Monday, 30 May 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Where Eagles Dare

Released in late 1968, this classic World War Two film 
from MGM was shown again on Channel 5 tonight. The 
action centres on a fictional Allied rescue mission in the 
Bavarian Alps.
Scottish novelist Alistair MacLean (1922-1987) wrote both 
the screenplay and the book, his twelfth, at the same time.
The noted phrase used here ("Broadsword calling Danny 
Boy") was referenced by Mark Gatiss in his script for 
Victory of the Daleks.
The cast, headed by Richard Burton (1925-1984), Clint Eastwood (born 1930), Mary Ure, and Michael Hordern,
featured nineteen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Peter Barkworth (Berkeley) played Clent in The Ice Warriors
  • William Squire (Thomas) was the Shadow in The Armageddon Factor
  • Jack Silk (Officer) was a stuntman on The Daemons 
  • Robert Beatty (Carnaby) was General Cutler in The Tenth Planet
  • Neil McCarthy (MacPherson) was Barnham in The Mind of Evil, and Thawn in The Power of Kroll
  • Anton Diffring (Kramer) was another Nazi, De Flores in Silver Nemesis
  • Derren Nesbitt (Von Hapen) was Tegana (pictured) in Marco Polo, and voiced Thomas Dodd for Big Finish's Spare Parts (2002) and Quences in Unbound: Auld Mortality (2003)
  • Ingrid Pitt (Heidi) and Ian McCulloch (Officer) both starred in Warriors of the Deep, as Solow and Nilson respectively, and the former was also Queen Galleia in The Time Monster - Pitt and her husband, Tony Rudlin, submitted a Doctor Who script in 1984, which was eventually produced as The Macros by Big Finish (2010)
  • Richard Beale (Orderly) voiced a Refusian in The Ark, and a Broadcaster for The Macra Terror, then appeared as Bat Masterson in The Gunfighters, and as a Minister in The Green Death
  • Derek Newark (Major) was Za in 100,000 BC, and Greg Sutton in Inferno
  • extra Jim Dowdall had three uncredited classic era roles - a Guerilla in Day of the Daleks, a Guard in Genesis of the Daleks, and a Warnsman in Frontios
  • Max Faulkner (Hartmann) was Corporal Adams in The Android Invasion, and Nesbin in The Invasion of Time, and had uncredited roles in eight other stories of the 1970's
  • Harry Fielder (Soldier) a veteran of fifteen 'classic' era appearances, was a Guard (in serials PP, ZZZ, 4L, 4P, 5A, 5F, 5Z), a Crewman (SS, 4T), a Vogan (4D), an Assassin (4Q), a Tigellan (5Q), and a Krarg in Shada 
  • Nigel Lambert (Soldier) was Hardin in The Leisure Hive
  • Jim Tyson (Innkeeper) was the Bald Man in The Chase: Flight Through Eternity
  • stuntman Alf Joint doubled for Burton here, and was later stunt arranger on Battlefield
  • Ted Lloyd and Anthony Waye both worked on Dr. Who and the Daleks - as the production manager and assistant director respectively

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 
Cafolla.
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, and 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, 21 May 2016

