Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Doctor Who Anniversary Schedule Unveiled

The BBC have announced details of their new celebratory TV and radio commissions for the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who which will culminate in the special 75-minute story, The Day of the Doctor to be broadcast on Saturday November 23rd.
  • BBC Two will screen the 90-minute biopic, An Adventure in Space and Time which stars David Bradley as William Hartnell
  • Matthew Sweet explores the cultural impact of Doctor Who in a hour-long special of The Culture Show, whilst Professor Brian Cox will present his own Royal Lecture before an audience of fans
  • BBC Four will repeat a newly restored version of the four-part adventure, An Unearthly Child
  • CBBC will feature two live Doctor Who themed episodes of Blue Peter, and a one-off 'vox-pops' show called 12 Again
  • The Ultimate Guide will air on BBC Three, and viewers will get to vote for the programme's greatest baddie in their Monsters and Villains Weekend
  • Radio 2 will broadcast two new documentaries, The Blagger's Guide and Who is the Doctor? and Graham Norton will host his weekly show live from the Doctor Who Celebration in London
  • an hour-long documentary looking at Time Lord Rock (TROCK) will air on Radio 1
  • Radio 4 Extra, the home of Doctor Who audio stories, is to broadcast a three-hour programme, Who Made Who?

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Doctor Who Vs. The Blood Beast Terror

Short-lived British film company Tigon Films was founded to compete with the Hammer and Amicus features of the Sixties. Their low-budget production, The Blood Beast Terror was released in 1968, and starred horror film legend and cinema's 'Dr. Who' Peter Cushing as Scotland Yard inspector, Quennell (pictured). Here, a scientist has created a creature (masquerading as his daughter) that is capable of transforming into a giant moth and feasting on human blood!
Shown today on the Horror channel, this B-movie featured thirteen other Doctor Who cast links:
  • Wanda Ventham (Clare) played Jean Rook in The Faceless Ones, Thea Ransome in Image of the Fendahl, and Faroon in Time and the Rani
  • David Griffin (Warrender) was Commander Mitchell in The Sea Devils
  • William Wilde (Britewell) was the Draconian Captain in Frontier in Space
  • Kevin Stoney (Granger) was Mavic Chen in The Daleks' Master Plan, Tobias Vaughn in The Invasion, and Tyrum in Revenge of the Cybermen
  • Roy Hudd (Smiler) voiced Max Miller for Pier Pressure (Big Finish, 2006)
  • Simon Cain (Withers) was Curly in The Enemy of the World, and a titular reptilian in The Silurians
  • Robert Cawdron (Chief Constable) was Taltalian in The Ambassadors of Death
  • Kenneth Colley (James) voiced Cristophe Zarodnix for both Sisters of the Flame and Vengeance of Morbius (BF, both 2008)
  • Roy Evans (Porter) was Trantis in The Daleks' Master Plan, Bert in The Green Death, and a Miner in The Monster of Peladon
  • John Scott Martin (Snaflebum) was a stalwart of 'classic' Who, with appearances in a staggering seventy-six episodes - usually as a Dalek operator - from The Web Planet: The Zarbi (1965) to Remembrance of the Daleks (1988), and a complete list of Martin's roles is available at IMDB
  • Michael Mundell (Student) was Jasko in The Invasion of Time
  • Malcolm Rogers (Elliott) was both Count Dracula and a Policeman in The Daleks' Master Plan episodes Journey into Terror and The Feast of Steven
  • Robin Wentworth (Starkadder) was Professor Horner in The Daemons

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Doctor Who Vs. Silent Witness, Series 1

BBC One's long-running crime drama series Silent Witness began in 1996, and focused on a team of forensic experts and their criminal investigations.
 The programme was created by Nigel McCrery, a former murder squad detective based in Nottingham.
 The original series followed the cases of Cambridge-based Professor Sam Ryan, played by Amanda Burton, who was based on real-life pathologist, Helen Witwell, a colleague of McCrery's from Sheffield. 
Burton was succeeded in the eighth season (2004) by current series regulars, William Gaminara (as Professor Leo Dalton), Tom Ward (as Dr Harry Cunningham), and Emilia Fox (as Dr Nikki Alexander).
The first, eight-part season began a repeat run on the Drama channel tonight, and featured these twenty-two Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

Buried Lies (TX: February 21 & 22 1996)
  • series regular Milo Twomey (PC North) voiced Jorvik for Big Finish's Theatre of War (2015)
  • Lesley Dunlop (Marion) played Norna in Frontios, and Susan Q in The Happiness Patrol
  • Kelly Hunter (Ronnie) was the Shadow Architect in The Stolen Earth
  • Tom Chadbon (Coleman) was Duggan in City of Death, Merdeen in The Trial of a Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet, and voiced Gordon for No More Lies (BF, 2007)
  • Alec Linstead (Jenkins) was Sergeant Osgood in The Daemons, Arnold Jellicoe in Robot, and Arthur Stengos in Revelation of the Daleks
  • Trevor Bannister (Solicitor) voiced Korbin Thessinger for Nocturne (BF, 2007)
  • series composer Geoffrey Burgon provided the incidental music for Terror of the Zygons and The Seeds of Doom.
  • focus puller Bob Shipsey was a camera operator on The Doctor's Wife and Night Terrors
Long Days, Short Nights (TX: February 28 & 29)
  • Colin Salmon (Bird) was Dr Moon in the Vashta Nerada two-parter (2008), and voiced Trooper Salway for Wirrn Dawn (BF, 2009)
  • Ronald Pickup (Dr Owen) was the Physician in The Reign of Terror, and voiced Kestorian for Time Works (BF, 2006)
  • James Bree (Brewer) was the Security Chief in The War Games, Nefred in Full Circle, and the Keeper of the Matrix inThe Ultimate Foe
  • Sean Gallagher (Finn) was Chip in New Earth
  • James D'Arcy (Student) voiced Michael for Paradise 5 (BF, 2010)
  • Philip Anthony (Vicar) was Roald in The Daleks' Master Plan: The Nightmare Begins 
  • Dominic Mafham (Mark) voiced Moran for The Jigsaw War (BF, 2012)
  • Timothy Block (Prison Officer) was Tanner in Black Orchid
  • Dione Inman (Nurse) was Elena in The Twin Dilemma
  • first assistant director Pennie Bloomfield was the AFM on Attack of the Cybermen
Darkness Visible (TX: March 13 & 14)
  • Caroline John (Mrs Claire) portrayed companion, Dr Liz Shaw (pictured in Spearhead from Space)
  • Adrian Schiller (Trafford) was Uncle in The Doctor's Wife, and voiced Zanith, also for Time Works
  • Patrick Troughton's youngest son, Michael Troughton (Symonds) voiced Quendril for the forthcoming audio play, Lords of the Red Planet
Sins of the Fathers (TX: April 2 & 3)   
  • Tam Williams (Harry) was a Schoolboy in Remembrance of the Daleks, and voiced Cedric for the first adventure in the Destiny of the Doctors audio series, Hunters of Earth (AudioGo, 2013)