Sunday, 21 February 2016

Doctor Who Vs. House of Cards

Adapted by prolific screenwriter Andrew Davies, 
from the novel by Michael Dobbs (1990), this 
political thriller first aired on BBC1 in November 
and December 1990, coincidentally during the 
Tory party's leadership election following Prime 
Minister Thatcher's resignation.
The four-part series spawned two sequels, To Play
The King (1993) and The Final Cut (1995), and was remade for American TV in 2013, with Kevin Spacey
as Francis Underwood. This trilogy of dramas earned
a total of fourteen BAFTA award nominations, winning two and an Emmy. House of Cards was voted 84th in the BFI TV 100 poll of 2000, and began another repeat run on the Drama channel yesterday.
The cast was led here by the ever brilliant Edinburgh-born actor, Ian Richardson (1934-
2007) as the machiavellian Conservative chief
whip, Francis Urquhart, and featured twenty-
eight Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Susannah Harker (Mattie Storin) voiced Clare Keightley for Big Finish's Shada (2003), and Anya for Dark Eyes 4: Eye of Darkness (2015)
  • director Paul Seed, a former actor, had played the Graff Vynda-K in The Ribos Operation
  • Malcolm Tierney (Woolton) was Doland in Terror of the Vervoids
  • Colin Jeavons (Stamper) was Damon in The Underwater Menace, and George Tracey in K9 and Company
  • Christopher Owen (McKenzie) was an Earthling in Meglos
  • Kenneth Gilbert (Earle) was Richard Dunbar in The Seeds of Doom
  • John Arnatt (Grainger) was Chancellor Borusa in The Invasion of Time 
  • Richard Braine (Spence) voiced Percy Closed for The English Way of Death (BF, 2015)
  • Robert Ashby (Presenter) was the Borad in Timelash
  • David Blake Kelly (Goodman) was Captain Briggs in The Chase: Flight Through Eternity, and Jacob Kewper in The Smugglers
  • Sally Faulkner (Minister) was Isobel Watkins in The Invasion, and voiced Miss Tremayne for Winter for the Adept (BF, 2000)
  • Colin Dudley (Speaker) was a former production manager on (episode 6 of) The Sea Devils, and The Invasion of Time
  • Tariq Yunus (Jhabwala) was Cass in The Robots of Death
  • Gertan Klauber (Blackhead) was the Galley Master in The Romans, and Ola in The Macra Terror
  • Nadim Sawalha (Manager) voiced Swapnil Khan for The Magic Mousetrap (BF, 2009) and the Old Man for 1001 Nights (BF, 2012) 
  • Geoffrey Bateman (Interviewer) was Dymond in Nightmare of Eden
  • Ian Collier (Man at Clinic) was Stuart Hyde in The Time Monster, and Omega in Arc of Infinity
  • John Pirkis (Young Man) provided a Sphere voice for The Sound of Drums and Last of the Time Lords
  • Robin Wentworth (Newlands) was Professor Horner in The Daemons
  • Big Finish artist Nick Brimble (Corder) voiced Shreeni for Exotron (2007), Kith for Max Warp (2008), Dudley Jackson for The Eternal Summer (2009), and Olaf Eriksson for The Book of Kells (2010)
  • stunt arranger Gareth Milne was George Cranleigh in Black Orchid, a Mortuary Attendant in Vengeance on Varos, and doubled for Peter Davison on Warriors of the Deep
  • Tina Maskell was a stuntman on Boom Town and The Runaway Bride too
  • cinematographer Ian Punter was an assistant on (part 6 of) Planet of the Spiders, and film cameraman on Resurrection of the Daleks
  • film editor Howard Billingham edited The Mind of Evil too
  • production designer Ken Ledsham also designed The Ribos OperationDestiny of the Daleks and The King's Demons
  • costume designer Rosalind Ebbutt began her TV career on Black Orchid
  • first assistant director Nigel Taylor was AFM on The Stones of Blood
  • Barrie Tharby was also film recordist on Attack of the Cybermen and The Mark of the Rani

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell

Shown again on the Horror channel tonight, this feature was Hammer's final chapter in their Frankenstein saga. Genre legend Peter Cushing made his sixth appearance as Baron Von Frankenstein, and future Star Wars actor David Prowse again played the scientist's monstrous creation. Here, the Baron works as an asylum surgeon under the alias of Dr. Victor, and is now murdering his patients to acquire body parts in his constant experiments. 
Produced in 1972 but only released two years later, 
the film performed poorly at the box office and became 
one of the studio's last horror movies. Frankenstein
 featured Patrick Troughton (pictured as the 
Bodysnatcher) and ten other Doctor Who cast connections:

