Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Radio Times TV Review of 2014

That venerable publishing colossus, Christmas perennial, and loyal Doctor Who supporter, the Radio Times, has revealed the results of their annual survey. Their top forty shows of the year (headed by Happy Valley) have again been selected by the magazine's critics, and Peter Capaldi's first season has been placed at a respectable number nine (up from twenty-two last year). Rwriter Huw Fullerton comments:

9) Doctor Who BBC1 

"After eight years of young, romantic Doctors, Capaldi’s more hostile, older Time Lord was a hard sell. Twelve (mostly) great episodes later, it’s hard to imagine anyone else at the helm of the Tardis. Bank heists, Cybermen attacks and creepy monsters were no match for Capaldi and his attack eyebrows, and it feels like we’re still learning the true nature of this newly mysterious Doctor. But Capaldi wasn't the only draw this year. Jenna Coleman’s Clara has finally been allowed the personality she was denied in previous series and showed new depths to the role of companion. Here’s hoping she stays past Christmas".

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Doctor Who Vs. Octopussy

The thirteenth entry in the James Bond film franchise, the sixth to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent Bond, was released by Eon Productions and MGM/United Artists in 1983, shortly before the unofficial Never Say Never Again.
Taking its title from Ian Fleming's short story collection, Octopussy and the Living Daylights (published in 1965), the film's plot is original but does include some inspiration from The Property of a Lady (1967) and Moonraker (1955).
The movie was shot mainly on location in India, with the interiors filmed as usual at Pinewood studios. Octopussy was shown on ITV4 tonight, and featured these twenty-one Doctor Who cast connections:
  • Steven Berkoff (Orlov) played the Shakri in The Power of Three
  • Philip Voss (Auctioneer) was Acomat in Marco Polo, and Wahed in (episode 1 of) The Dominators
  • Patrick Barr (Ambassador) was Jack Hobson in The Moonbase
  • Gertan Klauber (Bubi) was the Galley Master in The Romans: All Roads Lead to Rome, and Ola in The Macra Terror
  • Michael Moor (Thug) was an Extra in The Silurians (6)
  • RJ Bell (German) began his career as the Garm in Terminus
  • Jennifer Hill (Wife) was Mrs. Peace (pictured) in The Unquiet Dead
  • Ingrid Pitt (Galley Mistress) was Queen Galleia in The Time Monster, and Dr. Solow in Warriors of the Deep - Pitt and her husband, Tony Rudlin, submitted a Doctor Who script in 1984, which was eventually produced as The Macros by Big Finish in 2010
  • for Albert Moses (Salruddin) and Jeremy Bulloch (Smithers) see my blog for The Spy Who Loved Me
  • future EastEnders actress Nicola Stapleton (Girl) was Mandy Slater in Dimensions in Time
  • child actor Gary Russell (Teen) went on to write and direct Real Time, adapt and produce Shada for Big Finish, then direct The Infinite Quest and Dreamland, produced The Gunpowder Plot, and served as script editor on TorchwoodMusic of the SpheresCity of the DaleksBlood of the CybermenThe Waters of MarsThe End of Time and The Sarah Jane Adventures pilot
  • Rocky Taylor (Roger Moore's stunt double), stunt co-ordinator Martin Grace and stuntmen Tip Tipping, Jim Dowdall, Chris Webb, Nick Hobbs, Stuart Fell, Arthur Howell and Nick Wilkinson all worked in similar capacities on the classic and recent runs

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Doctor Who Vs. Coronation Street, Part 9: 1983-1989

The Street's longest-serving producer,
Bill Podmore, stood down in late 1982,
just as the new edgy, soap opera
Brookside launched on the fledgling Channel 4. Although the rival show never matched Corrie in popularity or ratings, the Liverpool-based series did make the Street appear dated again.
Mervyn Watson's producership would result in much behind-the-scenes turmoil, but the Deirdre Barlow and Mike Baldwin affair storyline proved to be the most successful to date. 
By 1985, many of the programme's core cast had left, including all of the original cast (bar William Roache), then the BBC launched its own flagship serial drama, the twice-weekly EastEnders. Despite retaining its audience, Corrie was accused of being old fashioned yet again, and another new producer, John Temple, oversaw a makeover.
The return of Podmore for a third and final stint as producer in 1987 led to even more changes, and the most significant additions to the show came in 1989 with the introduction of a third episode then an omnibus edition. As the decade ended, Corrie was back at its peak with viewers and critics alike.
These seven years on the Street featured another twenty-one Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
  • Micheal Bilton (Pearson) played Charles de Teligny in The Massacre, Collins in Pyramids of Mars, and a Time Lord in The Deadly Assassin
  • Michael Goldie (Statham) was Jack Craddock in The Dalek Invasion of Earth, and Elton Laleham in The Wheel in Space 
  • Sam Kelly (Challis) voiced Eugene Tacitus for The Holy Terror (BF, 2000), and Acheron in Return to the Web Planet (BF, 2007)
  • David Brierly (Harold in episode 2359) provided the voice of K9 for The Creature from the PitNightmare of Eden and The Horns of Nimon
  • Cory Pulman (Mandy) was Kathleen Dudman in The Curse of Fenric
  • Ron Donachie (Schofield) was a Steward in Tooth and Claw
  • Nigel Gregory (Mills) was Sergeant Vince Wilson in K9 and Company
  • David Ashton (Birchall) was Kendron in Timelash
  • Big Finish artist Susan Brown (Connie here; and Maureen, 2006) voiced Mary for 100: Bedtime Story (2007), Alice Withers for The Eternal Summer, Maud for Castle of Fear, both Mrs Withers and Mrs Sowerby for Plague of the Daleks (all 2009), Margaret for Deimos and The Resurrection of Mars, Eleanor Harvey for Return of the Krotons, Chief Engineer and Chanel for The Song of the Megaptera, Babs for Prison in Space (all 2010), and Kastrella for the forthcoming release Death Match - she also played Bridget Spears in Torchwood: Children of Earth
  • director (of episodes 2761 and 2785) Gerald Blake also helmed The Abominable Snowmen and The Invasion of Time
  • Sarah Lancashire (Wendy here; and Raquel Woolstenhulme Watts, 1991-96) was Miss Foster (pictured) in Partners in Crime
  • Simon Rouse (Farrell here; Woodson, 2013) was Hindle in Kinda
  • Kenneth Waller (Watts) was Hedges in (part 2 of) The Invisible Enemy
  • Mona Hammond (Mrs. Armitage) was Rita-Anne in Rise of the Cybermen
  • Rob Dixon (Roscoe) voiced Reggie Mead for Project: Twilight (BF, 2001) and Sergeant Wood for No Man's Land (BF, 2006)
  • Jenny Funnell (WPC Morgan) voiced Veronica Buchman for Wirrn Isle (BF, 2012), and Reaver for The King of Sontar (BF, 2014)
  • Michael Sheard (Dabner) is another prolific guest actor with seven roles over 35 years - he was Rhos in The Ark: The Plague, Dr. Roland Summers in The Mind of Evil, Laurence Scarman in Pyramids of Mars, Lowe in The Invisible Enemy, Mergrave (also serial 5Z), the Headmaster in Remembrance of the Daleks, and he voiced Orsino for The Stones of Venice (BF, 2001)
  • Julia Deakin (Secretary here; Brenda, 2003) voiced Harriet Griffin for Terror Firma (BF, 2005)
  • Eric Potts (Dearing here; Saxton, 1996; Council Official, 1998; and Diggory Compton, 2005/06) was Oliver Charles in Aliens of London
  • Rod Arthur (Foreman here; Blood Donor, 1991) was Mr. Parsons in School Reunion
  • Ling Tai (Student) was an uncredited Tourist in The Leisure Hive (1), a Seabase Crewmember in Warriors of the Deep, then Shou Yuing in Battlefield

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Doctor Who Vs. X: The Unknown

Released in 1956, this British feature was another Hammer Film production which marked the company's transition from a maker of B-movies to purely science fiction and horror fare. 
X: The Unknown was intended as a direct sequel to The Quatermass Xperiment (1955), but writer Nigel Kneale refused permission to use his character here. American Oscar winning actor Dean Jagger was then cast as nuclear scientist, Dr. Adam Royston, a role clearly influenced by Professor Quatermass.
Shown on BBC Two on Sunday, the film starred child actor Frazer Hines (pictured as Ian Osborn) and seven other future Doctor Who cast connections:
  • William Lucas (Elliott) played Range in Frontios
  • John Harvey (Major Cartwright) was Professor Brett in The War Machines, and Officia in The Macra Terror
  • Kenneth Cope (Sapper) was Packard in Warriors' Gate
  • Edwin Richfield (Burnt Soldier) was Captain Hart in The Sea Devils, and Mestor in The Twin Dilemma
  • Neil Hallett (Unwin) was Maylin Renis in Timelash
  • Brian Peck (First Soldier) was Dervish in The Space Pirates
  • Neil Wilson (Russell) was Seeley in Spearhead from Space

Monday, 22 September 2014

Doctor Who Vs. The New Avengers, Series 2

As with my two previous blogs for The New Avengers, season two's original
transmission dates are approximate because the show was never truly networked, and some TV regions didn't even adhere to the same transmission order.
Another run of thirteen episodes were originally broadcast in the autumn of 1977, four of which were again penned by former 'classic' era writer and script editor, Dennis Spooner.
This second series began another repeat run on ITV4 this week, and featured
another twenty-four Doctor Who guest actors:

Dead Men Are Dangerous (TX: September 9)
  • Michael Turner (Culver) played Jarvis Bennett in The Wheel in Space
  • Roger Avon (Headmaster) was Wells in the second Dalek film, Saphadin in The Crusade, and Daxtar in The Daleks' Master Plan: The Traitors
  • Gabrielle Drake (Penny) was considered for the role of Victoria Waterfield
Angels of Death (TX: September 16)
  • Dinsdale Landen (Coldstream) was Dr. Judson in The Curse of Fenric
  • Terence Alexander (Manderson) was Lord Ravensworth in The Mark of the Rani
  • Lindsay Duncan (Jane) was Adelaide Brooke (pictured) in The Waters of Mars
  • Christopher Driscoll (Martin) was the Security Guard in The Idiot's Lantern
  • Caroline Munro (Tammy) voiced Sentia for Omega (Big Finish, 2003)
Medium Rare (TX: September 23)
  • for Neil Hallett (Roberts) and Jeremy Wilkin (Richards) see the Series 1 stories, Faces and House of Cards respectively
  • Maurice O'Connell (McBain) was Cockerill in Frontios
  • Steve Ubells (Man) was a Boy Servant in The Aztecs
The Lion and the Unicorn (TX: September 30)

Obsession (TX: October 7)
  • Roy Purcell (Controller) was CPO Powers in The Mind of Evil, and the President in The Three Doctors
Trap (TX: October 14)
  • Kristopher Kum (Tansing) was Fu Peng, also Serial FFF
  • Vincent Wong (Courier) was Ho in The Talons of Weng-Chiang, the Chinese Delegate in Day of the Daleks, and a Captain in Enlightenment
Hostage (TX: October 21)
  • Barry Stanton (Packer) was Noma in The Twin Dilemma
  • William Franklyn (McKay) voiced Pharaoh Amenhotep in The Roof of the World (BF, 2004)
  • Richard Ireson (Vernon) was a Soldier in The Mind Robber and Axus in The Krotons
K is For Kill, Part 1: The Tiger Awakes (TX: October 28) &
K is For Kill, Part 2: Tiger by the Tail (TX: November 11)
  • Kenneth Watson (Major) was Craddock in the second Dalek film and Bill Duggan in The Wheel in Space
  • Tony Then (Monk) was Lee, also Serial 4S
  • Diana Rigg (as Emma Peel from The Avengers, 1965-68) appeared here in archive footage - now a Dame, she played Winifred Gillyflower The Crimson Horror
Complex (TX: November 11)

Forward Base (TX: November 18)
  • David Calderisi (Halfhide) was Charlie, again Serial FFF
  • Maurice Goode (Milroy) played Phineas Clanton in The Gunfighters
The Gladiators (TX: November 25)

Emily (TX: December 1)
  • series stunt co-ordinator Valentino Musetti made six uncredited appearances in the 'classic' series - he was a Mongol Bandit in Marco Polo: Riders from Shang-Tu, a Saracen Warrior in The Crusade: The Lion, an Egyptian in The Daleks' Master Plan, a Prisoner in The Mind of Evil, and an extra in Colony in Space, and The Time Monster

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Doctor Who Vs. The New Avengers, Series 1 [Part 2]

My first blog featured cast links between Doctor Who and the first six episodes of this fantasy series, the sequel to The Avengers (1961-69), created by Sydney Newman.
The New Avengers was developed by the original series producers, Albert Fennell (1920-1988) and Brian Clemens (born 1931), and was broadcast in over 100 countries.
The programme was later repeated by the BBC in 1995 and 2008. Another rerun of the remaining seven stories of the first season began on ITV4 this week, and included twenty-nine further cast connections. Dennis Spooner (1932-1986), the former classic series script editor and writer, penned the final two stories here.

To Catch A Rat (TX: December 3 1976)
  • Barry Jackson (Cledge) played Ascaris in The Romans, Jeff Garvey in Mission to the Unknown, and renegade Time Lord Drax in The Armageddon Factor
  • Dallas Cavell (Farmer) notched up five classic era roles - he was the Overseer in The Reign of Terror: Guests of Madame Guillotine, Bors in The Daleks' Master Plan: Devil's Planet, Jebb Trask in The Highlanders, Sir James Quinlan in The Ambassadors of Death, and the Head of Security in (part 1 of) Castrovalva
  • Anita Graham (Helga) was Bollitt in Delta and the Bannermen
The Tale of the Big Why (TX: December 10)
  • Derek Waring (Harmer) was Shardovan, also in serial 5Z
  • George A Cooper (Brandon) was Cherub in The Smugglers
  • Roy Marsden (Turner) was Dr Stoker in Smith and Jones
  • Geoffrey Toone (Minister) was Temmosus in Dr. Who and the Daleks, and Hepesh in The Curse of Peladon
Faces (TX: December 17)
  • David de Keyser (Prater) provided the Atraxi voice in The Eleventh Hour
  • Richard Leech (Terrison) was Gatherer Hade in The Sun Makers
  • Neil Hallett (Clifford here; and Roberts in Medium Rare) was Maylin Renis in Timelash
  • Donald Hewlett (Torrance) was Hardiman in The Claws of Axos
  • prolific guest actor Michael Sheard (Peters) had seven roles over 35 years - he was Rhos in The Ark: The Plague, Dr. Roland Summers in The Mind of Evil, Laurence Scarman in Pyramids of Mars, Lowe in The Invisible Enemy, Mergrave (also serial 5Z), the Headmaster in Remembrance of the Daleks, and he voiced Orsino for Big Finish's The Stones of Venice (2001)
Dirtier by the Dozen (TX: January 7 1977)
  • Stephen Moore (Prentice) was the Silurian, Eldane in The Hungry Earth and Cold Blood, and voiced Clark Goodman for both The Eight Truths and Worldwide Web (BF, 2009)
  • Michael Barrington (Stevens) and John Challis (Soldier) both appeared in The Seeds of Doom, as Sir Colin Thackeray and Scorby respectively
  • Brian Croucher (Terry) was Borg in The Robots of Death, and Kurt in the spin-off video drama, Shakedown: Return of the Sontarans (1994)
  • David Purcell (Orderly) was Abbott in The Hand of Fear
  • Richard Derrington (Turner) provided the voices of Dr. Farrer for The Harvest, and Landscar in The Last (BF, both 2004)
Sleeper (TX: January 14)
  • Mark Jones (Chuck) was Arnold Keeler, also for serial 4L
  • Prentis Hancock (Bart) was a Reporter in Spearhead from Space, Vaber in Planet of the Daleks, Salamar in Planet of Evil, and the Captain in The Ribos Operation
Three Handed Game (TX: January 21)
  • Blake's 7 actor Stephen Greif (Juventor) voiced Kwundaar for Primeval (BF, 2001) and Gurney for The Infinite Quest
  • Annie Lambert (Helen) was Enlightenment in Four to Doomsday
  • Hugh Morton (Professor) and Ronald Leigh-Hunt (General) both appeared in The Seeds of Death, as Sir James Gregson and Radnor respectively, and the latter also played Commander Stevenson in Revenge of the Cybermen
Gnaws (TX: January 28)
  • Julian Holloway (Thornton) was Paterson in Survival
  • Peter Cellier (Carter) was Andrews in Time Flight
  • Jeremy Young (Chislenko, pictured with Joanna Lumley's Purdey) was Kal in 100,000 BC, and Gordon Lowery in Mission to the Unknown
  • Keith Marsh (Tramp) was Conway in the second Dalek film
  • William Morgan Sheppard (Walters) played the Older Canton in The Impossible Astronaut

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Doctor Who Vs. The New Avengers, Series 1 [Part 1]

I rediscovered the sequel series to The Avengers when BBC Four began a repeat season in November 2008, and I was hooked. Having rewatched the show on DVD, I've noticed many Doctor Who guest actors, so here's my first Versus blog for the show. Researching this post, I've realised that the stories are not listed in the correct transmission order on the boxset/discs (I suspect that this, and the
IMDB listing, are in the original production order), and (due to the original regional variations) there are at least three different sets of broadcast dates online! The dates provided here are courtesy of Wikipedia, so allow for errors.
Patrick Macnee (born 1922) reprised the role of John Steed from The Avengers
 (1961-69), and was now joined by two new regulars, Gareth Hunt (1942-2007)
as Mike Gambit, and Joanna Lumley (b. 1946) as Purdey.
Hunt had played Arak in Planet of the Spiders, whilst Lumley would later appear in Steven Moffat's The Curse of the Fatal Death (1999) as the first female incarnation of the Doctor. Former Doctor Who script editor and writer, Dennis Spooner, wrote seven (of the twenty-six) episodes, and co-wrote another two.
The first six stories, which originally aired in the autumn of 1976, began another repeat run on ITV4 last week, and featured Peter Cushing (as Von Claus in the opening story) and twenty-six further links between these two cult shows:

The Eagle's Nest (TX: October 22 1976)
  • Frank Gatliff (Karl) was Ortron in The Monster of Peladon
  • Trevor Baxter (Brown-Fitch) first played Professor Litefoot in The Talons of Weng-Chiang, and reprised the role for Big Finish's spin-off audio series, Jago and Litefoot
House of Cards (TX: October 29)
  • Peter Jeffrey (Perov) was the Pilot in The Macra Terror, and Count Grendel in The Androids of Tara
  • Derek Francis (the Bishop) was Nero in The Romans
  • Gordon Sterne (Vasil) was another professor, Heldorf in The Ambassadors of Death, and according to IMDB, he was to play a Cyberman in The Moonbase but was replaced by Peter Greene
  • Jeremy Wilkin (Dr Tulliver here, and later Richards in Series 2: Medium Rare) was Kellman in Revenge of the Cybermen
The Last of the Cybernauts... ? (TX: November 5)
  • Martin Fisk (Guard) was Vargos in The Leisure Hive
  • Ray Armstrong (Guard) was Grey, also for serial CCC
  • Rocky Taylor (Cybernaut here, and later a Soldier in Dirtier by the Dozen) was an Egyptian in the The Daleks' Master Plan: Golden Death episode, a Guard in The Curse of Peladon, and was later a stuntman on The Idiot's Lantern
The Midas Touch (TX: November 12)
  • John Carson (Freddy) was Director Ambril in Snakedance
  • Pik Sen Lim (Sing) was Captain Chin Lee in The Mind of Evil, scripted by her husband Don Houghton
  • Chris Tranchell (Doctor) was Roger Colbert in The Massacre, Steven Jenkins in The Faceless Ones, and Andred in The Invasion of Time
  • Geoffrey Bateman (Simpson) was Dymond in Nightmare of Eden
  • Tim Condren (Boz) was a Saxon Warrior in The Time Meddler: Checkmate, and a Guerilla in Day of the Daleks
  • Kenneth Gilbert (Rostock) was Richard Dunbar in The Seeds of Doom
Cat Amongst the Pigeons (TX: November 19)
  • Peter Copley (Waterlow) was Dr Warlock in Pyramids of Mars
  • Hugh Walters (Lewington) was Shakespeare in The Chase: The Executioners, Commentator Runcible in The Deadly Assassin, and Vogel in Revelation of the Daleks
  • Kevin Stoney (Tomkins) played two iconic 'classic' era baddies - Mavic Chen in The Daleks' Master Plan, and Tobias Vaughn in The Invasion, then Tyrum in Revenge of the Cybermen
Target (TX: November 26)
  • Keith Barron (Draker) was Captain Straker in Enlightenment
  • Robert Beatty (Col. Ilenko) was General Cutler in The Tenth Planet
  • Roy Boyd (Bradshaw) was Driscoll in The Hand of Fear
  • Frederick Jaegar (Jones) was Jano in The Savages, Sorenson in Planet of Evil, and Professor Marius in The Invisible Enemy
  • Deep Roy (Klokoe) is probably the only actor to appear in Star WarsStar TrekThe X Files, and Doctor Who - he was the Possican Delegate in Mindwarp but is better known as Mr. Sin (also for serial 4S)
  • Bruce Purchase (Lopez) was the Captain in The Pirate Planet
  • Peter Brace (Potterton) was a Guard in the first Peladon serial, and a Soldier in The Android Invasion
  • Marc Boyle (McKay here; Parr in Medium Rare; and Stuntman on The Avengers movie) was a Prisoner and a UNIT motorcyclist in The Mind of Evil, Kronos in The Time Monster, an Exxilon in Death to the Daleks, and was the fight arranger on The Time Warrior

Friday, 15 August 2014

Doctor Who Vs. Blood On Satan's Claw

Short-lived British film company Tigon Films was founded to compete with the Hammer and Amicus features of the Sixties. This low-budget production was released in 1970. Here, a village set in 17th century England is taken over by demonic possession.
In his 2010 documentary, A History of HorrorMark Gatiss referred to a sub-genre he called 'folk horror' that included Blood on Satan's Claw and the iconic film, The Wicker Man (1973).
Shown on the Horror channel last night, this B-movie featured Wendy Padbury (pictured as Cathy Vespers), Anthony Ainley (Reverand Fallowfield), Roberta Tovey (Coven Member), and nine other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
  • Simon Williams (Edmonton) played Group Captain 'Chunky' Ian Gilmore in Remembrance of the Daleks, a role he reprised for Big Finish's spin-off audio series, Counter Measures and 1963: The Assassination Games - he also voiced Paul Addison and Shara for Nekromanteia (2003), and the Guardian for The Guardians of Prophecy (2012)
  • Barry Andrews (Gower) was Stott in Nightmare of Eden
  • Godfrey James (Blake) was Tarn in Underworld
  • Eric Mason, Geoffrey Hughes, Anna Wing and Andrew McCulloch (Villagers) were Smedley in The Sea Devils, and Green in The Mind of Evil; Mr. Popplewick in The Ultimate Foe; and Anatta in Kinda (part 1) respectively - the latter went on to co-write Meglos
  • Harry Fielder (Militiaman), a veteran of fifteen 'classic' era appearances, was a Guard (in serials PP, ZZZ, 4L, 4P, 5A, 5F, 5Z), a Crewman (SS, 4T), a Vogan (4D), an Assassin (4Q), a Tigellan (5Q), and a Krarg in Shada 
  • cinematographer Dick Bush was film cameraman on The Romans

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Doctor Who Vs. Marple: Series 4

Julia McKenzie made her TV debut as Jane Marple in the fourth season of ITV1's Agatha Christie mysteries, succeeding Geraldine McEwan in the title role.
McKenzie had voiced Rachel for No More Lies (2007) and Florence for The Auntie Matter (2013), both from Big Finish.
The original versions of both Murder Is Easy (part two) and Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (four) didn't actually feature Miss Marple.
 The serials (which first aired in America in July 2009) began a repeat run on ITV3 today, and included a total of thirty-nine Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

A Pocket Full of Rye (Published 1953/ UK TX: September 6 2009)
  • director Charles Palmer (son of veteran actor Geoffrey Palmer and husband of actress Claire Skinner) also helmed Smith and Jones, The Shakespeare Code, Human Nature and Family of Blood - film editor Matthew Tabern edited the same stories too
  • Rupert Graves (Lance Fortescue) played John Riddell in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
  • Liz White (Jennifer) was Alice in The Snowmen
  • Kenneth Cranham (Rex Fortescue) voiced Tom Cardwell for Blood of the Daleks (BF, 2007)
  • Ralf Little (Sergeant Pickford) voiced Guy Fawkes for The Gunpowder Plot 
  • Lucy Cohu (Pat) was Alice Carter in Torchwood: Children of Earth
  • Chris Larkin (Wright) was Lynley in The Shakespeare Code (he is the son of actress Patricia Quinn, who was Belazs in Dragonfire)
  • Paul Brooke (Billingsley) voiced Toby for Year of the Pig (BF, 2006)
  • Rachel Atkins (Sister) voiced Queen Aethelfrid for The Lady of Mercia (BF, 2013)
  • Greg Bennett (Constable) was both a Sycorax Warrior and a UNIT Soldier in The Christmas Invasion, and an uncredited Guest in The Lazarus Experiment
  • Sean Clayton was also the second assistant director on Dalek and Father's Day
  • Nigel Squibbs was sound mixer on An Adventure in Space and Time too
  • Tom Lucy was also the stunt co-ordinator on sixteen adventures, from Smith and Jones to The Next Doctor
  • series gaffer Gavin Walters was an electrician on Love & Monsters
    Murder Is Easy (Published 1939/ UK TX: September 13 2009)
    • director Hettie Macdonald helmed Blink too
    • Stephen Churchett (Coroner) was Bill in Attack of the Cybermen, and provided the screenplay here
    • Jemma Redgrave (Jessie) played Kate Lethbridge Stewart (pictured left) in The Power of Three, The Day of the Doctor and the forthcoming Series 8 finale 
    • Steve Pemberton (Wake) was Strackman Lux in Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead
    • Shirley Henderson (Henori) was Ursula Blake in Love & Monsters
    • Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch (Fitzwilliam) voiced Howard Carter for Forty Five: False Gods (BF, 2008)
    • Russell Tovey (PC Reed) was Midshipman Alonso Frame in Voyage of the Damned, and briefly in The End of Time, Part 2
    • Tim Brooke-Taylor (Dr Humbleby) voiced Mims for The Zygon Who Fell to Earth (BF, 2008)
    • David Haig (Horton) was Pangol in The Leisure Hive 
    • Sylvia Sims (Lavinia) was Mrs Pritchard in Ghost Light
    They Do It With Mirrors (Published 1952/ UK TX: January 1 2010)
    • Penelope Wilton (Carrie) first played Harriet Jones, MP for Flydale North, in Aliens of London and World War Three, became Prime Minister in The Christmas Invasion, then returned in The Stolen Earth
    • Brian Cox (Serrocold) voiced the Ood Elder in The End of Time, and portrayed Sydney Newman in An Adventure in Space and Time
    • Sarah Smart (Mildred) was Jennifer Lucas in The Rebel Flesh and The Almost People, and voiced Laura Corbett for Big Finish's The Crooked Man (BF, 2014)
    • Alexei Sayle (Dr. Maverick) was the DJ in Revelation of the Daleks
    • Nigel Terry (Gulbrandsen) was General Cobb in The Doctor's Daughter
    • Mick Pantaleo was also the first assistant director on A Christmas CarolThe Doctor's Wife and Night Terrors
    Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (Published 1934/ UK TX: June 15 2011)
    • Georgia Moffett [aka. Mrs David Tennant] (Frankie) played Jenny in The Doctor's Daughter, then voiced Tanya Webster [opposite her real father, Peter Davison] for Red Dawn (BF, 2000), Cassie Rice for Dreamland, Alice Ciprion for City of Spires (BF, 2010), and Engineer Tallow for the upcoming release, Dark Eyes 3: Rule of the Eminence
    • Sean Biggerstaff (Attfield) voiced Chris Parsons for the Shada webcast, Snabb for The Skull of Sobek, the Ruhk for Time Reef (both BF, 2008), and Ross Nicholson for the forthcoming release, Masters of Earth
    • Samantha Bond (Sylvia) was Mrs Wormwood in both The Sarah Jane Adventures pilot, Invasion of the Bane and Enemy of the Bane, and voiced Mother Baroque for The Scapegoat (BF, 2009)
    • Richard Briers (Wilson) was the Chief Caretaker in Paradise Towers
    • Mark Williams (Evans) was Rory's dad, Brian Williams in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship and The Power of Three 
    • Helen Lederer (Marjorie) voiced Patricia Ryder for Death in Blackpool (BF, 2009)
    • Basher Savage (Young George) voiced Yanikov for Earth Aid (BF, 2011)
    • Siwan Morris (Florrie) was Maebh's Mum in the forthcoming story, In The Forest of the Night

    Monday, 30 June 2014

    Great Doctor Who Quotes #9

    The Doctor: "If someone who knew the future, pointed out a child to you and told you that that child would grow up totally evil, to be a ruthless dictator who would destroy millions of lives... could you then kill that child?"
    Sarah Jane: "We're talking about the Daleks. The most evil creatures ever invented. You must destroy them. You must complete your mission for the Time Lords!"
    The Doctor : "Do I have the right? Simply touch one wire against the other and that's it. The Daleks cease to exist. Hundreds of millions of people, thousands of generations can live without fear... in peace, and never even know the word 'Dalek'."
    Sarah Jane: "Then why wait? If it was a disease or some sort of bacteria you were destroying, you wouldn't hesitate."
    The Doctor : "But if I...wipe out a whole intelligent life form, then I become like them. I'd be no better than the Daleks."

    Genesis of the Daleks, Part 6 
    (April 12th 1975)
    Written by Terry Nation

    Thursday, 26 June 2014

    Great Doctor Who Quotes #8

    "My dear Steven, history sometimes gives us a terrible shock, and that is because we don’t quite fully understand. Why should we? After all, we’re too small to realize its final pattern. Therefore don’t try and judge it from where you stand. I was right to do as I did. Yes, that I firmly believe.
    Steven… Even after all this time, he cannot understand. I dare not change the course of history. Well, at least I taught him to take some precautions; he did remember to look at the scanner before he opened the doors. And now, they’re all gone. All gone. None of them could understand. Not even my little Susan. Or Vicki. And as for Barbara and…Chesterton - they were all too impatient to get back to their own time. And now, Steven. Perhaps I should go home. Back to my own planet. But I can’t… I can’t…"

    - The Doctor, The Massacre, Episode 4: Bell of Doom
    (February 26 1966)
    Written by Donald Tosh & John Lucarotti

    Wednesday, 25 June 2014

    Doctor Who Tops SFX Poll

    The farewell between the Doctor and Rose Tyler at Bad Wolf Bay has been named the greatest sci-fi/fantasy scene of all time. The scene, from the climax of Doomsday (first shown in July 2006), was voted top of SFX magazine's poll by over 96,000 readers to mark their 250th issue.
    David Tennant told SFX that "Russell [T Davies] had weaved some glorious magic for two seasons and it all came together so perfectly in this scene that people still talk to me about it.. they always will. Murray Gold created some heart stopping music that accentuates the misery and Billie Piper is just breathtakingly good. Whatever else I do.. this will be a moment I will be forever proud to look back on."
    Doctor Who saw off competition from Hollywood blockbusters (Alien, Back to the Future, Star Wars), Game of Thrones, and the Harry Potter books.

    Great Doctor Who Quotes #7

    You know when, sometimes you meet someone so beautiful, and then you actually talk to them and five minutes later, they’re as dull as a brick? Then there’s other people, and you meet them and you think, ‘Not bad; they’re okay.’ And then you get to know them, and their face sort of becomes them, like their personality is written all over it. And they just turn into something so beautiful. Rory’s the most beautiful man I’ve ever met.

    - Amy Pond, The Girl Who Waited
    (September 10 2011)
    Written by Tom MacRae

    Thursday, 19 June 2014

    Great Doctor Who Quotes #6

    "Do you know, like we were saying, about the Earth revolving? It's like when you were a kid, the first time they tell you that the world's turning and you just can't quite believe it because it looks like it's standing still. I can feel it. The turn of the Earth. The ground beneath our feet is spinning at a thousand miles an hour, the entire planet is hurtling around the sun at sixty seven thousand miles an hour, and I can feel it. We're travelling through space, you and me, clinging to the skin of this tiny little world, and if we let go... that's who I am. Now forget me, Rose Tyler. Go home."

