Friday, 1 May 2015

Doctor Who Vs. The Thirty Nine Steps

This British thriller, starring Robert Powell (as fugitive Richard Hannay) and Sir John Mills (Scudder) was the third, and most faithful cinematic adaptation of John Buchan's adventure novel (the first of five books to feature his hero), although the famous climax atop Big Ben is the biggest deviation from the original story.
Robert Donat played Hannay in the first film version, directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1935, then Kenneth More took the lead role for the 1959 remake.
A fourth, television production was broadcast on BBC One in 2008, with Hannay now portrayed by Rupert Penry-Jones.
The Thirty Nine Steps first appeared in Blackwoods Magazine in 1915 and depicts Europe on the edge of war. The book quickly became popular reading both in the trenches and on the home front.
The story was first dramatised for radio by Orson Welles in 1939, and more recently for theatre. Radio 4 first transmitted a two-part rendition in 2001, which starred Tom Baker and David Robb.
Powell later reprised his film role for Thames TV's spin-off series, Hannay 
(1988/89). Released by Rank in 1978, the film was shown on More4 today, 
and featured these seventeen Doctor Who guest actors:
  • veteran screen actor and prolific Big Finish artist David Warner (Appleton) finally made an appearance in the TV series as Professor Grisenko (pictured) in Cold War, but had previously voiced Lord Azlok for Dreamland, and portrayed an Unbound Doctor for both Sympathy for the Devil (2003) and Masters of War (2008), then voiced Sir Isaac Newton for Circular Time: Summer (2007), Co-ordinator Angell for Empathy Games (2008), Professor Boston Schooner for Deimos and The Resurrection of Mars (both 2010), Autarch Siris for The Children of Seth (2011), Biggs for The Rosemariners (2012), and Cuthbert for the Fourth Doctor adventures, The Sands of LifeWar Against the LaanThe Dalek ContractThe Final Phase (all 2013), and the upcoming releases, Casualties of War and The Pursuit of History (both 2016)
  • George Baker (Bullivant) was Login in Full Circle
  • Ronald Pickup (Bayliss) was the Physician in The Reign of Terror: The Tyrant of France - his TV debut
  • Donald Pickering (Marshall) played Eyesen in The Keys of Marinus, Blade in The Faceless Ones, and Beyus in Time and the Rani
  • Timothy West (Porton) voiced Turvey for Cuddlesome (BF, 2008), and Dr. Magnus Soames in House of Blue Fire (BF, 2011)
  • Andrew Keir (Lord 'R') was Wyler in the second Dalek film
  • William Squire (Harkness) was the Shadow in The Armageddon Factor 
  • David Collings (Tillotson) was Vorus in Revenge of the Cybermen, Poul in The Robots of Death, the titular role in Mawdryn Undead, and also voiced another Unbound Doctor for Full Fathom Five (BF, 2003)
  • Edward de Souza (Woodville) was Marc Cory in Mission to the Unknown
  • John Normington (Fletcher) was Morgus in The Caves of Androzani, and Trevor Sigma in The Happiness Patrol
  • Michael Bilton (Vicar) was Charles de Teligny in The Massacre, Collins in (part 1 of) Pyramids of Mars, and a Time Lord in The Deadly Assassin (part 1)
  • Harry Fielder (Policeman) a veteran of fifteen 'classic' era appearances, was a Guard (in serials PP, ZZZ, 4L, 4P, 5A, 5F, 5Z), a Crewman (SS, 4T), a Vogan (4D), an Assassin (4Q), a Tigellan (5Q), and a Krarg in Shada 
  • Paul Jerrico (Scott) was the Castellan in The Five Doctors
  • Prentis Hancock (Perryman) was a Reporter in Spearhead from Space, Vaber in Planet of the Daleks, Salamar in Planet of Evil, and the Captain in The Ribos Operation
  • James Garbutt (Miller) was Ronson in Genesis of the Daleks
  • Andrew Downie (Stewart) was Willie Mackay in The Highlanders
  • Oliver Maguire (Martins) was a Shrieve in The Ribos Operation
The 39 Steps (1959) featured future Doctor Who guest stars Duncan Lamont,
Leslie Dwyer, James Copeland, John Harvey, William Mervyn and Harry Towb.
The 39 Steps (2008) was directed by James Hawes, and starred David Haig.

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