  • John Stratton (Director) played Shockeye of the Quawncing Grig in The Two Doctors
  • Prowse (the Monster) was the Minotaur in The Time Monster
  • Norman Mitchell (Sergeant) and Hugh Cecil (Inmate) both appeared in The Daleks' Master Plan, as a Policeman (in The Feast of Steven) and Technix (in The Nightmare Begins) respectively - Cecil was also a Priest in The Massacre: The Sea Beggar, a Worker in (episode 3 of) The War Machines, and an Extra in The Silurians (episode 6)
  • Philip Voss (Ernst) was Acomat in Marco Polo, and Wahed in The Dominators (1)
  • Norman Atkyns (Smiler) was a Guardian in Colony in Space, and the Rear Admiral in (episode 5 of) The Sea Devils
  • Janet Hargreaves (Chatter) was Mum in The Greatest Show in the Galaxy
  • Gordon Richardson (Inmate) was Squire in The Silurians (2)
  • Nicholas Smith (Death Wish) was Wells in The Dalek Invasion of Earth
  • Roy Hyde was the sound editor on Dr. Who and the Daleks too

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Doctor Who Vs. The Fades

This cult series was created and written by Jack Thorne,
and first aired on BBC Three and BBC HD in the autumn
of 2011, then on BBC America in January 2012. 
The series was not recommissioned for a second run 
despite winning the BAFTA Best Drama award.
The six-part supernatural thriller is now available on BBC 
Three's online service, following the closure of the parent 
TV channel last night.
The programme centred on teenager Paul Roberts (played by Iain De Caestecker) who is haunted by apocalyptic 
dreams - he sees dead people, known as Fades. These 
spirits cannot be sensed by other humans, and are the 
remnants of the dead who have not been accepted into 
the afterlife.
The Fades was co-produced by Caroline Skinner, and 
featured another twenty-nine Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
  • Farren Blackburn also directed The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe and The Rings of Akhaten
  • Sophie Wu (Jay) voiced Millie for the forthcoming Big Finish release The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield 3: The Unbound Universe
  • Claire Rushbrook (Meg) was Ida Scott in The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit
  • Daniel Kaluuya (Mac) was Barclay (pictured) in Planet of the Dead
  • Tom Ellis (Mark) was Dr. Thomas Milligan in Last of the Time Lords
  • Eleanor Matsuura (Vicky) voiced Dana Tanaka for Shadows of the Vashta Nerada, and was Jo Nakashima in The Sontaran Stratagem 
  • Ian Hanmore (Polus) was Father Angelo in Tooth and Claw
  • Philip Bird (Peterson) made his TV debut as a Swampie in The Power of Kroll
  • Joe Dempsie (John) was Cline in The Doctor's Daughter
  • Karl Collins (Higgy) was Sean Temple in The End of Time
  • James Greene (Eric) and Shaun Lucas (Paramedic) both appeared in The Bells of Saint John as the Abbot and a Monk respectively
  • stunt co-ordinator Ray De Haan was a stuntman on The Idiot's Lantern
  • Stephan Pehrsson was also the cinematographer on eleven adventures, from The Pandorica Opens to The Crimson Horror
  • Matthew Scrivener was first assistant director on The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe too
  • Rebecca Hemy was also assistant art director on Voyage of the Damned and The Infinite Quest
  • Sam Williams was film editor on The Rings of Akhaten too
  • Matthew Tabern also edited Smith and Jones, The Shakespeare Code Human Nature and The Family of Blood
  • Rob Arrowsmith was also camera operator on The Pandorica Opens, The Big Bang and A Christmas Carol
  • Richard Cookson was also script editor on The Day of the Doctor, Robot of Sherwood, Time Heist, Flatline and An Adventure in Space and Time too
  • Julius Ogden was also focus puller on nine episodes, from Closing Time to The Day of the Doctor
  • series SFX supervisor Paul McGuinness was Drathro in The Mysterious Planet
  • Gary Norman was also (camera) grip on twenty-five stories, from the 2010 Christmas special to The Day of the Doctor
  • Matthew Cannings was the editor on The Crimson Horror and The Name of the Doctor, and was assistant editor on The Snowmen too
  • Andrew Wildman was also storyboard artist on eleven episodes, from Dinosaurs on a Spaceship to The Time of the Doctor
  • Anthony Rutter (stand-by props) was the art director on Last Christmas
  • Robert Edwards was also ADR mixer on Hide, Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS, The Crimson Horror, Nightmare in Silver, The Name of the Doctor and Space and Time
  • Robert Flanagan was production sound mixer on the 2011 Christmas special too
  • set costumer Kat Cappellazzi was costume assistant on seventeen adventures, from Asylum of the Daleks to Deep Breath