Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Casanova

The story of the life of the legendary 18th century
Italian adventurer, Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798) 
was scripted by then Doctor Who show-runner, 
Russell T Davies and co-executive produced with Julie Gardner.
Stage and film actor Peter O'Toole (1932-2013) portrayed the older Casanova, whilst David Tennant's role as the younger man (pictured) led Davies to cast him in the lead of the newly revived Doctor Who series.
The three-part comedy drama (a co-production from Red, BBC Wales and Granada TV) was originally broadcast on BBC Three in March 2005, then on BBC One in April. Another repeat run began on the Drama channel last night, and featured thirty-one further Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Shaun Parkes (Rocco) played Zachary Cross Flane in the two-part Satan Pit adventure
  • Nina Sosanya (Bellino) was Trish Webber in Fear Her
  • Big Finish artist Nickolas Grace (Chancellor) made a brief TV appearance as Albert Einstein in Death is the Only Answervoiced Loozly for Bang-Bang-A-Boom! (2002), the Time Lord Straxus for Human Resources (2007), Sisters of the Flame and The Vengeance of Morbius (both 2008), both Balancer and Viktor Skaarsgard for Equilibrium (2015), then Goole for the upcoming release, The Gallery of Ghouls (2016)
  • Matt Lucas (Villars) voiced both the Cylinder and the Jelloid in The One Doctor (BF, 2001), and even played the Second Doctor as a drummer in the Shooting Stars spoof, The Who!
  • Daisy Haggard (Coquette) was Sophie in The Lodger and Closing Time
  • Raymond Coulthard (Ambassador) voiced Loki, Edgar and Hawks for Cobwebs (BF, 2010), and Ralph for the upcoming release Suburban Hell
  • Annette Badland (Pauline) was Margaret Blaine, alias Blon Fel Fotch Pasameer-Day Slitheen, in Aliens of London, World War Three and Boom Town, and voiced Queen Karlina for Equilibrium and Thelma for Suburban Hell (both 2015)
  • Dervla Kirwan (Mother) was Miss Hartigan in The Next Doctor
  • Zac Fox (Young Casanova) was the Photo-shoot PA in Asylum of the Daleks and The Angels Take Manhattan
  • Ron Cook (Prisoner) was Mr Magpie in The Idiot's Lantern
  • Ewan Bailey (Doctor) and Andrew Havill (Chancellor) both worked on Voyage of the Damned - the former provided Alien voices and the latter was Chief Steward
  • Graham Padden (Priest) was Pa in Gridlock
  • Clare Higgins (Cook) was Ohila in The Night of the Doctor, a role reprised for forthcoming episodes The Magician's Apprentice and The Witch's Familiar
  • Angus Wright (Man-at-Arms) voiced Magnus Greel for The Butcher of Brisbane (BF, 2012)
  • director Sheree Folkson later helmed In the Forest of the Night
  • co-executive producers Michael Treen and Damien Timmer were the production manager on The Twin Dilemma, and an extra on An Adventure in Space and Time respectively
  • film editor Nick Arthurs also edited The Curse of the Fatal Death then Hide
  • Liz Griffiths was the set decorator on seven Series 1 stories too
  • Steve Smith was also make-up artist on forty-one episodes, from The Christmas Invasion to The Waters of Mars, and Music of the Sphere
  • Susan Liggat was also first assistant director on Love & Monsters,Army of Ghosts and Doomsday, then produced another eight installments of the Tennant era, as well as the pilot episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • recordist Nick Foley was ADR mixer on The Snowmen
  • VFX compositor Simon Blackledge and Matt Wood both worked onA Town Called Mercy and The Power of Three - Wood was VFX supervisor on The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe too
  • Samantha Hall was also post-production supervisor on fifty-one installments, from New Earth to Flesh and StoneTime Crash and Music of the Spheres
  • Anna Lau was costume supervisor on nine NuWho episodes too
  • Julie Scott was also production executive on seventy-seven stories, from The Runaway Bride to The Time of the Doctor, besides Time CrashMusic of the SpheresDoctor Who at the PromsDreamland,The Adventure Games: City of the Daleks and Blood of the Cybermen, nine episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures and thirty Torchwood adventures
  • stuntman Bill Davey was stunt co-ordinator on The Satan Pit two-parter, Love & Monsters and Turn Left
  • stuntman Glenn Marks was stunt co-ordinator on The Family of Blood two-parter and Blink
  • incidental music was provided by Murray Gold
  • Glenn Coxon was also floor runner on Love & Monsters, Blink and Torchwood

