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 
showrunner, 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 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 Matt Lucas (as Villers) and thirty-two further Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Big Finish actor Nickolas Grace (Chancellor) made a brief TV appearance as Albert Einstein in Death is the Only Answervoiced Loozly for Bang-Bang-A-Boom! (2002), Straxus for Human Resources (2007), Sisters of the Flame and The Vengeance of Morbius (both 2008), Balancer and Viktor Skaarsgard for Equilibrium (2015), and Goole for The Gallery of Ghouls (2016)
  • Shaun Parkes (Rocco) played Zachary Cross Flane in the two-part Satan Pit adventure
  • Nina Sosanya (Bellino) was Trish Webber in Fear Her
  • 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 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)
  • Mark Heap (Gozzi) voiced The Middleman for The Middle (BF, 2017)
  • Matthew Holness (Landlord) voiced Eric Drazen for The Lure of the Nomad (BF, 2018)
  • Sheree Folkson directed In the Forest of the Night too
  • 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 here; Tilly in Series 21: One Day) voiced Audrey Newman for The Early Adventures: An Ordinary Life (BF, 2014), and the PA for The Diary of River Song 2 (2016)
  • 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