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

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