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.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Doctor Who Vs. James Bond, Part 8

ITV's latest Bond film season continued on ITV 
yesterday with Roger Moore's seventh and final stint as the famous MI6 spy, Agent 007.
Although another original screenplay, the title of 
the fourteenth instalment in Eon's franchise was 
taken from Fleming's 1960 Bond anthology, For 
Your Eyes Only.
The feature's main location filming was undertaken
 in France, San Francisco, Switzerland, Iceland and, with interiors again filmed at Pinewood studios, and Duran Duran provided the opening theme song. Released in 1985, A View to a Kill also marked Lois Maxwell's last appearance - she had played Miss Moneypenny since Dr. No in 1962.
Following the financial and critical disappointment 
of Moore's swansong, Pierce Brosnan, the Irish-
born star of Remington Steele, was offered the 
part of Bond in 1986. However, due to contractual obligations to his employers at NBC, Brosnan was
 forced to remain on the failing TV show and the 
Welsh actor Timothy Dalton was cast instead (Brosnan would eventually adopt 007's mantle in 1994).
The Living Daylights, Dalton's debut, became the fourth most successful entry in
the series, but Licence to Kill (1989) did not perform as well in the all important American market. Due to a four-year legal battle between MGM and Eon, Dalton's intended third film was ultimately cancelled, and he relinquished the role.
These three films featured a total of thirty-nine Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

    • David Yip (Chuck Lee) and Ron Tarr (Guard) both appeared in Destiny of the Daleks, as Veldan and Prisoner respectively
    • Tony Sibbald (Foreman) was Huckle in Terror of the Zygons
    • stuntman Bronco McLoughlin (here and Tomorrow Never Dies) was an uncredited Soldier in (part 3 of) The Masque of Mandragora
    • Bunty Phillips was a make-up artist on Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD too
    • Trevor Steedman (stuntman here, Goldeneye and Tomorrow Never Dies) began his career as Seabase Guard in Warriors of the Deep
    • for Anthony Waye, Peter Bennett, Tracey Eddon, Martin Grace, Bill Weston, Stuart Fell, Simon Crane, Peter Diamond, Terrry Forrestal, Tex Fuller, Fred Haggerty, Paul Heasman, Nick Hobbs, Rick Lester, Mark McBride, Valentino Musetti, Dinny Powell, Eddie Powell, Roy Street and Chris Webb see my other Bond blogs
    • Maryam d'Abo (Kara) voiced Genevieve for Frozen Time (BF, 2007)
    • Art Malik (Kamran Shah) voiced Abbot Absolute for The Skull of Sobek (BF, 2008)
    • Virginia Hey (Rubavitch) voiced Bengel for White Ghosts (BF, 2014)
    • Alan Talbot (Minder) was an Extra on Black Orchid (1), Snakedance (4), and The Mark of the Rani
    • Carl Rigg (Imposter) was Varlin in The Power of Kroll
    • Antony Carrick (Secretary) was Captain Rossini in The Masque of Mandragora
    • Leslie French (Attendant) was the Mathematician in Silver Nemesis
    • Graham Cole (Agent) made ten uncredited appearances in the classic run - he was a Krarg in Shada, Player in The Leisure Hive (1), a Marshman in Full Circle, the Melkur in The Keeper of Traken (and part 2 of Time Flight), a Kinda, a Cyberman in Earthshock and The Five Doctors, Crewman in Resurrection of the Daleks (1), and Jacondan in The Twin Dilemma (1)
    • Michael Percival (Chef) was the Inspector in The Vampires of Venice
    • Kerry Shale (Voice) was Dr. Renfrew in Day of the Moon
    • Michael Moor (Kamran's Man) was an Extra on The Silurians (6)
    • stuntman Steve Whyment was an Extra in The Keeper of Traken and Snakedance
    • Dalton played President Rassilon in The End of Time
    • Christopher Neame (Fallon) was Skagra in Shada
    • for Marc Boyle and Nick Wilkinson see my other blogs

