Thursday, 17 April 2014

Doctor Who On This Day #108


1942 - Actor David John Bradley born in York
1965 - The Crusade, Episode 4: The Warlords broadcast
1971 - Colony in Space, Episode 2 first screened
1994 - The Ribos Operation Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
1995 - The Mind of Evil, Episode 1 repeated on UK Gold
1999 - The Silurians, Episodes 5 and 6 both repeated on Iowa Public TV; and The Ribos Operation, Part 1 repeated on BBC Prime
2004 - The Robots of Death Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
2005 - Full Circle Omnibus repeated on UK Gold; and Aliens of London repeated on BBC3
2008 - Army of Ghosts and Doomsday both repeated on UK Gold
2009 Planet of the Dead repeated on BBC3
2010 - Victory of the Daleks and Doctor Who Confidential: War Games first screened, and both repeated on BBC HD; and The Brain of Morbius, Episode 2 repeated on Radio 7
2011 The End of Time, Part 1 repeated on MPTV; The Pandorica Opens repeated on ABC1 and BBC HD; and The Big Bang repeated on BBC HD
2012 - Enlightenment, Parts 1 and 2 both repeated on Syfy (Aus);
Midnight and Turn Left both repeated on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific; Day of the Moon repeated on UKTV (Aus); The Curse of the Black Spot first screened on BBC Entertainment India and repeated on ABC2; and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: Ship Ahoy! repeated on ABC2
2013 - The Girl in the Fireplace repeated on Watch; Fear HerTurn 
Left and The Stolen Earth all repeated on BBC America; Midnight 
and The Waters of Mars both repeated on France 4; The Big Bang repeated on UKTV (NZ); Day of the Moon repeated on Syfy (Portugal); Dinosaurs on a Spaceship repeated on Syfy (Netherlands); and Doctor Who Confidential: Sontar Ha! repeated on UKTV (Aus)
2014 - The Leisure Hive, Part 2, Four to Doomsday, Part 1 and New 
Earth all repeated on Syfy (Aus); Boom Town repeated on TV3;
Evolution of the Daleks and The Lazarus Experiment both repeated on Really Scary TV; The Hungry Earth and Doctor Who Confidential: After Effects both repeated on BBC Nordic HD and BBC Polska HD; The Lodger and The Pandorica Opens both repeated on Syfy (Portugal); The Curse of the Black Spot repeated on UKTV (NZ); The Girl Who Waited repeated on Prime; Closing Time and Doctor Who Explained both 
repeated on Watch; The Wedding of River Song repeated on Watch and BBC Nordic; Cold War repeated on KCPT2; The Crimson Horror repeated on BBC America; Nightmare in Silver repeated on BBC America and Syfy (Netherlands); The Day of the Doctor repeated on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific; and Doctor Who Confidential: War Games repeated on BBC Entertainment Europe, Romania and Middle East

Doctor Who and the Pescatons


Written by Victor Pemberton (born in London in 1931), a veteran of the Patrick Troughton era, this two-part adventure is notable for being the first Doctor Who audio drama ever produced, and was released by Argo (Decca) on vinyl LP in 1976 (between TV seasons thirteen and fourteen) and cassette in 1986. Silva Screen Records issued the first CD version in 1991, followed by BBC releases in 2005 and 2011.
Running at forty-six minutes (the equivalent of two television episodes), the story starred the current Doctor, Tom Baker, and departing companion, Elizabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane, with famous Canadian voice actor Bill Mitchell (the Newscaster in part six of Frontier in Space) as the Pescaton leader, Zor.
Often overlooked by it's parent programme, The Pescatons is worthy of
further interest beyond it's novelty value, due to it's Doctor Who 
credentials, and it could even be argued that this adventure is a precursor of the later Big Finish dramas.
Pemberton's lost TV story, Fury from the Deep, was itself loosely based on his own 1966 radio serial, The Slide, which actually originated as a submission to David Whitaker for the 'classic' series in 1964. This seven-part play saw an English coastal community under attack from sentient mud, released from fissures after an earthquake, and was earlier rejected by Whitaker as being too similar to Nigel Kneale's work. Indeed, both The Slide and The Pescatons clearly display their
Quatermass roots. The former play featured the first actor to portray the Master, Roger Delgado, Maurice Denham (Azmael in The Twin Dilemma), and David Spenser (Thonmi in The Abominable Snowmen).
Pemberton also had a minor acting role in The Moonbase, and went on to story edit Tomb of the Cybermen (both 1967). He novelised The Pescatons for the Target book range in 1991.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Doctor Who On This Day #107


