on UK Gold;Tooth and
Claw and Doctor Who Confidential: Fear Factor both first screened;
Tardisode: The Girl in the Fireplace released online; and Totally Doctor Who (1.2) repeated on CBBC
2007 - Bad Wolf repeated on UK Gold; and Daleks in Manhattan
repeated on BBC3
2009 The Age of Steel and Doctor Who Confidential: From Zero to Hero both repeated on BBC3
2010 The Brain of Morbius, Episodes 5 repeated and 6 first broadcast, both on Radio 7
2011 - Love & Monsters repeated on Space; and Planet of the Dead repeated on ABC1
2012 - The Claws of Axos, Episodes 2 and 3 both repeated on KBTC;
Doomsday repeated on Watch; The End of Time, Part 2 repeated on MPTV; and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: Alter Ego repeated on UKTV (Aus)
2013 The Parting of the Ways, The Christmas Invasion, The Curse of the Black Spot, The Doctor's Wife and The Rebel Flesh all repeated on Syfy (Portugal); The Idiot's Lantern repeated on Watch; Love & Monsters repeated on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific; Voyage of the Damned first screened on YLE TV2; Flesh and Stone repeated on WPT; Day of the Moon repeated on UKTV (NZ); The Almost People repeated on Ztélé; and Hide and Greatest Moments: The Cybermen both repeated on ABC2
2014 - The Daleks, Episodes 3 and 4 both repeated on Horror; Meglos, Part 1, Four to Doomsday, Part 4 and The Girl in the Fireplace all
repeated on Syfy (Aus); New Earth and Tooth and Claw both repeated on TV3; Utopia repeated on Really Scary TV; The End of Time, Parts 1 and 2 both repeated on Fox, Germany; Vincent and the Doctor and Doctor Who Confidential: A Brush With Genius both repeated on BBC Nordic HD and BBC Polska HD; The Impossible Astronaut repeated on Syfy (Portugal); The Curse of the Black Spot repeated on BBC Nordic;
The Wedding of River Song repeated on Prime; The Angels Take Manhattan repeated on WGVU; The Crimson Horror repeated on KCPT2; and  Nightmare in Silver repeated on Syfy (Netherlands)

Doctor Who Vs. Shaun of the Dead


This cult British comedy/horror film (a StudioCanal and Working Title co-production) was released in 2004, and was co-written by it's lead actor Simon Pegg, and director Edgar Wright, both of whom contributed to the Channel 4 sitcom, Spaced (1999 and 2001). Shaun of the Dead - the first part of the planned 'Cornetto' trilogy - was followed by Hot Fuzz (2007), and the recent The World's End, all co-starring Nick Frost (pictured left). 
Shown on ITV2 again last night, the film featured twenty-nine 
Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
  • for Simon Pegg (pictured centre, as Shaun), Jessica Hynes [nee Stevenson] (Yvonne), Michael Smiley (Zombie), and Danielle de Costa (stunts) see my blog for Burke & Hare
  • Bill Nighy (Philip) played Dr. Black in Vincent and the Doctor
  • Kate Ashfield (pictured right, as Liz) voiced Beth Stokes for Enemy of the Daleks (Big Finish, 2009)
  • Penelope Wilton (Barbara) was Harriet Jones MP/PM in Aliens of LondonWorld War ThreeThe Christmas Invasion and The Stolen Earth
  • Matt Lucas (Tom) 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!
  • Tamsin Greig (Maggie) was the Nurse in The Long Game
  • for Mark Gatiss' (an uncredited Radio Voice role here) complete Whovian resumé, see my Quatermass blog
  • David Walliams (Reporter Voice) appeared in the Doctor Who Night sketches, voiced Quincy Flowers and Ned Cotton for Phantasmagoria (BF, 1999), and was Gibbis in The God Complex
  • 'Classic' era regular Steve Emerson (John) was a Guard in The Macra Terror and Revelation of the Daleks, a Resistance Man in The War Games, a UNIT soldier in The Claws of Axos, and a Retrograde in Frontios
  • Reese Shearsmith (Mark) was Dan Matthews in the two Auton video spin-offs, Andrew Powell in the PROBE video series, and appeared in An Adventure in Space and Time as Patrick Troughton
  • Paul Putner (Zombie) had co-starred with Pegg and Hynes before when he voiced Bix Biro for Invaders from Mars, and was also in two of the three Doctor Who Night shorts with Gatiss (1999)
  • Big Finish artist Mark Donovan (Zombie) voiced Klemp and Ambassador for Dust Breeding (2001), Orchestrator Shol for The Sandman (2002), Sturmer for The Wormery, Gerrof for Unbound: He Jests at Scars (both 2003), Polk for The Harvest (2004), and Jackson for Survival of the Fittest (2010)
  • TV presenter Trisha Goddard also made a cameo appearance on Army of Ghosts
  • Julia Deakin (Mum) voiced Harriet Griffin for Terror Firma (BF, 2005)
  • Dani Biernat (The Christmas InvasionNew EarthThe Sound of Drums, and Amy's Choice), Tina Maskell (Boom Town, and The Runaway Bride), Amanda Foster (The Doctor's Daughter), and Tracy Caudie (The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe) were all stunt performers here too
  • Abbi Collins was a stunt co-ordinator on The Sarah Jane Adventures, and eleven revvied episodes, from 2006's two-part Cybus adventure to The Waters of Mars, and Paul Herbert co-ordinated stunt work on The End of Time too
  • George Cottle (Boom TownThe Runaway Bride, and Smith and Jones), Guy List (Evolution of the Daleks), and Paul Kennington (Rise of the CybermenAge of SteelArmy of GhostsDoomsday and The Doctor's Daughter) were also stuntmen here
  • Ray De Haan and Sarah Franzl also had stunt work on The Idiot's Lantern (the latter on The End of the World and The End of Time too)
  • stuntman Tony Lucken was De Florres in The Curse of the Black Spot

