Saturday, 27 June 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Afterlife, Series 1

Produced by Clerkenwell Films, a repeat run of this supernatural drama series continued on ITV3 last night. The programme was created by horror writer Stephen Volk, and ran for two seasons in 2005 and 2006. Scottish film actor John Hannah was the executive producer on the first and final installments here.
Liverpool-born Lesley Sharpe won the RTS Best Actress award and a Golden Nymph prize for her role as psychic believer Alison Mundy. Her co-star Andrew Lincoln played sceptic academic, Dr. Robert Bridge, and together they investigated paranormal cases in Bristol. 
Sharp (pictured as Sky Silvestry in Midnight) was joined in the first six-part season by another twenty-two Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

More Than Meets The Eye (TX: September 24 2005)
  • series composer Edmund Butt, Toby Wood (music engineer), and Liz Pearson (post-production supervisor) all worked on An Adventure in Space and Time in those same capacities
  • Colin Prockter (Rose) was the Chef in The Long Game, and the Air Raid Warden in Victory of the Daleks
  • Gail Clayton (Surgeon) voiced Rigan for Big Finish's Unregenerate (2005)
  • Adam Ridge was boom operator on Music of the Spheres too
  • Rod Woodruff was also stunt co-ordinator on Rose and World War Three
  • Paul Kulik was a stuntman on Rose too
Lower Than Bones (TX: October 1)
  • Clare Cathcart (Liz) voiced Mary for The Settling (BF, 2006)
  • Jonathan Farmer was first assistant director on Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS too
Daniel One & Two (TX: October 8)
  • Steven Elder (Rabey) voiced Farrow for Jubilee (BF, 2003), and Rawden for Something Inside (BF, 2006)
  • Rhodri Meilir (Daniel 2) was Rhodri in The Runaway Bride
  • John Owen (Patient) was Thorpe in The Daemons
Misdirection (TX: October 15)
  • Richard Beale (Keyhoe) was the Refusian Voice in The Ark, Bat Masterson in The Gunfighters, the Broadcaster Voice in The Macra Terror, and the Minister in (episode 3 of) The Green Death
  • Mark Benton (McClune) was Clive in Rose, and voiced Ellis for Invaders From Mars (BF, 2002) and Jack Coulson for Energy of the Daleks (BF, 2012)
  • Mark Bonnar (Varcoe) was Jimmy in The Rebel Flesh and The Almost People, then voiced Porteus for The English Way of Death, and the Eleven for Doom Coalition (BF, both 2015)
  • Susan Engel (Ellen) was Cessair in The Stones of Blood
  • Tristan Beint (Student) was Tom in The Day of the Doctor
Sleeping With The Dead (TX: October 22)
  • Elaine Matthews was also script supervisor on The Girl Who Waited and The God Complex
The 7:59 Club (TX: October 29)
  • Veronica Roberts (Jean) voiced Krelos Major for The Fate of Krelos, and Relly for Return to Telos (BF, both 2015)
  • Phyllida Law (Irene) was Bea Nelson-Stanley in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Eye of the Gorgon, and voiced Belldonia for The Bride of Peladon (BF, 2008)
  • James Scott was the focus puller on Closing Time too

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Coronation Street, Part 7: 1976-1978

By 1976, Corrie was in decline, and Bill Podmore was
appointed to give the series a facelift and soon a new title sequence starred a cat for the first time. Established as a kitchen-sink drama in the Sixties, the show now received a much needed injection of humour, and under Podmore's producership ratings stabilised. An episode in April 1977 gained almost 21 million viewers, the highest figure of the decade.
These three years on the Street featured Geoffrey Beevers 
(as Mr. Liston in episode 1768), and twenty-three further 
Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Geoffrey Bateman (Lightfoot) was Dymond in Nightmare of Eden
  • Lois Baxter (Marie) was Lamia in The Androids of Tara
  • Mary Healey (Thelma here; Yvonne, 1990) was a Killjoy in The Happiness Patrol
  • Big Finish artist Philip Bretherton (Rod here; Weston, 1991; and Ian Davenport, 2005) voiced Plenipotentiary Suskind for Arrangements for War (BF, 2004), Scrivener for Recorded Time, Darcy, D'Urberville and Heathcliff for A Most Excellent Match (both 2011), and Vituperon for The Devil's Armada (2014)
  • John Duttine (Baker) voiced Hector for Exotron (BF, 2007)
  • Derek Francis (Beaumont) was Nero in The Romans
  • Graham Weston (Livesley) was Russell in The War Games, and De Haan in Planet of Evil
  • Roy Boyd (Franklyn) was Driscoll in The Hand of Fear (part 2)
  • Leslie Dwyer (Dugdale) was Vorg in Carnival of Monsters
  • Sylvia Coleridge (Sonia) was Amelia Ducat in The Seeds of Doom
  • Christopher Coll (Goodwin here; and Victor Pendlebury, 1982-1992) was Phipps in The Seeds of Death and Stubbs in The Mutants
  • Geoffrey Leesley (Cox here; and Clegg, 2002) voiced Paramount Minister Mortund, also for Arrangements for War, and Harold for AudioGo's Serpent Crest: The Broken Crown (2011)
  • John Tordoff (Hill here; and Hesketh, 1999) was Alec Leeson in (episode 4 of) Colony in Space
  • Daphne Heard (Lizzie) was Martha Tyler in Image of the Fendahl
  • Angela Bruce (Janice) was Brigadier Winifred Bambera in Battlefield, a role reprised for Animal (BF, 2011)
  • Barry Jackson (Garfield) was Ascaris in The Romans, Jeff Garvey in Mission to the Unknown, Drax in The Armageddon Factor
  • Jimmy Gardner (Hargreaves) was Chenchu (pictured) in Marco Polo, and Idmon in Underworld
  • director Alan Bromly also helmed The Time Warrior and Nightmare of Eden
  • Tristan de Vere Cole directed The Wheel in Space too
  • director Matthew Robinson also helmed Resurrection of the Daleks and Attack of the Cybermen
  • Darrol Blake directed The Stones of Blood too
  • director John Black also helmed The Keeper of TrakenFour to Doomsday and K9 and Company
  • director Roger Cheveley had been the production designer on The War Games

