Thursday, 4 July 2013

Doctor Who Vs. Blackout


This dark and gritty BBC One thriller first aired a year ago. The three-part series featured Christopher Eccleston in another trademark performance as the flawed and angst-ridden politician, Daniel Demoys. Formerly known as The Fuse, the programme was created by Bill Gallagher, and the Red Production Company - makers of Russell T Davies' Queer as Folk, The Second Coming (also starring Eccleston), and Single Father (starring David Tennant).
Blackout featured ten other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
  • co-executive producer Piers Wenger held the same post on the twenty-first century series (from The End of Time, Part 2 to The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe), DreamlandThe Sarah Jane Adventures, and Doctor Who Confidential
  • Danny Sapanni (Griffin) played Colonel Manton in A Good Man Goes to War
  • for Myanna Buring (as Sylvie, pictured) see this other blog
  • Dervla Kirwan (Alex) and Karl Collins (Bo) both starred in 55 Degrees North (see my blog)
  • Rebecca Callard (Ruth) voiced Connie for Time Reef: A Perfect World (Big Finish, 2008)
  • stunt co-ordinator Gordon Seed worked in that capacity on eighteen episodes of the revived series
  • stunt performer Dean Foster also worked on seven stories
  • stuntman Andy J Smart appeared in Evolution of the Daleks, and Let's Kill Hitler
  • SFX supervisor Ben Ashmore was SFX co-ordinator on thirty-six installments of the revived series, from The Girl in the Fireplace to The Next Doctor

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