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.

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