Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Doctor Who Vs. The Avengers, Series 3

This cult British fantasy show returned to the ITV network in the autumn of 1963,
and again starred Patrick McNee and Honor Blackman as spies John Steed and Cathy Gale.
The duo even recorded the novelty song, Kinky Boots (Decca, February 1964 and reissued by Deram in December 1990), and Blackman left the series at the end of this run to play Pussy Galore in the third James Bond film, Goldfinger.
Future Doctor Who script writers Malcolm HulkeTerrance Dicks and John Lucarotti again provided screenplays here.
The third twenty-six part season featured future BBC director, Barry Letts (a former actor, here as Oliver in The Wringer), Anneke Wills (pictured as Jane Wentworth, the Pussy Cat in Dressed to Kill) and fifty-four further Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

Brief For Murder (TX: September 28 1963)
  • for Fred Ferris (Inspector) see Series 2: Bullseye
  • Michael Goldie (Bart) was Jack Craddock in The Dalek Invasion of Earth, and Elton Laleham in The Wheel in Space
  • Alec Ross (Wescott) was Bob Hall in (episode 1 of) The Evil of the Daleks
The Undertakers (TX: October 5)

Man With Two Shadows (TX: October 12)
  • for designer Paul Bernard (here and on Death of a Batman) and Geoffrey Palmer (Terence) see my Series 1 blog
  • Paul Whitsun-Jones (Charles here and in The Wringer) was Squire Edwards in The Smugglers, and the Marshal in The Mutants
  • Philip Anthony (Cummings here, and Sharp in The Outside-In Man) was Roald in The Daleks' Master Plan: The Nightmare Begins
  • George Little (Sigi) and Robert Lankesheer (Official) both appeared in The Crusade - as Haroun ed-Din and the Chamberlain respectively
  • Terence Lodge (Borowski here and the titular villain in The Wringer) was Medok in The Macra Terror, Orum in Carnival of Monsters and Moss in Planet of the Spiders
The Nutshell (TX: October 19)
  • John Cater (Disco) was Professor Krimpton in The War Machines 
Death of a Batman (TX: October 26)
  • Andre Morell (Teale) was Marshal Gaspard de Saux Tavannes in The Massacre [his son Jason Morell was the Vicar in The Next Doctor]
  • for Philip Madoc (Van Doren) see the Series 2 episodes, The Decapod and Six Hands Across a Table
November Five (TX: November 2)
  • Aimee Delamain (Lady) was Dona Arana in The Two Doctors
The Gilded Cage (TX: November 9)
  • for Alan Haywood (Westwood) see Series 2: A Chorus of Frogs
  • Martin Friend (Hammond here, and George in The White Elephant) was Styggron in The Android Invasion
  • for Neil Wilson (Groves) see Series 1 episodes Dance With Death and The Frighteners
Second Sight (TX: November 16)
  • John Carson (Halvarssen) also appeared in A Chorus of Frogs
  • Peter Bowles (Anstice) was Lionel Carson in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Man Who Never Was
  • for Steven Scott (Vilner) see Series 1 episodes One For The Mortuary and Dragonsfield
The Medicine Man (TX: November 23)
  • for Peter Barkworth (Willis) see Series 1: Kill the King
  • Harold Innocent (Leeson) was Gilbert M in The Happiness Patrol
The Grandeur That Was Rome (TX: November 30)
  • Hugh Burden (Luca) was Channing in Spearhead from Space
  • John Flint (Dodds) was William des Preaux in The Crusade and Captain Urquhart in Time Flight
The Golden Fleece (TX: December 7)
  • for Tenniel Evans (Ruse) see Series 2: The Big Thinker
  • for Michael Hawkins (Jones) see Series 1: The Deadly Air
Don't Look Behind You (TX: December 14)
  • for Maurice Good (Goodman) see Series 1: Hunt the Man Down
  • Kenneth Colley (Man) voiced Cristophe Zarodnix for bothSisters of the Flame and Vengeance of Morbius (Big Finish, 2008)
    Death a La Carte (TX: December 21)
    • David Nettheim (Umberto) was Fedorin in (episodes 2 and 3 of) The Enemy of the World
    • for Robert James (Mellor) and Henry Lincoln (Emir) see the Series 1 stories, Hot Snow and A Change of Bait
    • for Valentino Musetti (Ali here, Bruno in The Secrets Broker, Guard in The Outside-In Man, and Jackson in Lobster Quadrille) see Series 2: The Decapod
    Dressed to Kill (TX: December 28)
    • for Richard Leech (Roberts) see Series 2: Traitor in Zebra
    • Leon Eagles (Newman) was Jabel in The Face of Evil
    The White Elephant (TX: January 4 1964)
    • for Edwin Richfield (Lawrence) and Godfrey Quigley (Marshall) see the Series 1 episodes Girl on the Trapeze and Hot Snow
    The Little Wonders (TX: January 11)
    • Mark Heath (Coalman) was Ralph Debayo in The Moonbase
    • Christopher Robbie (Thug) was the Karkus in (episode 5 of)The Mind Robber, and the Cyberleader in Revenge of the Cybermen
    The Wringer (TX: January 18)
    • Peter Sallis (Anderson) was Penley in The Ice Warrior
    Mandrake (TX: January 25)
    • for Philip Locke (Hopkins) see Series 1: The Frighteners
    The Secrets Broker (TX: February 1)
    • John Ringham (Howard) was Tlotoxl in The Aztecs, Josiah Blake in The Smugglers, and Robert Ashe in Colony in Space
    • Jack May (Waller) was General Nicolai Hermack in The Space Pirates
    • Ronald Allen (Paignton) was Rago in The Dominators, and Ralph Cornish in The Ambassadors of Death
    Trojan Horse (UK TX: February 8)
    • TP McKenna (Heuston) was Captain Cook in The Greatest Show in the Galaxy 
    • Derek Newark (Johnson here; Crawford in Series 5A: From Venus With Love) was Za in 100,000 BC, and Greg Sutton in Inferno
    Build a Better Mousetrap (UK TX: February 15)

