Sunday, 28 October 2012

Doctor Who Vs. 55 Degrees North [Revised]

I love this little cop show! Here, London detective Nicky Cole is transfered to the fictional Tyneside police force in Newcastle after exposing police corruption. The first, six-part series aired on BBC1 during July and August 2004, and season two (eight episodes) was broadcast from May to July 2005. The programme was also shown on BBC America, under it's working title, The Night Detective. Both series were released on DVD in 2006, and 55 Degrees North has since been repeated on cable channels.
Series regulars with Doctor Who links are:
  • Don Gilet (DS Cole, pictured left) played Donna Noble's fiance, Lance Bennett in The Runaway Bride
  • Dervla Kirwan (Claire Maxwell, pictured right) was Mercy Hartigan in The Next Doctor
  • Andrew Dunn (Sgt. Astell) voiced Max for Scream of the Shalka
  • Darren Morfitt (DS Yates) was Brother Marco in 2010's Weeping Angels two-part adventure
  • Jacqueline King (Georgia) was Donna's mum, Sylvia Noble, until The End of Time
  • Christian Rodska (DI Carter, S1) voiced both the Reverand Small for Hornets Nest: The Dead Shoes (AudioGo, 2011), and Laan Carder in Faith Stealer (Big Finish, 2004)
  • Claire Calbraith (Beth, S2) voiced Maria for Son of the Dragon, and a Trooper for Exotron: Urban Myths (BF, both 2007)
  • Brian Protheroe (Wren, S2) voiced Bob Gell for the forthcoming Eldrad Must Die! (BF, 2013)
  • series one producer Jo Wright was the BBC executive producer on the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie
Twenty-five further cast and crew connections are:
  • Paul Anthony-Barber (Pathologist, 1.3) played Dr. Kendrick in Rise of the Cybermen, and voiced Ludovic Comfort in The Magic Mousetrap (BF, 2009)
  • Peter Symonds (Judge, 1.3) was a Soldier in Terror of the Zygons
  • Paul Clayton (Bellows, 2.4) was Mr Bartle in Planet of the Ood, and was the voice of Ulysees Meregrass forThe Infinite Quest
  • Phil Cornwell (DI Simpkins, 2.5) was a Stallholder in The Fires of Pompeii
  • Rod Arthur (Frater, 2.6) was Mr Parsons in School Reunion
  • Karl Collins (Adam, 2.7/8) was Donna's next fiance, Shaun Temple also in The End of Time
  • Yasmin Bannerman (Jade, 2.7/8) was Jabe in The End of the World, and voiced Pandora in The Bride of Peladon (BF, 2008)
  • Holly De Jong (Helen, 1.3) voiced Amelia Doory in Project Twilight (BF, 2001)
  • Rita Davies (Harriet, 1.5) voiced Janneus for Primeval (BF, 2001), and Tashek for the I, Davros series (BF, 2006)
  • Levan Doran was also a stunt performer on Tooth and Claw
  • both Valentino Musetti (a Saracen Warrior in The Crusade, and eight other uncredited roles on the 'classic' series) and Trevor Steedman (a Seabase Guard in Warriors of the Deep) were stuntmen here
  • Glenna Morrison (Tiffany, 1.2) voiced Mary Patterson for Medicinal Purposes (BF, 2004)
  • Kim McGarrity was also a stunt performer on The Empty Child two-parter, Boom Town, The Christmas Invasion, and New Earth 
  • Paul Kulik was a stuntman on Rose too
  • stuntman Bill Davey was a stunt co-ordinator on The Satan Pit two-parter, Love & Monsters, and Turn Left
  • Glenn Marks was also a stunt co-ordinator on The Family of Blood two-parter, and Blink
  • both Neil Finninghan and Derek Lea were stunt performers on Dalek - Lea also worked on the Series 1 finale of NuWho, The Age of Steel, and Partners in Crime
  • stuntman Tom Lucy was the stunt co-ordinator on 16 Doctor Who episodes from Smith and Jones to The Next Doctor
  • James O'Donnell was stunt performer (James O'Dee) on all four Cybermen episodes of 2006
  • Steve Whyment (an extra in The Keeper of Traken and Snakedance), and Paul Herbert (a stuntman on The End of Time), were both stunt co-ordinators here
  • Rod Woodruff was also a stunt co-ordinator on Rose and World War Three 
  • Michael Cuckson (John, 1.1) voiced Captain Callany for Cryptobiosis (BF, 2006) and Cord for Singularity (BF, 2005)

Monday, 22 October 2012

Doctor Who Vs. The Shadow Line [Revised]

