Sunday, 31 July 2016

Doctor Who On This Day #213

1970 The Moonbase, Episode 4 and The Macra Terror, Episode 2 both
repeated on TV1 (NZ); The Evil of the Daleks, Episode 5 repeated and Episode
7 first screened, both on TV1; The Mind Robber, Episode 5 repeated on ABC;
and The Invasion, Episodes 1, 3 and 4 repeated, and Episode 5 first screened,
all on ABC
1977 The Time Warrior, Part 4, Death to the Daleks, Parts 1 and 4, The 
Monster of Peladon, Part 1 and Genesis of the Daleks, Part 3 all repeated
on ABC
1978 - The Monster of Peladon, Part 2 and Genesis of the Daleks, Parts 1
and 3 all repeated on ABC
1979 - The Monster of Peladon, Part 6 and Planet of the Spiders, Parts 1
and 3 all repeated on ABC
1980 The Power of Kroll, Part 4 and The Armageddon Factor, Part 2 both
repeated on ABC
1981 - Horror of Fang Rock, Part 3 repeated on KQED Plus
1982 RobotPart 1 repeated on KQED Plus
1984 The Power of Kroll, Part 4 repeated on KQED Plus
1985 Frontier in Space, Episode 5 repeated on KQED Plus
1986 - Warriors of the Deep, Part 2 repeated on KQED Plus
1987 - The Three Doctors, Episode 3 repeated on KQED Plus
1988 - The Rescue Omnibus repeated on KQED Plus
1989 The Talons of Weng-Chiang, Part 5 repeated on ABC
1990 Spearhead from Space, Episode 1 repeated on KQED Plus; and
The Armageddon Factor, Part 5 repeated on ABC
1991 Kinda, Part 1 repeated on KQED Plus
1992 - Death to the Daleks, Part 4 repeated on KQED Plus
1993 - Terror of the Vervoids Omnibus repeated on KQED Plus
1994 The Keeper of Traken Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
1995 The Time Warrior, Part 3 repeated on UK Gold; and Four to Doomsday
Omnibus repeated on KQED Plus
1997 The Seeds of Doom, Part 4 repeated on UK Gold; and The Hand of Fear
Part 2 repeated on UKTV (Aus)
1998 The War Machines, Episode 3 repeated on Space; and Ghost Light,
Part 3 repeated on UKTV (Aus)
1999 The Dalek Invasion of Earth, Episode 5: The Waking Ally repeated
on Space; The Time Monster, Episodes 2 and 3 both repeated on Iowa PTV;
Invasion of the Dinosaurs, Parts 2 to 6 all repeated on MPT; Genesis of the 
Daleks, Part 3 repeated on Colorado PTV and Part 4 repeated on BBC Choice
and Colorado PTV; Revenge of the Cybermen, Parts 1 and 2 both repeated on
BBC America; The Brain of Morbius, Part 4 first screened on Prairie PTV; The 
Androids of Tara, Part 4 repeated on BBC Prime; and Castrovalva Omnibus
repeated on UKTV (Aus)
2000 The ArkEpisode 1: The Steel Sky repeated on Prime; The Mind of 
Evil, Episode 4 repeated on UKTV (Aus); The Hand of Fear, Parts 1 and 2
both repeated on BBC America; and The Twin Dilemma Omnibus repeated
on KQED Plus
2001 Warriors' GatePart 1 repeated on UKTV (Aus)
2002 Robot, Part 3 repeated on BBC Kids (Canada); and The Curse of Fenric
Part 2 repeated on BBC Prime
2003 Revenge of the Cybermen, Part 3 repeated on Tele 5; and The Stones
of BloodParts 3 and 4 both repeated on BBC Kids (Canada)
2004 Four to Doomsday Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
2005 Planet of Fire, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on Iowa PTV; Mindwarp
Omnibus repeated on UK Gold; and The Unquiet Dead repeated on BBC3
2007 Aliens of London and Doctor Who Confidential: I Get A Sidekick Out 
Of You both repeated on BBC3; World War Three repeated on UKTV (Aus);
and The Long Game repeated on UK Gold
2008 The Monster of Peladon, Parts 2 and 3 both first screened on MTV3 
SciFi; and Bad Wolf repeated on UK Gold
2009 The Parting of the Ways and Doctor Who Confidential: The Last Battle 
both repeated on BBC3; and Doomsday and Doctor Who Confidential: Finale 
both repeated on UNC-MX
2010 Gridlock and Daleks in Manhattan both repeated on AXN SciFi (Poland)
2011 The Two Doctors, Parts 3 to 6 (of 6), The Mark of the Rani Omnibus
and TimelashParts 1 and 2 (of 4) all repeated on MTV3 SciFi; Vincent and 
the Doctor repeated on MPTV; and The Big Bang repeated on BBC3
2012 The Mysterious Planet, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on Syfy (Aus);
World War Three and The Next Doctor both repeated on UKTV (Aus); The Long 
