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

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