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