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

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