Saturday, 18 January 2014

Great Doctor Who Quotes #4

"Believe me child, your future lies with David and not with a silly old duffer like me... One day I shall come back. Yes. I shall come back. Until then, there must be no regrets, no tears, no anxieties. Just go forward in all your beliefs, and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine."
- The Doctor, The Dalek Invasion of Earth: Flashpoint 
(Boxing Day 1964)
Written by Terry Nation
(this speech also formed the pre-credit sequence to The Five Doctors, and featured in An Adventure in Space and Time)

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Doctor Who Vs. Burke & Hare


Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis portrayed the notorious 19th century serial killers, Burke and Hare in this British black comedy. David Tennant was originally cast as Hare, but was replaced by Serkis. The film was helmed by the legendary writer and director of An American Werewolf in London (Universal, 1981), John Landis.
During 1827/28, two Irish immigrants, William Burke and William Hare perpetrated seventeen murders in the West Port area of Edinburgh, and sold the corpses to the anatomy lecturer, Dr Robert Knox. The killers were only prosecuted when Hare was given immunity to implicate his accomplice. Burke was hanged in 1829. Ironically, the bodies of executed criminals were then dissected, and Burke's skeleton is still displayed at the city's Medical College.  Knox never faced any criminal charges, and was forced to leave Scotland when the Anatomy Act - which outlawed 'body-snatching' - was passed in 1832.
The second film depiction of these murders (released in 2010) was shown on BBC Two on Saturday, and featured these eighteen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
  • Pegg (Burke) played the Editor in The Long Game, and voiced Don Chaney for Invaders From Mars (Big Finish, 2002)
  • Bill Bailey (Angus) was Droxil in The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
  • Jessica Hynes (Lucky) was Joan Redfern in Human Nature and The Family of Blood, then (that character's great-granddaughter) Verity Newman in The End of Time, and voiced Glory Bee also for Invaders From Mars
  • David Schofield (Fergus) voiced Nostradamus for The Doomsday Quatrain (BF, 2011), and Billy for Death in Blackpool (BF, 2009)
  • Steve Spiers (Doorman) was Commissioner Strickland in Aliens of London and World War Three
  • Hugh Bonneville (Harrington) was Captain Henry Avery in The Curse of the Black Spot (and briefly in A Good Man Goes to War and The Wedding of River Song)
  • Duncan Duff (Attendant) was a Newsreader in the 2006 Cybermen story, and voiced Joe Hartley for Night Thoughts (BF, 2006)
  • Jenny Agutter (Lucy) voiced Sekhmet for The Bride of Peladon (BF, 2008)
  • John Woodvine (Lord Provost) was the Marshal of Atrios in The Armageddon Factor 
  • Christopher Obi (Martin) was George in Closing Time
  • Michael Smiley (Patterson) voiced Seedleson for Creatures of Beauty (BF, 2003)
  • Christian Brassington (Charles) voiced Alfred Stahlbaum for The Silver Turk (BF, 2011), and made a cameo appearance in The Five(ish) Doctors
  • Reese Shearsmith (Mackenzie) was Dan Matthews in the two Auton video spin-offs, Andrew Powell in the PROBE video series, and appeared in An Adventure in Space and Time as Patrick Troughton
  • Danielle de Costa was also a stunt performer on Voyage of the Damned and Night Terrors
  • Gary Hoptrough was a stuntman on The Runaway Bride and Let's Kill Hitler too
  • stuntman Curtis Rivers was John Barrowman's stunt double on Utopia, The Sound of Drums and Torchwood
  • prosthetics supervisor Waldo Mason was in the SFX crew for Aliens of London
  • Lisa McDiarmid was also the stand-by art director on The Sound of Drums, Last of the Time Lords, Torchwood and the pilot episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • Neal Champion was the SFX supervisor on An Adventure in Space and Time too