Sunday, 31 January 2016

Doctor Who Vs. A Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery: Gaudy Night

The last television adaptations of the crime novels of 
Dorothy L. Sayers were originally transmitted on BBC1 
in 1987, and starred Edward Petherbridge as Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Walter as Harriet Vane.
This ten-part series followed two live television versions 
of Sayers' stage play Busman's Honeymoon (in 1947 and 1957), and five serials shown by the Corporation between 
1972 and 1975 starred Ian Carmichael as Wimsey.
The third and final, three-part serial, Gaudy Night (based 
on Sayers' tenth Wimsey novel and published in 1935) concluded another repeat run on the Drama channel yesterday and featured Caroline John (as Miss Burrows) 
and nine other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
  • Clare Clifford (Graduate) was Professor Kyle (pictured) in Earthshock
  • make-up designer Jennifer Hughes was a make-up artist on Warriors of the Deep
  • Jennie Osborn was production manager on Enlightenment too
  • Bill Wild was the film editor on Arc of Infinity too
  • Elmer Cossey was also a film cameraman on (episode 5 of) Planet of the DaleksGenesis of the DaleksRevenge of the CybermenImage of the Fendahl and The Pirate Planet
  • for Alan Machin, Clive Thomas, Shirley Coward and Bob Warman see my blog for Strong Poison
BBC1's Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries began in 1972 with Cloud of Witness, and was followed by The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club and these three further mysteries. Gaudy Night was not dramatised for the series. Murder Must Advertise (1973) featured Peter Pratt and eleven other Doctor Who links:
  • director Rodney Bennett also helmed The Ark in Space, The Sontaran Experiment and The Masque of Mandragora
  • actors Paul Darrow, Fiona Walker, John Hallam, Anthony Carrick, Alan Chuntz, Royston Tickner, Harry Fielder
  • Deanne Turner was a make-up assistant on (episodes 1 and 6 of) Planet of the Spiders too
  • Alan Fogg also worked on studio sound for Planet of Giants, The Celestial Toymaker, Image of the Fendahl and Warriors' Gate
  • Ron Koplick worked on studio lighting for Pyramids of Mars too
The Nine Tailors (1974) was again adapted by Anthony Steven, and 
featured another twelve Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
  • actors Donald Eccles, Neil McCarthy, Keith Drinkel, Peter Tuddenham, Robin Wentworth, Kenneth Colley, Keith James, Kenneth Thornett
  • David Hughes was also a studio sound assistant on The War Machines, Fury from the Deep, The Space Pirates (6), Colony in Space (1 and 6) and Horror of Fang Rock 
  • Joyce Hawkins was costume designer on Horror of Fang Rock too
  • film editor Alistair McKay also edited The Green Death and (part 4 of) Snakedance
  • production assistant Edwina Craze was also PA on The Tenth Planet, The Krotons, The War Games (10), and Terror of the Zygonsand AFM on The Enemy of the World and The Mind Robber (she was married to Michael Craze)
Five Red Herrings (1975) concluded the series, and featured nine final
Doctor Who links:
  • producion assistant Peter Grimwade held that post on Spearhead from Space, The Daemons, Robot, Pyramids of Mars, The Robots of Death and Horror of Fang Rock, then directed Full Circle, Logopolis, Kinda and Earthshock, and scripted Time Flight, Mawdryn Undead and Planet of Fire
  • producer Bill Sellars was the director of The Celestial Toymaker
  • production manager Christopher D'Oyly John began his career as AFM on The Ark, was production assistant on The Macra Terror, The Invasion, The Silurians (1 and 7), InfernoThe Curse of Peladon (4),The Mutants (6), Carnival of Monsters and Death to the Daleks (1), then was unit manager on The Masque of Mandragora, The Hand of Fear, The Deadly Assassin, The Face of Evil, The Robots of Death and The Talons of Weng-Chiang
  • actors Michael Sheard, Russell Hunter, Robert James, David McKail, Donald Douglas, James Copeland, 

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