Saturday, 31 December 2016

Doctor Who Vs. The Omen (1976)

On location at Fulham: Troughton,
Peck and director Richard Donner
The classic, Oscar-winning horror film, The Omen (shown again on Channel 4 last night) featured an intense performance (and a memorable death scene) from Patrick Troughton as doomed Father Brennan.
Here, the US ambassador to Britain, Robert 
Thorn (Gregory Peck) learns the shocking 
truth about his son Damien (Harvey 
Stephens) - he is the Antichrist, with a 
666 birthmark, and must be slain by 
means of sacred daggers.
Three sequels followed: Damien: Omen II 
(in 1978), Omen III: The Final Conflict 
(1981), and the TV movie, Omen IV: 
The Awakening (1991). 
The Omen (released by Fox in 1976) also
starred Lee Remick, Billie Whitelaw and 
eight other Doctor Who connections:

  • veteran Northern screen actor and prolific Big Finish artist David Warner (Keith Jennings here) portrayed the Doctor for Sympathy for the Devil (2003), Masters of War (2008) and The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield 3: The Unbound Universe (2016), then voiced Sir Isaac Newton for Circular Time: Summer (2007), Co-ordinator Angell for Empathy Games (2008), Professor Boston Schooner for Deimos and The Resurrection of Mars (both 2010), Autarch Siris for The Children of Seth (2011), Biggs for The Rosemariners (2012), Cuthbert for the Fourth Doctor adventures The Sands of LifeWar Against the LaanThe Dalek ContractThe Final Phase (all 2013), Casualties of War and The Pursuit of History, and Shadovar for The War Doctor 2 (all 2016) - he also voiced Lord Azlok for Dreamland, then finally had a television role as Professor Grisenko in Cold War
  • Tommy Duggan (Priest) was Senator Alcott in The Mind of Evil
  • Roy Boyd (Reporter) was Driscoll in The Hand of Fear
  • Ronald Leigh-Hunt (Man) was Commanders, Julian Radnor in The Seeds of Death, and Stevenson in Revenge of the Cybermen
  • Eddie Powell (Policeman) was Thompson in the second Dalek film
  • Burnell Tucker (Agent) was Garner Two in The Angels Take Manhattan
  • Robert Rietty (Monk) voiced Bedloe for Death Comes to Time
  • Stuntman Alf Joint was a Heavy in The Ambassadors of Death
 The film was remade in 2006, and this (inferior) version of The Omen starred four further Doctor Who guest stars - Michael Gambon (from A Christmas Carol), Janet Henfrey (The Curse of Fenric and Mummy on the Orient Express), MyAnna Buring (The Impossible Planet), and Sara Houghton (daughter of Don Houghton and Pik Sen Lim)

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Pride

Co-produced by BBC Films and released by Pathé, Pride was first screened 
at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014 (where it won the Queen Palm award),
then was nominated for BAFTA and Golden Globe awards. A stage musical adaptation is also planned.
The film depicts the true story of the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign, founded in London by Mark Ashton (played here by Ben
Schnetzer) in 1984.
Because the National Union of Miners was reluctant to accept the group's
support during the miner's strike, the LGSM instead 'adopted' the Welsh
mining village of Onllwyn, and Pride examined the alliance between the
two communities. Following the year-long strike, strong links were forged
between the Labour party, their trade union affiliates and the LGBT
Pride was shown on BBC2 last night, and starred Dominic West (The Wire),
Paddy Considine (The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher), Andrew Scott (Sherlock),
George MacKay (11.22.63), and eighteen Doctor Who cast and crew

