Monday, 31 August 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Partners In Crime

The new TV adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic Tommy and Tuppence stories
concluded on BBC One last night.
David Walliams (Little Britain, Big School)
and Jessica Raine (Call the MidwifeWolf 
Hall) played the married crime fighting duo
for the two adventures.
Thomas and Prudence (nee Cowley) Beresford first appeared in the Queen of Crime's second novel, The Secret Adversary, published in 1922, whilst N or M? was issued in 1941. This period drama series was named after the short story collection, released in 1929. Two further full length mysteries, By the Pricking of My Thumbs and Postern of Fate (Christie's final work) followed much later, in 1968 and 1973 respectively.
Raine portrayed Verity Lambert in An Adventure in Space and Time, then Emma Grayling in Hide, and Walliams was Gibbis in The God Complex.
The six-part run (which will debut in America on Acorn TV in September)
also featured nineteen other Doctor Who cast and crew connections;

The Secret Adversary (TX: July 26, August 2 & 9)
  • Robert Whitelock (Conrad) was Mahler in The Bells of Saint John, and voiced Rickett for Big Finish's Psychodrome (part of The Fifth Doctor Box Set, 2014)
  • James Fleet (Carter) voiced O'Reilley for Max Warp (2008), Geoff Cooper for The Entropy Composition, and Martin Ashcroft and Sir Jack Merrivale for Special Features (both featured on The Demons of Red Lodge release of 2010)
  • Bentley Kalu (CIA Agent) was a Hood in The Angels Take Manhattan
  • Andrew Havill (Peel) was the Chief Steward in Voyage of the Damned, and voiced both Aleister Portillon and Squire Claude for The Witch From the Well (BF, 2011)
  • Clarke Peters (Hersheimmer) voiced Night Eagle for Dreamland
  • Alice Krige (Vandermeyer) voiced Dr. Patricia Sawyer for Phantoms of the Deep (BF, 2013), and the Queen Mum for Death and the Queen, part of  the forthcoming release The Tenth Doctor Adventures
  • Richard Dillane (Bulldog) was Captain Carter in Let's Kill Hitler and The Wedding of River Song
  • 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
  • Andy Piers Morris was safety diver on The Vampires of Venice too
  • stunt co-ordinator Gareth Milne was George Cranleigh in Black Orchid, a Mortuary Attendant in Vengeance on Varos, and doubled for Peter Davison on Warriors of the Deep
  • Francesco Reidy was also second assistant director on The Sontaran Stratagem and The Poison Sky
N or M? (TX: August 16, 23, 30)
  • Roy Marsden (Haydock) was Mr. Stoker in Smith and Jones
  • Robert Hands (Hinton) was Algy in The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances, and voiced Captain Solex for The War Doctor 2: Infernal Devices, and Pope Leo X for The Ravelli Conspiracy (BF, both 2016)
  • prolific Big Finish artist Susan Brown (Mrs Harrison) was Bridget Spears in Torchwood: Children of Earth, and 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 both 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 Death Match (2015)
  • Trevor Cooper (Harrison) was Takis in Revelation of the Daleks and Friar Tuck in Robot of Sherwood, and voiced Sir Ralph for The Doomwood CurseShanks for The Haunting of Thomas Brewster (both 2008), Judah for The Beast of OrlokSmithy for Castle of Fear (both 2009), both Captain Maddox and Stennan for Army of Death (2011), and both the Colonel and Kimball for The Emerald Tiger (2012)
  • Christina Cole (Mrs Sprot) was Lilith in The Shakespeare Code
  • Tam Williams (Harrison) began his TV careeer as an uncredited Schoolboy in (part 1 of) Remembrance of the Daleks, then voiced Tom for Point of Entry (2010), Cedric for Destiny of the Doctors: Hunters of Earth (2013), and Christopher Dalliard for The Sword of the Chevalier (2017)
  • Joanna Horton (Barbara) and Issy Van Randwyck (Mrs. Minton) both starred on The Diary of River Song 3 (BF, 2018) as Brooke and Giulia
The BBC's original version of the Partners in Crime stories (eleven in total)
were broadcast in 1983 and 1984. James Warwick (Earthshock) and
Francesca Annis played Tommy and Tuppence here, and were joined by
twenty-eight Doctor Who co-stars:
  • The Secret Adversary (Honor Blackman, Peter Barkworth, John Fraser, George Baker, Donald Houston, Mike Elles, Norman Hartley, Harry Fielder and Rocky Taylor)
  • The Affair of the Pink Pearl (Graham Crowden and Arthur Cox)
  • Finessing the King (Annie Lambert and John Gillett)
  • Te House of Lurking Death (Michael Cochrane)
  • The Sunningdale Mystery (Denis Lill)
  • The Ambassador's Boots (Jennie Linden, TP McKenna, Clive Merrison, Catherine Schell and Michael Carter)
  • The Unbreakable Alibi (Preston Lockwood and Stephen Wale)
  • The Man in the Mist (Patrick Marley)
  • The Case of the Missing Lady (Jonathan Newth and Rowena Cooper)
  • The Crackler (Shane Rimmer, David Quilter and Lawrence Davidson)