Monday, 13 June 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Mrs. Caldicot's Cabbage War

This independent British comedy feature premiered at
 German then Moscow film festivals, and was released
in UK cinemas in 2003.
The story here (based on the book by Vernon Coleman) centres on housewife Thelma Caldicot (played by Pauline Collins and pictured in Tooth and Claw), who finally
becomes free of her boorish husband when he's killed by
 a cricket ball, only to be confined to a retirement home
by her son Derek (played by Peter Capaldi). Upset with
 the care she and the other patients receive, Thelma 
leads a revolt.
The film was shown again on Channel 5 yesterday, and featured Camille Coduri (as Jackie) and thirteen other 
Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Sheila Reid (Joye) was Etta in Vengeance on Varos, Clara's Gran in The Time of the Doctor and Dark Water, and voiced Claire Summerfield for Big Finish's The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield: Good Night, Sweet Ladies (2014), and Janaiya for The Middle (2017)
  • Frank Mills (Leslie) was the Telescope Director in Terror of the Autons
  • Isla Blair (Matron) was Lady Isabella Fitzwilliam in The King's Demons, and voiced Paula for Exotron (BF, 2007)
  • Paul Freeman (Jenkins) voiced Jalnik for The Foe from the Future (BF, 2012)
  • Martin Jarvis (JB) was Hilio in The Web PlanetButler for Invasion of the Dinosaurs, and the Governor in Vengeance on Varos, and voiced Nigel Rochester for Jubilee (BF, 2003) 
  • Wanda Ventham (Victoria) was Jean Rook in The Faceless Ones, Thea Ransome in Image of the Fendahl, and Faroon in Time and the Rani
  • Angela Bruce (Gina) was UNIT Brigadier Winifred Bambera in Battlefield, a role she reprised for Animal (BF, 2011)
  • Annette Badland (Cook) was Margaret Blaine, alias Blon Fel Fotch Pasameer-Day Slitheen, in Aliens of London, World War Three and Boom Town, and voiced Queen Karlina for Equilibrium and Thelma for Suburban Hell (BF, both 2015)
  • Nicholas McArdle (Dale) was De Vries in The Stones of Blood
  • Jamie Bradley (Driver) was Strood in Bad Wolf
  • Lisa Kay (Sally) voiced Alayna for Empire of the Racnoss (BF, 2017)
  • Rocky Taylor was a stuntman on The Idiot's Lantern too
  • unit manager Peter Bennett was first assistant director on fourteen stories (from Bad Wolf to The End of Time), production manager on The Doctor's DaughterMidnightThe Stolen Earth and Journey's End, then produced another twelve episodes (from The Beast Below to Series 9)

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