Game and Flesh and Stone both repeated on Watch; Planet of the OodTurn 
Left and The Stolen Earth all repeated on BBC America; The Time of Angels 
and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: Eyes Wide Open both repeated on
ABC2; and Greatest Moments: The Companions repeated on BBC3
2013 Aliens of London repeated on France 4; The Age of Steel repeated
on ABC2; Love & Monsters repeated on RAI4; 42 repeated on Watch; The 
Family of Blood repeated on BBC Entertainment Latin America; Victory of the 
Daleks repeated on Syfy (Portugal); The Hungry Earth first screened on Karusel;
The Pandorica Opens repeated on BBC Entertainment Latin America HD and Syfy (Netherlands); The Big Bang repeated on BBC Entertainment Latin America HD;
 The Impossible Astronaut repeated on Syfy (Spain); and The Name of the Doctor 
first screened on Fox (Germany)
2014 100,000 BC, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on Horror; The Robots of 
Death, Part 3 and The Impossible Planet both repeated on Syfy (Aus); The Age
 of Steel repeated on YLE TV2; Utopia repeated on Watch; Forest of the Dead
repeated on RAI4; The Stolen Earth and Journey's End both repeated on TV3 (Spain); The End of Time, Part 2 repeated on BBC Entertainment Latin America HD; The Time of Angels repeated on Karusel; The Vampires of Venice and
Amy's Choice both repeated on BBC America; The Hungry Earth repeated on
BBC America and KCPT2; The Lodger repeated on Syfy (Portugal); The 
Impossible Astronaut repeated on BBC Entertainment South Africa; and
Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS repeated on Syfy (Spain)
2015 The Sensorites, Episode 7: A Desperate Venture and Planet of Giants
Episode 1 both repeated on Retro TV; Terror of the Autons Omnibus repeated
on UNC-MX; The Sun MakersParts 1 and 2 both repeated on Horror; The Age 
of Steel repeated on Disney XD (US); The Shakespeare Code repeated on
Watch; Voyage of the Damned repeated on FX (India); The Waters of Mars
 repeated on KCPT2; The Eleventh Hour, The Lodger, The Pandorica Opens,
The Big Bang and A Christmas Carol all repeated on Syfy (Aus); The Time 
of Angels repeated on KLRU; The Impossible AstronautThe Angels Take Manhattan and Hide all repeated on BBC Nordic HD and BBC Polska HD; The God Complex repeated on TV Cultura; Dinosaurs on a Spaceship repeated
on BBC America, BBC Nordic HD, BBC Polska HD and ABC2; A Town Called Mercy repeated on BBC America; The Bells of Saint John repeated on Prime; 
Nightmare in Silver and Doctor Who Confidential: About a Boy both repeated
on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific; and The Timey Wimey Stuff of Doctor 
Who and The Destinations of Doctor Who both repeated on UKTV (NZ)
2016 InfernoEpisodes 6 and 7 both repeated on MPTV; Colony in Space
Episodes 1 and 2 both repeated on WVPB and Episode 6 repeated on Retro 
TV; The Daemons, Episodes 1 to 3 all repeated on Retro TV; The Ark in Space Omnibus repeated on WILL; The Sontaran Experiment Omnibus repeated on 
Iowa PTV; Revenge of the Cybermen Omnibus repeated on WXXI; The Android Invasion Omnibus repeated on KERA; The Masque of Mandragora, Part 3
 repeated on KRWG; The Deadly Assassin Omnibus repeated on WFWA; The
 Robots of Death Omnibus repeated on WSRE; The Talons of Weng-Chiang
Omnibus repeated on WYCC; Horror of Fang Rock, Part 4 repeated on KPTS;
Battlefield, Parts 1 and 2 both repeated on KBTC; The Idiot's Lantern repeated
 on KNCT; Human Nature, The Family of Blood, BlinkUtopia and Last of the 
Time Lords all repeated on EBRU; The Sound of Drums repeated on EBRU and
KCPT; Flesh and Stone repeated on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific; The Big BangChristmas Carol and Doctor Who Explained all repeated on AXN 
Mystery; The Angels Take Manhattan, The Bells of Saint John, The Rings 
of Akhaten and Cold War all repeated on Watch; Hide and Time Heist both 
repeated on Syfy (Aus); and Under the Lake and Before the Flood both
repeated on BBC First (Middle East)

