Monday, 21 September 2015

Doctor Who Vs. FairyTale: A True Story

Fairy Tale tells the compelling, true story
of the Cottingley fairies. Two cousins, Elsie
Wright (1901-1988) and Frances Griffiths (1907-1986) photographed 'fairies' at Cottingley Beck, near Bradford in Yorkshire,
in 1917.
Headed by Peter O'Toole (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) and Harvey Keitel (as Harry Houdini), the cast of this British film (from Icon and Paramount, 1997) included Paul McGann, as Elsie's father, Arthur Wright. The Hungarian-born escapologist, Houdini (1874-1926) was a known sceptic, who determined to expose fake phenomena, whereas Sherlock Holmes creator, Doyle (1859-1930) was a famed spiritualist, who believed in the existence of the Cottingley fairies. Two (of the five) photos were originally published with a supportive article by Doyle in The Strand magazine at Christmas 1920, but the story continued to attract fresh interest from 1966, and just before the cousins died, they finally exposed the fairies as a hoax in 1983.
The Whoniverse has seen numerous mentions of Houdini and Doyle in many media. Tim Beckmann voiced Houdini in Destiny of the Doctors: Smoke and Mirrors (from
AudioGo), and the illusionist appeared in The Space Cuckoos online novella (both 2013). Doyle (voiced by Steven Miller) starred in Jago & Litefoot: The Monstrous 
Menagerie from Big Finish (2014). In the Torchwood episode, Small Worlds (2006), Gwen Cooper is seen examining a Cottingley photo.
Shown again on the 5* channel yesterday, FairyTale featured sixteen other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
  • Florence Hoath (Elsie) played Nancy (pictured) in The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances
  • Bill Nighy (Gardner) was Dr. Black in Vincent and the Doctor
  • Tim McInnerny (Ferret) was Halpen in Planet of the Ood, and voiced Admiral Dolne for Big Finish's The Well-Mannered War (2015)
  • Anthony Calf (Hodson) also appeared opposite McGann in The Monocled Mutineer, and voiced Lord Barset for Frozen Time (BF, 2007)
  • Don Henderson (Chalker) was Gavrok in Delta and the Bannermen
  • Tom Georgeson (Reporter) was Kavell in Genesis of the Daleks, a police Inspector in Logopolis (and worked with McGann again on Downtime, also 1997)
  • Sean Buckley (Bandylegs) was a Barman in The Wedding of River Song 
  • Ann-Louise Plowman (Fairy) was Diana Goddard in Dalek
  • Carol Noakes (Photographer) voiced Olerik for The Acheron Pulse (BF, 2012)
  • and Harry Fielder (Stagehand), a veteran of fifteen 'classic' era appearances, was a Guard (in serials PP, ZZZ, 4L, 4P, 5A, 5F, 5Z), a Crewman (SS, 4T), a Vogan (4D), an Assassin (4Q), a Tigellan (5Q), and a Krarg in Shada 
  • assistant John Munro was a make-up artist on twenty-four installments of the revived series, from The Runaway Bride to Journey's End
  • foley editor Michael Feinberg also edited ten episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures, and The Lazarus Experiment
  • stuntman Jim Dowdall had uncredited roles in Day of the DaleksGenesis of the Daleks and Frontios
  • Steve Griffin was a stuntman on The Idiot's Lantern too
  • stuntman Bill Weston was a Militiaman in The Smugglers
  • stuntman Chris Webb was a Monoid in The Ark, and a Guard in (episode 1 of) The Curse of Peladon

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Doctor Who Vs. State of Play

This landmark six-part political thriller
(a co-production with Endor), written
and co-produced by Paul Abbott
(Cracker, Shameless), was originally broadcast on both BBC One and BBC
Four in May and June 2003.
 Directed by prospective Doctor Who 
film-maker David Yates (Harry Potter), State of Play later received
seven BAFTA nominations, eventually winning three awards, and a sequel was planned but is still to be made.
 The series was repeated on BBC Four
from August 2004, then issued on DVD
in 2005, and an American film version starring Russell Crowe and Helen Mirren was released in 2009.
Another repeat run of the series continued on the Drama channel last night, and featured John Simm (pictured as journalist Cal McCaffrey, his future Life on Mars 
co-star) Philip Glenister (DCI Bell), James McAvoy (Foster), Kelly Macdonald (Della), and these seventeen other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
  • David Morrissey (Stephen Collins MP, pictured left) played Jackson Lake in The Next Doctor
  • Bill Nighy (won the Best Actor BAFTA for his role here as Cameron Foster) was Dr. Black in Vincent and the Doctor
  • Marc Warren (Dominic Foy) was Elton Pope in Love & Monsters
  • Rebekah Staton (Liz) was Jenny and Mother of Mine in The Family of Blood two-parter
  • Sean Gilder (DS Cheweski) was the Sycorax leader in The Christmas Invasion
  • Big Finish artist Nick Brimble (DCC Janson) voiced Shreeni for Exotron (2007), Dudley Jackson for The Eternal Summer (2009), Kith for Max Warp (2008), and Olaf Eriksson for The Book of Kells (2010)
  • Anthony Flanagan (Man) was Orin Scannell in 42
  • Bruce Lawrence (Jack) was the Engineer in Voyage of the Damned
  • Michael Gould (Merrick) voiced Frederick Lindemann for The Churchill Years (new for 2016)
  • Madeleine Potter (Tate) voiced Yoanna Rayluss for Cradle of the Snake (BF, 2010), Lizzie Williams for Assassin in the Limelight (BF, 2008), and Lady Ferril for Ferril's Folly (BF, 2011)
  • Aaron Neil (Paramedic) was cast as Dunlop in The Magician's Apprentice
  • Fred Pearson (Dad) was the Barista in The Bells of Saint John
  • Christopher Obi (Journalist) was George in Closing Time
  • David Ryall (Coutts) voiced both Carthok and Sir Nikolas Valentine for Phantasmagoria (BF, 1999)
  • series line producer Paul Frift later produced In the Forest of the Night and Last Christmas
  • first assistant director Stephen Wolfenden went on to direct Nightmare in Silver
  • Thomas Elgood was location manager on The Bells of Saint John too

