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

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