  • Faye Marsay (Steph) played Shona McCullough in Last Christmas
  • Bill Nighy (Cliff) was Dr. Black in Vincent and the Doctor
  • Imelda Staunton (Hefina) provided the Interface voice for The Girl Who Waited
  • Liz White (Margaret) was Alice in The Snowmen
  • Jessica Gunning (Sian) was Stacey Campbell in Partners in Crime
  • Rhodri Meilir (Martin) was Rhodri in The Runaway Bride
  • Lisa Palfrey (Maureen) was the Mum in Attack of the Graske
  • Russell Tovey (Tim) was Midshipman Alonso Frame in Voyage of the Damned and The End of Time, Part 2
  • Karina Fernandez (Stella) voiced Captain Tamasan for The Time War 1 (BF, 2017)
  • Emma Jason (Protester) was an Undercover Officer in Death in Heaven
  • Jim McManus (Old Man) was an Opthalmologist in The Invisible Enemy
  • Alan Bond (Rioter) was a UNIT Soldier in The Sound of Drums, Last of the Time Lords and Torchwood: Children of Earth
  • Jozef Aoki (Protester) voiced Elji and Yoshita Hiroshi for The First Doctor Adventures 2 (2018)
  • Liz Griffiths was also a set decorator on seven adventures (from Dalek to The Parting of the Ways)
  • SFX technician Mike Crowley was SFX supervisor on eight stories (from The Girl in the Fireplace to Doomsday)
  • Russ Perkin was also a SFX technician on eleven instalments (from The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe to The Husbands of River Song)
  • SFX supervisor Chris Reynolds was a technician on Terror of the Vervoids and Battlefield
  • Tony Gibson (sound FX editor) and Nigel Squibbs (sound mixer) both worked on An Adventure in Space and Time

Monday, 26 December 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Tintin

Hollywood director and famous Whovian Steven Spielberg (born 1946) was first linked with Doctor Who when his production company Amblin was involved with initial attempts to create an American based version of the programme 
in the 1990s. This ultimately led 
to Philip Segal's TV movie of
In 2011, Spielberg paid tribute 
to the co-writer of Tintin, Steven Moffat and his other British contributors: "Steven wrote 
one of my favourite TV shows.. Peter Jackson and I felt whoever did Dr. Who would have a good sensibility for Tintin. And it so happens Steven read [the books] since he was eight. Even when he had to leave the project to get on with making Dr. Who,
I got two other Brits - Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) and Joe Cornish
(Attack the Block) - to finish the job. They're two great writers." A sequel, Prisoners of the Sun (scripted by Anthony Horowitz) is still in development.
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (released in late 2011) was screened again on BBC1 today, and featured Jamie Bell (as Herge's hero), Andy Serkis (Captain Haddock), Daniel Craig (Sakharine), and the vocal talents of 
these seven Doctor Who guest actors:

  • Nick Frost (Thomson) played Santa Claus in Last Christmas
  • Simon Pegg (Thompson) was the Editor in The Long Game, voiced Don Chaney for Big Finish's Invaders From Mars (2002), and narrated the first series of Doctor Who Confidential
  • Toby Jones (Silk) was the Dream Lord in Amy's Choice, and voiced renegade Time Lord Kotris for Dark Eyes (BF, 2012)
  • Tony Curran (Delcourt) was Van Gogh in Vincent and the Doctor
  • Daniel Mays (Allan) was Alex in Night Terrors
  • Martin Dew (Stroller) was a Russian commando in The Curse of Fenric
  • Phillip Rhys (Co-Pilot/Medic) was Ramone in The Husbands of River Song

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Agatha Christie: A Life in Pictures

This BBC Two drama, first shown
in September 2004, celebrated
the life and career of the Queen
of Crime (1890-1976), played
by Olivia Williams.
Christie's story is told in flashback,
from her perspective at two distinct
times in her life - firstly through
the sessions with her psychiatrist
(following her disappearance in
1926), and then via interviews
with journalists at the tenth
anniversary of The Mousetrap
in 1962.
Much of the film focused on her
famous eleven-day disappearance,
after her first husband, Archibald
Christie, had asked Agatha for a
divorce. Whilst some contemporary
commentators suggested a publicity
stunt, the doctor here concluded
that the writer had experienced a fugue state, and her memory loss was genuine.
Repeated again today on the Drama channel the biopic featured Bonnie Wright
(as Young Agatha), Mark Gatiss (Kenyon), and six other Doctor Who cast and
crew connections:

  • Anna Massey (Older Agatha) voiced Miss Pollard for Big Finish's The Girl Who Never Was (2007)
  • Raymond Coulthard (Archie) voiced Loki, Edgar and Hawks for Cobwebs (BF, 2010), Ralph for Suburban Hell (2015), and Robac, Servers and Dalmari for The First Doctor Adventures 1 (2018)
  • Anthony O'Donnell (Belgian/DCC Kenward/Poirot) was Commander Kaagh in The Sarah Jane Smith Adventures: The Last Sontaran and Enemy of  the Bane
  • Bertie Carvel (Max Mallowan) was the Mysterious Man in The Lazarus Experiment
  • Tim McMullan (Pharmacist) voiced Octavian for Doom Coalition 3 (BF, 2016)
  • Mick Pantaleo was also the first assistant director on A Christmas CarolThe Doctor's Wife and Night Terrors

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Sherlock Holmes, Series 2 (1968)

Conan Doyle aficinado Peter
 Cushing reprised his cinematic
 portrayal of the Great Detective
 for the BBC's second series of
Sherlock Holmes in 1968, when
he replaced Douglas Wilmer - 
Nigel Stock again played Dr.
The show (now broadcast in colour) consolidated its initial
success by increasing ratings
to 15.5 million viewers.
Hammer's version of The Hound 
of the Baskervilles (1959) featured Cushing's first take as Holmes, and 
the TV adaptation of the mystery 
was the first to be filmed in its Dartmoor setting.
Cushing returned to the role one last time for The Masks of Death in 1984, and
even appeared as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in The Great Houdini for Fox in 1976.
Only six episodes from the sixteen-part season exist in the archives and were 
first issued on DVD in 2004 - the whole run starred no less than fifty-seven 
Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

The Second Stain (UK TX: September 9 1968)
  • Clifford Cox (PC MacPherson) was the Sergeant in (episode 3 of) Spearhead from Space
  • Cherie Lunghi (Emily) voiced Lady Adela Forster for Big Finish's The Emerald Tiger (2012)
  • Derek Waring (Fournaye) was Shardovan in Castrovalva 
  • Freddie Earlle (Mitton here, and Cab Driver in part three) was Aldo in Warriors' Gate
The Dancing Men (UK TX: September 16)
  • Brenda Bruce (Saunders) was Tilda in Paradise Towers
  • Henry Gilbert (Armstrong) was Torbis in The Curse of Peladon
  • Richardson Morgan (Martin) was Corporal Blake in The Web of Fear, and Rogin in The Ark in Space
  • David Simeon (Constable) was Private Latimer in Inferno, and Alastair Fergus in The Daemons
A Study in Scarlet (UK TX: September 23)
  • George A Cooper (Inspector Gregson) was Cherub in The Smugglers
  • William Lucas (Inspector Lestrade) was Range in Frontios
  • Ed Bishop (Stangerson) voiced General Finch for Unbound: Full Fathom Five (BF, 2003)
  • Michael Goldie (Murcher) was Jack Craddock in The Dalek Invasion of Earth, and Elton Laleham in The Wheel in Space
  • Heather Stewart was also the make-up artist on Day of the Daleks and The Talons of Weng Chiang
  • Charles Parnall was a film cameraman on The Chase too
  • Alan Fogg was also sound mixer on Planet of GiantsThe Celestial ToymakerImage of the Fendahl and Warriors' Gate
  • film editor Larry Toft edited Genesis of the Daleks too
The Hound of the Baskervilles (UK TX: September 30 & October 7)
  • Gerald Flood (Sir Hugo) provided the voice of short-lived robot companion Kamelion for The King's Demons and Planet of Fire
  • Philip Bond (Stapleton) was Ganatus in The Daleks
  • Christopher Burgess (Barrymore) was Swann in The Enemy of the World, Professor Phillips in Terror of the Autons, and Barnes in Planet of the Spiders
  • Penelope Lee (Laura) was the Computer voice in Revelation of the Daleks
  • John Baker was also a film camerman on twenty-nine instalments of the classic series, from The Evil of the Daleks to The Twin Dilemma
  • technician John Summers was a lighting director on Frontios and Planet of Fire
  • film editor Sheila S Tomlinson edited Revenge of the Cybermen too
The Boscombe Valley Mystery (UK TX: October 14)
  • director Viktors Ritelis had been a production assistant on The Crusade and The Daleks' Master Plan: Destruction of Time
  • Gertan Klauber (Fat Man) was the Galley Master in The Romans, and Ola in The Macra Terror
  • Jack Woolgar (Moran) was Sergeant Arnold in The Web of Fear
  • Michael Godfrey (Lanner) was Captain Pike in The Smugglers
  • script editor Donald Tosh also edited twenty-seven William Hartnell era episodes, from The Time Meddler to The Massacre
The Greek Interpreter (UK TX: October 21)
  • Steve Plytas (Manikuros) was Wigner in The Tenth Planet
  • Clive Cazes (Melas) was the Guard Captain in The Massacre
  • Nigel Terry (Latimer) was General Cobb in The Doctor's Daughter
  • Peter Woodthorpe (Kemp) was a voice artist on Whatever Happened to Susan?
The Naval Treaty (UK TX: October 28)
  • Peter Bowles (Harrison) was Lionel Carson in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Man Who Never Was
  • Patrick Tull (Groot) voiced the titular aliens in The Krotons
  • Robin Wentworth (Tangey) was Professor Horner in (episode one of) The Daemons
Thor Bridge (UK TX: November 4)

