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

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