Doctor Who Vs. The Monocled Mutineer

Shown over four consecutive Sunday nights from
August 31 to September 21 1986 to 10 million viewers
on BBC1, this seminal work attracted controversy from
the right-wing press, who again accused the BBC of
left-wing bias.
The historical drama was written by Alan Bleasdale
and was adapted from the book by William Allison and
John Fairley (Quartet, 1978). These authors also faced criticism from the Tory-supporting newspapers.
The BBC had originally approached Bleasdale in 1981
to adapt the book, which dramatised the life of Percy
Toplis (1896-1920), a British Army deserter present
at the Etaples mutiny of September 1917, during the
First World War.
The series was only repeated once by the BBC, in
1988. The VHS release of 1999 was followed by a
DVD version in 2007.
As part of the Corporation's commemoration of the
start of the Great War, Matthew Sweet examined the impact of The Monocled Mutineer in Free Thinking, broadcast on Radio 3 in April 2014.
This BAFTA winning drama began a rare repeat run on Forces TV last night, and
 featured Best Actor nominee Paul McGann (pictured in his breakthrough role
as Toplis), and twenty-two other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Penelope Wilton (Lady Angela) played Harriet Jones MP in Aliens of LondonWorld War ThreeThe Christmas Invasion and The Stolen Earth
  • Cherie Lunghi (Dorothy) voiced Lady Adela for Big Finish's The Emerald Tiger (2012)
  • Ron Donachie (Strachan) was a Steward in Tooth and Claw
  • Timothy West (Thomson) voiced Kai Tobias for Phobos (BF, 2007), Turvey for Cuddlesome (BF, 2008), and Dr. Magnus Soames for House of Blue Fire (BF, 2011)
  • David Allister (Asser) was Stimson in The Leisure Hive, and Bruchner in Terror of the Vervoids
  • Philip McGough (Woodhall) was Calder in Resurrection of the Daleks
  • Richard Ireson (Ritchie) was Axus in The Krotons, and a Soldier in The Mind Robber
  • Noel Coleman (Sir John) was Smythe in The War Games
  • Malcolm Terris (Johnson) was Etnin in The Dominators, and the Co-Pilot in The Horns of Nimon
  • Eric Mason (Sergeant Major) was Green in The Mind of Evil, and Smedley in The Sea Devils
  • Anthony Calf (Guinness) made his TV debut as Charles in The Visitation, and voiced Lord Barset in Frozen Time (BF, 2007)
  • Jim Carter (Spencer) voiced Brother Bernard in The Book of Kells (BF, 2010)
  • John Owens (C.O.) was Thorpe in The Daemons
  • Big Finish artist Rowena Cooper (Miss Cruikshank) voiced La Concierge for Demon's Quest: The Demon of Paris (AudioGo, 2010), Emily Shaw for The Companion Chronicles: The Last Post (2012) and The Cloisters of Terror (2015), Jean Bazemore for Jago & Litefoot 11and Mother Superior for The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield: The Unbound Universe (both 2016)
  • John Benfield (Extra) voiced Don for Circular Time: Autumn (BF, 2007), and Captain Greeg for The Song of Megaptera (BF, 2010)
  • David Arlen (Warrior Guard in The Mutants), Terry Paris (a Grecian Wrestler in Four to Doomsday), Timothy Block (Tanner in Black Orchid), and Iestyn Jones (an ISA crewman in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship) were all extras here
  • Tariq Anwar was also the film editor on The Sun Makers and The Five Doctors
  • Matthew Kuipers was production manager on K9 & Company too
  • Graham Brown was also a SFX assistant on Resurrection of the Daleks and Attack of the Cybermen, uncredited VFX assistant on (part 4 of) Full CircleThe Five DoctorsThe Caves of Androzani (4) and Revelation of the Daleks (2), then VFX designer on The Curse of Fenric

Doctor Who Vs. Wycliffe, Series 5

Leeds-born actor Jack Shepherd returned as WJ Burley's Cornish detective for the fifth and final season of HTV's popular crime drama, and was again joined by Jimmy Yuill, Helen Masters (as Inspectors Kersey and Lane), Tim Wylton (Franks), Michael Attwell (DCC Stevens), Charlie Hayes (Ruth) and Lynne Farleigh (as Helen). Shepherd also directed two episodes.
The six-part series (all original screenplays and first broadcast in the spring of 1998) began another repeat run on ITV3 last night, and featured fifteen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

On Offer (UK TX: May 17)
  • Sally Faulkner (Sian) played Isobel Watkins (pictured) in The Invasion, and voiced Miss Tremayne for Big Finish's Winter for the Adept (2000)
  • John Abbott (Farthing) was Vince Hawkins in Horror of Fang Rock
  • John Joyce (Hardie) was Garvin in The Daemons
  • Glenn Marks (Oaksey) was the stunt co-ordinator on Human NatureThe Family of Blood and Blink
  • third assistant director Steffan Morris was second assistant on thirty-four stories, from Rose to Let's Kill Hitler, and Torchwood
Time Out (UK TX: May 24)
  • Gerard Horan (DS Caplin) was Mr. Clark/Father of Mine in The Family of Blood two-parter
  • John Flanagan (Lassiter) scripted Meglos with Andrew McCulloch
Standing Stone (UK TX: May 31)
  • Ralph Watson (Combes) was the Generator Scientist in The Underwater Menace, Captain Knight in The Web of Fear, Ettis in The Monster of Peladon, and Ben Travers in Horror of Fang Rock
  • Helen Griffin (Jenny) was Mrs. Moore in Rise of the Cybermen and The Age of Steel, then voiced Director Cardell for Cobwebs (BF, 2010)
Feeding the Rat (UK TX: June 7)
  • Chris Jury (Penwarren) was Deadbeat in The Greatest Show in the Galaxy
Scope (UK TX: June 21)
    • Donald Pickering (Cook) was Eyesen in The Keys of Marinus, Blade in The Faceless Ones, and Beyus in Time and the Rani
    Land's End (UK TX: July 5)
    • Brian Croucher (DS Healey) was Borg in The Robots of Death, and Kurt in the spin-off video drama, Shakedown: Return of the Sontarans
    • John Castle (Selby) voiced Edmund Trevithick for Nightshade (BF, 2016)
    • Albert Welling (Technician) was the Fuhrer in Let's Kill Hitler
    • Gareth Skelding was also the location manager on forty-four adventures (from The Christmas Invasion to The Big Bang), and Torchwood: Miracle Day

