Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Spooks, Series 4

Series regulars Peter Firth, Rupert Penry-Jones, Hugh Simon, Rory MacGregor, and Nicola Walker all returned 
(as Harry Pearce, Adam Carter, Malcolm Wynn-Jones, Colin Wells, and Ruth Evershed) for the fourth season of this award-winning BBC spy drama.
This ten-part run earned a BAFTA for Best Drama series, and saw the introduction of Raza Jaffrey and Miranda Raison (as new MI5 agents Zafar Younis and Jo Portman), and Anna Chancellor (as Co-ordinator Juliet Shaw).
First broadcast on BBC One in the autumn of 2005, series four of Spooks began another repeat run on the Sony TV 
channel last night, and featured twenty-one Doctor Who 
cast and crew connections:
  • Big Finish artist Raison played Tallulah in Daleks in Manhattan and Evolution of the Daleks, and voiced Lareen for both The Davros Mission (2007) and The Wreck of the Titan (2010), both the Shepherdess and Acquisitor Prime for Persuasion (2013), both Margo and Xais for The Romance of Crime (2015), and she was recently cast as new companion, Constance Clarke introduced in Criss-Cross
  • Corey Johnson (Boyd) was Henry Van Statten in Dalek
  • Jeff Rawle (Home Secretary) was Plantagenet (pictured) in Frontios; Lionel Harding in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Mona Lisa's Revenge; and Mervyn Pinfield in An Adventure in Space and Time
  • Peter Brooke (Peter) was a Man, also in Daleks in Manhattan
  • Nigel Terry (Curtis) was General Cobb in The Doctor's Daughter
  • Andrew Tiernan (Forster) was Mr Purcell in Night Terrors
  • Sherlock actor Rupert Graves (Sampson) was John Riddell in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
  • Steven Pacey (Howell-Davis) voiced Trevor for The Zygon Who Fell to Earth (BF, 2008)
  • Silas Carson (Prince) first provided various Alien voices for The End of the World, then voiced the Ood for The Impossible PlanetThe Satan PitPlanet of the OodThe End of Time, and Pond Life, and voiced Uvlavad Kudlak in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Warriors of Kudlak
  • Andrew Burt (McTaggart) was Valgard in Terminus
  • Douglas Hodge (Hicks) voiced Edge for Urban Myths, and Radu for Son of the Dragon (BF, both 2007)
  • Debra Gillett (Debra) was Rita Connolly in The Idiot's Lantern
  • Sam Dastor (Barzali) voiced Professor Narayan for The Emerald Tiger (BF, 2012)
  • George Baker (Ross) was Decider Login in Full Circle
  • Greg Bennett (Agent) went uncredited as both a UNIT Soldier and Sycorax Warrior in The Christmas Invasion, and a Guest in The Lazarus Experiment
  • Lindsay Duncan (Angela) was Captain Adelaide Brooke in The Waters of Mars
  • John Pirkis (Meacham) provided a Sphere voice for The Sound of Drums and Last of the Time Lords
  • series film editor Jamie Pearson also edited The Eleventh HourThe Vampires of VeniceAmy's ChoiceVincent and the DoctorThe LodgerThe Rebel Flesh and The Almost People
  • Damian Bromley was cinematographer on The Time of Angels and Flesh and Stone too
  • Paul Kennington was also a stunt performer on the four Cybermen episodes of Series 2 (2006) and The Doctor's Daughter
  • director Julian Simpson also helmed Day of the MoonThe Curse of the Black Spot, and the two-part Gangers adventure

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Afterlife, Series 2

This supernatural drama series, which returned for a second, and final series in the autumn of 2006, began another repeat run on ITV3 last night. The cast was again led by Lesley Sharp (as psychic believer Alison Mundy) and Andrew Lincoln (the sceptic academic, Dr. Robert Bridge) - together they investigated paranormal cases in Bristol. The programme was awarded its second consecutive acting prize at the Monte Carlo TV Festival - Sharp won the Outstanding Actress in 2006, whilst Lincoln won the Actor award (for this series) in 2007. Sharp later played Sky Silvestry in Midnight, and the second season of Afterlife featured another twenty-three Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

