Saturday, 31 October 2015

Doctor Who Vs. The Little Vampire

The Little Vampire series of children's books by
Angela Sommer Bodenburg began in 1979, and were originally adapted for German television in 1985.
This English language cinema version, filmed in Scotland, was released by New Line in late 2000,
and starred ten-year old Jonathan Lipnicki.
Shown again on ITV2 today, the film also featured
Richard E Grant (pictured as Walter Simeon in
The Snowmen), and nine other Doctor Who 
cast and crew connections:

  • Alice Krige (Freda) voiced Dr. Patricia Sawyer for Big Finish's Phantoms of the Deep (2013), and the Queen Mum for The Tenth Doctor Adventures: Death and the Queen (new for 2016)
  • Elizabeth Berrington (Elizabeth) was Auntie in The Doctor's Wife
  • Jim Carter (Rookery) voiced Brother Bernard for The Book of Kells (BF, 2010)
  • Steve Griffin was also a stuntman on The Idiot's Lantern
  • three-times Oscar winning costume designer James Acheson worked in the same capacity on twenty-nine episodes of the classic series, from The Mutants to The Deadly Assassin - he was responsible for designing the Fourth Doctor's first outfit
  • digital compositor Sandra Roach was a 2D artist on The Idiot's LanternThe Impossible PlanetThe Satan Pit and Love & Monsters
  • Micky Reeves was the gaffer on Closing Time and Torchwood too
  • Richard Glass and Jemma Scott-Knox-Gore both worked on The Time of the Doctor too, as (contact lens) optician and co-ordinator respectively

Monday, 12 October 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Coronation Street, Part 11: 1996-1999

By 1997, the Street's viewing figures were lagging behind rival EastEnders, with the programme yet again perceived as dated. ITV bosses were keen to make sweeping changes, and sought to attract a younger audience. Outgoing produced Sue Pritchard was replaced by Brian Park, and his short reign saw the culling of many older cast members, starting with the sacking of Peter Baldwin (who had played Derek Wilton since 1975). Park's controversial tenure saw the arrival of the unpopular Battersby family, the introduction of Hayley Patterson (the first transgender character in British soap history), and he was responsible for the infamous 'Weatherfield One' storyline when Deirdre was jailed.
David Hanson, the show's next producer, oversaw another landmark for Corrie, when its first Asian family, the Desais took over the corner shop in 1999, following the death of Alf Roberts (played by Bryan Mosley since 1961). The year also saw another expansion of the outdoor set (with Victoria Street
built to accommodate new businesses and flats),
and the appointment of another producer, Jane Macnaught.
These four years on the Street included scripts from Gareth Roberts,
Paul Cornell and Phil Ford, and featured twenty other Doctor Who 
cast and crew connections:
  • former actor Phil Collinson (the future producer of both Doctor Who and Corrie) appeared in episode 4302 as Bob Wright
  • Su Douglas (Mrs. Bradley here; and Meredith, 2012) voiced Countess Venhella for Benny's Story, and Gem Weston for Fitz's Story (both part of Big Finish's The Company of Friends release of 2009)
  • Michael Walker (Motorist) was a Radar Operator in (episodes 1 and 2 of) The Claws of Axos, and Miseus in The Time Monster (5/6)
  • James Garbutt (Wilf) was Ronson in Genesis of the Daleks
  • Peter Kay (Shopfitter here; and Eric Gartside, 2004) was Victor Kennedy, aka the Abzorbaloff in Love & Monsters
  • Suranne Jones (Mandy here; then Karen Phillips/McDonald, 2000 to 2004) was the eponymous subject of The Sarah Jane Adventures: Mona Lisa's Revenge, then played Idris (pictured) in The Doctor's Wife
  • Derek Riddell (Newbould) was Robert MacLeish in Tooth and Claw
  • Andrew Knott (Liam) voiced James O'Meara for 1963: Fanfare for the Common Men (BF, 2013), and Sean Casey for Dark Eyes 2: The White Room (BF, 2014)
  • William Ilkley (Horrocks) was Tim Bass in The Mark of the Rani
  • Jennifer Hennessey (DC Kay here; and Bernie, 2009) was Valerie in Gridlock, and Moira in The Pilot
  • John Normington (Groves) was Morgus in The Caves of Androzani, and Trevor Sigma in The Happiness Patrol
  • Big Finish artist Michael Cochrane (Fay) was Charles Cranleigh in Black Orchid, Redvers Fenn-Cooper in Ghost Light, then voiced Lt. Col. Brook for No Man's Land (2006), Murgat for Brotherhood of the Daleks (2008), Colonel Spindleton for Trail of the White Worm and The Oseidon Adventure (both 2012), Chivers for Destiny of the Doctor: The Time Machine (2013), and Geralk for both The Fate of Krelos and Return to Telos (new for 2015)
  • Brigit Forsyth (Babs) was Ruth Maxtible in The Evil of the Daleks
  • Victoria Alcock (Mary) was Angela in Planet of the Dead, and voiced Marion for Power Play (BF, 2012)
  • Carolyn Pickles (Moira) voiced Lady Meera for Army of Death (BF, 2011)
  • David Simeon (Dr. Bird) was Private Latimer in (episodes 1 and 3 of) Inferno, and Alastair Fergus in The Daemons (1)
  • Stephen Billington (Greg Kelly) voiced Commander Bergam for UNIT: Shutdown (BF, new for 2016)
  • Raji James (Collector) was Dr. Rajesh Singh in Doomsday and Army of Ghosts
  • Elizabeth Rider (Kathleen here; and Genna, 2006) provided the ATMOS voice for The Sontaran Stratagem, was Linda in The Time of the Doctor, and voiced Galatea for The Well-Mannered War (BF, 2015)
  • Annie Hulley (Gwen) voiced the Newsreader for (part 3 of) The Happiness Patrol