1936 - Producer Derrick Sherwin born in High Wycombe
1954 - Script Editor Antony Root born in Britain
 1966 - The Celestial Toymaker, Episode 3: The Dancing Floor 
broadcast
1993 - The Sea Devils, Episode 1 repeated on UK Gold
1995 - Terror of the Autons Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
1999 - The Tomb of the Cybermen Omnibus repeated on UK Gold;
and The Sontaran Experiment, Part 1 repeated on Space
2000 - The Monster of Peladon, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on
KBTC; Horror of Fang Rock Omnibus repeated on KRWG; and
Timelash Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
2005 - Meglos Omnibus repeated on UK Gold; and Aliens of London and Doctor Who Confidential: I Get a Side-Kick Out of You both first screened
2006 - The Green Death Omnibus repeated on UK Gold; and New Earth repeated on BBC3
2008 - Love & Monsters and Fear Her repeated on UK Gold
2010 - The Brain of Morbius, Episodes 1 repeated and 2 first broadcast, both on Radio 7
2011 - The Big Bang, Doctor Who Confidential: Alien Abduction and A Christmas Carol all repeated on BBC3; and Greatest Moments: Donna first screened on ABC1
2012 Terminus, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on Syfy (Aus); Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead both repeated on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific; The Impossible Astronaut repeated on BBC Entertainment India; Day of the Moon first screened on BBC Entertainment India and repeated on ABC2; and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: Breaking the Silence repeated on ABC2
2013 School Reunion repeated on Watch; Forest of the Dead 
and Midnight both repeated on BBC America; The Pandorica Opens repeated on UKTV (NZ); The Impossible Astronaut repeated on Syfy (Portugal); and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: Sontar-Ha! and Heartbreak Hotel both repeated on uKTV (Aus)
2014 - The Leisure Hive, Part 1, Castrovalva, Part 4 and The Parting of the Ways all repeated on Syfy (Aus); The Doctor Dances repeated on TV3; Daleks in Manhattan and Evolution of the Daleks both repeated on Really Scary TV; Forest of the Dead and Midnight both repeated on Fox, Germany; Amy's Choice and Doctor Who Confidential: Arthurian Legend both repeated on BBC Nordic HD and BBC Polska HD; The Lodger repeated on Syfy (Portugal); Night Terrors repeated on Watch and Prime; The Girl Who Waited and The God Complex both repeated on Watch; Closing Time repeated on Watch and BBC Nordic; The Angels Take Manhattan repeated on BBC Entertainment Latin America HD; The Rings of Akhaten repeated on KCPT2; Hide and Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS both repeated on BBC America; Nightmare in Silver repeated on KLRU and Syfy (Netherlands); The Name of the Doctor,
Doctor Who Explained and Doctor Who Confidential: Open All Hours all both repeated on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific; and Doctor Who Confidential: All About the Girl repeated on BBC Europe, Romania and Middle East

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Date With History: 1912


2.20 am: Five days into her maiden voyage to New York, the White Star Line's newest and largest luxury liner RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic, just 160 minutes after colliding with an iceberg, about 375 miles south of Newfoundland.
The disaster claimed over 1,500 lives, and stunned the world, inspiring many tales of both heroism and human frailty.
The Cunard ship Carpathia arrived at the site of the sinking at 4 am, and rescued over 700 survivors (from 20 lifeboats, but with the capacity for a thousand) - 497 passengers, and 216 crew.
Despite an extensive search, only 333 bodies were ever recovered - 150 victims were buried in Halifax, Canada.
The broken wreck of Titanic - discovered in 1985 by Bob Ballard - remains on the seabed, at a depth of 12,400 feet, but leaves an unsinkable legacy.

