Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Doctor Who Vs. From Hell

The most recent cinematic depiction of the Whitechapel Murders of 1888 was the big-budget American thriller From Hell (Fox, 2001), directed by the Hughes brothers.
Based on the graphic novel series of the same name by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell (originally published in Taboo from 1989-1992 then issued in a collected edition in 1999), the film again presents perhaps the most widely known theory behind the Jack the Ripper mystery - the Royal Conspiracy.
The stellar cast was led by Johnny Depp and Robbie Coltrane as real-life detectives, Inspector Frederick Abberline (1843-1929) and Sergeant George Godley (1856-1941). Heather Graham portrayed the final canonical murder victim, Mary Kelly (who actually survived here), Ian Holm was royal doctor, Sir William Gull (who became a Ripper suspect in the 1970's), and Ian Richardson was Sir Charles Warren (1840-1927), the beleagered Metropolitan Police Commissioner.
From Hell was shown on the TCM film channel last night, and
featured fourteen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
  • Ian McNeice (Coroner) played Winston Churchill in Victory of the Daleks and The Wedding of River Song, and voiced Zeus for Immortal Beloved (Big Finish, 2007) and Reginald Harcourt for Renaissance Man (BF, 2012)
  • Lesley Sharp (Kate Eddowes) was Sky Silvestry in Midnight
  • Joanna Page (Ann Crook) was Queen Elizabeth I in The Day of the Doctor
  • Paul Rhys (Dr Ferral) voiced Max Paul for The Scapegoat (BF, 2009)
  • Mark Dexter (Prince Eddy) was Dad in Series 4's two-part Vashta Nerada story
  • David Schofield (McQueen) voiced Nostradamus for The Doomsday Quatrain (BF, 2011), and Billy for Death in Blackpool (BF, 2009)
  • Sophia Myles (Victoria Abberline) was Reinette in The Girl in the Fireplace
  • Donald Douglas (Director) was Vural in The Sontaran Experiment
  • John Owens (Governor) was Thorpe in The Daemons
  • Gary Powell (Constable) was Dev Ashton in 42
  • Anthony Parker (John Merrick, the Elephant Man), now a Millennium FX technician, worked on The Family of BloodUtopia, the Series 3 finale episodes, the two-part Gangers story, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, and The Snowmen
  • Rupert Holliday Evans (Sailor) was Colonel Mace in the Sontaran adventure for Series 4
  • James Greene (Governor) was the Abbott in The Bells of St. John
  • sound mixer John Taylor was a boom operator on The Five Doctors

Monday, 24 February 2014

New Doctor Who Companion Announced

The BBC today named the actor cast as the new male companion to join Doctor Who later this year. Samuel Anderson will play Danny Pink (pictured), a colleague of Clara at Coal Hill School. Anderson and Jenna Coleman worked together before on Emmerdale.
On joining the programme, Anderson said "I was so excited to join Doctor Who.. it's a quintessential part of British culture and I can't believe I'm part of it. It's an honour to work alongside Peter Capaldi and Jenna and I can't wait to show people how my character becomes involved with such a fantastic duo!"

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Doctor Who Vs. The Beast Must Die

This low-budget British B-movie was shown on the Horror channel yesterday. In fact, the production - released in 1974 - was so cheap that an Alsatian doubled for the werewolf! Peter Cushing led the cast here (pictured as Dr Lundgren) in another Amicus horror feature, again co-produced by the Dalek film makers, Max Rosenberg and Milton Subotsky.
Eight other co-stars with Doctor Who connections here are:
  • Michael Gambon (Jarmokowski) portrayed both Elliot and Kazran Sardick in A Christmas Carol
  • Anton Diffring (Pavel) was De Flores in Silver Nemesis
  • Tom Chadbon (Foote) played Duggan in City of Death, Merdeen in The Mysterious Planet, and voiced Gordon for No More Lies (Big Finish, 2007)
  • Sam Mansary (Butler) was a Delegate in Mission to the Unknown, a Journalist in The War Machines, and a Diplomat in Day of the Daleks
  • Andrew Lodge (Pilot) was an Assistant in The Savages
  • Carl Bohen (Hunter) was a Tharil in Warriors' Gate
  • Valentine Dyall (the Break voice) was the Black Guardian from The Armageddon Factor to Enlightenment, and voiced Slarn for Slipback (Radio 4, 1985)
  • Bill Mitchell (Narrator) was a Newcaster in Frontier in Space, and voiced Zor for The Pescatons (Argo, 1976)
  • Ted Samuels had also worked on SFX for both Dalek films