The Musgrave Ritual (UK TX: November 11)
  • Dominic Allan (Sergeant) was a Policeman in (episode 5 of) The Invasion
Black Peter (UK TX: November 18)
  • John Baskcomb (Landlord) was Luigi Rossini in Terror of the Autons
  • John De Marco (Lancaster) was a Lynch Mob Member in The Gunfighters, and a Mexican Bandit in The War Games (8)
  • Ilona Rodgers (Rachel) was Carol in The Sensorites
Wisteria Lodge (UK TX: November 25)
  • Philip Anthony (Walters) was Roald in The Daleks' Master Plan: The Nightmare Begins
  • Derek Francis (Eccles here, and Mycroft Holmes in the first series) was Nero in The Romans
  • Tutte Lemkow (Jose) was Kuiju in Marco Polo, Ibrahim  in The Crusade: The Warlords, and  Cyclops in The Myth Makers 
  • Roy Stewart (Mulatto) was Toberman in The Tomb of the Cybermen, and Tony in Terror of the Autons
Shoscombe Old Place (UK TX: December 2)
  • Kevin Lindsay (Norlett) was the Sontaran, Commander Linx inThe Time Warrior, Cho Je in Planet of the Spiders, then both Field Major Styre and the Marshal in The Sontaran Experiment
  • John Lawrence and Maurice Quick (Racegoers) were a Parisian Man in The Massacre, and the Gold Usher in The Deadly Assassin respectively
  • Peter Miles (Brewer here, and Williamson in the next episode) was Dr. Charles Lawrence in The Silurians, Professor Whitaker for Invasion of the Dinosaurs, then was Nyder in Genesis of the Daleks, a role he reprised for both The Trial of Davros (2005), and I, Davros: Guilt (BF, 2006) - he also voiced Tragan for The Paradise of Deathand Curator Gantman for Whispers of Terror (BF, 1999)
The Solitary Cyclist (UK TX: December 9)
  • Ysanne Churchman (Mrs. Bainbridge) voiced Alpha Centauri for both Peladon stories, and a titular alien for Planet of the Spiders
  • Clyde Pollitt (Trivett here, and a Sergeant in the last serial) was a Time Lord in The War Games, and the Lord Chancellor in The Three Doctors
  • Alan Tucker (Clerk) was Latep in Planet of the Daleks
The Sign of Four (UK TX: December 16)
  • Big Finish artist Ann Bell (Mary) voiced Sylvia O'Donnell for Thousand Tiny Wings (2010), Professor Gesima Cazalet for Night of the Stormcrow (2013), and Lisa Burrows for The Diary of River Song 2 (new for 2017)
  • John Stratton (Jones) was Shockeye of the Quawncing Grig in The Two Doctors
  • Ahmed Khalil (Lal Rao) was Latoni in Black Orchid
  • Ves Delahunt (Policemen) was a Thal in The Daleks: The Rescue, and a UNIT Soldier in The Silurians
  • David James (Policeman) was the Sheik in The Daleks' Master Plan: The Feast of Steven
The Blue Carbunkle (UK TX: December 23)
  • Edna Dore (Mrs Oakshott) was Maeve in Fear Her
  • Ian Watson was also the production designer on The Space Pirates and Terror of the Autons