    The Outside-In Man (UK TX: February 22)
    • James Maxwell (Charter) was Jackson in Underworld
    • Ronald Mansell (Jenkins) was a Council Member in The Dominators
    • Eddie Powell (Guard) was Thompson in Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD
    The Charmers (UK TX: February 29)
    • Frank Mills (Harrap) was the Radio Telescope Director in (the first episode of) Terror of the Autons
    • John Greenwood (Sam) was D'Artagnan and Lancelot in (the fifth episode of) The Mind Robber
    Concerto (UK TX: March 7)
    • Nigel Stock (Zalenko) was Professor Hayter in Time Flight
    • Geoffrey Colville (Burns) was Perry in The Evil of the Daleks
    Esprit De Corps (TX: March 14)
    • Hugh Morton (Admiral here; and Professor in The New Avengers: Three Handed Game) was Sir James Gregson in The Seeds of Death
    • Tony Lambden (Drummer) was the Court Messenger in The Romans: All Roads Lead to Rome
    Lobster Quadrille (TX: March 21)
    • Jennie Linden (Katie) was Barbara in Dr.Who and the Daleks
    • for Burt Kwouk (Mason here) see Series 1: Kill the King
    • for Gary Watson (Bush) see Series 1: Death on the Slipway

    Thursday, 10 July 2014

    Doctor Who Vs. Brighton Rock


    Sir Richard Attenborough and William Hartnell, the first actor to portray the Doctor, appeared together in the original film version of Graham Greene's Brighton Rock, which was shown on Film4 today.
    Attenborough (born 1923) played 'Pinkie' Brown (pictured centre), and Hartnell (1908-1975) was Dallow (left). Other co-stars with Doctor Who connections are Nigel Stock (right, as Cubitt) was Professor Hayter in Time Flight (1982), and Alan Wheatley (Hale) worked with Hartnell again in 1964, in The Daleks, as Temmosus.
    A modern remake, released in 2010, was co-produced by StudioCanal, BBC Films and Kudos, and starred John Hurt (The Day of the Doctor), Phil Davis (The Fires of Pompeii), Maurice Roeves (The Caves of Androzani) and Adrian Schiller (The Doctor's Wife).

    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