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Secret Smile

This psychological drama was produced by Granada,
and was based on the 2003 novel of the same name, by
Nicci French, the pseudonym of English husband and wife writing team, Nicci Gerrard and Sean French.
Following his lead role in Casanova, and a part in the
remake of The Quatermass ExperimentDavid Tennant 
starred here as antagonist Brendan Block. Secret Smile 
was first screened on ITV in December 2005, just before Tennant's first full appearance as the new Doctor in The Christmas Invasion.
Another repeat run of this two-part serial began on ITV3 last night, and featured fifteen further Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Kate Ashfield (Miranda, pictured) voiced Beth Stokes for Enemy of the Daleks (Big Finish, 2009)
  • Rory Kinnear (Nick) voiced Samuel Belfrage for Industrial Evolution (BF, 2011)
  • Tim Faraday (Mick) was Tom's Dad in Fear Her
  • Ella Kenion (Presenter) was Harriet in Let's Kill Hitler, and voiced Boudica for The Wrath of the Iceni (BF, 2012), and Romy for Equilibrium (BF, 2015)
  • Daniel Ryan (Prior) was Biff Cane in Midnight
  • Ben Willbond (Friend) voiced Timothy Vee for the fifth series of Jago & Litefoot (BF, 2013)
  • Jake Polonsky was the cinematographer on Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS too
  • composer Edmund Butt and Toby Wood (recording engineer) both worked on An Adventure in Space and Time in those capacities
  • Stuart Walker was the production designer on The Savages too
  • make-up artist Lisa Pickering was make-up assistant on (part 4 of) Warriors' Gate
  • production buyer Pauline Seager was the assistant floor manager (AFM) on The Five Doctors
  • Lisa McDiarmid (stand-by art director) and Antonia Grant (location scout) both worked on The Sound of Drums and Last of the Time Lords
  • Darren Leen was also a driver on Voyage of the Damned and The Unicorn and the Wasp

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Single Father

Produced by BBC Scotland (and filmed in Glasgow, Paisley and Edinburgh), this four-part drama
focused on Dave Tiler (played by David Tennant), a photographer struggling to look after his four children after the death of his partner, Rita (Laura Fraser) in a traffic accident.
Tennant's Doctor Who pedigree is clear, so I'll detail
his roles for Big Finish here. He voiced Feldwebel
Kurtz in Colditz (2001), Colonel Ross Brimmicombe Wood for both Unbound: Sympathy for the Devil
(2003) and UNIT: The Wasting (2005), Daft Jamie for Medicinal PurposesGalanar for the Dalek Empire III series (both 2004), and a Time Lord for Unbound: Exile (2003). He also voiced the Caretaker in the BBC webcast, Scream of the Shalka.
The series (originally broadcast in October 2010) began a repeat run on the True Entertainment channel last night, and featured eleven other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
  • Neve McIntosh (Anna) has played a trio of Silurians - firstly the warrior twins Alaya and Restac (in The Hungry Earth and Cold Blood), then the recurring character of Vastra (introduced in A Good Man Goes to War) and later seen in The Crimson Horrorthe Prequel shorts (The Great DetectiveVastra Investigates and The Battle of Demons Run: Two Days Later), and Deep Breath
  • Isla Blair (Beatty) was Isabella in The King's Demons, and voiced Paula for Exotron (BF, 2007)
  • Suranne Jones (Sarah) had the titular role in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Mona Lisa's Revenge, and was Idris in The Doctor's Wife
  • Big Finish artist Warren Brown (Matt) voiced Stephen Gibson for Industrial Evolution (2011), Rufus Stone and To'Koth for Signs and Wonders(2014), and Lieutenant Sam Bishop for the upcoming UNIT: Extinction boxset
  • Rupert Grave (Stuart) was John Riddell in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
  • stunt co-ordinator Paul Heasman was a Nazi in Silver Nemesis, and the stunt arranger on Survival
  • Belinda McGinley was also a stunt performer on Amy's Choice, and The Girl Who Waited
  • stuntman Lee Sheward was a stunt co-ordinator on eleven adventures (from The End of the World to The End of Time), Torchwood: Miracle Day and Sherlock
  • Steve Smith was also a make-up artist on forty-one episodes (from The Christmas Invasion to The Waters of Mars), and Music of the Spheres
  • sound mixer Brian Milliken was the sound recordist on The Sontaran Stratagem, The Poison Sky and The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • composer Murray Gold has worked on the revived run since Rose