    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, 21 March 2016

    Doctor Who Vs. James Bond, Part 7

    Another Bond film season continued on ITV yesterday with Roger Moore's sixth stint as the famous MI6 spy, Agent 007. The title of the thirteenth entry in Eon's franchise was taken from Fleming's 1966 Bond anthology, Octopussy and the Living Daylights
    Although an original screenplay, the plot was loosely based on another short story, The Property of a Lady (1967).
    The feature's main location filming was undertaken 
    in India, England and Berlin, with interiors filmed at Pinewood studios, and Rita Coolidge provided the opening theme song. Following the death of Bernard 
    Lee in 1981, Robert Brown made his first of four appearances here as M. Moore's next stint as Bond, 
    A View to a Kill (1985), would be his last. 
    Bond's next cinematic assignment was also released in 1983 - the non-Eon production was Sean Connery's seventh and final performance as the spy. 
    Warner Bros' Never Say Never Again was based on Thunderball (1961), previously adapted by Eon in 
    1965. Edward Fox, Alec McCowen and Pamela Salem now played M, Q and Moneypenny respectively. 
    Both films featured a total of twenty-one Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

    • Steven Berkoff (Orlov) played the Shakri in The Power of Three
    • Philip Voss (Auctioneer) was Acomat in Marco Polo, and Wahed in (episode 1 of) The Dominators
    • Patrick Barr (Ambassador) was Jack Hobson in The Moonbase
    • Gertan Klauber (Bubi here; and CafĂ© Owner in The Living Daylights)
    • David Grahame (Attendant) was the Galley Master in The Romans, and Ola in The Macra Terror
    • Michael Moor (Thug here; and Kamran's Man in The Living Daylights) was an Extra in The Silurians (6)
    • RJ Bell (German) began his career as the Garm in Terminus
    • Jennifer Hill (Wife) was Mrs. Peace in The Unquiet Dead
    • Ingrid Pitt (Galley Mistress) was Queen Galleai in The Time Monster, Solow in Warriros of the Deep, and also submitted a Doctor Who script in 1984 with her husband Tony Rudlin, which was eventually produced as The Macros by Big Finish (2010)
    • stuntman Timothy 'Tip' Tipping was the stunt arranger on Remembrance of the DaleksThe Curse of Fenric and Survival
    • child actor Gary Russell (Teen in Car) wrote and directed Real Time, adapted and produced Shada for Big Finish, then directed The Infinite Quest and Dreamland, produced The Gunpowder Plot, and served as script editor on TorchwoodMusic of the SpheresCity of the DaleksBlood of the CybermenThe Waters of MarsThe End of Time and The Sarah Jane Adventures pilot
    • Salem (Miss Moneypenny) provided a Xoanon voice for The Face of Evil (3), was Toos in The Robots of Death, and Professor Rachel Jenson for Remembrance of the Daleks
    • Rowan Atkinson (Small-Fawcett) was the Ninth Doctor in The Curse of the Fatal Death 
    • Ronald Pickup (Elliott) made his TV debut as the Physician in The Reign of Terror: The Tyrant of France, and voiced Kestorian for Time Works (BF, 2006), and Elder Bones for Spaceport Fear (2013)
    • Sylvia Marriott (Minister) was Lexa's Follower in Meglos
    • Derek Deadman (Porter) was Sontaran Commander Stor in The Invasion of Time
    • Tony Alleff (Auctioneer) was a Gaztak in Meglos
    • Brenda Kempner (Masseuse) was Mrs. Grose in Ghost Light
    • Valentino Musetti (stunts here, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights, Licence to Kill and Tomorrow Never Dies) made six uncredited appearances in the classic series - he was a Mongol Bandit in Marco Polo: Riders from Shang-Tu, a Saracen Warrior in The Crusade: The Lion, an Egyptian in (episodes 9 and 10 of) The Daleks' Master Plan, a Prisoner in The Mind of Evil, and an extra in Colony in Space (1), and The Time Monster (1)
    • Tracey Eddon (stunts here, A View to a Kill, Goldeneye and The World is Not Enough) was a stunt performer on (part 2 of) Remembrance of the Daleks
    • for Terry Walsh, Billy Horrigan, Marc Boyle, Terry Forrestal, Dinny Powell, Eddie Powell, Roy Street, Rocky Taylor, Nick Wilkinson, and Bill Weston see my other Bond blogs

    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 
    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:

    • 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
    • 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