Doctor Who On This Day #106


1923 - Director Peter Moffatt born in Newington
1967 The Faceless Ones, Episode 2 broadcast
1972 - The Mutants, Episode 2 first screened
1990 - 100,000 BC, Episode 3: The Forest of Fear repeated on BSB
1993 - The Curse of Peladon, Episode 4 repeated on UK Gold
1994 - City of Death, Part 1 repeated on UK Gold
1999 - The Ambassadors of Death, Episode 7 repeated on Space
2001 The Seeds of Doom Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
2006 - Frontier in Space Omnibus repeated on UK Gold; New Earth
and Doctor Who Confidential: New New Doctor both first screened; Tardisode: School Reunion released online; and Totally Doctor Who (1.1) repeated on CBBC
2007 - Father's Day repeated on UK Gold; and Gridlock repeated on BBC3
2008 Rise of the Cybermen and The Age of Steel both repeated on UK Gold
2009 School Reunion repeated on BBC3
2010 The Giant Robot, Episode 8 repeated; and The Brain of Morbius, Episode 1 first broadcast, both on Radio 7
2011 - The Pandorica Opens and Doctor Who Confidential: Alien Abduction both repeated on BBC3
2012 - The Mind of Evil, Episode 6 and The Claws of Axos, Episode 1
both repeated on KBTC; The End of Time, Part 1 repeated on MPTV;
Army of Ghosts repeated on Watch; Silence in the Library repeated on BBC3; and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: The Italian Job repeated on UKTV (Aus)
2013 - The Empty ChildThe Doctor Dances, The Pandorica OpensThe Big Bang and A Christmas Carol all repeated on Syfy (Portugal); New Earth repeated on Watch; The Unicorn and the Wasp and Silence in the Library both repeated on BBC America; The Time of Angels repeated on WPT; The Lodger repeated on UKTV (NZ); The Rebel Flesh repeated on Ztélé; Let's Kill Hitler repeated on WTTW HD; and Cold War and Greatest Moments: The Daleks both repeated on ABC2
2014 The Horns of Nimon, Part 4, Castrovalva, Part 3 and Bad Wolf 
all repeated on Syfy (Aus); The Empty Child repeated on TV3; Daleks 
in Manhattan repeated on Really Scary TV; The Unicorn and the Wasp
and Silence in the Library both repeated on Fox, Germany; The Vampires of Venice and Doctor Who Confidential: Death in Venice both repeated on BBC Nordic HD and BBC Polska HD; Vincent and the Doctor repeated on Syfy (Portugal); The Almost People and A Good Man Goes to War both repeated on Watch; Let's Kill Hitler repeated on Prime and Watch; The Power of Three repeated on WGVU; The Bells of St. John repeated on KCPT2; The Rings of Akhaten and Cold War both repeated on BBC America; The Crimson Horror repeated on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific and Syfy (Netherlands); and Nightmare in Silver repeated on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific

Monday, 14 April 2014

Doctor Who Vs. Jonathan Creek, Series 3

Alan Davies returned as the titular sleuth for season three of this BAFTA winning drama, which was again produced by Verity LambertStuart Milligan again played stage magician Adam Klaus, and after three years on the programme, Caroline Quentin (as investigative journalist Maddie Magellan) left in the final mystery.
For returning crew members John Asbridge, Terry Elms, Chris Lawson, and Steve Whyment, see my blog for the first run.
The six-part series is currently being repeated on the Drama channel, and featured these sixteen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

The Curious Tale of Mr. Spearfish (TX: November 27 1999)
  • Milligan (Adam Klaus) played President Richard Nixon (pictured) in The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon, voiced Colonel Stark in Dreamland (2009), Anthony Chambers for The Reaping (2006), and Emerson Whytecrag in Lurkers at Sunlight's Edge (2010) - both for Big Finish
  • Andrew Tiernan (Lenny) was Mr. Purcell in Night Terrors
  • Adjoa Andoh (Anthea) was Sister Jatt in New Earth, then Francine Jones (Martha's mum) in seasons 3 and 4, and voiced Nurse Albertine for Year of the Pig (BF, 2006)
  • series VFX designer Dave Chapman had worked on 127 episodes of the 'classic' era , from Planet of the Spiders to The Curse of Fenric
The Eyes of Tiresias (TX: December 4)
  • Terrence Hardiman (Masson) was Hawthorne in The Beast Below, and voiced King Sitric Silkbeard for The Book of Kells (BF, 2010); then Reverand Dobbs for The Broken Crown, and the Gryphon for Aladdin Time (both for AudioGo's Serpent Crest series, 2011)
  • Rebecca Front (Heidi) voiced Major Takol for The Mind's Eye (BF, 2007) and Patricia Walton for The Jupiter Conjunction (BF, 2012)
The Omega Man (TX: December 11)
  • Michael Brandon (Candy) was General Sanchez in The Stolen Earth, and voiced CP Doveday, also for Lurkers at Sunlight's Edge
Ghost's Forge (TX: December 18)
  • Lysette Anthony (Mimi) voiced Clara Harris for Assassin in the Limelight (BF, 2008), and Hazel Bright for Hothouse (BF, 2009)
  • Mark Aiken (Priest) was Joseph Serf in The Man Who Never Was, the final story of The Sarah Jane Adventures
Miracle in Crooked Lane (TX: December 28)
  • Dinah Sheridan (Kathleen) was Chancellor Flavia in The Five Doctors
  • Tom Goodman-Hill (Jeff) was Reverand Arnold Golightly in The Unicorn and the Wasp
The Three Gamblers (TX: January 2 2000)
  • Harry Peacock (Floyd) was Proper Dave in Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead - he is the brother of Daniel Peacock (Nord in The Greatest Show in the Galaxy)
  • Nina Sosanya (Karen) was Trish Webber in Fear Her
  • Stephanie Carey (Nurse) was a stunt performer on Voyage of the DamnedThe Beast BelowThe Curse of the Black SpotLet's Kill Hitler and The Girl Who Waited
  • John Bennett (Geiger) was General Finch in Invasion of the Dinosaurs, and Li H'sen Chang in The Talons of Weng-Chiang
  • Lee Ingleby (Spratley) voiced Samson Griffin for Terror Firma (BF, 2005)