    - The Doctor, Rose (March 26 2005)
    Written by Russell T Davies

    Tuesday, 3 June 2014

    Doctor Who Vs. Coronation Street, Part 8: 1979-1982

    By 1979, Corrie had scant competition within its primetime time slot. But some critics suggested that the programme had grown complacent, whilst moving away from socially aware storylines, and was again accused of presenting a dated view of working-class life. The late 1970's however, saw the show's popularity grow, and
    Corrie regularly topped the TV ratings. The series was again affected by industrial action when the whole ITV network was blacked out for 75 days, from August 10th to October 24th 1979.
    The early 1980's would prove to be one of the show's most popular periods, and earned its highest viewing figures since its heyday. Ena Sharples (played by Violet Carson since 1960) left Corrie in 1980, and the wedding of Ken Barlow and Deirdre Langton in 1981 was watched by over 24 million viewers.
     Then in 1982, a brand-new exterior set finally replaced the original, which was little more than a dated facade.
    These four years on the Street featured another nineteen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
    • Michael Melia (Cummings) was a Terileptil in The Visitation
    • Bill McGuirk (Wilson here; and DC Banks, 1984) was a Guard in The Enemy of the World, and a Policeman in (episode 3 of) Terror of the Autons
    • Paul Seed (Father Harris) was the Graff Vynda-Ka in The Ribos Operation
    • Sue Wallace (Mrs. Fletcher here; and Jean, 2005) voiced Mrs. Baddeley for The Chimes of Midnight, Edith for Season of Fear (both 2002), and Mertil for The Whispering Forest (2010) - all from Big Finish
    • Richard Shaw (Johnson) was Lobos in The Space Museum, Cross in Frontier in Space, and Lakh in Underworld
    • Jonathan Caplan (Cheveski) was Roskal in Planet of Fire
    • Christian Rodska (Newton) voiced Laan Carder for Faith Stealer (BF, 2004), and Reverend Small for Hornet's Nest: The Dead Shoes (AudioGo, 2009)
    • Tenniel Evans (DI Vaughan) was Major Daly in Carnival of Monsters
    • director (of episodes 2078 and 2079) Kenny McBain helmed The Horns of Nimon too
    • Paul Lowther (Jackson) was a Knight in The King's Demons, and an Orderly in Frontios
    • Gilbert Wynne (Dodds) was Thara in The Krotons
    • Brian Miller (Elliott here; Pughes, 2012) - the husband of Elizabeth Sladen - was Dugdale in Snakedance, voiced the Daleks for Resurrection and Remembrance of the Daleks, and was Barney in Deep Breath
    • Graham Seed (Solicitor) voiced Pyrepoint for the forthcoming Big Finish play The Romance of Crime
    • David Simeon (Simpson here; and Dr. Bird, 1998) was Private Latimer in (episodes 1 and 3 of) Inferno, and Alastair Fergus in The Daemons (1)
    • Dave Hill (Hurst) voiced Nessican for Death Comes to Time
    • Tony Osoba (McGregor here; and Peter Ingram, 1990) was Lan in Destiny of the Daleks, Kracauer in Dragonfire, and has been cast in Series 8
    • Philip Jackson (Smitty) voiced Laxton for Valhalla (BF, 2007)
    • Mark Eden (Randle here, and Alan Bradley, 1986-89) and Lesley Manville (Jill) both appeared in An Adventure in Space and Time, as Donald Baverstock (pictued) and Heather Hartnell respectively - Eden had played the titular Venetian in Marco Polo

    Sunday, 11 May 2014

    Doctor Who Vs. Agatha Christie, Part 2

    BBC2 first transmitted Agatha Christie: A Life in Pictures in September 2004. This feature-length biopic - told in flashback from Agatha's point of view - examined her famous disappearance of 1926. Here, her psychiatrist concluded that the novelist (portrayed by Olivia Williams) had been in a fugue state at the time, and her amnesia was genuine (see Part1).
    The programme was repeated on BBC4 in 2008, and featured these seven Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
    • Anna Massey (Older Agatha) voiced Miss Pollard for The Girl Who Never Was (Big Finish, 2007)
    • Raymond Coulthard (Archie Christie) voiced Loki, Edgar and Hawks for Cobwebs (BF, 2010), and Ralph for the upcoming release, Suburban Hell
    • Anthony O'Donnell (Kenward and Hercule Poirot) played Commander Kaagh in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Enemy of the Bane and The Last Sontaran
    • actor and writer Mark Gatiss (Kenyon) and Bertie Carvel (Max Mallowan) both appeared in The Lazarus Experiment, as Dr. Richard Lazarus and the 'Mysterious Man' respectively
    • Olivia Darnley (Nurse) made a cameo appearance in The Five(ish) Doctors
    • Mick Pantaleo was also the first assistant director on A Christmas CarolThe Doctor's Wife and Night Terrors
    Gareth Roberts' series four story, The Unicorn and the Wasp (2008) depicts the events (albeit fictional) leading up to Agatha's disappearance. By the end of the episode, the action has moved from the atypical Christie 'whodunnit' setting - the English country house - to Silent Pool, where the novelist's car was actually found abandoned. Here, Agatha (now played by Fenella Woolgar, pictured) is briefly possessed by the alien firestone, and falls unconscious. The Doctor now realises that this incident caused her memory loss, and takes the writer to Harrogate ten days later (ie. the day before she was discovered). In the TARDIS, the Doctor shows Donna a copy of Death in the Clouds (1935), a book in which a wasp sting is an apparent cause of death - so Agatha's amnesia was not complete, she remembered the Vespiform. Even by the year 5 billion, Christie is still the best selling author of all time.