    Sunday, 8 May 2016

    Doctor Who Vs. Waking the Dead, Series 4

    Actors Trevor Eve, Sue Johnston, Wil Johnson, Holly Aird,
    and Claire Goose all returned for the fourth season of this
    BBC crime drama series, which first aired in the summer of 2004. The finale episode saw the death of DS Mel Silver
    (Goose) and the departure of Dr. Frankie Wharton (Aird).
    Following an International Emmy award nomination for
    series two, and the Drama Series award won a year later, Waking the Dead was re-commissioned for two 
    further seasons (with an increased episode count from
    this series).
    This twelve-part series began another repeat run on the
    Drama channel last night, and featured another forty
    Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

    In Sight of the Lord (UK TX: July 11 & 12)
    • Geoffrey Bayldon (Atkinson) is the oldest actor (born in 1924) to play the Doctor in any medium - he voiced an Unbound Doctor for Big Finish plays Auld Mortality (2003) and A Storm of Angels (2005), and he was Organon in The Creature from the Pit
    • Clive Standen (Raynor) was Private Harris in The Sontaran Stratagem, The Poison Sky and Turn Left
    • JJ Field (Western) voiced David McCallister for Blue Forgotten Planet (BF, 2009)
    • Richard Mayes (Raynor) was Chief Baxter in Fury from the Deep
    • Alibe Parsons (Carmen) was Matroni Kani in Mindwarp
    • Clive Wood (Clayton) was the Roman Commander in The Pandorica Opens, and Voiced Rugosa for The Rosemariners (BF, 2012)
    • Charles Jarman was a stuntman on The Lazarus Experiment too
    • series associate producer Michael Treen was production manager on The Twin Dilemma
    • Adam Trotman was the film editor on Last Christmas too
    False Flag (UK TX: July 18 & 19)
    • Timothy West (Doyle) voiced Kai Tobias for Phobos (BF, 2007), Ronald Turvey for Cuddlesome (BF, 2008), and Dr. Magnus Soames for House of Blue Fire (BF, 2011)
    • Danny Webb (Havering) was Mr. Jefferson in The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit
    • Tom Georgeson (Cooper) was Kavell in Genesis of the Daleks, and an Inspector in Logopolis
    • Dan Morgan (Doyle) voiced Locke and Warders for The Infinite Quest
    • Peter De Jersey (Reed) was Androgar in The Day of the Doctor
    Fugue States (UK TX: July 25 & 26)
    • Denise Black (Ingrid) voiced Eva Jericho for Damaged Goods (BF, 2015), and Mrs. Mountford for The Haunting of Malkin Place (new for 2017)
    • Silas Carson (DI Crowther) provided the Alien voices for The End of the World, then Ood voices for The Impossible PlanetThe Satan PitPlanet of the Ood and The End of Time
    • Rocky Taylor was a stuntman on The Idiot's Lantern too
    • dialogue editor Doug Sinclair the sound editor on forty-two revived series episodes, from Rose to The Waters of MarsTorchwoodThe Sarah Jane Adventures and The Infinite Quest
    Anger Management (UK TX: August 1 & 2)
    • Nigel Terry (Jacobs) was General Cobb in The Doctor's Daughter
    • Andrew Tiernan (Keetch) was Mr Purcell in Night Terrors
    • Eva Alexander (Lucy) was the Nurse in Let's Kill Hitler
    • TP McKenna (Brown) was Captain Cook in The Greatest Show in the Galaxy 
    • April Walker (Mrs Hayworth) was originally cast as Sarah Jane Smith in 1973, and even attended rehearsals for The Time Warrior
    • series production manager Christian Reynish was location manager on The Hungry Earth and Cold Blood
    The Hardest Word (UK TX: August 8 & 9)
    • Phil Daniels (DS Bulmer) voiced Geoffrey Plum for The Adventure Games: The Gunpowder Plot
    • Julian Glover (Laurence) was King Richard in The Crusade, and Scaroth in City of Death
    • Phyllida Law (Mrs Carstairs), James Dreyfus (Raymond) and Francesca Miller (Annie) all appeared in The Sarah Jane Adventures - the former also voiced Belldonia for The Bride of Peladon (BF, 2008)
    • Paul Reynolds (DS Marvin) voiced Lyam Yce for Absolute Power (BF, new for 2016) 
    • Big Finish actor Damian Lynch (PC Green) voiced Benjamin Chikoto forThe Companion ChroniclesGhost in the Machine (2013), Curbishley for Masters of Earth, Michael Newman for The Early Adventures: An Ordinary Life (both 2014), Marshall for Requiem for the Rocket Men, Scott Delaney for Damaged Goods (both 2015), and Ego for The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield 3: The Unbound Universe (new for 2016)
    Shadowplay (UK TX: August 15 & 16)
    • Paul Kaye (Dr. Carney) was Albar Prentis (pictured) in Under the Lake and Before the Flood
    • Lucy Gaskell (Fay) was Kathy Nightingale in Blink
    • Kenneth Cope (Harding) was Packard in Warriors' Gate
    • Lois Baxter (QC Joyce) was Lamia in The Androids of Tara
    • Paul Smith was also the prop master on fifteen recent installments, from Asylum of the Daleks to The Day of the Doctor
    • series unit manager Christian Reynish was location manager on The Hungry Earth and Cold Blood
    • Simon Clark was the sound recordist on An Adventure in Space and Timetoo
    • series assistant sound mixer Andy Hagon was the foley mixer on The Empty Child
    • Warwick Drucker was additional grip on Rose and Aliens of London too