Roadside Bouquets (TX: September 16 2006)
  • Simon Fisher-Becker (Driver) played Dorium Maldovar in The Pandorica OpensA Good Man Goes to War and The Wedding of River Song
  • Amanda Lawrence (Woman) was Mother Doomfinger, a Carrionite in The Shakespeare Code
  • Emma Reid was unit manager on The End of the World and The Unquiet Dead too
  • Marcus Catlin was also first assistant director on The Hungry EarthCold BloodThe Pandorica Opens and The Big Bang 
  • James Scott was also focus puller on sixteen adventures, from Closing Time to The Day of the Doctor
  • Elaine Matthews was script supervisor on The Girl Who Waited and The God Complex too
The Rat Man (TX: September 23)
  • Michael Obiora (Olivets) was Billy Shipton (pictured) in Blink
Lullaby (TX: September 30)
  • series carpenter Roger Tarry worked on Midnight and The Lodger too
  • Steve Hopkins was also an electrician on twenty-three installments of the revived series, from The End of the World to The Name of the Doctor
Your Hand In Mine (TX: October 7)
  • Julie Graham (Lucy) was Ruby White in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith
  • Liam Cunningham (Jonathan) was Captain Zhukov in Cold War
  • Justine Mitchell (Claire) voiced Lucy Martin for Big Finish's Seasons of Fear (2002) 
Mirrorball (TX: October 21)
  • series electrician Paul Duffy also worked on Rise of the CybermenPlanet of the OodThe Doctor, the Widow and the WardrobeTorchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures
Mind The Bugs Don't Bite (TX: October 28)
  • Kenneth Cranham (Mundy) voiced Tom Cardwell for Blood of the Daleks (BF, 2007)
  • Craig Kelly (Young Stan) voiced Joe for Scream of the Shalka
Things Forgotten (TX: November 4)
  • Claire Rushbrook (Jennifer) was Ida Scott in The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit
  • Andrew Collins (Neurologist) voiced Drew Shahan for Live 34 (BF, 2005)
  • Shirley Schumacher was clapper loader on The Beast Below and Victory of the Daleks too
A Name Written In Water (TX: November 11)
  • Claudio Laurini (Man) was a Headless Monk in A Good Man Goes to War
  • series post-production supervisor Liz Pearson, composer Edmund Butt and music engineer Toby Wood all worked on An Adventure in Space and Time too
  • Chris Davies was also best boy/electrician on Rise of the Cybermen, The Age of Steel, Fear Her, Army of Ghosts, Doomsday, Blink, Turn Left and The Sarah Jane Adventures

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Coronation Street, Part 10: 1990-1995