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Jonathan Creek, Series 1

This cult BBC crime drama (expertly blended with supernatural mystery and black comedy) began in 1997, and ran for four irregular series until 2004. These were followed by five specials, and a new, fifth series was broadcast last year.
Written and created by David Renwick, the programme won the 1998 BAFTA for Best Drama Series. The titular lead character, Creek (played by comedian Alan Davies), worked for magician, Adam Klaus, and was joined in the first three series by Maddy Magellan (Caroline Quentin), an investigative journalist.
 From Satan's Chimney (Christmas 2001) to the end of the fourth season, Creek was then aided in his cases by Carla Borrego (Julia Sawalha), until Joey Ross (Sheridan Smith) worked with Creek in The Grinning Man (2009), The Judas Tree (2010), and The Clue of the Savant's Thumb (2013).
The first season co-starred Maureen O'BrienGeoffrey Beevers (as Kirsten and Spivey, both in part two) and Colin Baker (as Hedley Shale in the opening mystery), whilst later episodes starred Peter Davison and Mary TammVerity Lambert produced the show
from series two to four inclusive. 
This five-part series began both a repeat run on the Alibi channel and concluded another run on the Drama channel last night, and featured twenty-seven other 
Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

The Wrestler's Tomb (TX: May 10 1997)
  • Anthony Head (Klaus) voiced Valentine for Death Comes to Time, and Grayvorn in the three-part Excelis saga for Big Finish (all 2002), before his TV role as Brother Lassar in School Reunion, then voiced Baltazar for The Infinite Quest - Head had auditioned for the part of the Doctor in 1996 and was replaced as Klaus from the next series by revived series co-star Stuart Milligan
  • Lloyd McGuire (DS Davey) was Lugo in The Face of Evil, and voiced Generalleutnant Tendexter for The Architects of History (BF, 2010)
  • Tim Chipping (Martin) voiced both Grigory [Rasputin] and the Dahensa for The Wanderer (BF, 2012), and both Constable Wolsey and Mandrake for The Widow's Assassin (BF, 2014)
  • John Asbridge (production designer on twenty-four Jonathan Creek stories) designed The Happiness Patrol too
  • regular costume designer Annie Hardinge and make-up designer Vivien Riley both began their TV careers on the classic run, on Vengeance on Varos and The Masque of Mandragora respectively
  • series sound recordist Terry Elms was an assistant on serial 4M too
  • regular visual effects designer Chris Lawson had provided VFX for Arc of InfinityPlanet of Fire and Attack of the Cybermen
  • series stunt co-ordinator Steve Whyment was an uncredited extra on The Keeper of Traken and Snakedance
  • magician Ali Bongo was also a consultant on the classic series and many other television shows
Jack in the Box (TX: May 17)
  • Bernard Kay (Oliver) had four classic era roles in just seven years - he played Carl Tyler in The Dalek Invasion of Earth, Saladin in The Crusade, Inspector Crossland in The Faceless Ones, and Caldwell in Colony in Space, and voiced Major Dickens for Night Thoughts (BF, 2006)
  • Robin Soans (Rokesmith) was Luvic in The Keeper of Traken, and has been cast in Face the Raven
  • Colin Stinton (Reisner) was US President, Arthur Coleman in The Sound of Drums
  • William Franklyn (Narrator) voiced Pharaoh Amenhotep for The Roof of the World (BF, 2004)
The Reconstituted Corpse (TX: May 24)
  • Philip McGough (Brickman) was Sergeant Calder in Resurrection of the Daleks
  • Nigel Planer (Shelford) voiced Alex Marlowe for Hothouse (BF, 2009), then played Vorgenson (son of Vorg, Carnival of Monsters) for Doctor Who Live: The Monsters Are Coming
  • dubbing mixer Laurie Taylor worked on studio sound for Castrovalva
No Trace of Tracy (TX: May 31)
  • Geraldine Alexander (Francine) was Areta in Vengeance on Varos
  • Del Henney (Gibbins) was Colonel Archer, also for serial 6P
  • Christine Moore (Polly) voiced Winnie for The Vanity Box (released in 2007 with The Wishing Beast)
  • Rob Jarvis (Tex) was Abramal in The Time of the Doctor
The House of Monkeys (TX: June 7)
  • Barnaby Kay (DC Spelling) has been cast in The Girl Who Died, and voiced Martin Donaldson for Dark Eyes 4: A Life in the Day (BF, 2015)
  • Charles Kay (Elliot) voiced the Curator for Excelis Rising
  • Annette Crosbie (Ingrid) was Mrs Angelo in The Eleventh Hour
  • stunt co-ordinator Peter Diamond was a regular stunt double and fight arranger on the 'classic' sereis, from The Dalek Invasion of Earth to The Daemons
  • Tony Lucken was also a stuntman on DalekBad WolfThe Parting of the Ways and The End of Time
  • Tina Maskell was a stunt performer on Boom Town and The Runaway Bride too

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Spooks, Series 6

Series regulars Peter Firth (as Harry Pearce), Rupert 
Penry-Jones (Adam Carter), Miranda Raison (Jo Portman), Hermione Norris (Ros Myers), and Hugh Simon (Malcolm) all returned for the sixth season of this award-winning spy drama, which was first broadcast on BBC One in the autumn of 2007.
This ten-part series saw the introduction of both Alex Lanipekun as journalist Ben Kaplan (later recruited as a junior officer) and Gemma Jones as Section D analyst Connie James, then the departure of Raza Jaffrey as MI5 agent Zaf Younis.
Season six of Spooks began another repeat run on the 
Sony Entertainment TV channel tonight, and featured nineteen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • prolific Big Finish artist and director Lisa Bowerman (Maggie Dibden) played Karra in Survival, and voiced Seruba Velak for Dreamland, but is best known for her title role in the Professor Bernice Summerfield spin-off audio series (and The Shadow of the Scourge, The Dark Flame, Benny's Story, Love and War, The Highest Science, All-Consuming Fire) and as Ellie Higson for the Jago and Litefoot audio adventures - she also voiced Beth Pernell for Whispers of Terror (1999), Sergeant Gazelle for Zagreus (2003), and the Computer for The Bounty of Ceres (2014)
  • Lanipekun voiced DS Joseph for The Third Doctor Adventures 2: The Hidden Realm (BF, 2016)
  • Pete Lee-Wilson (Ronson) was Tommo in The End of Time, Part 1
  • Selva Rasalingam (Maruti) was Ranjit in The Power of Three
  • Simon Slater (Caldwell) was Edwardes in Terror of the Vervoids
  • Angela Bruce (Chambers) was UNIT Brigadier Winifred Bambera (pictured) in Battlefield, a role she reprised for Animal (BF, 2011)
  • Richard Dillane (Richardson) was Captain Carter in Let's Kill Hitler and The Wedding of River Song
  • Joe Montana (Millar) was a Worker in Daleks in Manhattan
  • Sam Graham (Rolfe) voiced Guthrie for City of Spires (BF, 2010), and McMullan for Destination Nerva (BF, 2012)
  • David Yelland (Castledine) voiced Walter Pritchett for Big Finish's Doom Coalition 1 (new for 2015)
  • for Hermione Norris, Miranda Raison, Robert Glenister (Home Secretary) and writer Neil Cross see my blog for series 5 of Spooks
  • for cinematographer Damian Bromley and editor Jamie Pearson see my blog for series 4 of Spooks
  • Toby Ford was the first assistant director on A Good Man Goes to War too
  • Simon Morris was also second assistant director on Love & Monsters, then first assistant on Turn LeftThe Stolen EarthJourney's End, and the second season of The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • Lucienne Suren was art director on Asylum of the DaleksThe Angels Take Manhattan, and An Adventure in Space and Time too
  • director (of episodes 7 and 8) Stefan Schwartz, a former actor, was Knight Commander in Battlefield
  • Marcus Catlin was also first assistant director on The Hungry EarthCold Blood, The Pandorica Opens and The Big Bang
  • Robert Edwards was ADR mixer on Space and Time too