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        

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