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Sherlock Holmes, Series 1 (1965)

BBC1's second television adaptation 
of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective 
stories began in 1964 with a pilot 
episode, starring Douglas Wilmer 
(1920-2016) as Sherlock Holmes and 
Nigel Stock (1919-1986) as Dr. John 
Watson. A full, twelve-part series (the channel's first since 1951) followed a
 year later which proved popular with 
eleven million viewers. 
Wilmer was replaced by Hammer's
Holmes actor, Peter Cushing (1913-
1994) for a second run in 1968, but returned to the role for Gene Wilder's
 The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' 
Smarter Brother (1975), and even 
made a cameo appearance for 
Sherlock: The Reichenbach Fall 
The whole first season of Sherlock 
Holmes - shown in black and white - 
exists in the archives (although two instalments are incomplete), and was given 
an American DVD release in 2010.
Stock later played Professor Hayter in Time Flight, and the mysteries featured
Patrick Troughton (as Mortimer Tregennis in part three), Roger Delgado 
(as Moser in the final story), and thirty-nine other Doctor Who cast and 
crew connections:

The Speckled Band
(UK TX: May 18 1964/Repeated September 25 1964)
  • Donald Douglas (Armitage) was Vural in The Sontaran Experiment
  • costume supervisor Joyce Hawkins was costume designer on Horror of Fang Rock
The Illustrious Client (UK TX: February 20 1965)
  • Peter Wyngarde (Gruner) was Timanov in Planet of Fire
  • Jennie Linden (Violet) was seen as Barbara in Dr. Who and the Daleks just three months later, and voiced Professor Klyst for Big Finish's Unregenerate (2005)
  • Norman Mitchell (Johnson) was a Policeman in The Daleks' Master Plan: The Feast of Steven
  • Billy Cornelius (Leary) was a Man-at-Arms in The Crusade: The Warlords, and a Morok Guard in The Space Museum
  • Martin Gordon (Footman) was a Prison Officer in The Mind of Evil
  • cinematographer Ken Westbury was a film cameraman on The GunfightersThe Abominable SnowmenFury from the Deep and The Invasion of Time
  • Peter Diamond was a regular stunt double and fight arranger on eighteen episodes of the classic run, from The Dalek Invasion of Earth to The Daemons
  • script editor Anthony Read also edited thirty-eight classic era episodes, from (part one of) The Image of the Fendahl to The Armageddon Factor, and wrote The Horns of Nimon
The Devil's Foot (UK TX: February 27)
  • Frank Crawshaw (Owen) was Arnold Farrow in Planet of the Giants
The Copper Beeches (UK TX: March 6)
  • Alethea Charlton (Mrs. Rucastle) was Hur in 100,000 BC, and Edith in The Time Meddler
  • Michael Robbins (Toller here; Breckinridge in The Blue Carbuncle, 1968) was Richard Mace in The Visitation
The Red-Headed League (UK TX: March 13)
  • Trevor Martin (Ross) was the first actor to portray the Doctor on stage in Doctor Who and the Daleks in the Seven Keys to Doomsday (1974) and for the subsequent Big Finish adaptation (2008) - he was the second Time Lord in The War Games, and also voiced multiple roles for The Paradise of Death (1993), then Professor Capra for Flip-Flop (BF, 2003)
  • Carla Challoner (Mary Jane) auditioned for the role of Victoria Waterfield in April 1967
The Abbey Grange (UK TX: March 20)
  • Kenneth Thornett (Mitchell) was an Inspector in The Feast of Steven