The biggest change to the soap's schedule since
1961 came in October 1989 with the addition of
a third weekly installment.
Granada then decided to give the show a dedicated production base, and the sets were moved from the main TV studios building to a refurbished warehouse near the outdoor set.
The new complex, complete with individual dressing rooms, now allowed the cast to rehearse on the actual sets. 
Throughout 1990, new houses and business premises (including the Kabin) began to be integrated into storylines. A new title sequence and videotape recording were also introduced, and all these changes gave Corrie a more modern feel.
In 1992 however (just a year after Carolyn Reynolds replaced Mervyn Watson as producer), Lord Rees Mogg of the Broadcasting Standards Council saw the Street's all-white cast as out of touch (the Desai family, the first regular non-white characters, only appeared in 1999).
Then another prime-time rival launched on BBC1 that July, but Eldorado was a flop and was cancelled after just a year on air.
The Street was victorious again in the next ratings battle, when EastEnders debuted its own third weekly episode in 1994. Corrie celebrated its thirty-fifth anniversary with its first one-hour special and spin-off video release, both marking the wedding of Curly Watts and Racquel (Kevin Kennedy and Sarah Lancashire).
These six years on the Street featured William Russell (pictured as Ted
Sullivan, from April to September 1992), and twenty-five other Doctor Who 
cast and crew connections:
  • Tania Rodrigues (Joanne Khan) voiced Anarkali, Melissa and Isra Tech #2 for Big Finish's Scavenger (2014)
  • Shirin Taylor (Jackie Ingram) was a Camper in (part 3 of) The Stones of Blood, and a Customer in Dragonfire
  • actor and writer Andrew McCulloch (Travers) co-wrote Meglos
  • Patricia Maynard (Veronica) was Miss Winters in Robot
  • Judy Holt (Mrs. Grice here; and Lesley Kershaw, 2011/12) was Adam's Mum in The Long Game
  • Milton Johns (Brendan Scott, 1991, 1993) was Benik in The Enemy of the World, Guy Crayford in The Android Invasion, and Kelner in The Invasion of Time
  • Carl Forgione (Barrett) was Land in Planet of the Spiders, and Nimrod in Ghost Light
  • Sally Faulkner (Mrs. Maxwell-Glover) was Isobel Watkins in The Invasion, and voiced Miss Tremayne for Winter for the Adept (BF, 2000)
  • Tyrone Huggins (Dr. Bannerman) voiced Dr. Kenton Eastwood for UNIT: Shutdown (BF, new for 2016)
  • Dicken Ashworth (Horton) was Sezon in Timelash
  • Catherine Cusack (Carmel) made her acting debut as the Blue Kang Leader in Paradise Towers
  • Leslie Schofield (Brookes) was Leroy in (episode 4 of) The War Games, and Calib in The Face of Evil
  • Colin Prockter (Halpern, 1992; Bostock, 1995; Maddocks, 2005; and Clarky, 2008) was the Chef in The Long Game, and the Air Raid Warden in Victory of the Daleks
  • Big Finish artist Nigel Carrington (Brooks) voiced Emissary Godrin, Dr. Summersby and Announcer for The Valley of Death (2011), Sir Robert Harney for The Devil's Armada (2014), Pik Solus for Mistfall (2015), and Sir Peter Latcham for UNIT: Shutdown
  • Brian Hibbard (Murray) was Kellor in Delta and the Bannermen
  • Freddie Earlle (Owens) was Aldo in Warriors' Gate
  • Alibe Parsons (Kathy) was Matroni Kani in Mindwarp
  • Malcolm Terris (Firman) was Etnin in (episode 1 of) The Dominators, and the Co-Pilot in The Horns of Nimon
  • Bernard Kay (Phillips) was Carl Tyler in The Dalek Invasion of Earth, Saladin in The Crusade, Inspector Crossland in The Faceless Ones, Caldwell in Colony in Space, and voiced Major Dickens for Night Thoughts (BF, 2006)
  • John Savident (Fred Elliott, 1994-2006) was the Squire in (part 1 of) The Visitation
  • director (of episode 3773) Michael Owen Morris helmed The Awakening too, following a stint on The Pirate Planet as production assistant
  • director (of 21 installments) Michael Kerrigan also helmed Battlefield and four episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • Ellie Haddington (Josie) was Professor Docherty in Last of the Time Lords
  • Frank Mills (Billy Williams, 1995-97) was the Telescope Director in Terror of the Autons (1)
  • Andy Devine (Photographer here; and Jason, 2000) made his TV debut as an uncredited Draconian in Frontier in Space

Monday, 13 July 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Bert & Dickie

This BBC One film first aired amid the buzz of the London Olympics in the summer of 2012, and tells the true story of two British rowers, thrown together just five weeks before the London 'Austerity' games of 1948. Matt Smith and Sam Hoare portrayed the eventual double sculls gold medallists, Bert Bushnell (1921-2010) and Richard Burnell (1917-1995). The BBC News site featured a short interview with Smith on the role: "The story goes that Bert was chippy, but hey, he was a brilliant sportsman and sometimes [they] are built that way. By its very nature there is artistic licence but one would hope that it's sensitive in the right ways. Billy's (William Ivory) writing interested me. There is something heroic and victorious about that story which affected me and as I read it, I'd never got in a boat before, so that was a daunting but exciting challenge. What you learn is that your body is just a mechanism and rowing isn't about pulling it's about force [and] pushing. I keep fit [on] Dr. Who but there are many levels of fit. 
If you watch any rowing final, you see the physical agony they're in afterwards, it's like they've been hit over the head with a bat. Every ounce of your body, every muscle is used, it's incredible."
Bert & Dickie was repeated on the Drama channel last night, and featured fourteen other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
  • Hoare (pictured above with Smith) voiced Lucius for Serpent Crest: Tsar Wars (AudioGo, 2011)
  • Big Finish artist Adrian Lukis (Burghley) voiced Bragg for Cobwebs (2010), Byzan for The Children of Seth (2011), and Harvey Marsh for The Justice of Jalxar (2013)
  • Douglas Hodge (John Bushnell) voiced Edge for Urban Myths, and Radu for Son of the Dragon (both 2007)
  • Geoffrey Palmer (Don Burnell) played Masters in The Silurians, the Administrator in The Mutants, and Captain Hardaker in Voyage of the Damned 
  • Greg Bennett (Ajudicator) was a Sycorax Warrior and a UNIT Soldier for The Christmas Invasion, and was an uncredited Guest in The Lazarus Experiment
  • Alexandra Moen (Rosalind) was last seen as Harry Saxon's wife, Lucy, in The End of Time
  • Clive Merrison (Clement Attlee) was Jim Callum in The Tomb of the Cybermen, and the Deputy Chief Caretaker in Paradise Towers
  • Ron Cook (Albert) was Mr. Magpie in The Idiot's Lantern
  • Graham Padden (Hawkins) was Pa in Gridlock
  • Kevin Hudson (Wheelwright) made uncredited appearances in twenty-three episodes, from The Long Game to The Day of the Doctor
  • Rory Herbert was also script supervisor on A Town Called MercyThe Power of ThreeThe Rings of AkhatenJourney to the Centre of the TARDIS and The Name of the Doctor
  • costume designer Suzanne Cave and boom operator Sarah How both worked in those capacities on An Adventure in Space and Time too
  • Nick Roberts was also ADR recordist on The Time of AngelsFlesh and StoneThe Vampires of VeniceCold Blood and The Lodger