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Silent Witness, Series 6

The sixth season of Silent Witness, first broadcast on BBC1 in the autumn of 2002, again starred Amanda Burton as Home Office pathologist, Professor Sam Ryan. She was now joined by series newcomers, William Gaminara and Tom Ward, as Doctors Leo Dalton and Harry Cunningham.
Burton left the programme at the start of the eighth season. Gaminara starred in over a hundred episodes until his character was killed off in the finale of the sixteenth run (2013), whilst Ward left the programme the year before - he then played Captain Latimer in The Snowmen).

The eight-part series began another repeat run on the Drama channel tonight, and featured these thirty-four further Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

The Fall Out (TX: September 28 & 29)
  • Paterson Joseph (Harding) played Rodrick in Bad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways, and voiced Victor Espinosa for Big Finish's Earth Aid (2011)
  • Barnaby Kay (DS Johnson) voiced Martin Donaldson for Dark Eyes 4: A Life in the Day
  • Stuart Clark was a stuntman on Dalek and the 2005 series finale too
  • Guy List was a stuntman on Evolution of the Daleks too
  • Peter Miles was also a stuntman on Tooth and Claw and The Girl in the Fireplace
  • Jo McLaren was a stunt performer on Day of the Moon and Let's Kill Hitler too
  • Jan Nethercot was make-up designer on The Caves of Androzani too
  • dubbing editor Tony Gibson and focus puller Peter Howard both worked on on An Adventure in Space and Time, as sound designer and assistant camera respectively
  • Ian Adrian was also a camera operator on The Vampires of VeniceThe Hungry EarthCold BloodVincent and the Doctor and The Lodger
Kith and Kill (TX: October 5 & 6)
  • Roger Ennals (Technician here, and Kris in Closed Ranks) was the Gorilla in The God Complex
  • Joseph Long (Lucas) was Rocco Colasanto in Turn Left
  • Cathy Murphy (Alsion) was a Mum in The Christmas Invasion
  • Russell Tovey (Josh) was Midshipman Alonso Frame in Voyage of the Damned and The End of Time, Part 2
  • Ben Crompton (Irons) was Ross (pictured) in Into the Dalek
  • Tim Delap (PC) voiced Falkus for Daleks Among Us (BF, 2013)
  • Tom Lucy was also a stunt co-ordinator on sixteen episodes, from Smith and Jones to The Next Doctor and Torchwood
  • Emma Reid was unit manager on The End of the World and The Unquiet Dead too
Tell No Tales (TX: October 19 & 20)
  • Dominic Rowan (Edgely) voiced Corwyn for The Burning Prince (BF, 2012)
  • Ron Donachie (DCI Telford) was a Steward in Tooth and Claw
  • Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch (Reid) voiced Howard Carter for Forty-Five: False Gods (BF, 2008)
  • Sally Faulkner (Mary) was Isobel Watkins in The Invasion, and voiced Miss Tremayne for Winter for the Adept (BF, 2000)
  • Mary Healey (Betty) was a Killjoy in The Happiness Patrol
  • Glenn Marks was the stunt co-ordinator on The Family of Blood two-parter, and Blink
  • Nicholas Asbury (Officer) voiced Rowe for The Many Deaths of Jo Grant (BF, 2011)
  • Sara Powell (DS Linden) voiced Audrey Newman for The Early Adventures: An Ordinary Life (BF, 2014)
  • Big Finish actor Andrew Bone (Scientist) voiced Pan Vexel and Nebrin for The Early Adventures: Domain of the Voord, the Vice Chancellor for The Rani Elite (both 2014), and Woodrow for The English Way of Death
  • Olivia Poulet (Alice) voiced Myrren for Requiem for the Rocket Men, and Pazmi for Planet of the Rani (both 2015)
Closed Ranks (TX: October 26 & 27)
  • Lucinda Dryzek (Cassie) was Melissa in School Reunion
  • stunt co-ordinator Nick Wilkinson was a stuntman on The Next Doctor
  • regular associate producer Margot Hayhoe was AFM on The War MachinesFury from the Deep, and The Ambassadors of Death, then production manager on LogopolisCastrovalva and Snakedance
  • series special make-up effects artist Paul McGuinness was Drathro in The Mysterious Planet
  • regular assistant art director Keith Dunne was stand-by art director on The End of Time, set director on eight other stories (from Blink to The Lodger), and also worked on Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • Matthew Scrivener was assistant director on The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe too