The Six Napoleons (UK TX: March 27)
  • James Bree (Barnicot) was the Security Chief in The War Games, Nefred in Full Circle, and the Keeper of the Matrix in The Trial of a Time Lord: The Ultimate Foe
  • Arthur Hewlett (Brown) was Kalmar in State of Decay, and Kimber in Terror of the Vervoids
  • Desmond Cullum Jones (Constable) was a Worker in (episode two of) The War Machines
  • Donald Hewlett (Harker) was Hardiman in The Claws of Axos
  • Terry Leigh (Venucci) was a Sailor in The Chase: Flight Through Eternity, and an Egyptian Warrior in The Daleks' Master Plan: Golden Death
The Man With The Twisted Lip (UK TX: April 3)
  • Olaf Pooley (Lascar) was Professor Stahlman in Inferno
  • cinematographer Dick Bush was a film cameraman on The Rescue and The Romans
The Beryl Coronet (UK TX: April 10)
  • Leonard Sachs (Holder) was the Admiral Gaspard de Coligny in The Massacre, and Lord President Borusa in Arc of Infinity
  • Sandra Hampton (Lucy) was Maimuna in The Crusade: The Warlords
The Bruce Partington Plans (UK TX: April 17)
  • Derek Francis (Mycroft Holmes) and Bart Allison (Platelayer) both appeared in The Romans - as the Emperor Nero and Maximus Pettulian respectively
  • Erik Chitty (Waiter) was Charles Preslin in The Massacre: War of God, and Co-ordinator Engin in The Deadly Assassin
  • Gordon Gostelow (Johnson) was Milo Clancey in The Space Pirates
  • John Woodnutt (Station Master here, and Pawnbroker in part 13) was Hibbert in Spearhead from Space, the Draconian Emperor in (episode 5 of) Frontier in Space, the Duke of Forgill and Broton in  Terror of the Zygons, and Seron in The Keeper of Traken
  • cinematographer AA Englander was a film cameraman on The Ambassadors of Death and The Claws of Axos 
Charles Augustus Milverton (UK TX: April 24)
  • Stephanie Bidmead (Lady Farningham) was Drahvin leader, Maaga in Galaxy 4
  • Derek Smee (Fitzallen) was John Ransome in Spearhead from Space
  • Stanley Speel was a film cameraman on Planet of Evil too
The Retired Colourman (UK TX: May 1)
  • director Michael Hayes also helmed The Androids of TaraThe Armageddon Factor and City of Death
  • Maurice Denham (Amberley) was Azmael in The Twin Dilemma, and voiced the President for The Paradise of Death
  • William Wilde (Ernest) was the Draconian Captain in Frontier in Space
The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax (UK TX: May 8)
  • Neil Stacy (Jules) voiced Cyril Haggard for The Emerald Tiger (BF, 2012)
  • Ivor Salter (Sergeant) was the Morok Commander in The Space Museum, Odysseus in The Myth Makers, and Sergeant Markham in Black Orchid

Monday, 12 December 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Silent Witness, Series 13

The thirteenth season of this popular crime
 drama was first broadcast on BBC One in
the winter of 2010, and again starred regular
series actors, William Gaminara, Tom Ward,
and Emilia Fox as Home Office pathologists, Professor Leo Dalton, and doctors Harry Cunningham and Nikki Alexander.
The recurring character of Professor Janet
Mander (played by Jaye Griffiths) also
returned in three stories here, and the next
two seasons.
The ten-part series began another repeat run
on the Drama channel last night, and featured these eighteen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

