Saturday, 9 May 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Coronation Street, Part 4: 1967-1969

By the late 1960's, critics were again suggesting that 
Corrie no longer reflected contemporary Britain, and Granada sought to update the programme. Plans to showcase hard hitting topics like drug addiction, homosexuality, illegitimate birth and the introduction 
of a black family were however ultimately rejected.
Two of the show's biggest storylines to date occured during this time. A train crashed from the viaduct onto the Street in May 1967, and Steve Tanner was murdered at Christmas 1968.
These three years on the Street featured John Levene 
(as a Drinker in The Rovers Return, in episode 939
in 1969, and pictured here as UNIT Sergeant, John 
Benton), and thirty-three other Doctor Who cast and 
crew connections:

  • Gabrielle Drake (Inga here; Vanessa, 2009) was considered for the role of Victoria Waterfield
  • Clifford Cox (Hale) was the Sergeant in (the third episode of) Spearhead from Space
  • Derrick Gilbert (Reporter here; and Ballantyne, 1989) was Armand Vallance in The Wheel in Space
  • Callan Angelo (Strauss) was Terry Cutler in The Tenth Planet
  • Jonathan Newth (Hesketh) was Orfe in Underworld
  • John Challis (Naylor here; and DS Phillips, 1977) was Scorby in The Seeds of Doom
  • Bill Lyons (Johnson) was a Guard in (episode 3 of) The Enemy of the World
  • Angela Pleasence (Monica) was Queen Elizabeth in The Shakespeare Code
  • Michael Mundell (Les) was Jasko in The Invasion of Time
  • Brian Peck (Barton here; and Ball, 1979) was Dervish in The Space Pirates
  • Geoffrey Palmer (Registrar) was Edward Masters in The Silurians, the Administrator in (episode 1 of) The Mutants, and Captain Hardaker in Voyage of the Damned
  • Nigel Humphreys (Fleming, 1968-70) was Bulic in Warriors of the Deep
  • George Waring (Wilde here; and Swain, 1980) was Arden in The Ice Warriors
  • David Grey (Nicholas) was Rinchen in The Abominable Snowmen
  • Annette Robertson (Pamela) and Eric Thompson (Searle) both appeared in The Massacre, as Anne Chaplet and Gaston de Levis, Viscount de Leran respectively
  • Sean Caffrey (Riley) was Lord Palmerdale in Horror of Fang Rock
  • Derek Newark (DI Sharp) was Za in 100,000 BC, and Greg Sutton in Inferno
  • Eric Dodson (Reverend) was the Headman in The Visitation (part 3)
  • Shane Rimmer (Donnelli here; Reid, 1988) was Seth Harper in The Gunfighters
  • Peter Childs (Policeman here; Braddock, 1971; Mortam, 1978; Emery, 1980; and Tyler, 1984) was Jack Ward in The Mark of the Rani
  • David Daker (Griffin) was Irongron in The Time Warrior
  • Heather Emmanuel (Nurse here; and Doctor, 2005) was Tessa in (part 4 of) The Android Invasion
  • director (of episodes 869 and 875) Gerry Mill helmed The Faceless Ones too
  • Sandra Bryant (Sandra) was Kitty in The War Machines, and Chicki (in episode 1 of) The Macra Terror
  • Alan Gerrard (Blakeley here; and Scully, 1973) was Bovem in The Dominators
  • John Moore (Pilling) was a Trojan in The Myth Makers: Small Prophet, Quick Return, and a Prisoner in (episode 3 of) Frontier in Space
  • Kenneth Cranham (Roy) voiced Tom Cardwell in Blood of the Daleks (Big Finish, 2007)
  • Colin Spaull (Stranger) was Lilt in Revelation of the Daleks, Mr. Crane in the two-part Cybermen adventure for Series 2, and voiced Henrik for Grand Theft Cosmos (BF, 2008)
  • future Blake's 7 actor Paul Darrow (Doctor) was Captain Hawkins in The Silurians, Tekker in Timelash, and voiced Guidance for The Next Life (BF, 2004)
  • Michael Hawkins (Palmer) was General Williams in Frontier in Space
  • John Bailey (Dr. Grant) was the Commnder in The Sensorites: A Desperate Venture, Edward Waterfield in The Evil of the Daleks, and Sezom in The Horns of Nimon (4)
  • Alan Bennion (Fielding) made three appearances as an Ice Warrior - Slaar in The Seeds of Death, Izlyr in The Curse of Peladon, and Azaxyr in The Monster of Peladon

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