This dark and gritty seven-part crime drama (written and directed by Hugo Blick) was first shown on BBC2, from May 5th to June 16th 2011.
Ninth Doctor actor, Christopher Eccleston (pictured here as Joseph Bede) was joined by fifteen other Doctor Who guest actors:
  • for Lesley Sharp (Julie), Ace Bhatti (Khokar), and stunt co-ordinator Gareth Milne see my blog for The Second Coming
  • Robert Pugh (Harris) played Tony Mack in series five's Silurian two-parter
  • Sean Gilder (Beatty) was the Sycorax leader in The Christmas Invasion
  • Claire Calbraith (Laura) voiced Maria for Son of the Dragon, and a Trooper for Exotron: Urban Myths (BF, both 2007)
  • Tony Osoba (Solicitor) was Lan in Destiny of the Daleks, and Kracauer in Dragonfire
  • Martha Cope (Reporter) was the Controller in Bad Wolf, and voiced Captain Tanya Oswin in The Nowhere Place (BF, 2006), then Talia in 100: Bedtime Story (BF, 2007) - her father, Kenneth Cope, co-starred in Warriors' Gate as Packard
  • Sasha Behar (Laing) and Lorraine Burroughs (WPC) both appeared in The Fires of Pompeii - as Spurrina and Thalina, respectively
  • Lloyd McGuire (Clerk) was Lugo in The Face of Evil, and voiced Tendexter for The Architects of History (BF, 2010)
  • Charles Kay (Halton) voiced the Curator in Excelis Rising (BF, 2002)
  • Nadine Marshall (Officer) voiced Shepstay for Earth Aid (BF, 2011)
  • David Schofield (Foley) voiced Nostradamus for The Doomsday Quatrain (BF, 2011), and Billy for Death in Blackpool (BF, 2009)
  • Nigel Hastings (Spokesman) voiced Quain for Creatures of Beauty (BF, 2003)

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Great Doctor Who Quotes #41

"This was exactly you. All this, all of it. You make them so afraid. When you began all those years ago, sailing off to see the universe, did you ever think you'd become this? The man who can turn an army around at the mention of his name, Doctor. The word for 'healer' and 'wise man', throughout the universe. We get that word from you, you know. But if you carry on the way you are, what might that word come to mean?
To the people of the Gamma Forests, the word 'doctor' means 'mighty warrior'. How far you've come. And now they've taken a child, the child of your best friends - and they're going to turn her into a weapon, just to bring you down.
And all this, my love, in fear of you."

- River Song, A Good Man Goes to War (June 4th 2011)
Written by Steven Moffat

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Great Doctor Who Quotes #40

"This is Emergency Programme One. Rose, now listen, this is important. If this message is activated, then it can only mean one thing - we must in danger, and I mean fatal. I'm dead, or about to die any second with no chance of escape... And that's okay. I hope it's a good death. But I promised to look after you, and that's what I'm doing. The TARDIS is taking you home... And I bet you're fussing and moaning now, typical. But hold on, and just listen a bit more. The TARDIS can never return for me. Emergency Programme One means I'm facing an enemy that should never get their hands on this machine. So this is what you should do - let the TARDIS die. Just let this old box gather dust. No one can open it, no one will even notice it. Let it become a strange little thing standing on a street corner. And over the years, the world will move on, and the box will be buried. And if you wanna remember me, then you can do one thing. That's all, one thing. Have a good life. Do that for me, Rose. Have a fantastic life."

- The Doctor, The Parting of the Ways (June 18th 2005)
Written by Russell T Davies 

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Doctor Who Vs. The Second Coming [Revised]

This Northern morality tale was written by future Doctor Who supremo Russell T Davies, who cast Salford-born actor Christopher Eccleston in the lead role of Steven Baxter (pictured). Long-serving Doctor Who composer Murray Gold provided the music here too. Both he and Davies were nominated for Royal Television Society awards, whilst Eccleston earned a BAFTA Best Actor nomination.
Originally commissioned by Channel 4 in 1999, and later turned down by the BBC, The Second Coming was eventually made by ITV over the summer of 2002. Screened over two nights, Sunday 9th and Monday 10th February 2003, parts 1 and 2 gained audiences of 6.3M and 5.4M.
Following a drunken night-out in Manchester, Steve disappears for 40 days and nights. He is found wandering Saddleworth Moor, and claims to be the 'second coming' of Jesus, the Son of God. After performing a modern-day miracle at Maine Road football stadium (turning night into day), he proclaims to the world's media that he has just 5 days to find the human race's Third Testament, and avert the Apocalypse.
Granada's Liverpool-based drama Springhill (1996/7)also penned by Davies, ended it's run with a recital of The Second Coming by WB Yeats, and was essentially a story of good-versus-evil too.
The drama also featured ten more Doctor Who guest actors:
  • Lesley Sharp (Judith) played Sky Silvestry in Midnight
  • Mark Benton (Tyler) was Clive Finch in Rose; and voiced Ellis for Invaders from Mars (Big Finish, 2002), and Jack Coulson for the recent Energy of the Daleks
  • Ace Bhatti (Gupta) was Rani's dad, Haresh Chandra, in The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • Jennifer Hennessey (Reporter) was Valerie in Gridlock
  • Angel Coulby (PC Fraser) was Katherine in The Girl in the Fireplace
  • Rory Kinnear (Dillane) voiced Samuel Belfrage for Industrial Evolution (BF, 2011)
  • Ray Emmet Brown (Nurse) voiced 'No. 16' for House of Blue Fire (BF, 2011)
  • Denise Black (Rachel) voiced Eva Jericho for the forthcoming Big Finish release, Damaged Goods
  • stunt co-ordinator Gareth Milne was George Cranleigh in Black Orchid, an Attendant in Vengeance on Varos, and doubled for Peter Davison on Warriors of the Deep
  • Rick English was also a stuntman on Tooth and Claw

