Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Jack the Ripper (1988)

Co-produced by Thames Television, 
Euston Films and CBS, this two-part mini-series was originally broadcast in the UK and America in October 1988 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Whitechapel Murders.
 Writers Derek Marlowe and David Wickes presented a fictionalised account of the hunt for the infamous Victorian serial killer, and drew heavily from Stephen Knight's now discredited book, The Final Solution 
(1976). The Royal/Masonic conspiracy theory, first postulated by Thomas Stowell in 1970, was popularised by the BBC's Jack the Ripper (1973), then the films Murder By Decree
(1978), and From Hell (2001).
Original casting choices Barry Foster (Van Der Valk) and Brian Capron (Coronation Street) were replaced by Michael Caine and Lewis Collins (The Professionals). Caine won a Golden Globe for his role here as Inspector Frederick Abberline (1843-1929), and was joined by Collins (as Sergeant George Godley, 1856-1941), Ray McAnally (Sir William Gull, 1816-1890), Edward Judd (Thomas Arnold, 1835-1907), Jane Seymour (Emma Prentiss), Edward Judd (DCS Thomas Arnold, 1835-1907), and Susan George (Catherine Eddowes, 1842-1888).
This rarely repeated production began another rerun on the Drama channel 
last night, and featured twenty-two Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Big Finish artist Hugh Fraser (Sir Charles Warren, 1840-1927) voiced Zero for Circular Time: Spring (2007), Dr. Hanri Kerrem for The Cradle of the Snake (2010), Edwin Tremayne for Moonflesh (2014), Dr. Schwartzmann for Criss-Cross, Sherringford Holmes for All-Consuming Fire (both 2015), and Charles Kirkland for The Trouble With Drax (new for 2016)
  • Ken Bones (Robert James Lees, 1849-1931) was the General in The Day of the Doctor and Hell Bent
  • Lysette Anthony (Mary Kelly, 1863-1888) voiced Clara Harris for Assassin in the Limelight (BF, 2008), Hazel Bright for Hothouse (BF, 2009), and Sophia for The Secret History (BF, 2015)
  • TP McKenna (TP O'Connor, 1848-1929) was Captain Cook in The Greatest Show in the Galaxy
  • Denys Hawthorne (Asst. Commissioner Anderson, 1841-1918) was Rudge in Terror of the Vervoids
  • Roger Ashton Griffiths (Rodman) was Quayle in Robot of Sherwood
  • Trevor Baxter (Lanyon) first played Professor Litefoot in The Talons of Weng-Chiang, and reprised the role for Big Finish's spin-off audio series, Jago and Litefoot (2009 to present)
  • Jon Croft (Thackeray) was Tom Girton in The Daemons
  • Martin Friend (Vendor) was Styggron in The Android Invasion
  • Roy Evans (Doorkeeper) was Trantis in The Daleks' Master Plan, Bert in The Green Death, and a Miner in The Monster of Peladon
  • Gertan Klauber (Louis Diemschultz) was the Galley Master in (episode 2 of) The Romansand Ola in The Macra Terror
  • Jon Laurimore (Inspector Spratling) was Count Federico in The Masque of Mandragora
  • John Normington (Dresser) was Trau Morgus in The Caves of Androzani, and Trevor Sigma in The Happiness Patrol
  • Frank Jarvis (Passerby) was the Corporal in The War Machine (3), Ankh in Underworld, and Skart in The Power of Kroll
  • Eric Mason (Publican) was Smedley in The Sea Devils, and Green in The Mind of Evil
  • Ronald Nunnery (Davis) was a Kaled Councillor in Genesis of the Daleks (1)
  • Iain Rattray (Cop) was Habris in State of Decay
  • David Ryall (Bowyer) voiced Carthok/Valentine in Phantasmagoria (BF, 1999)
  • Michael Jayston (Narrator) played the Valeyard in The Trial of a Time Lord season, then reprised the role for Big Finish's Unbound: He Jests at Scars (2003), Trial of the Valeyard (2014) and The Sixth Doctor: The Last Adventure (2015) - he also voiced the Tsar for Serpent Crest: Tsar Wars (AudioGo, 2011)
  • Peter Brayham was also the stunt co-ordinator on The Christmas InvasionNew Earth and School Reunion
  • Raymond Hughes was the costume designer on The Invisible Enemy too
  • Sandra Exelby was a make-up artist on The Time Warrior too
BBC1's Jack the Ripper (1973) featured Doctor Who guest stars Stratford Johns, Frank Windsor, Christopher Benjamin, Kenneth Thornett, Chris Gannon, Maurice O'Connell, Frank Gatliff, Cyril Shaps, Brian Badcoe, Norman Henry, Terry Bale, Alan Chuntz, Sean Caffrey, Christopher Burgess, Mark Eden, Bernard Kay, Morris Perry, Hilary Sesta (who also appeared in Murder By Decree), Sonnie Willis, Colin Thomas, Eric Mason, Wendy Williams, Eric Dodson, Chris Gannon, Roy Pattison, David Neal, Kenneth Colley, Margaret Pilleau, John Rolfe, Stanley Price, Keith James, George Raistrick, Geoffrey Todd and Will Stampe.