Doctor Who On This Day #105


1958 - Actor Peter Dougan Capaldi born in Glasgow
1973 - Planet of the Daleks, Episode 2 first broadcast
1990 - 100,000 BC, Episode 2: The Cave of Skulls repeated on BSB
1993 - The Curse of Peladon, Episode 3 repeated on UK Gold
1994 - The Armageddon Factor, Part 6 repeated on UK Gold
1995 - Terror of the Autons, Episode 4 repeated on UK Gold
1996 - The Horns of Nimon Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
1999 - The Ambassadors of Death, Episode 6 repeated on Space
2002 - The Time Warrior Omnibus repeated on UK Gold; and Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD screened on Channel 4
2006 - Totally Doctor Who repeated on CBBC
2007 - Planet of the Spiders Omnibus repeated on UK Gold; Gridlock and Doctor Who Confidential: Are We There Yet? both first screened; and Totally Doctor Who repeated on BBC2 and CBBC
2008 - School Reunion and The Girl in the Fireplace both repeated on UK Gold
2009 Tooth and Claw repeated on BBC3 and UKTV (Aus); and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: Fear Factor repeated on UKTV (Aus)
2010 The Giant Robot, Episodes 7 repeated and 8 first broadcast on Radio 7
2011 The Cannibalists, Episode 2 repeated on Radio 4 Extra
2012 - The Unicorn and the Wasp repeated on BBC3; Amy's Choice first screened on DR3; and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: Out of Time and Shadow Play both repeated on UKTV (Aus)
2013 Genesis of the Daleks Omnibus repeated on UKTV; The Brain of Morbius, Parts 1 and 2 both repeated on KBTC; Dalek, The Long Game and Father's Day all repeated on Syfy (Portugal); The Time of Angels first screened on WPT Flagship; Amy's Choice and Doctor Who Confidential: Arthurian Legend both repeated on Iowa Public TV; Vincent and the Doctor repeated on UKTV (NZ); Closing Time and Doctor Who Confidential: Open All Hours both repeated on MPTV; Cold War first screened on ABC1, BBC Polska and BBC Entertainment South Africa; and The Timey Wimey of Doctor Who first screened on UKTV (Aus)
2014 The Horns of Nimon, Part 3, Castrovalva, Part 2 and Boom Town all repeated on Syfy (Aus); The Long Game and Father's Day both repeated on TV3; Smith and JonesThe Shakespeare CodeGridlock and Voyage of the Damned all repeated on Really Scary TV; Planet of the Ood repeated on WPT; The Poison Sky and The Doctor's Daughter both repeated on Fox, Germany; Flesh and Stone and Doctor Who Confidential: Blinded By The Light both repeated on BBC Nordic HD and BBC Polska HD; Amy's Choice, The Hungry Earth and Cold Blood all
repeated on Syfy (Portugal); Vincent and the Doctor and The Lodger both repeated on France 4; The Curse of the Black SpotThe Doctor's Wife and The Rebel Flesh all repeated on Watch; A Good Man Goes to War repeated on Prime; The Girl Who Waited repeated on BBC Nordic; The Snowmen and The Bells of St. John both repeated on BBC America; HideJourney to the Centre of the TARDIS and Doctor Who Confidential: What Dreams May Come all repeated on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific