Wednesday, 30 December 2015

'Radio Times' TV Review of 2015

That venerable publishing colossus,
Christmas perennial, and loyal Doctor 
Who supporter, the Radio Times, has
revealed the results of their annual,
multi-channel survey. Their top forty
shows of the year (headed by BBC2's
historical drama Wolf Hall) have again
been selected by the magazine's critics,
and Peter Capaldi's second season has
been placed at a very respectable number seven (up from nine last year). Rwriter Patrick Mulkern comments:


"This autumn, the TARDIS landed in
its latest ever timeslot, which seemed 
suited to a darker tone of storytelling 
but was quickly denounced as the
reason for a ratings plunge of around
one million. No decline in quality was visible [though, in fact] there was an
upswing, with provocative themes, bold experiments, intelligent writing and
performances. Steven Moffat and Peter Capaldi remoulded the Doctor
into a "raddled old rocker" more lovable than last year and painfully aware
that his glory days with Clara were ending. Jenna Coleman shone but her
job was done, while Capaldi proved [with] his solo jaunt, Heaven Sent (an
instant classic) [that] he's a one-man constellation".

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Doctor Who Vs. The Gorgon

This feature marked a departure from the typically gothic fare of the Hammer stable by turning to Greek mythology for inspiration - here the legendary Gorgon sisters terrorise the villagers of Vandorf in turn-of-the-century Germany.
Released in cinemas in a double bill with The Curse 
of the Mummy's Tomb in 1964, the cast was headed 
by Hammer stalwarts Christopher Lee (as Professor Meister) and Peter Cushing (as Dr. Namaroff).
Shown again on the Horror channel today, The Gorgon featured Patrick Troughton (pictured as Inspector
Kanof, his second of five Hammer roles*) and six
other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Barbara Shelley (Carla) played Sorastra in Planet of Fire
  • Michael Peake (Constable) was Tavius in The Romans
  • Jim O'Brady (Angry Man) was an Escapee in Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD
  • Ron Hyde was sound editor on Dr. Who and the Daleks too
  • music supervisor Marcus Dods was the conductor on The Aztecs
  • stunt co-ordinator Peter Diamond was a regular stunt double and fight arranger on the classic series, from The Daleks to The Daemons
The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (also screened on Horror this week)
starred seven other Doctor Who links:
  • George Pastell, Pat Gorman, Jimmy Gardner, Michael McStay, Roy Stewart, Eddie Powell and Peter Diamond
*Troughton also appeared in The Phantom of the Opera (1962), The Viking 
Queen (1967), Scars of Dracula (1970), and Frankenstein and the Monster 
from Hell (1974)

Friday, 13 November 2015

Britain defined by 'Doctor Who' (and some other stuff!)

The Radio Times recently published an article by Dominic Sandbrook that
celebrates Britain's television heritage. The historian mourns the loss of the
nation's status as the greatest superpower in history, but rallies with the
claim that Britainnia now commands a new Empire, that of Imagination.

Sandbrook explains that in the last 70 years, no other medium, "not fiction,
pop music, video games, even film" has rivalled "the sheer power on the box".
Britain is a major TV exporter, and since 2011, we have sold six times more
programming than Germany, a larger economic power. "Our cultural success is based partly on our penetration of the [all important] American market, where [hits] like The Avengers and Downton Abbey have come to define not just Britain's global brand but Britishness itself".

The author then lists his own most influential television shows, were Doctor 
Who is only beaten to the top spot by that other iconic veteran of British TV,
Coronation Street. Of the former, Sandbrook writes: "When I was growing up,
most people regarded Doctor Who with contempt. I never imagined that one
day [it] would become a colossal international brand. That's testament to the brilliance of the basic idea, as well as the skill with which it's been updated. The Doctor has become one of the great fictional embodiments of Britishness, rivalled only by Sherlock Holmes and James Bond. The show itself - sentimental, spine-chilling, silly, earnest, clever, populist - could surely only have been made in Britain". The complete top ten is:
  • The X Factor (ITV, 2004-present)
  • Cathy Come Home (BBC, 1966)
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus (BBC, 1969-74)
  • That Was The Week That Was (BBC, 1962/3)
  • The Avengers (ITV, 1961-69)
  • Dixon of Dock Green (BBC, 1955-76)
  • Brideshead Revisited (ITV, 1981)
  • Dad's Army (BBC, 1968-77)
  • Doctor Who (BBC, 1963-present)
  • Coronation Street (ITV, 1960-present)

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Doctor Who Vs. The Little Vampire

The Little Vampire series of children's books by
Angela Sommer Bodenburg began in 1979, and were originally adapted for German television in 1985.
This English language cinema version, filmed in Scotland, was released by New Line in late 2000,
and starred ten-year old Jonathan Lipnicki.
Shown again on ITV2 today, the film also featured
Richard E Grant (pictured as Walter Simeon in
The Snowmen), and nine other Doctor Who 
cast and crew connections:

  • Alice Krige (Freda) voiced Dr. Patricia Sawyer for Big Finish's Phantoms of the Deep (2013), and the Queen Mum for The Tenth Doctor Adventures: Death and the Queen (new for 2016)
  • Elizabeth Berrington (Elizabeth) was Auntie in The Doctor's Wife
  • Jim Carter (Rookery) voiced Brother Bernard for The Book of Kells (BF, 2010)
  • Steve Griffin was also a stuntman on The Idiot's Lantern
  • three-times Oscar winning costume designer James Acheson worked in the same capacity on twenty-nine episodes of the classic series, from The Mutants to The Deadly Assassin - he was responsible for designing the Fourth Doctor's first outfit
  • digital compositor Sandra Roach was a 2D artist on The Idiot's LanternThe Impossible PlanetThe Satan Pit and Love & Monsters
  • Micky Reeves was the gaffer on Closing Time and Torchwood too
  • Richard Glass and Jemma Scott-Knox-Gore both worked on The Time of the Doctor too, as (contact lens) optician and co-ordinator respectively

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Spooks, Series 6

Series regulars Peter Firth (as Harry Pearce), Rupert 
Penry-Jones (Adam Carter), Miranda Raison (Jo Portman), Hermione Norris (Ros Myers), and Hugh Simon (Malcolm) all returned for the sixth season of this award-winning spy drama, which was first broadcast on BBC One in the autumn of 2007.
This ten-part series saw the introduction of both Alex Lanipekun as journalist Ben Kaplan (later recruited as a junior officer) and Gemma Jones as Section D analyst Connie James, then the departure of Raza Jaffrey as MI5 agent Zaf Younis.
Season six of Spooks began another repeat run on the 
Sony Entertainment TV channel tonight, and featured twenty Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • prolific Big Finish artist and director Lisa Bowerman (Maggie Dibden) played Karra in Survival, and voiced Seruba Velak for Dreamland, but is best known for the title role in the Professor Bernice Summerfield spin-off audio series (and The Shadow of the Scourge, The Dark Flame, Benny's Story, Love and War, The Highest Science, All-Consuming Fire) and as Ellie Higson for the Jago and Litefoot audio adventures - she also voiced Beth Pernell for Whispers of Terror (1999), Sergeant Gazelle for Zagreus (2003), and the Computer for The Bounty of Ceres (2014)
  • Matthew Cottle (Smith) voiced Ben Donelly for UNIT: Encounters (2017)
  • Lanipekun voiced DS Joseph for The Third Doctor Adventures 2: The Hidden Realm (BF, 2016)
  • Pete Lee-Wilson (Ronson) was Tommo in The End of Time, Part 1
  • Selva Rasalingam (Maruti) was Ranjit in The Power of Three
  • Simon Slater (Caldwell) was Edwardes in Terror of the Vervoids
  • Angela Bruce (Chambers) was UNIT Brigadier Winifred Bambera (pictured) in Battlefield, a role she reprised for Animal (BF, 2011)
  • Richard Dillane (Richardson) was Captain Carter in Let's Kill Hitler and The Wedding of River Song
  • Joe Montana (Millar) was a Worker in Daleks in Manhattan
  • Sam Graham (Rolfe) voiced Guthrie for City of Spires (BF, 2010), and McMullan for Destination Nerva (2012)
  • David Yelland (Castledine) voiced Walter Pritchett for Doom Coalition 1 (2015)
  • for Hermione Norris, Miranda Raison, Robert Glenister (Home Secretary) and writer Neil Cross see my blog for series 5 of Spooks
  • for cinematographer Damian Bromley and editor Jamie Pearson see my blog for series 4 of Spooks
  • Toby Ford was the first assistant director on A Good Man Goes to War too
  • Simon Morris was also second assistant director on Love & Monsters, then first assistant on Turn LeftThe Stolen EarthJourney's End, and the second season of The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • Lucienne Suren was art director on Asylum of the DaleksThe Angels Take Manhattan, and An Adventure in Space and Time too
  • director (of episodes 7 and 8) Stefan Schwartz, a former actor, was Knight Commander in Battlefield
  • Marcus Catlin was also first assistant director on The Hungry EarthCold Blood, The Pandorica Opens and The Big Bang
  • Robert Edwards was ADR mixer on Space and Time too

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Doctor Who Vs. State of Play

This landmark political thriller (a
co-production with Endor), written
and co-produced by Paul Abbott
(Cracker, Shameless), was originally broadcast on both BBC One and BBC
Four in May and June 2003.
 Directed by prospective Doctor Who 
film-maker David Yates (Harry Potter), State of Play later received
seven BAFTA nominations, eventually winning three awards, and a sequel was planned but is still to be made.
 The series was repeated on BBC Four
from August 2004, then issued on DVD
in 2005, and an American film version starring Russell Crowe and Helen Mirren was released in 2009.
Another repeat run of the six-part series continued on the Drama channel last night, and featured John Simm (pictured as journalist Cal McCaffrey, his future Life on Mars co-star) Philip Glenister (DCI Bell), James McAvoy (Foster), Kelly Macdonald (Della), and these seventeen other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
  • David Morrissey (Stephen Collins MP, pictured left) played Jackson Lake in The Next Doctor
  • Bill Nighy (won the Best Actor BAFTA for his role here as Cameron Foster) was Dr. Black in Vincent and the Doctor
  • Marc Warren (Dominic Foy) was Elton Pope in Love & Monsters
  • Rebekah Staton (Liz) was Jenny and Mother of Mine in The Family of Blood two-parter
  • Sean Gilder (DS Cheweski) was the Sycorax leader in The Christmas Invasion
  • Big Finish artist Nick Brimble (DCC Janson) voiced Shreeni for Exotron (2007), Dudley Jackson for The Eternal Summer (2009), Kith for Max Warp (2008), and Olaf Eriksson for The Book of Kells (2010)
  • Anthony Flanagan (Man) was Orin Scannell in 42
  • Bruce Lawrence (Jack) was the Engineer in Voyage of the Damned
  • Michael Gould (Merrick) voiced Frederick Lindemann for The Churchill Years (new for 2016)
  • Madeleine Potter (Tate) voiced Yoanna Rayluss for Cradle of the Snake (BF, 2010), Lizzie Williams for Assassin in the Limelight (BF, 2008), and Lady Ferril for Ferril's Folly (BF, 2011)
  • Aaron Neil (Paramedic) was cast as Dunlop in The Magician's Apprentice
  • Fred Pearson (Dad) was the Barista in The Bells of Saint John
  • Christopher Obi (Journalist) was George in Closing Time
  • David Ryall (Coutts) voiced both Carthok and Sir Nikolas Valentine for Phantasmagoria (BF, 1999)
  • series line producer Paul Frift later produced In the Forest of the Night and Last Christmas
  • first assistant director Stephen Wolfenden went on to direct Nightmare in Silver
  • Thomas Elgood was location manager on The Bells of Saint John too

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Spooks, Series 5

Series regulars Peter Firth (as Harry Pearce), Rupert 
Penry-Jones (Adam Carter), Raza Jaffrey (Zafar Younis), Miranda Raison (Jo Portman), and Hugh Simon 
(Malcolm) all returned for the fifth season of this award-winning BBC spy drama, which was first broadcast in the autumn of 2006.
This ten-part series saw the introduction of Hermione 
Norris, as MI6 officer Ros Myers, and the departure of Rory MacGregor and Nicola Walker, as Section D analysts, Colin Wells and Ruth Evershed. Norris played Captain Lundvik in Kill the Moon.
Season five of Spooks (known as MI5 in some countries) began another repeat run on the Sony TV channel last night, and featured thirty-three Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
  • for Raison and Walker see my other Spooks blogs
  • series regular Gugu Mbatha Raw (Jenny) was Martha's sister, Tish Jones (pictured) in Smith and Jones, The Lazarus Experiment, The Sound of Drums and Last of the Time Lords
  • Lindsay Duncan (Angela Wells) was Captain Adelaide Brooke in The Waters of Mars
  • Robert Glenister (Home Secretary) was Salateen in The Caves of Androzani, just his second TV role
  • Mark Straker (Manager) and Michael Carter (Clark) both made their TV debuts on the classic series, as a Trooper in Earthshock, and a Prisoner and UNIT Soldier in The Mind of Evil
  • Colin Stinton (Styles) was President Arthur Winters in The Sound of Drums
  • Lucian Msamati (Bufong) was Guido in The Vampires of Venice
  • David Fynn and Gary Milner (Policemen) were Marcellus in The Pandorica Opens and Scared Man in The Stolen Earth respectively
  • Davood Ghadami (Prince) was Jim in Let's Kill Hitler
  • Shaun Dingwall (Paynton) was Rose's dad, Pete Tyler in Father's Day, and returned as a parallel version of Pete for Rise of the Cybermen, The Age of Steel and Doomsday
  • Pip Torrens (Lee) was Headmaster Rocastle in Human Nature and The Family of Blood
  • Alec Newman (Dempsey) and Michael Maloney (Russell) both starred in Blue Forgotten Planet for Big Finish (2009), as Ed Driscoll and the Viryans respectively - the latter also voiced Simonsson for Grand Theft Cosmos (2008), Fratalin for Patient ZeroFarrow for Hornet's Nest: The Circus of Doom (both 2009), Rennol for Kiss of Death (2011), Hilary for Destiny of the Doctor: Enemy Aliens (2013), and Gregor Saraton for Zygon Hunt (2014)
  • James Greene (Holland) was the Abbott in The Bells of Saint John
  • Anthony Flanagan (Fletcher here; and Tom in Spooks: Code 9was Orin Scannell in 42
  • Aaron Neil (Ibraham) voiced Tir Ram for All-Consuming Fire (BF, 2015), Sanukuma Master for The Diary of River Song (2016), and was Dunlop in The Magician's Apprentice
  • Peter Barrett (Officer) voiced the Capper for Damaged Goods (BF, 2015)
  • Derek Hutchinson (Cash) voiced Altus for The Burning Prince (BF, 2012), and Brother Callis for Dark Eyes 4: Eye of Darkness (2015)
  • Joanna Horton (Leigh) voiced Brooke for The Diary of River Song 3 (BF, 2018)
  • Tim McInnerny (Mace) was Klineman Halpen in Planet of the Ood
  • Sam Woodward (Ellis) voiced Charlie, Lord Raffles and Captain Sanderson for Iron Bright (2018)
  • for Francesco Reidy and Robert Edwards see my blog for series 1
  • director of photography Michael Costelloe was camera operator on the first five episodes of the revived series
  • director (of parts 3 and 8) Julian Simpson also helmed The Rebel Flesh and The Almost People
  • for editor Jamie Pearson and cinematographer Damian Bromley see my blog for series 4
  • writer (of part 9) Neil Cross also penned The Rings of Akhaten and Hide
  • Tony Slater Ling was also cinematographer on The Vampires of Venice and Vincent and the Doctor
  • Andy Merchant was also stuntman on The Wedding of River Song and Into the Dalek

Monday, 31 August 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Partners In Crime

The new TV adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic Tommy and Tuppence stories
concluded on BBC One last night.
David Walliams (Little Britain, Big School)
and Jessica Raine (Call the MidwifeWolf 
Hall) played the married crime fighting duo
for the two adventures.
Thomas and Prudence (nee Cowley) Beresford first appeared in the Queen of Crime's second novel, The Secret Adversary, published in 1922, whilst N or M? was issued in 1941. This period drama series was named after the short story collection, released in 1929. Two further full length mysteries, By the Pricking of My Thumbs and Postern of Fate (Christie's final work) followed much later, in 1968 and 1973 respectively.
Raine portrayed Verity Lambert in An Adventure in Space and Time, then Emma Grayling in Hide, and Walliams was Gibbis in The God Complex.
The six-part run (which will debut in America on Acorn TV in September)
also featured nineteen other Doctor Who cast and crew connections;

The Secret Adversary (TX: July 26, August 2 & 9)
  • Robert Whitelock (Conrad) was Mahler in The Bells of Saint John, and voiced Rickett for Big Finish's Psychodrome (part of The Fifth Doctor Box Set, 2014)
  • James Fleet (Carter) voiced O'Reilley for Max Warp (2008), Geoff Cooper for The Entropy Composition, and Martin Ashcroft and Sir Jack Merrivale for Special Features (both featured on The Demons of Red Lodge release of 2010)
  • Bentley Kalu (CIA Agent) was a Hood in The Angels Take Manhattan
  • Andrew Havill (Peel) was the Chief Steward in Voyage of the Damned, and voiced both Aleister Portillon and Squire Claude for The Witch From the Well (BF, 2011)
  • Clarke Peters (Hersheimmer) voiced Night Eagle for Dreamland
  • Alice Krige (Vandermeyer) voiced Dr. Patricia Sawyer for Phantoms of the Deep (BF, 2013), and the Queen Mum for Death and the Queen, part of  the forthcoming release The Tenth Doctor Adventures
  • Richard Dillane (Bulldog) was Captain Carter in Let's Kill Hitler and The Wedding of River Song
  • series film editor Jamie Pearson also edited The Eleventh HourThe Vampires of VeniceAmy's ChoiceVincent and the DoctorThe LodgerThe Rebel Flesh and The Almost People
  • Andy Piers Morris was safety diver on The Vampires of Venice too
  • stunt co-ordinator Gareth Milne was George Cranleigh in Black Orchid, a Mortuary Attendant in Vengeance on Varos, and doubled for Peter Davison on Warriors of the Deep
  • Francesco Reidy was also second assistant director on The Sontaran Stratagem and The Poison Sky
N or M? (TX: August 16, 23, 30)
  • Roy Marsden (Haydock) was Mr. Stoker in Smith and Jones
  • Robert Hands (Hinton) was Algy in The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances, and voiced Captain Solex for The War Doctor 2: Infernal Devices, and Pope Leo X for The Ravelli Conspiracy (BF, both 2016)
  • prolific Big Finish artist Susan Brown (Mrs Harrison) was Bridget Spears in Torchwood: Children of Earth, and voiced Mary for 100: Bedtime Story (2007), Alice Withers for The Eternal Summer, Maud for Castle of Fear,  both Mrs Withers and Mrs Sowerby for Plague of the Daleks (all 2009), Margaret for both Deimos and The Resurrection of Mars, Eleanor Harvey for Return of the Krotons, Chief Engineer and Chanel for The Song of the Megaptera, Babs for Prison in Space (all 2010), and Kastrella for Death Match (2015)
  • Trevor Cooper (Harrison) was Takis in Revelation of the Daleks and Friar Tuck in Robot of Sherwood, and voiced Sir Ralph for The Doomwood CurseShanks for The Haunting of Thomas Brewster (both 2008), Judah for The Beast of OrlokSmithy for Castle of Fear (both 2009), both Captain Maddox and Stennan for Army of Death (2011), and both the Colonel and Kimball for The Emerald Tiger (2012)
  • Christina Cole (Mrs Sprot) was Lilith in The Shakespeare Code
  • Tam Williams (Harrison) began his TV careeer as an uncredited Schoolboy in (part 1 of) Remembrance of the Daleks, then voiced Tom for Point of Entry (2010), Cedric for Destiny of the Doctors: Hunters of Earth (2013), and Christopher Dalliard for The Sword of the Chevalier (2017)
  • Joanna Horton (Barbara) and Issy Van Randwyck (Mrs. Minton) both starred on The Diary of River Song 3 (BF, 2018) as Brooke and Giulia
The BBC's original version of the Partners in Crime stories (eleven in total)
were broadcast in 1983 and 1984. James Warwick (Earthshock) and
Francesca Annis played Tommy and Tuppence here, and were joined by
twenty-eight Doctor Who co-stars:
  • The Secret Adversary (Honor Blackman, Peter Barkworth, John Fraser, George Baker, Donald Houston, Mike Elles, Norman Hartley, Harry Fielder and Rocky Taylor)
  • The Affair of the Pink Pearl (Graham Crowden and Arthur Cox)
  • Finessing the King (Annie Lambert and John Gillett)
  • Te House of Lurking Death (Michael Cochrane)
  • The Sunningdale Mystery (Denis Lill)
  • The Ambassador's Boots (Jennie Linden, TP McKenna, Clive Merrison, Catherine Schell and Michael Carter)
  • The Unbreakable Alibi (Preston Lockwood and Stephen Wale)
  • The Man in the Mist (Patrick Marley)
  • The Case of the Missing Lady (Jonathan Newth and Rowena Cooper)
  • The Crackler (Shane Rimmer, David Quilter and Lawrence Davidson)

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Spooks, Series 4

Series regulars Peter Firth, Rupert Penry-Jones, Hugh
Simon, Rory MacGregor, and Nicola Walker all returned 
(as Harry Pearce, Adam Carter, Malcolm Wynn-Jones, 
Colin Wells, and Ruth Evershed) for the fourth season 
of this award-winning BBC spy drama.
This ten-part run earned a BAFTA for Best Drama
series, and saw the introduction of Raza Jaffrey and
Miranda Raison (as new MI5 agents Zafar Younis and
Jo Portman), and Anna Chancellor (as Co-ordinator
Juliet Shaw).
First broadcast on BBC One in the autumn of 2005, 
series four of Spooks began another repeat run on the 
Sony TV channel last night, and featured twenty-one 
other Doctor Who cast and crew alumni:

  • Big Finish artist Raison played Tallulah in Daleks in Manhattan and Evolution of the Daleks, and voiced Lareen for both The Davros Mission (2007) and The Wreck of the Titan (2010), both the Shepherdess and Acquisitor Prime for Persuasion (2013), both Margo and Xais for The Romance of Crime (2015), and she was recently cast as new companion, Constance Clarke introduced in Criss-Cross
  • Corey Johnson (Boyd) was Henry Van Statten in Dalek
  • Jeff Rawle (Home Secretary) was Plantagenet (pictured) in Frontios; Lionel Harding in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Mona Lisa's Revenge; and Mervyn Pinfield in An Adventure in Space and Time
  • Peter Brooke (Peter) was a Man, also in Daleks in Manhattan
  • Nigel Terry (Curtis) was General Cobb in The Doctor's Daughter
  • Andrew Tiernan (Forster) was Mr Purcell in Night Terrors
  • Sherlock actor Rupert Graves (Sampson) was John Riddell in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
  • Steven Pacey (Howell-Davis) voiced Trevor for The Zygon Who Fell to Earth (BF, 2008)
  • Silas Carson (Prince) first provided various Alien voices for The End of the World, then voiced the Ood for The Impossible PlanetThe Satan PitPlanet of the OodThe End of Time, and Pond Life, and voiced Uvlavad Kudlak in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Warriors of Kudlak
  • Andrew Burt (McTaggart) was Valgard in Terminus
  • Douglas Hodge (Hicks) voiced Edge for Urban Myths, and Radu for Son of the Dragon (BF, both 2007)
  • Debra Gillett (Debra) was Rita Connolly in The Idiot's Lantern
  • Sam Dastor (Barzali) voiced Professor Narayan for The Emerald Tiger (BF, 2012)
  • George Baker (Ross) was Decider Login in Full Circle
  • Greg Bennett (Agent) went uncredited as both a UNIT Soldier and Sycorax Warrior in The Christmas Invasion, and a Guest in The Lazarus Experiment
  • Lindsay Duncan (Angela) was Captain Adelaide Brooke in The Waters of Mars
  • John Pirkis (Meacham) provided a Sphere voice for The Sound of Drums and Last of the Time Lords
  • series film editor Jamie Pearson also edited The Eleventh HourThe Vampires of VeniceAmy's ChoiceVincent and the DoctorThe LodgerThe Rebel Flesh and The Almost People
  • Damian Bromley was cinematographer on The Time of Angels and Flesh and Stone too
  • Paul Kennington was also a stunt performer on the four Cybermen episodes of Series 2 (2006) and The Doctor's Daughter
  • director Julian Simpson also helmed Day of the MoonThe Curse of the Black Spot, and the two-part Gangers adventure

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Afterlife, Series 2

This supernatural drama series, which returned for a second, and final series in the autumn of 2006, began another repeat run on ITV3 last night. The cast was again led by Lesley Sharp (as psychic believer Alison Mundy) and Andrew Lincoln (the sceptic academic, Dr. Robert Bridge) - together they investigated paranormal cases in Bristol. The programme was awarded its second consecutive acting prize at the Monte Carlo TV Festival - Sharp won the Outstanding Actress in 2006, whilst Lincoln won the Actor award (for this series) in 2007. Sharp later played Sky Silvestry in Midnight, and the second season of Afterlife featured another twenty-three Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

Roadside Bouquets (TX: September 16 2006)
  • Simon Fisher-Becker (Driver) played Dorium Maldovar in The Pandorica OpensA Good Man Goes to War and The Wedding of River Song
  • Amanda Lawrence (Woman) was Mother Doomfinger, a Carrionite in The Shakespeare Code
  • Emma Reid was unit manager on The End of the World and The Unquiet Dead too
  • Marcus Catlin was also first assistant director on The Hungry EarthCold BloodThe Pandorica Opens and The Big Bang 
  • James Scott was also focus puller on sixteen adventures, from Closing Time to The Day of the Doctor
  • Elaine Matthews was script supervisor on The Girl Who Waited and The God Complex too
The Rat Man (TX: September 23)
  • Michael Obiora (Olivets) was Billy Shipton (pictured) in Blink
Lullaby (TX: September 30)
  • series carpenter Roger Tarry worked on Midnight and The Lodger too
  • Steve Hopkins was also an electrician on twenty-three installments of the revived series, from The End of the World to The Name of the Doctor
Your Hand In Mine (TX: October 7)
  • Julie Graham (Lucy) was Ruby White in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith
  • Liam Cunningham (Jonathan) was Captain Zhukov in Cold War
  • Justine Mitchell (Claire) voiced Lucy Martin for Big Finish's Seasons of Fear (2002) 
Mirrorball (TX: October 21)
  • series electrician Paul Duffy also worked on Rise of the CybermenPlanet of the OodThe Doctor, the Widow and the WardrobeTorchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures
Mind The Bugs Don't Bite (TX: October 28)
  • Kenneth Cranham (Mundy) voiced Tom Cardwell for Blood of the Daleks (BF, 2007)
  • Craig Kelly (Young Stan) voiced Joe for Scream of the Shalka
Things Forgotten (TX: November 4)
  • Claire Rushbrook (Jennifer) was Ida Scott in The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit
  • Andrew Collins (Neurologist) voiced Drew Shahan for Live 34 (BF, 2005)
  • Shirley Schumacher was clapper loader on The Beast Below and Victory of the Daleks too
A Name Written In Water (TX: November 11)
  • Claudio Laurini (Man) was a Headless Monk in A Good Man Goes to War
  • series post-production supervisor Liz Pearson, composer Edmund Butt and music engineer Toby Wood all worked on An Adventure in Space and Time too
  • Chris Davies was also best boy/electrician on Rise of the Cybermen, The Age of Steel, Fear Her, Army of Ghosts, Doomsday, Blink, Turn Left and The Sarah Jane Adventures

Monday, 13 July 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Bert & Dickie

