Saturday, 1 June 2013

Doctor Who Vs. Cracker Specials

After three full seasons, Cracker returned to ITV in 1996 for a feature-length special written by Paul Abbot. Robbie Coltrane again played the titular criminal psychologist, Fitz (here on a lecture tour of Hong Kong), and was joined by Ricky Tomlinson (as DCI Wise). Coltrane reprised his most famous TV role ten years later in a final special, now set in Manchester again, and scripted by series creator, Jimmy McGovern.
The serials featured ten Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

White Ghost (TX: October 28 1996)
  • David Bradley (Carter) provided the voice of Shansheeth Blue in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor, played Solomon in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, and led the cast of An Adventure in Space and Time as William Hartnell
  • Barnaby Kay (Philby) voiced Martin Donaldson for the forthcoming Big Finish release, Dark Eyes 4
  • Pik Sen Lim (Wei Wei) was Captain Chin Lee in The Mind of Evil, scripted by her husband Don Houghton
Nine Eleven (TX: October 1 2006)
  • Barbara Flynn (Judith) voiced Sister Chalice for The Skull of Sobek (Big Finish, 2008)
  • Anthony Flanagan (Archer) was Orin Scannell in 42
  • Nisha Nayar (DS Saleh) made her TV debut as an uncredited Red Kang in Paradise Towers, and was a Programmer in Bad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways
  • effects editor Peter Baldock was an Acolyte in The Face of Evil
  • Steve Griffin and Kai Martin were both NuWho stunt performers - on The Idiot's Lantern and Tooth and Claw respectively
  • Andy Brierley was also casting associate on fifty-eight installments of the revived series, from The Christmas Invasion to The Big BangTorchwoodThe Sarah Jane Adventures, and Music of the Spheres

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