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Cracker, Series 3

Robbie Coltrane (playing criminal psychologist Dr. Edward 'Fitz' Fitzgerald), Geraldine Somerville (as DS Jane Penhaligon), Lorcan Cranitch (DS Jimmy Beck), Ricky Tomlinson (DCI Charlie Wise), and Wil Johnson (DC Skelton) all returned for three new Manchester based thrillers. Robert Cavanah joined the regular cast here as 
DC Alan Temple.
This final full series was first broadcast in the autumn of 1995, and won another BAFTA Best Drama award for ITV, 
whilst Coltrane earned his third consecutive Best Actor prize. 
The seven-part season (shown again on ITV3 this month) featured John Simm (as Bill Preece in the second serial) and fourteen other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

Brotherly Love (TX: October 22 to 29)
  • Brid Brennan (Maggie) was the Visionary in The End of Time
  • Ron Donachie (Barney) was the Steward in Tooth and Claw
  • Paul Copley (Pathologist), Edward Peel (Chief Superintendent), Barbara Flynn (Judith), Des Hughes (production manager), and Andy Pryor (casting) see my blog for the first series of Cracker
  • Andrew Knott (Harvey) voiced James O'Meara for 1963: Fanfare for the Common Men (Big Finish, 2013), and Sean Casey for Dark Eyes 2: The White Room
Best Boys (TX: November 6 & 13)
  • Liam Cunningham (Grady) was Captain Zhukov in Cold War
  • stunt arranger Terry Forrestal was a Driver in K9 and Company
  • Vince McGahon was the Steadicam operator on The Vampires of Venice and Vincent and the Doctor too
True Romance (TX: November 20 & 27)
  • Kenneth Gilbert (Father) was Richard Dunbar in The Seeds of Doom
  • Emily Joyce (Janice) provided an Alien voice for The Girl in the Fireplace
  • Biddy Hodson (Carol) was Captain Price in The Sontaran Stratagem and The Poison Sky

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Flood

The British disaster film Flood (released by Lionsgate in 2007) was shown again on the Syfy channel today, and is based on the excellent thriller written by British climate change expert, Richard Doyle. The novel depicts the aftermath of a devastating Atlantic storm. Present day London is threatened by a catastrophic flood - the Thames Barrier fails - and subsequent fires from a refinery explosion. The film (first broadcast as a mini-series on ITV in May 2008) however, concentrates on the flooding of London. Ironically, the capital's saviour proves to be the weather, and the rain extinguishes the second Great Fire. Doyle's book (published by Random in 2002) is highly detailed and researched, full of both incident and characterisation, with a true sense of scale and realism.
Flood conveys a thoroughly convincing scenario, presented with tangible peril and rising panic - a highly recommended and insightful read.
The cast of Flood, headed by Robert Carlyle, David Suchet, Jessalyn Gilsig, Joanne Whalley, Tom Hardy and Tom Courtenay, included these ten Doctor Who cast links:
  • Nigel Planer (Hopkins) played Vorgenson (pictured) in the live arena tour The Monsters Are Coming! (2010), and voiced Alex Marlow for Big Finish's Hothouse (2009)
  • Rob Dixon (Bryant) voiced Reggie Mead for Project: Twilight (BF, 2001), and Sergeant Wood for No Man's Land (BF, 2006)
  • Pip Torrens (Richardson) was Headmaster Rocastle in Human Nature and The Family of Blood
  • Martin Ball (Wyatt) was Roger Davey in Partners in Crime
  • Chrissie Cotterill (Christine) was Madame Vernet in Vincent and the Doctor
  • John Benfield (Frank) voiced Don for Circular Time: Autumn (BF, 2007), and Captain Greeg for The Song of Megaptera (BF, 2010)
  • stunt co-ordinator Jim Dowdall had uncredited roles in Day of the DaleksGenesis of the Daleks and Frontios
  • Christopher Fosh (Engineer) and stuntman Steve Griffin both worked on The Idiot's Lantern too
  • Susan Wooldridge (Nash's Assistant) auditioned for the role of Leela in 1976 - read the story here