Intent (UK TX: January 7 & 8)
  • Griffiths was Jac in The Magician's Apprentice and The Zygon Invasion, and voiced Daylin for Big Finish's The War Doctor 2: Infernal Devices (2016)
  • Jonty Stephens (Alan) voiced Paravatar for 1963: Fanfare for the Common Men (BF, 2013)
  • series costume designer Suzanne Cave and her assistant Becky Brown both worked on An Adventure in Space and Time
  • film editor Jamie McCoan edited Blink too
  • prosthetics designer Waldo Mason was a SFX assistant on Aliens of London
  • Tom Lucy was also the stunt co-ordinator on sixteen adventures (from Smith and Jones to The Next Doctor)
  • Gordon Seed was also a stuntman on twenty-one stories, and the stunt co-ordinator on another thirteen (from The Idiot's Lantern to Kill the Moon)
Voids (UK TX: January 14 & 15)
  • Emily Joyce (Muriel) voiced a Clockwork Droid in The Girl in the Fireplace
  • Big Finish actor Tim Treloar (DS Vedder) voiced Van Cleef for Return of the Rocket Men, the Lord President for Dark Eyes, the Ancient One for Gods and Monsters, Lord Jack for Destination Nerva, Tyron for The Burning Prince (all 2012), both Telephus and Cisyphus for Mask of Tragedy (2014), Ergu for The Exxilons, and narrated The Third Doctor Adventures (both 2015), Damascus (2016) and Gardeners' World (2017)
  • Tim Palmer was also the cinematographer on Let's Kill HitlerThe Wedding of River Song and Nightmare in Silver
Run (UK TX: January 21 & 22)
  • Alec Newman (Carmody) voiced Ed Driscoll for Blue Forgotten Planet (BF, 2009), and Dr. Julius for The Silent Scream (new for 2017)
Shadows (UK TX: January 28 & 29)
  • Farren Blackburn also directed The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe and The Rings of Akhaten
  • Madeleine Rakic-Platt (Girl) was Ella in Forest of the Dead, and Lily Frobisher in Torchwood: Children of Earth
  • Ian Gelder (Dr. Jacobs) voiced the Commander for Last of the Cybermen (BF, 2010)
  • Stephen Pehrsson was also the cinematographer on eleven episodes from, The Pandorica Opens to The Crimson Horror
  • stunt co-ordinator Steve Griffin was a stuntman on The Idiot's Lantern
  • Annabelle Dowler (Paramedic) was Walter's Mother in The Snowmen
Home (UK TX: February 4 & 5)
  • Paul Wilmhurst also directed Kill the MoonMummy on the Orient Express and Last Christmas

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Asylum

Shown again on the Horror channel last night, 
this British horror film (known as House of 
Crazies in America) was the  fifth anthology
feature from Amicus Productions.
Prolific award-winning author and screenwriter
Robert Bloch (Psychoadapted four of his own short stories here (as portmanteau tales Frozen Fear, The Weird Tailor, Lucy Comes to Stay and
 Mannikins of Horror).
The feature was directed by Roy Ward Baker
(A Night to Remember, Quatermass and the 
Pit), and produced by Max Rosenberg and 
Milton Subotsky.
Released by Cinerama in 1972, the film 
featured regular Amicus lead and genre
legend Peter Cushing (as Smith), Robert Powell, Britt Ekland, Charlotte Rampling, Herbert Lom, and nine other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Richard Todd (Walter) played Sanders (pictured) in Kinda
  • Sylvia Syms (Ruth) was Mrs. Pritchard in Ghost Light
  • Geoffrey Bayldon (Max) was Organon in The Creature from the Pit, then later voiced Big Finish's first Unbound Doctor for both Auld Mortality (2003) and A Storm of Angels (2005)
  • Sylvia Marriott (Head Nurse) was Lexa's Follower in Meglos
  • John Franklyn-Robbins (Stebbins) was a Time Lord in (part 1 of) Genesis of the Daleks
  • Tony Wall (Houseman) was Napoleon Bonaparte in The Reign of Terror: Prisoners of Conciergerie
  • Anthony Waye (assistant director), Pamela Davies (continuity), and Gerald Larn (titles designer) all worked on Aaru's Dalek movies

Date With History: 1980

Monday, December 8th:
John Winston Lennon, aged 40, was shot four times in the back by Mark Chapman, who earlier today had asked the former Beatle for his autograph. Lennon was rushed from the scene - the Dakota apartment building in Manhattan - with his wife Yoko Ono, to St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Centre, where he died.
Chapman pleaded guilty to killing Lennon, and blamed voices in his head. He is currently serving a life sentence in Attica prison, Wyoming county, NY.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Spooks, Series 2

