Sunday, 6 October 2013

Doctor Who Vs. State of Play

This superb six-part political thriller, written by Paul Abbott, was originally broadcast
on both BBC One and BBC 4 in May and June 2003.
 Directed by prospective Doctor Who film-maker David Yates, State of Play later received seven BAFTA nominations, eventually winning three awards, and a sequel was planned but is still to be made.
 The series was repeated on BBC Four from August 2004, then issued on DVD in 2005, and an American film version starring Russell Crowe and Helen Mirren was released in 2009.
The series is repeated on the Drama channel from Wednesday, featured John Simm (pictured as Cal McCaffrey), James McAvoy, Kelly Macdonald, Philip Glenister and these sixteen other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
  • David Morrissey (Stephen Collins MP, pictured left) played Jackson Lake in The Next Doctor
  • Bill Nighy (won the Best Actor BAFTA for his role here as Cameron Foster) was Dr. Black in Vincent and the Doctor
  • Marc Warren (Dominic Foy) was Elton Pope in Love & Monsters
  • Rebekah Staton (Liz) was Jenny/Mother of Mine in The Family of Blood two-parter
  • Sean Gilder (DS Cheweski) was the Sycorax leader in The Christmas Invasion
  • Anthony Flanagan (Man) was Orin Scannell in 42
  • Bruce Lawrence (Jack) was the Engineer in Voyage of the Damned
  • Michael Gould (Merrick) voiced Frederick Lindemann for Big Finish's The Churchill Years (new for 2016)
  • Madeleine Potter (Tate) voiced Yoanna Rayluss for Cradle of the Snake (BF, 2010), Lizzie Williams for Assassin in the Limelight (BF, 2008), and Lady Ferril for Ferril's Folly (BF, 2011)
  • Nick Brimble (DCC Janson) 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 (2010, all BF)
  • Aaron Neil (Paramedic) has been cast as Dunlop in The Magician's Apprentice
  • Fred Pearson (Dad) was the Barista in The Bells of Saint John
  • David Ryall (Coutts) voiced both Carthok and Valentine for Phantasmagoria (BF, 1999)
  • series line producer Paul Frift later produced In the Forest of the Night and Last Christmas
  • first assistant director Stephen Wolfenden went on to direct Nightmare in Silver
  • Thomas Elgood was location manager on The Bells of Saint John too

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