    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.

    Monday, 2 May 2016

    Doctor Who Vs. Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: The Moving Finger

    Agatha Christie's thirty-third crime novel (and one of 
    her favourites) was serialised (heavily abridged) in 1942 for the American magazine, Collier's Weekly, then was
    issued in Britain in the Woman's Pictorial later that year.
    The Moving Finger (the third Marple volume) was faithfully adapted by BBC1 as their second Miss Marple serial, and 
    was first shown in two parts in February 1985. An ITV
    version followed in 2006.
    Joan Hickson again portrayed the amateur sleuth from 
    St. Mary Mead, and the mystery (repeated again on the
     Alibi channel today) featured these fourteen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

    • Sabina Franklyn (Joanna) voiced Dr. Eleanor Harcourt for Big Finish's Bang-Bang-A-Boom! (2002), Wanda Rothman for Situation Vacant (2010), and Herculania for Judoon in Chains (new for 2016)
    • John Arnatt (Reverend Calthrop) played Chancellor Borusa in The Invasion of Time
    • Martin Fisk (Griffith) was Vargos in The Leisure Hive
    • Penelope Lee (Partridge) provided the Computer Voice for Revelation of the Daleks, and was one of several actresses considered for the role of Barbara Wright in 1963
    • Imogen Bickford-Smith (Elsie) was Tal (pictured) in Underworld 
    • Victor Maddern (PC Johnson) was Chief Robson in Fury from the Deep
    • Patsy Smart (Mrs Cleat) was the Ghoul in The Talons of Weng-Chiang
    • Elizabeth Counsell (Angela) voiced Abigail Woburn for Jago & Litefoot: The Hourglass Killers (BF, 2012)
    • production associate George Gallaccio was an uncredited PA on (part 6 of) Planet of the Daleks and Invasion of the Dinosaurs (6), then production unit manager on eight other stories (from Robot to The Seeds of Doom)
    • Bernard Ashby edited Arc of Infinity too
    • Graham Walker was also film editor on DalekFather's DayBoom TownBad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways
    • Juley Harding was also the PA on Black Orchid and The Caves of Androzani
    • location manager Tony Redston was production manager on The Mark of the Rani and Time and the Rani
    • Paul Allen was also production designer on The Seeds of DeathSpearhead from Space and Horror of Fang Rock
    BBC Radio 4 transmitted an adaptation of The Moving Finger in May 
    2001. June Whitfield again voiced Miss Marple, and was joined by these
    Doctor Who co-stars:
    • Nicholas Boulton (Burton) was a Businessman in Gridlock
    • Clare Corbett (Joanna) voiced Ernestina Stott for The Dead Shoes, and a Nun for A Sting in the Tale, both for the Hornet's Nest series (AudioGo, 2009)
    • Annabelle Dowler (Megan) was Walter's Mother in The Snowmen