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Doctor Who Vs. Miss Marple (1987)

The last, full series of the BBC's definitive Miss Marple was again produced by George Gallaccio, a production manager on thirty-one Doctor Who episodes during the 1970's.
The title role was portrayed by Joan Hickson in adaptations of Agatha Christie's original twelve Marple mysteries, from 1984 to 1992.
The four serials that aired in 1987 featured these other thirty-one Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

Sleeping Murder (Published 1976 - TX: January 11 & 18)
  • Directed by John Davies - he helmed The Macra Terror
  • Geraldine Alexander (Gwenda) played Areta in Vengeance in Varos
  • Frederick Treves (Dr Kennedy) was Brotadac in Meglos
  • Terence Hardiman (Fane) was Hawthorne in The Beast Below, and voiced both King Sitirc for The Book of Kells (Big Finish, 2010), and Reverand Dobbs in Serpent Crest: The Broken Crown (AudioGo, 2011)
  • John Bennett (Erskine) was General Finch in Invasion of the Dinosaurs, and Li H'sen Chang in The Talons of Weng-Chiang
  • David McAlister (West) voiced a Megara for The Stones of Blood
  • Esmond Knight (Galbraith) was Dom Issigri in The Space Pirates
  • John Ringham (Dr Penrose) was Tlotoxl in The Aztecs, Josiah Blake in The Smugglers, and Robert Ashe in Colony in Space
  • Kenneth Cope (Afflick) was Packard in Warriors' Gate
  • Struan Rodger (voice of Ferdinand) provided the voice of the Face of Boe in New Earth and Gridlock
  • Georgina Anderson (Mrs Hengrove) was May, also in Gridlock
  • Gary Watson (Halliday) played Arthur Terrall in The Evil of the Daleks
At Bertram's Hotel (Pub. 1965 - TX: January 25 & February 1)
  • George Baker (Inspector Davy) was Decider Login in Full Circle
  • Preston Lockwood (Pennyfather) was Dojjen in Snakedance
  • Philip Bretherton (Campbell) voiced Plenipotentiary Suskind for Arrangements for War (2004), Scrivener for Recorded Time, and Darcy/D'Urberville/Heathcliff for A Most Excellent Match (both 2011) - all for Big Finish
  • Edward Burnham (Whittaker) was Professors, Watkins in The Invasion, and Kettlewell, in Robot
  • Rashid Karapiet (Waiter) was Rita's Father in The God Complex
Nemesis (Pub. 1971 - TX: February 8 & 15)
  • Frank Gatliff (Rafiel) was Ortron in The Monster of Peladon
  • Roger Hammond (Broadribb) was Francis Bacon in the 1965 episode, The Executioners, and Dr Runciman in Mawdryn Undead, and voiced Harold Withers for The Eternal Summer (BF, 2009)
  • Patrick Godfrey (Schuster) was Tor in The Savages, and Major Cosworth in The Mind of Evil
  • Peter Copley (Brabazon) was Dr Warlock in Pyramids of Mars
  • Alison Skilbeck (Miss Barrow) was the Deputy in Frontios
  • David Blake Kelly (Tramp) was Captain Briggs in Flight Through Eternity (also an episode of The Chase), and Jacob Kewper in The Smugglers
  • Cy Town (Passenger) appeared in 35 installments for the 'classic' series - from an uncredited role in The Silurians, to a Haemovore in The Curse of Fenric, and was also a Dalek operator in every Dalek story from Frontier in Space onwards
4.50 From Paddington (Pub. 1957 - TX: Christmas Day)
  • Designed by Raymond Cusick - the production designer on 41 Hartnell installments, and creator of the first Dalek props
  • Rhoda Lewis (Mrs Brogan) was Marta in State of Decay
  • Joanna David (Emma) voiced Mrs Audley, also for Serpent Crest: The Broken Crown
  • Maurice Denham (Luther) was Azmael in The Twin Dilemma, and voiced the President for The Paradise of Death (Radio 5, 1993)
  • Andrew Burt (Dr Quimper) was Valgard in Terminus
  • John Hallam (Cedric) was Light in Ghost Light
  • Richard Ashley (Sergeant) was an Orderly, also Frontios