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