Monday, 21 April 2014

Doctor Who On This Day #112


1927 - Actor Gerald Robert Flood born in Portsmouth
1935 - Writer and Script Editor Anthony Read born in Britain
1973 - Planet of the Daleks, Episode 3 first broadcast
1990 - 100,000 BC, Episode 3: The Forest of Fear repeated on BSB
1993 - The Sea Devils, Episode 4 repeated on UK Gold
1994 - The Creature from the Pit, Part 1 repeated on UK Gold
1995 - The Mind of Evil, Episode 5 repeated on UK Gold
1996 - The Leisure Hive Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
1998 - 100,000 BC, Episode 2: The Cave of Skull repeated on Space
1999 - The Ark, Episode 2: The Plague repeated on Space
2002 - Death to the Daleks Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
2006 New Earth repeated on BBC3
2007- Boom Town repeated on UK Gold; Daleks in Manhattan and
Doctor Who Confidential: A New York Story both first screened; and Totally Doctor Who (2.3) repeated on BBC2 and CBBC
2008 The Commentaries, Episode 3 broadcast on Radio 7
2009 - School Reunion and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: Friends 
Reunited both repeated on UKTV (Aus); and Rise of the Cybermen 
repeated on BBC3
2010 - Designer David Myerscough-Jones died in Saint-Omer, France, aged 75; and The Brain of Morbius, Episodes 4 repeated and 5 first broadcast, both on Radio 7
2011 - The Satan Pit repeated on Space
2012 Midnight and Doctor Who Confidential: Look Who's Talking both repeated on BBC3; The Hungry Earth first screened on DR3; and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: A New York Story repeated on UKTV (Aus)
2013 The Brain of Morbius, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on KBTC;
Pyramids of Mars and The Hand of Fear Omnibuses repeated on UKTV; Boom Town and Bad Wolf both repeated on Syfy (Portugal);
The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit both repeated on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific; 42, Human Nature, The Family of Blood, Blink, Utopia and Last of the Time Lords all repeated on BBC Entertainment Latin America; Turn Left repeated on France 4; Flesh and Stone first screened on WPT Flagship; The Hungry Earth and Doctor Who Confidential: After Effects both repeated on Iowa Public TV; The Impossible Astronaut repeated on UKTV (NZ); The Wedding of River Song and Doctor Who Confidential: When Time Froze both repeated on MPTV; Hide first screened on BBC Entertainment South Africa, BBC
Polska and ABC1; and The Destinations of Doctor Who first screened on UKTV (Aus)
2014 The Daleks, Episodes 1 and 2 both repeated on Horror; The Leisure Hive, Part 4, Four to Doomsday, Part 3 and School Reunion all repeated on Syfy (Aus); Rose and The End of the World both repeated on BBC America; The Christmas Invasion repeated on TV3; Blink repeated on Really Scary TV; The Sontaran Stratagem 
repeated on WPT; Cold Blood and Doctor Who Confidential: What Goes on Tour both repeated on BBC Nordic HD and BBC Polska HD; The Pandorica Opens and A Christmas Carol both repeated on Syfy (Portugal); The Big Bang repeated on Syfy (Portugal) and France 4;
Day of the Moon repeated on BBC Nordic; Closing Time repeated on Prime; and Doctor Who Confidential: Open All Hours repeated on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific

Doctor Who Vs. Blood On Satan's Claw

Short-lived British film company Tigon Films was founded to compete with the Hammer and Amicus features of the Sixties. This low-budget production was released in 1970. Here, a village set in 17th century England is taken over by demonic possession.
In his 2010 documentary, A History of HorrorMark Gatiss referred to a sub-genre he called 'folk horror' that included Blood on Satan's Claw and the iconic film, The Wicker Man (1973).
Shown on the Horror channel early this morning, this B-movie featured Wendy Padbury (pictured as Cathy Vespers), Anthony Ainley (Reverand Fallowfield), Roberta Tovey (Coven Member), and nine other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
  • Simon Williams (Edmonton) played Group Captain 'Chunky' Ian Gilmore in Remembrance of the Daleks, a role he reprised for Big Finish's spin-off audio series, Counter Measures and the upcoming release, 1963: The Assassination Games - he also voiced Paul Addison and Shara for Nekromanteia (2003), and the Guardian for The Guardians of Prophecy (2012)
  • Barry Andrews (Gower) was Stott in Nightmare of Eden
  • Godfrey James (Blake) was Tarn in Underworld
  • Eric Mason, Geoffrey Hughes, Anna Wing and Andrew McCulloch (Villagers) were Smedley in The Sea Devils, and Green in The Mind of Evil; Mr. Popplewick in The Trial of a Time Lord: The Ultimate Foe; and Anatta in Kinda (part 1), respectively - the latter went on to co-write Meglos
  • Harry Fielder (Militiaman), a veteran of fifteen 'classic' era appearances, was a Guard (in serials PP, ZZZ, 4L, 4P, 5A, 5F, 5Z), a Crewman (SS, 4T), a Vogan (4D), an Assassin (4Q), a Tigellan (5Q), and a Krarg in Shada 
  • cinematographer Dick Bush was film cameraman on The Romans

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Doctor Who On This Day #111


1951 - Actress Louise Jameson born in Wanstead, London
1968 - Fury from the Deep, Episode 6 broadcast
1974 - The Monster of Peladon, Part 5 first screened
1985 Dr. Who and the Daleks screened on BBC1
1993 - The Sea Devils, Episode 3 repeated on UK Gold
1994 -City of Death, Part 4 repeated on UK Gold
1995 - The Mind of Evil, Episode 4 repeated on UK Gold
1997 The Brain of Morbius Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
1999 - The Ark, Episode 1: The Steel Sky repeated on Space
2002 - Invasion of the Dinosaurs Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
2003 Invasion of the Dinosaurs Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
2006 - Totally Doctor Who (1.2) first screened on BBC1
2007 - Gridlock repeated on BBC3; and Totally Doctor Who (2.3) first screened on BBC1
2008 - Bad Wolf repeated on WXXI; and Planet of the Ood repeated on BBC3
2009 The Girl in the Fireplace repeated on BBC3
2010 - The Brain of Morbius, Episodes 3 repeated and 4 first broadcast, both on Radio 7; and School Reunion and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: Friends Reunited both repeated on UKTV (Aus)
2011 - The Impossible Planet repeated on Space
2012 - Warriors of the Deep, Parts 1 and 2 both repeated on Syfy 
(Aus); Forest of the Dead and Doctor Who Confidential: River Runs Deep both repeated on BBC3; The Beast Below repeated on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific; The Almost People first screened on BBC Entertainment India and repeated on ABC2; and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: Take Two repeated on ABC2
2013 The Robots of Death Omnibus screened at the Doctor Who at 50 event held at BFI Southbank; The Age of Steel and The Idiot's Lantern both repeated on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific; Army of Ghosts repeated on UKTV (NZ); The Lazarus Experiment and The Sound of Drums both repeated on BBC Entertainment Latin America; The Impossible Astronaut repeated on BBC Entertainment Europe, Romania and Middle East and Fox, Germany; Day of the Moon, The Curse of the Black Spot and The Doctor's Wife all repeated on Fox, Germany;
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship repeated on Syfy (Netherlands); Cold War 
repeated on BBC America, BBC Entertainment South Africa and BBC Polska; Hide first screened in the UK and North America; The Best of the Monsters repeated on BBC Nordic HD and BBC Polska HD; and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: A New York Story and Open All Hours both repeated on UKTV (Aus)
2014 Revenge of the Cybermen Omnibus repeated on KPTS; The Brain of Morbius, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on Horror; Image of the Fendahl, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on KBTC; The Leisure Hive, Part 3 repeated on Syfy (Aus); The Caves of Androzani, Attack of the Cybermen and Remembrance of the Daleks Omnibuses all repeated on Horror; The Long Game repeated on KNCT; The Christmas Invasion repeated on TV3; Smith and Jones and The Shakespeare Code both 
repeated on RAI4; The Sontaran Stratagem first screened on WPT Flagship; Human Nature repeated on Really Scary TV; The Pandorica Opens repeated on France 4; The Almost People repeated on Mississippi PB; The Girl Who Waited repeated on LPB and Idaho PB; Asylum of the Daleks repeated on West Virginia PB and KUED; The Bells of St. John repeated on BBC Entertainment Europe, Romania and Middle East and KCPT2; The Rings of Akhaten repeated on KCPT2; Cold War and Hide both repeated on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific and KCPT2; Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS repeated on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific and OETA; The Crimson HorrorThe Day of the Doctor and The Time of 
the Doctor all repeated on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific; Nightmare 
in Silver repeated on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific, Iowa PB and Syfy (Netherlands); The Name of the Doctor repeated on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific and KLRU; Doctor Who Prom (2010) repeated on BBC
Nordic HD and BBC Polska HD; Doctor Who ExplainedGreatest Moments: The DoctorThe Companions and The Enemies all repeated on BBC Entertainment Latin America; Doctor Who in the US repeated on Prime; and Doctor Who Confidential: What Dreams May Come repeated on LPB