Monday, 1 June 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Coronation Street, Part 6: 1973-1975

The early Seventies was a time of evolution for Corrie 
as the series faced many challenges. Having enjoyed a stable core cast throughout its first decade, the show was faced with the departures of key characters. Comic storylines, popular in the 1960's, had become scarce, and ratings reached a low of 8 million in February 1973 as rival ITV soap-opera Crossroads (1964 to 1988) saw an increase in popularity.
A succession of producers were now keen to bring the programme up-to-date by introducing many younger characters and tackling controversial storylines. Two of the show's most ambitious stories yet occured in 1975 - abused housewife Lynn Johnson was murdered, and Brittain's Warehouse was destroyed by fire. 1974 also saw the show's first foreign location shoot in Majorca.
These three years on the Street featured Patrick Troughton (as George Barton in episodes 1441 and 1442, in November 1974), Mary Tamm (pictured as Polly Ogden in episodes 1348 and 1349, in December 1973), and twenty-one other Doctor Who cast
and crew connections:
  • Charles Pemberton (Mann) was one of the titular foes in The Tomb of the Cybermen, and an Alien Technician in (episode 5 of) The War Games
  • Llewellyn Rees (James) was the President in The Deadly Assassin
  • Paul Freeman (Slade) voiced Jalnik for Big Finish's The Foe from the Future (2012), an unused TV script by Robert Banks Stewart 
  • Alan David (Thomas) was Gabriel Sneed in The Unquiet Dead
  • Royston Tickner (Stranger) was Steinberger P. Green in The Daleks' Master Plan: The Feast of Steven and Robbins in (episode 1 of) The Sea Devils
  • Joanna Lumley (Elaine) appeared in The Curse of the Fatal Death as the first female incarnation of the Doctor
  • Ian Liston (Burrows) was the Hero in The Armageddon Factor (1)
  • Leonard Sachs (Berlin) was the Admiral Gaspard de Coligny in The Massacre, and Lord President Borusa in Arc of Infinity
  • Donald Gee (Meeker here; Crompton, 1994/95) was Major Ian Warne in The Space Pirates, and Eckersley in The Monster of Peladon
  • Richard Davies (Hopkins) was Burton in Delta and the Bannermen
  • John Barrard (Wilson) was the Shopkeeper in The Reign of Terror episodes, A Change of Identity and The Tyrant of France
  • Helen Worth (Gail Potter/Tilsley/Platt/McIntyre/Rodwell, 1974 to present) was Mary Ashe in The Colony in Space
  • Peter Bourke (Dodds) was Mr. Chambers in Human Nature
  • Stephen Yardley (Barrett) was Sevrin in Genesis of the Daleks, and Arak in Vengeance on Varos
  • Neil Daglish (Meggitt) was Damon in Arc of Infinity
  • director (of episodes 1454 and 1480) Ken Grieve helmed Destiny of the Daleks too
  • Geoffrey Hughes (Eddie Yeats, 1974-1983) was Popplewell in The Trial of a Time Lord: The Ultimate Foe
  • Kenneth Watson (Lancaster, 1975, 1979, 1980) was Bill Duggan inThe Wheel in Space, and Craddock in Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD
  • Rachel Davies (Donna) was Camilla in State of Decay
  • Carolyn Pickles (Michelle here; and Moira, 1998) voiced Lady Meera for Army of Death (BF, 2011)
  • Lloyd McGuire (PC Lyle, 1975, 1980; and Burridge, 2011) was Lugo in (part 1 of) The Face of Evil