The Monocled Mutineer was broadcast over four consecutive Fridays from August 31st to September 21st 1986, to 10M viewers on BBC1, and attracted controversy from the right-wing press, who accused the BBC of left-wing bias.
The drama was written by Alan Bleasdale (who also scripted other gritty serials like Boys from the Black stuff), and was adapted from the book by William Allison and John Fairley (1978). These authors also faced criticism from the Tory-supporting newspapers. The BBC had originally approached Bleasdale in 1981 to adapt the book, which dramatised the life of Percy Toplis, an Army deserter during the First World War.
The series has never been repeated by the BBC, but there was a VHS release in 1999, then a DVD version in 2007.
Eighth Doctor actor, Paul McGann played Toplis, and another 15 Who cast connections follow here:
- Ron Donachie (Strachan) was a Steward in Tooth and Claw
- Timothy West (Thomson) voiced Turvey in Cuddlesome, and Dr Magnus Soames in House of Blue Fire, both for Big Finish
- Penelope Wilton (Lady Angela) see Vs. Shaun of the Dead http://ecklefecken.blogspot.com/2010/10/doctor-who-vs-shaun-of-dead.html
- David Allister (Asser) played Bruchner in Terror of the Vervoids, and Stimson in The Leisure Hive
- Philip McGough (Woodhall) was Calder in Resurrection of the Daleks
- Richard Ireson (Ritchie) was Axus in The Krotons, and a Soldier in The Mind Robber
- Noel Coleman (Sir John) was Smythe in The War Games
- Malcolm Terris (Johnson) was Etnin in The Dominators, and the Co-Pilot in Horns of Nimon
- Eric Mason (Sergeant Major) was Green in The Mind of Evil, and Smedley in The Sea Devils
- Anthony Calf (Guinness) made his first TV appearance as Charles in The Visitation, and later voiced Lord Barset in Frozen Time (BF)
- Jim Carter (Spencer) voiced Brother Bernard in The Book of Kells (BF)
- John Owens (C.O.) was Thorpe in The Daemons
- Extras: David Arlen was a Warrior Guard in The Mutants; Terry Paris was a Grecian Wrestler in Four to Doomsday; and Timothy Block played Tanner in Black Orchid
After making just one TV appearance as the Doctor, McGann has worked with Big Finish since 2000 when he reprised the role for audio. Four series, and a total of 64 stories later, the Eighth Doctor is as popular in fandom as he was 15 years ago.