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

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