Saturday, 9 January 2016

Doctor Who Vs. The Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery: Have His Carcase

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 TV versions of Sayers' stage play Busman's Honeymoon (in 1947 
and 1957), and five serials shown between 1972 
and 1975.
The complete four-part serial (based on Sayers' 
seventh Wimsey novel and published in 1932) was repeated on the Drama channel today, and featured twenty-four Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Big Finish artist Michael Troughton (PC Ormonde) voiced Quendril for Lords of the Red Planet (2013), and Menlove Stokes for The Romance of Crime and The Well-Mannered War (both 2015), then played Professor Albert Smithe (pictured) in Last Christmas
  • Rowena Cooper (Mrs. Weldon) voiced Emily Shaw for both The Companion Chronicles release, The Last Post (BF, 2012), and The Cloisters of Terror (BF, 2015)
  • Ray Armstrong (Inspector Trethowan) was Grey in The Ambassadors of Death
  • Arthur Cox (Hardy) was Cully in The Dominatorsthen returned to the show 42 years later as Mr. Henderson in The Eleventh Hour
  • Peter Benson (Perkins) was Bor in Terminus
  • Arthur Hewlett (Trewin) was Kalmar in State of Decay, and Kimber in Terror of the Vervoids
  • Arthur Blake (Editor) was Hrhoonda in The Web Planet: The Zarbi
  • John Cater (Pollock) was Professor Krimpton in The War Machines
  • Robin Soans (Merryweather) was Luvic in The Keeper of Traken, and was the Chronolock Guy in Face the Raven
  • Brian Hawksley (Dr. Fenchurch) was Brewster in Black Orchid
  • John Mooney was also a sound assistant on Remembrance of the Daleks, (part 3 of) Silver NemesisThe Greatest Show in the GalaxyBattlefield and Ghost Light
  • for Barbara Gosnold, Clare Graham, Nicholas Laughland, Alan Machin, Colin Mapson, Clive Thomas, Shirley Coward, Monica Rodger and Paul Wheeler see Strong Poison
  • Anushia Nieradzik was also the costume designer on FrontiosAttack of the Cybermen and Battlefield
  • Bob Roberts was also film recordist on The Massacre, The Three Doctors and Resurrection of the Dalels
  • Geraldine Stephenson was the choreographer on (parts 1 and 2 of) The Brain of Morbius too
  • Robin Lobb was also the video FX assistant on The Leisure Hive, Warriors' Gate and Mawdryn Undead
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (published in 1928) was again adapted
by Anthony Steven, and was first shown in February 1973. Derek Newark now played Bunter, and was joined by eighteen further Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
  • Terence Alexander, Donald Pickering, Clifford Rose, Arthur Hewlett, Sheila Fay, Jimmy Gardner, John Tordoff, Peter Ducrow, John Scott Martin, Pat Gorman, Gordon Pitt, Aubrey Danvers-Walker and Steve Peters
  • AA Englander (here and Murder Must Advertise) was also film cameraman on The Ambassadors of Death and The Claws of Axos
  • Richard Trevor edited (part 1 of) Underworld too
  • Simon Wilson also worked on studio sound for The Green Death and The King's Demons
  • Bob Gell and Dave Sydenham both worked on studio lighting, for Horror of Fang Rock and The Moonbase respectively

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