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

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