This BBC One film first aired amid the buzz of the London Olympics in the summer of 2012, and tells the true story of two British rowers, thrown together just five weeks before the London 'Austerity' games of 1948. Matt Smith and Sam Hoare portrayed the eventual double sculls gold medallists, Bert Bushnell (1921-2010) and Richard Burnell (1917-1995). The BBC News site featured a short interview with Smith on the role: "The story goes that Bert was chippy, but hey, he was a brilliant sportsman and sometimes [they] are built that way. By its very nature there is artistic licence but one would hope that it's sensitive in the right ways. Billy's (William Ivory) writing interested me. There is something heroic and victorious about that story which affected me and as I read it, I'd never got in a boat before, so that was a daunting but exciting challenge. What you learn is that your body is just a mechanism and rowing isn't about pulling it's about force [and] pushing. I keep fit [on] Dr. Who but there are many levels of fit. 
If you watch any rowing final, you see the physical agony they're in afterwards, it's like they've been hit over the head with a bat. Every ounce of your body, every muscle is used, it's incredible."
Bert & Dickie was repeated on the Drama channel last night, and featured 
fifteen other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Hoare (pictured above with Smith) voiced Lucius for Serpent Crest: Tsar Wars (AudioGo, 2011)
  • Big Finish actor Adrian Lukis (Burghley) voiced Officer Bragg for Cobwebs (2010), Byzan for The Children of Seth (2011), and Harvey Marsh for The Justice of Jalxar (2013)
  • Douglas Hodge (John Bushnell) voiced Edge for Urban Myths, and Radu for Son of the Dragon (both 2007)
  • Geoffrey Palmer (Don Burnell) played Masters in The Silurians, the Administrator in The Mutants, and Captain Hardaker in Voyage of the Damned 
  • Matt Barber (Wood) voiced Tom Elliot for Red Planets (2018)
  • Greg Bennett (Ajudicator) was a Sycorax Warrior and a UNIT Soldier for The Christmas Invasion, and was an uncredited Guest in The Lazarus Experiment
  • Alexandra Moen (Rosalind) was last seen as Lucy Saxon in The End of Time
  • Clive Merrison (Clement Attlee) was Jim Callum in The Tomb of the Cybermen, and the Deputy Chief Caretaker in Paradise Towers
  • Ron Cook (Albert) was Mr. Magpie in The Idiot's Lantern
  • Graham Padden (Hawkins) was Pa in Gridlock
  • Kevin Hudson (Wheelwright) made uncredited appearances in twenty-three episodes (from The Long Game to The Day of the Doctor)
  • Rory Herbert was also script supervisor on A Town Called MercyThe Power of ThreeThe Rings of AkhatenJourney to the Centre of the TARDIS and The Name of the Doctor
  • costume designer Suzanne Cave and boom operator Sarah How both worked in those capacities on An Adventure in Space and Time too
  • Nick Roberts was also ADR recordist on The Time of AngelsFlesh and StoneThe Vampires of VeniceCold Blood and The Lodger

Monday, 6 July 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Silent Witness, Series 16

The sixteenth season of this popular BBC One crime
drama was first broadcast in the winter of 2013, and
saw the departure of William Gaminara after eleven
years in the role of Dr. Leo Dalton (he was killed in the
finale by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan). Other series regular, Emilia Fox again portrayed fellow Home Office pathologist, Dr. Nikki Alexander, and was now joined by David Caves and Liz Carr as new recruits, Jack Hodgson
and Clarissa Mullery.
Another five, two-part stories began another repeat run
on the Alibi channel last night, and featured these
twenty-eight Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