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Doctor Who Vs. The Plague of the Zombies

Shown again on the Horror channel today, this film was
another typically gothic feature from the iconic Hammer
stable. Released in 1966, the cast was headed by André
Morell (born Cecil Andre Mesritz in London in 1909) as 
Sir James Forbes, the only actor to portray Professor 
Bernard Quatermass (pictured in the BBC's Quatermass
 and the Pit in 1959) and to appear later on Doctor Who
- he was Marshal Gaspard se Saux-Tavannes in The 
Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Eve.
The production (filmed back-to-back with The Reptile,
which shared the same period Cornish setting and some
of the cast) starred eleven other classic era Doctor Who 
guest actors:

  • Big Finish actress Jacqueline Pearce (Alice here, and Anna in The Reptile) played Chessene of the Franzine Grig in The Two Doctors, then voiced Sherilyn Harper for The Fearmonger (2000), Admiral Mettna for Death Comes to Time, Queen Zafira for Hexagora (2011), and Cardinal Ollistra for The War Doctor releases (2015/2016)
  • John Carson (Hamilton) was Ambril in Snakedance
  • Tim Condren (Young Blood) was a Saxon Warrior in The Time Meddler: Checkmate, a Soldier in (episode 4 of) The Web of Fear, and a Guerilla in Day of the Daleks (1)
  • Marcus Hammond (Martinus) was Antodus in The Daleks
  • Dennis Chinnery (Christian) was Albert C. Richardson in The Chase: Flight Through Eternity, Gharman in Genesis of the Daleks, and Professor Sylvest in The Twin Dilemma (1)
  • Louis Mahoney (Servant) was a Newscaster in Frontier in Space, Ponti in Planet of Evil, and the Older Billy Shipton in Blink
  • Ben Aris (John) was Lieutenant Shears in Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1)
  • Francis Willey (Young Blood) was an uncredited Visian in The Daleks' Master Plan: Coronas of the Sun, and a Guard in The Massacre: Bell of Doom
  • Jolyon Booth (Driver) was Prapillus in The Web Planet
  • Del Watson (Zombie) was an uncredited Alien Guard and a Crimean Soldier in (episodes 6 and 8 of) The War Games
  • stuntman here and on The Reptile, Peter Diamond was a fight arranger and stunt double on eighteen installments, from The Rescue and The Daemons
The Reptile featured these four further Doctor Who connections:
  • Ray Barrett (HG Spalding) was Bennett and Koquillion in The Rescue
  • David Baron (CE Spalding) was Ralpachan in The Abominable Snowmen
  • Harold Goldblatt (Solicitor) was Professor Dale in (episodes 3 and 4 of) Frontier in Space
  • film editor Roy Hyde was the sound editor on Dr. Who and the Daleks