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Coronation Street, Part 9: 1983-1989

The Street's longest-serving producer, Bill Podmore, stood down in late 1982, just as the new edgy, soap opera 
Brookside launched on the fledgling Channel 4. Although the rival show never matched Corrie in popularity or ratings, the Liverpool-based series did make the Street appear dated again.
Mervyn Watson's producership would result in much behind-the-scenes turmoil, but the Deirdre Barlow and Mike Baldwin affair storyline proved to be the most successful to date. 
By 1985, many of the programme's core cast had left,
including all of the original cast (bar William Roache), then
the BBC launched its own flagship serial drama, the twice-
weekly EastEnders. Despite retaining its audience, Corrie 
was accused of being old fashioned yet again, and another 
new producer, John Temple, oversaw a makeover.
The return of Podmore for a third and final stint as producer in 1987 led to even more changes, and the most significant additions to the show came in 1989 with the introduction of a third episode then an omnibus edition. As the decade ended, Corrie was back at its peak with viewers and critics alike. The death of Alan Bradley (Mark Eden) in December 1989 was seen by almost 27 million viewers, the highest ever figure for the soap, and still the ninth most watched UK broadcast in TV history.
These seven years on the Street featured David Brierly (as Harold in episode 2359) and another twenty-one Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Micheal Bilton (Pearson) played Charles de Teligny in The Massacre, Collins in Pyramids of Mars, and a Time Lord in The Deadly Assassin
  • Michael Goldie (Statham) was Jack Craddock in The Dalek Invasion of Earth, and Elton Laleham in The Wheel in Space 
  • Sam Kelly (Challis) voiced Eugene Tacitus for Big Finish's The Holy Terror (2000), and Acheron in Return to the Web Planet (BF, 2007)
  • Cory Pulman (Mandy) was Kathleen Dudman in The Curse of Fenric
  • Ron Donachie (Schofield) was a Steward in Tooth and Claw
  • Nigel Gregory (Mills) was Sergeant Vince Wilson in K9 and Company
  • David Ashton (Birchall) was Kendron in Timelash
  • Big Finish artist Susan Brown (Connie here; and Maureen, 2006) voiced Mary for 100: Bedtime Story (2007), Alice Withers for The Eternal Summer, Maud for Castle of Fear, both Mrs Withers and Mrs Sowerby for Plague of the Daleks (all 2009), Margaret for Deimos and The Resurrection of Mars, Eleanor Harvey for Return of the Krotons, Chief Engineer and Chanel for The Song of the Megaptera, Babs for Prison in Space (all 2010), and Kastrella for the Death Match (2015) - she also played Bridget Spears in Torchwood: Children of Earth
  • Don McCorkindale (Lester) voiced Porthintus for The Wreck of the World (BF, 2017)
  • director (of episodes 2761 and 2785) Gerald Blake also helmed The Abominable Snowmen and The Invasion of Time
  • Sarah Lancashire (Wendy here; and Raquel Woolstenhulme Watts, 1991-96) was Miss Foster (pictured) in Partners in Crime
  • Simon Rouse (Farrell here; Woodson, 2013) was Hindle in Kinda, then voiced John Kincaid for The Witch from the Well (BF, 2011), and Drang for both The Paradox Planet The Legacy of Death (BF, 2016)                    
  • Kenneth Waller (Watts) was Hedges in (part 2 of) The Invisible Enemy
  • Mona Hammond (Mrs. Armitage) was Rita-Anne in Rise of the Cybermen
  • Rob Dixon (Roscoe) voiced Reggie Mead for Project: Twilight (BF, 2001) and Sergeant Wood for No Man's Land (BF, 2006)
  • Jenny Funnell (WPC Morgan) voiced Veronica Buchman for Wirrn Isle (BF, 2012), and Reaver for The King of Sontar (BF, 2014)
  • Michael Sheard (Dabner) is another prolific guest actor with seven TV roles over 35 years - he was Rhos in The Ark: The Plague, Dr. Roland Summers in The Mind of Evil, Laurence Scarman in Pyramids of Mars, Lowe in The Invisible Enemy, Mergrave in Castrovalva, the Headmaster in Remembrance of the Daleks, and he voiced Orsino for The Stones of Venice (BF, 2001)
  • Julia Deakin (Secretary here; Brenda, 2003) voiced Harriet Griffin for Terror Firma (BF, 2005)
  • Eric Potts (Dearing here; Saxton, 1996; Council Official, 1998; and Diggory Compton, 2005/06) was Oliver Charles in Aliens of London
  • Rod Arthur (Foreman here; Blood Donor, 1991) was Mr. Parsons in School Reunion
  • Ling Tai (Student) was an uncredited Tourist in The Leisure Hive (1), a Seabase Crewmember in Warriors of the Deep, then Shou Yuing in Battlefield

