Monday, 30 May 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Messiah, Series 5: The Rapture

Again co-produced by BBC Northern Ireland and Great Meadow, this dark and gritty two-part thriller (the fourth and final sequel to Messiahwhich was based on the 1999 crime novel by Boris Starling), was an original sceenplay from Oliver Brown. 
Northampton-born actor Marc Warren  now led the cast as new DCI Joseph Walker, alongside Marsha Thomason and Daniel Ryan as Detective Sergeants Mel Palmer and Terry Hedges.
First shown over two consecutive nights in January 2008, Messiah V began another repeat run on the
Drama channel last night, and featured thirteen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
  • Warren appeared in Love & Monsters as Elton Pope (pictured)
  • Ryan played Biff Cane in Midnight
  • Rory Kinnear (Dean) voiced Samuel Belfrage for Big Finish's Industrial Evolution (2011)
  • Big Finish artist Niall Macgregor (Moore) voiced Robert for Home Truths (2008), The Drowned World (2009), and The Guardian of the Solar System (2010)
  • Nina Sosanya (Sarah) was Trish Webber in Fear Her, and voiced Captain Anna Maynard for Aquitaine (BF, 2016)
  • Sasha Behar (Salma) was Spurrina in The Fires of Pompeii
  • Paul Kennington was also a stuntman on Rise of the CybermenThe Age of SteelArmy of GhostsDoomsday and The Doctor's Daughter 
  • Nicholas Brown was also first assistant director on eight episodes (from The Curse of the Black Spot to The Name of the Doctor)
  • Roger Dobson (ADR editor), Nigel Squibbs (dialogue editor) and Tony Gibson (sound FX editor) all worked on An Adventure in Space and Time too
  • Adam Ridge was a boom operator on Music of the Spheres too
  • ADR recordist Paul McFadden was dialogue or sound editor on eighty-one installments of the revived run (from Rose to The Power of Three), Time CrashThe Infinite QuestTorchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures

Monday, 23 May 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Messiah, Series 4: The Harrowing

Now co-produced by BBC Northern Ireland 
and Great Meadow, this dark and gritty
 thriller (the third sequel to Messiahwhich 
was based on the 1999 crime novel by Boris Starling), was an original, Edgar 
Award-nominated screenplay from Terry 
This three-part serial saw the final appearance of Ken Stott (as DCI Red Metcalfe) and Neil 
Dudgeon (DI Warren), and guest roles for 
prolific actors Maxine Peake and Hugo Speer 
as new Metropolitan Police detectives, DS 
Vickie Clarke and DI Jack Price. Stott and 
Peake were later reunited on Hancock & Joan
A fifth and final serial aired in 2008, with the cast led by Marc Warren.
First shown over three consecutive nights
 in late August 2005, Messiah IV concluded another repeat run on the Drama channel last night, and featured thirteen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
  • Helen McCrory (Dr. Price) played Rosanna Calvierri (pictured) in The Vampires of Venice
  • Aaron Neil (Cotter) and Anthony May (Brown) both starred in Big Finish's All-Consuming Fire (2015) as Tir Ram and Baron Maupertuis respectively - Neil also voiced Sanukuma Master for The Diary of River Song 1, Aramatz for The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield: The Unbound Universe, Stephano, Klossi, Trink and Setebos all for Maker of Demons, and David for UNIT: Silenced (all 2016), he also appeared as Mr. Dunlop in The Magician's Apprentice
  • Harriet Walter (Professor Robb) voiced Beatrice Mapp for The Boy That Time Forgot (BF, 2008)
  • Russell Tovey (McManus) was Midshipman Alonso Frame in Voyage of the Damned and The End of Time, Part 2
  • Andrew McCulloch (Father James) co-wrote Meglos
  • Garry Marriott (Paramedic) had the same role in The Lazarus Experiment
  • Derek Ezenagu (CSO) voiced both Ruslan and Ivo for Doom Coalition 2 (BF, 2016)
  • David Malinowski was also a SFX make-up artist on The Time of Angels and The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith, and was a prosthetics technician on The Waters of Mars and The End of Time
  • camera operator Steve Lawes was focus puller on all five episodes, from Rose to World War Three
  • Gerry O'Riordan was also the music recordist on sixty-eight stories (from The Christmas Invasion to The Husbands of River Song) and Torchwood: Children of Earth
  • series prosthetics designer Waldo Mason was a SFX assistant on Aliens of London
  • Vince McGahon was also steadicam operator on The Vampires of Venice and Vincent and the Doctor

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Date With History: 1915

May 7th, 2.10 pm: The Cunard liner, RMS Lusitania, was torpedoed by the German
 U-Boat U20, and sank in only 18 minutes, just 11 miles from the Irish coast. 
Of the 1,959  passengers and crew on board, only 761 survived.
Although the sinking was universally condemned (and widely exploited in
 propaganda and recruiting campaigns), America didn't enter World War I for
another two years.