Friday, 5 April 2013

Doctor Who Vs. To Play The King

This four-part sequel to House of Cards (1990) again starred Ian Richardson as scheming Francis Urquhart (now the Tory Prime Minister), opposite Michael Kitchen as the newly crowned British monarch. This political drama, based on Michael Dobbs' novel, was first screened in the autumn of 1993, and featured sixteen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
  • for director Paul Seed, Colin Jeavons (as Stamper), Christopher Owen (McKenzie), Kenneth Gilbert (Earle), Nigel Taylor (associate producer), Ken Ledsham (production designer), Rosalind Ebbutt (costume designer), Barrie Tharby (recordist), and Ian Punter (cinematographer) see my blog for House of Cards
  • Nicholas Farrell (Mycroft) voiced Gammades for Time Reef and Phil for A Perfect World (Big Finish, both 2008) and was Brian Green PM in Torchwood: Children of Earth
  • Frederick Treves (Quillington) was Brotadac in Meglos
  • Pip Torrens (Harding) was Headmaster Rocastle in Human Nature and The Family of Blood
  • Don Warrington (Gaunt) was the President of Great Britain (pictured, left) in Rise of the Cybermen, and voiced Rassilon for Seasons of FaerThe Time of the DaleksNeverland (all 2002), Zagreus (2003), Caerdroia, and The Next Life (both 2004) - all from Big Finish
  • Nick Brimble (Corder) voiced Shreeni for Exotron (2007), Dudley Jackson for The Eternal Summer (2009), Kith for Max Warp (2008), and Olaf Eriksson for The Book of Kells (all BF)
  • David Ryall (Bullerby) voiced both Carthok and Valentine for Phantasmagoria (BF, 1999)
  • George Raistrick (Gropeham) made his TV debut as a Guard in Day of the Daleks (part 3)
  • James Snell (DI Hackett) was Harry in The Daemons
  • John Bleasdale (Journalist) was one of the titular The Robots of Death
  • film editor Dave King edited The Mutants too
  • stunt arranger Terry Forrestal was a Driver in K9 and Company
  • casting assistant Andy Pryor has worked as casting director on NuWho since the programme was revived in 2005, as well as The Sarah Jane Adventures and every episode of Torchwood

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