Change (TX: January 10 & 11)
  • Tim Piggot Smith (John Briggs) played Captain Harker in The Claws of Axos, and Marco in The Masque of Mandragora
  • Derek Riddell (Trenter) was Robert MacLeish in Tooth and Claw
  • Rob Dixon (Philip Briggs) voiced Reggie Mead for Project: Twilight (2001) and Sergeant Wood for No Man's Land (2006), both for Big Finish
  • Sharon Small (Geraldine) voiced both Jeannie and Janet for The Revenants (BF, 2012)
Trust (TX: January 17 & 18)
  • director Richard Clark had also helmed GridlockThe Lazarus ExperimentThe Doctor's Wife and Night Terrors
  • Wendy Albiston (Stacey) voiced Madame de Chevreuse for The Church and the Crown (BF, 2002)
  • Mark Bonnar (Christie) was Jimmy in The Rebel Flesh and The Almost People, then voiced Porteus for The English Way of Death, and the Eleven for Doom Coalition (BF, both 2015)
  • Adam James (Dr. Fell) was DI McMillan in Planet of the Dead
  • Davood Ghadami (Kolahi) was Jim in Let's Kill Hitler
  • Sean Jackson (Roper) voiced George Crow for The Marian Conspiracy (BF, 2000)
  • Bryan Dick (Ballinger) voiced The Exec for Theatre of War (BF, 2015)
  • Nic Morris was the cinematographer on Flatline too
  • art department assistant Sophie Powell was a graphic artist on Last Christmas
True Love Waits (TX: January 24 & 25)
  • Christina Cole (Janice) was Lilith in The Shakespeare Code
  • Rob Jarvis (Henderson) was Abramal in The Time of the Doctor
  • Kevin Hudson (Guard) was a Delivery Man in the Tardisode: The Idiot's Lantern, and had uncredited roles in twenty-three adventures, from The Long Game to The Day of the Doctor
  • Jason Ewart was the steadicam operator on The Time of the Doctor too
The Legacy (TX: January 31 & February 1)
  • writer Stephen Gallagher also scripted Warriors' Gate and Terminus
  • Teresa Banham (Alison) was the Governor in The End of Time
  • Tim Preece (Ryder) was Codal in Planet of the Daleks
  • Velile Tshabalala (Kristen) was Rosita in The Next Doctor
  • David Westhead (DI Cherry) was Kemper, also in The Shakespeare Code
  • Ed Stoppard (Embleton) voiced Fortalexa for Theatre of War
Greater Love (TX: February 7 & 8)
  • director Douglas Mackinnon also helmed The Sontaran StratagemThe Poison SkyThe Power of ThreeCold WarListenTime Heist, Flatline and The Husbands of River Song
  • Suzie Lavelle was also the cinematographer on Cold WarListenTime Heist and the 2016 Christmas special
  • film editor Adam Green also edited The Girl Who Died, The Woman Who Lived and the 2016 festive story
  • James Blackwell was the first assistant director on Partners in Crime too
  • Bob Shipsey was also a camera operator on The Doctor's Wife and Night Terrors

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Afterlife, Series 1

Produced by Clerkenwell Films, a repeat run of this supernatural drama series continued on ITV3 last night. The programme was created by horror writer Stephen Volk, and ran for two seasons in 2005 and 2006. Scottish film actor John Hannah was the executive producer on the first and final installments here.
Liverpool-born Lesley Sharpe won the RTS Best Actress award and a Golden Nymph prize for her role as psychic believer Alison Mundy. Her co-star Andrew Lincoln played sceptic academic, Dr. Robert Bridge, and together they investigated paranormal cases in Bristol. 
Sharp (pictured as Sky Silvestry in Midnight) was joined in the first six-part season by another twenty-three Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

More Than Meets The Eye (TX: September 24 2005)
  • series composer Edmund Butt, Toby Wood (music engineer), and Liz Pearson (post-production supervisor) all worked on An Adventure in Space and Time in those same capacities
  • Colin Prockter (Rose) was the Chef in The Long Game, and the Air Raid Warden in Victory of the Daleks
  • Gail Clayton (Surgeon) voiced Rigan for Big Finish's Unregenerate (2005)
  • Adam Ridge was boom operator on Music of the Spheres too
  • Rod Woodruff was also stunt co-ordinator on Rose and World War Three
  • Paul Kulik was a stuntman on Rose too
Lower Than Bones (TX: October 1)
  • Clare Cathcart (Liz) voiced Mary for The Settling (BF, 2006)
  • Jonathan Farmer was first assistant director on Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS too
Daniel One & Two (TX: October 8)
  • Steven Elder (Rabey) voiced Farrow for Jubilee (BF, 2003), and Rawden for Something Inside (BF, 2006)
  • Rhodri Meilir (Daniel 2) was Rhodri in The Runaway Bride
  • John Owen (Patient) was Thorpe in The Daemons
  • Joanna Horton (Frankie) voiced Brooke for The Diary of River Song 2 (BF, 2018)
Misdirection (TX: October 15)
  • Richard Beale (Keyhoe) was the Refusian Voice in The Ark, Bat Masterson in The Gunfighters, the Broadcaster Voice in The Macra Terror, and the Minister in (episode 3 of) The Green Death
  • Mark Benton (McClune) was Clive in Rose, and voiced Ellis for Invaders From Mars (BF, 2002) and Jack Coulson for Energy of the Daleks (BF, 2012)
  • Mark Bonnar (Varcoe) was Jimmy in The Rebel Flesh and The Almost People, then voiced Porteus for The English Way of Death, and the Eleven for Doom Coalition (BF, both 2015)
  • Susan Engel (Ellen) was Cessair in The Stones of Blood
  • Tristan Beint (Student) was Tom in The Day of the Doctor
Sleeping With The Dead (TX: October 22)
  • Elaine Matthews was also script supervisor on The Girl Who Waited and The God Complex
The 7:59 Club (TX: October 29)
  • Veronica Roberts (Jean) voiced Krelos Major for The Fate of Krelos, and Relly for Return to Telos (BF, both 2015)
  • Phyllida Law (Irene) was Bea Nelson-Stanley in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Eye of the Gorgon, and voiced Belldonia for The Bride of Peladon (BF, 2008)
  • James Scott was the focus puller on Closing Time too