Monday, 7 March 2016

Doctor Who Vs. James Bond, Part 6

Another Bond film season continued on ITV
 yesterday with Roger Moore's fourth stint
as the famous MI6 agent. Moonraker, the eleventh entry in the franchise, was based 
on the spy novel of 1955, itself adapted from Ian Fleming's own potential film treatment. Shot primarily in France, the production was
Eon's most expensive to date (the budget of 
$34 million was almost double that of The 
Spy Who Love Me), but the movie became 
the highest-grossing Bond film until 
GoldenEye
Bernard Lee made his eleventh and final appearance here as M, and Richard Kiel returned as Jaws. Shirley Bassey again performed the title song, her third after Goldfinger and Diamonds are Forever.
Bond's next cinematic assignment was released 1981. The film took its title from
 Fleming's Bond anthology (published in 
1960), and contained elements from the short stories For Your Eyes Only and
 RisicoThe feature was shot on location in Italy, Spain, Greece, the Bahamas 
and the North Sea, with interiors filmed at Pinewood studios. The theme song 
by Sheena Easton (nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe) replaced 
original choice Blondie. Both films featured a total of twenty-two Doctor Who 
cast and crew connections:

MOONRAKER 
  • Peter Bennett (assistant director here and A View to a Kill; unit manager on For Your Eyes Only; and location manager on Octopussy) was the first assistant director on fourteen revived series adventures (from Bad Wolf to The End of Time, and Attack of the Graske), the production manager on four other stories, then produced thirteen further instalments (from The Beast Below to The Zygon Inversion) and Torchwood: Children of Earth
  • Terry Forrestal (Space Fighter here; stunts on Octopussy, Never Say Never Again, A View to a Kill and Goldeneye) was a Tractor Driver on K9 and Company
  • for Derek Meddings, Martin Grace, Dinny Powell, Dorothy Ford and Rick Lester see my other Bond blogs
FOR YOUR EYES ONLY
  • Julian Glover (Kristatos) playde King Richard in The Crusade, and Scaroth in City of Death
  • Graham Crowden (First Sea Lord) was Soldeed in The Horns of Nimon
  • Noel Johnson (Vice Admiral) was King Thous in The Underwater Menace, and Charles Grover MP in Invasion of the Dinosaurs
  • William Hoyland (McGregor) voiced Premier Jaeger for Big Finish's Live 34 (BF, 2005)
  • Paul Brooke (Bunky) voiced Toby for Year of the Pig (BF, 2006)
  • John [aka Juan] Moreno (Ferrara) was Dobson in (episode 2 of) The Ambassadors of Death
  • Laurie Goode (Skier) was a Mutt in The Mutants (1), Time Lord in The Invasion of Time (3), Bandit in The Creature from the Pit (1), Tigellan in Meglos (2), Sailor in Enlightenment, and UNIT Trooper in Battlefield (1)
  • Elizabeth Waller was the costume designer on The Robots of Death too
  • Anthony Waye (assistant director here and Octopussy; production manager on A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill, Skyfall; producer on Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace) was assistant director on both Dalek features
  • Gareth Milne (stunts here and Skyfall) was George Cranleigh in Black Orchid, a Mortuary Attendant in Vengeance on Varos (2), and doubled for Peter Davison on Warriors of the Deep (1)
  • Stuart Fell (stunts here, Octopussy and A View to a Kill) was a stuntman on Terror of the Autons (1) and The Ribos Operation (1), then fight arranger on The Talons of Weng-Chiang and State of Decay, and had roles in thirty-three other episodes (from The Claws of Axos to The Invasion of Time)
  • Nick Wilkinson (stunts here, Octopussy, Never Say Never Again and Licence to Kill; Russian Soldier in The Living Daylights) was a stuntman on The Next Doctor too
  • for Tim Condren, Jim Dowdall and Bill Weston see my other Bond blogs