Regular series actors Peter Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, 
Keeley Hawes, David Oyelowo, Hugh Simon, Rory 
MacGregor and Esther Hall all returned for the RTS 
award-winning second series of BBC One's spy drama, 
which first aired in the summer of 2003.
Nicola Walker and Shauna Macdonald both joined the programme here, as new MI5 officers, Ruth Evershed 
and Sam Buxton, whilst Megan Dodds was reintroduced 
as CIA agent, Christine Dale.
Now extended to ten parts, season two of Spooks began another repeat run on the Drama channel last night, and featured twenty-one Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Big Finish actress Walker voiced MedTech Liv Chenka for Robophobia (2011), Dark Eyes 2Dark Eyes 3 (both 2014), Dark Eyes 4Doom Coalition 1 (both 2015) and Doom Coalition 2 (2016), and was the Narrator of The World Beyond the Trees (2017)
  • Alastair Parker (PC) was Limpy in The Girl Who Died
  • Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch (North) voiced famous Egyptologist, Howard Carter for Forty Five: Fake Gods (BF, 2008)
  • Alexander Siddig (Khalduin) voiced Rosto for both Sisters of the Flame and Vengeance of Morbius (both 2008), the Captain for The Wreck of the Titan (2010), the Sultan for 1001 Nights (2012), and Marcus Gifford for The Diary of River Song (2015)
  • Lucy O'Connell (Doctor) was the Olive Woman in The Lazarus Experiment
  • Christopher Fairbank (Blaney) voiced Doc Baroque for The Scapegoat (BF, 2009) and the Professor for The Wreck of the Titanand was Fenton (pictured) in Flatline
  • Steve Robinson was also first assistant director on The Beast Below and Victory of the Daleks
  • Julie Cox (Maxi) voiced Big Finish companion Mary Shelley for The Company of Friends: Mary's Story (2009), The Silver TurkThe Witch from the Well and Army of Death (all 2011)
  • Sophie Okonedo (Amanda) played Queen Liz 10 in The Beast Below and The Pandorica Opens, and voiced Alison Cheney for Scream of the Shalka
  • Jo Joyner (Stephanie) was Lynda Moss in Bad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways
  • Richard Braine (Phil) voiced Percy Closed for The English Way of Death (BF, 2015)
  • Mark Lewis Jones (Wooley) voiced Professor Oliver Mortlake for The Darkness of Glass (BF, 2015)
  • Big Fiish actor Tim Bentinck (RAF Voice) voiced both Giles Moreau and Jenkins for Destination Nerva, Roger Buchman for Wirrn Isle (both 2012), Mr. Williams for the third series of Counter Measures, Nathaniel Whitlock for Moonfleshboth Ned Bones and Lord Burghley for Philip Hinchcliffe Presents: The Devil's Armada (all 2014), Colonel Radlett for The English Way of Death, both Chowdras and the Governor for Planet of the Rani (both 2015), General Kallix for The War Doctor: Infernal Devices (2016), and Wakefield, Cabby and Stonegood for The Contingency Club (2017)
  • Steve Kirby (Trevor) was a Pirate and a Villager in (episode 1 of) The Smugglers
  • Kieran Bew (Bryant) voiced Arthur Kettleson for The Lady of Mercia (BF, 2013), and has been cast in Series 10
  • Leo Bill (Woods) was the Pilot in A Christmas Carol
  • Roger Brierley (Getty) was Trevor in The Daleks' Master Plan: Volcano, and provided the voice of Drathro in The Mysterious Planet
  • Big Finish actor Michael Cochrane (Vaughan) was Charles Cranleigh in Black Orchid, Redvers Fenn-Cooper in Ghost Light, and voiced Lieut. Col. Brook for No Man's Land (2006), Murgat for Brotherhood of the Daleks (2008), Colonel Spindleton for both Trail of the White Worm and The Oseidon Adventure (2012), the Creevix for Destiny of the Doctor: The Time Machine (2013), and Geralk for both The Fate of Krelos and Return to Telos (2015)
  • writer (of part 3) Matthew Graham also penned Fear HerThe Rebel Flesh and The Almost People
  • costume supervisor Fiona McCann was an assistant on Love & Monsters
  • Neal Champion was the SFX supervisor on An Adventure in Space and Time too