Monday, 6 July 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Silent Witness, Series 16

The sixteenth season of this popular BBC One crime
drama was first broadcast in the winter of 2013, and
saw the departure of William Gaminara after eleven
years in the role of Dr. Leo Dalton (he was killed in the
finale by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan). Other series regular, Emilia Fox again portrayed fellow Home Office pathologist, Dr. Nikki Alexander, and was now joined by David Caves and Liz Carr as new recruits, Jack Hodgson
and Clarissa Mullery.
Another five, two-part stories began another repeat run
on the Alibi channel last night, and featured these
twenty-eight Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

Change (TX: January 10 & 11)
  • Tim Piggot Smith (John Briggs) played Captain Harker in The Claws of Axos, and Marco in The Masque of Mandragora
  • Derek Riddell (Trenter) was Robert MacLeish in Tooth and Claw
  • Rob Dixon (Philip Briggs) voiced Reggie Mead for Project: Twilight (2001) and Sergeant Wood for No Man's Land (2006), both for Big Finish
  • Sharon Small (Geraldine) voiced both Jeannie and Janet for The Revenants (BF, 2012)
Trust (TX: January 17 & 18)
  • director Richard Clark had also helmed GridlockThe Lazarus ExperimentThe Doctor's Wife and Night Terrors
  • Wendy Albiston (Stacey) voiced Madame de Chevreuse for The Church and the Crown (BF, 2002)
  • Mark Bonnar (Christie) 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)
  • Adam James (Dr. Fell) was DI McMillan in Planet of the Dead
  • Davood Ghadami (Kolahi) was Jim in Let's Kill Hitler
  • Sean Jackson (Roper) voiced George Crow for The Marian Conspiracy (BF, 2000)
  • Bryan Dick (Ballinger) voiced The Exec for Theatre of War (BF, 2015)
  • Nic Morris was the cinematographer on Flatline too
  • art department assistant Sophie Powell was a graphic artist on Last Christmas
True Love Waits (TX: January 24 & 25)
  • Christina Cole (Janice) was Lilith in The Shakespeare Code
  • Rob Jarvis (Henderson) was Abramal in The Time of the Doctor
  • Kevin Hudson (Guard) was a Delivery Man in the Tardisode: The Idiot's Lantern, and had uncredited roles in twenty-three adventures, from The Long Game to The Day of the Doctor
  • Jason Ewart was the steadicam operator on The Time of the Doctor too
The Legacy (TX: January 31 & February 1)
  • writer Stephen Gallagher also scripted Warriors' Gate and Terminus
  • Teresa Banham (Alison) was the Governor in The End of Time
  • Tim Preece (Ryder) was Codal in Planet of the Daleks
  • Velile Tshabalala (Kristen) was Rosita in The Next Doctor
  • David Westhead (DI Cherry) was Kemper, also in The Shakespeare Code
  • Ed Stoppard (Embleton) voiced Fortalexa for Theatre of War
Greater Love (TX: February 7 & 8)
  • director Douglas Mackinnon also helmed The Sontaran StratagemThe Poison SkyThe Power of ThreeCold WarListenTime Heist, Flatline and The Husbands of River Song
  • Suzie Lavelle was also the cinematographer on Cold WarListenTime Heist and the 2016 Christmas special
  • film editor Adam Green also edited The Girl Who Died, The Woman Who Lived and the 2016 festive story
  • James Blackwell was the first assistant director on Partners in Crime too
  • Bob Shipsey was also a camera operator on The Doctor's Wife and Night Terrors