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Spooks, Series 5

Series regulars Peter Firth (as Harry Pearce), Rupert 
Penry-Jones (Adam Carter), Raza Jaffrey (Zafar Younis), Miranda Raison (Jo Portman), and Hugh Simon 
(Malcolm) all returned for the fifth season of this award-winning BBC spy drama, which was first broadcast in the autumn of 2006.
This ten-part series saw the introduction of Hermione 
Norris, as MI6 officer Ros Myers, and the departure of Rory MacGregor and Nicola Walker, as Section D analysts, Colin Wells and Ruth Evershed. Norris played Captain Lundvik in Kill the Moon.
Season five of Spooks (known as MI5 in some countries) began another repeat run on the Sony TV channel last night, and featured thirty-one Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
  • for Raison and Walker see my other Spooks blogs
  • series regular Gugu Mbatha Raw (Jenny) was Martha's sister, Tish Jones (pictured) in Smith and Jones, The Lazarus Experiment, The Sound of Drums and Last of the Time Lords
  • Lindsay Duncan (Angela Wells) was Captain Adelaide Brooke in The Waters of Mars
  • Robert Glenister (Home Secretary) was Salateen in The Caves of Androzani, just his second TV role
  • Mark Straker (Manager) and Michael Carter (Clark) both made their TV debuts on the classic series, as a Trooper in Earthshock, and a Prisoner and UNIT Soldier in The Mind of Evil
  • Colin Stinton (Styles) was President Arthur Winters in The Sound of Drums
  • Lucian Msamati (Bufong) was Guido in The Vampires of Venice
  • David Fynn and Gary Milner (Policemen) were Marcellus in The Pandorica Opens and Scared Man in The Stolen Earth respectively
  • Davood Ghadami (Prince) was Jim in Let's Kill Hitler
  • Shaun Dingwall (Paynton) was Rose's dad, Pete Tyler in Father's Day, and returned as a parallel version of Pete for Rise of the Cybermen, The Age of Steel and Doomsday
  • Pip Torrens (Lee) was Headmaster Rocastle in Human Nature and The Family of Blood
  • Alec Newman (Dempsey) and Michael Maloney (Russell) both starred in Blue Forgotten Planet for Big Finish (2009), as Ed Driscoll and the Viryans respectively - the latter also voiced Simonsson for Grand Theft Cosmos (2008), Fratalin for Patient ZeroFarrow for Hornet's Nest: The Circus of Doom (both 2009), Rennol for Kiss of Death (2011), Hilary for Destiny of the Doctor: Enemy Aliens (2013), and Gregor Saraton for Zygon Hunt (2014)
  • James Greene (Holland) was the Abbott in The Bells of Saint John
  • Anthony Flanagan (Fletcher here; and Tom in Spooks: Code 9was Orin Scannell in 42
  • Aaron Neil (Ibraham) voiced Tir Ram for All-Consuming Fire (BF, new for 2015), Sanukuma Master for The Diary of River Song (BF, new for 2016), and was cast as Dunlop in The Magician's Apprentice
  • Peter Barrett (Officer) voiced the Capper for Damaged Goods (BF, 2015)
  • Derek Hutchinson (Cash) voiced Altus for The Burning Prince (BF, 2012), and Brother Callis for Dark Eyes 4: Eye of Darkness (BF, 2015)
  • for Francesco Reidy and Robert Edwards see my blog for series 1
  • director of photography Michael Costelloe was camera operator on the first five episodes of the revived series
  • Tim McInnerny (Mace) was Klineman Halpen in Planet of the Ood
  • director (of parts 3 and 8) Julian Simpson also helmed The Rebel Flesh and The Almost People
  • for editor Jamie Pearson and cinematographer Damian Bromley see my blog for series 4
  • writer (of part 9) Neil Cross also penned The Rings of Akhaten and Hide
  • Tony Slater Ling was also cinematographer on The Vampires of Venice and Vincent and the Doctor
  • Andy Merchant was also stuntman on The Wedding of River Song and Into the Dalek