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

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