Monday, 8 April 2013

Doctor Who Vs. The Final Cut

The final serial in the BBC's Francis Urquhart trilogy followed House of Cards (1990) and To Play The King (1993) and again starred Ian Richardson as the scheming Conservative Prime Minister in his last, turbulent years in power.
This four-part political drama, based on Michael Dobbs' novel, originally aired in November 1995, and featured sixteen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
  • Paul Freeman (Makepeace) voiced Jalnik for The Foe from the Future (Big Finish, 2012), an unused TV script by Robert Banks Stewart
  • Isla Blair (Claire) was Lady Isabella Fitzwilliam (pictured, left) in The King's Demons, and voiced Paula for Exotron (BF, 2007)
  • Nickolas Grace (Pitt) made a brief TV appearance as Albert Einstein in Death is the Only Answer (shown during the last installment of Doctor Who Confidential), and voiced the Time Lord Straxus for three Big Finish dramas - Human Resources (2007), Sisters of the Flame, and The Vengeance of Morbius (both 2008)
  • Kevork Malikyan (Nurse) was Kemel Rudkin in The Wheel in Space
  • for David Ryall (Bullerby), Nick Brimble (Corder), and crew members Ian Punter, Dave King, and Ken Ledsam see my blog for To Play The King
  • Peter Symonds (Polecutt) was a Soldier in Terror of the Zygons
  • David Ashford (Newsreader) was Dad in The Greatest Show in the Galaxy
  • Derek Lea (Thug) was a stuntman on DalekBad WolfThe Parting of the WaysThe Age of Steel, and Partners in Crime
  • Trevor Steedman (Detective) was a Seabase Guard in Warriors of the Deep
  • Joseph Long (President) was Rocco Colasanto in Turn Left
  • Miles Richardson (Jardine) was Douglas Cavendish in both video spin-offs Downtime (1995), and Daemos Rising (the loose sequel to The Daemons, 2004), and voiced Charles Darwin for Bloodtide (BF, 2001), Braxiatel for Zagreus (BF, 2003) and Black Rod for The Gunpowder Plot (BBCi, 2011)
  • associate producer Tony Redston production manager onTime and the Rani and The Mark of the Rani

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