Doctor Who Vs. Jonathan Creek, Series 2

Alan Davies and Caroline Quentin again
portrayed amateur detectives, Jonathan Creek
and Maddy Magellan in the second season of
BBC1's BAFTA winning drama, and were joined
here by American actor, Stuart Milligan as
magician Adam Klaus.
Now produced by Verity Lambert (pictured
here in 1964), this season originally aired in
 the winter of 1998, and began another repeat
showing on the Drama channel last night.
This six-part run (again written by series
creator David Renwick) featured Peter
 Davison (as Stephen Claithorne in the
first mystery), and another twenty-three
Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

Danse Macabre 
(UK TX: January 24 1998/9.7M Viewers)
  • Big Finish actor Milligan played President Richard Nixon in The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon, and voiced Colonel Stark for Dreamland, Anthony Chambers for The Reaping (2006), Emerson Whytecrag for Lurkers at Sunlight's Edge (2010), and Garundel for both Black and White (2012) and Starlight Robbery (2013)
  • for regular series crew members John Asbridge (designer), Steve Whyment (stunt co-ordinator) and Chris Lawson (VFX designer), see my blog for Series 1
  • dubbing mixer Laurie Taylor was a studio sound assistant on Castrovalva
  • focus puller James Moss was a camera operator on The Sontaran StratagemThe Poison Sky and Torchwood
  • sound recordist Terry Elms was a sound assistant on (part 1 of) The Masque of Mandragora
Time Waits For Norman (UK TX: January 31/9.1M)
    • Lorelei King (Justine) voiced Mimsy Loyne for Demon Quest: Starfall (AudioGo, 2010)
    • Rob Jarvis (Wino) was Abramal in The Time of the Doctor
    The Scented Room (UK TX: February 7/10.5M)
    • Big Finish artist Jemma Churchill (Elsie) voiced Lady Forleon for Creatures of Beauty (2003), both Salfira Valtris and Dr. Maria Backhouse for Breaking Bubbles and Other Stories, Praska for Signs and Wonders (both 2014), both Farla Janz and Inscape for Philip Hinchcliffe Presents: The Genesis Chamber, and Captain Papas for The Sontarans (both new for 2016)
    • Christine Kavanagh (Lady Theresa) was Aram in Timelashand voiced Patience for Cold Fusion (BF, new for 2016)
    • Peter Copley (Eric) was Dr. Warlock in Pyramids of Mars
    • Lucy Allen (Masseur) was a stunt performer on The Zygon Inversion
    The Problem at Gallows Gate (UK TX: February 14 & 21/8.9M)
    • Clarke Peters (Harper) voiced Night Eagle for Dreamland
    • Annabel Mullion (Felicity) voiced Julia for The English Way of Death (BF, 2015)
    • Alistair Petrie (Proctor) voiced both Major Harris and German Lieutenant for Criss-Cross (BF, 2015), Julius Caesar for The Churchill Years: Living History (BF, 2016), and John for Dethras (BF, new for 2017)
    • Stephen Billington (Bruce) voiced Commander Bergam for UNIT: Shutdown (BF, 2016)
    • Nick Barnett was the props buyer on Ghost Light too
    Mother Redcap (UK TX: February 28/10.9M)
    • Big Finish actress Nicola Walker (WPC Radnor) voiced Liv Chenka for Robophobia (2011), Dark Eyes 2Dark Eyes 3 (both 2014)Dark Eyes 4Doom Coalition 1 (both 2015), Doom Coalition 2 and Doom Coalition 3 (both 2016), then narrated The World Beyond the Trees (new for 2017)
    • Georgine Anderson (Gwynneth) was May in Gridlock
    • Marcus Gilbert (Tippet) was Ancelyn in Battlefield
    • David McKail (Jennings) was Sergeant Kyle in The Talons of Weng Chiang
    • Hilary Sesta (Bag lady) was the Fortune Teller in Snakedance

    Friday, 29 July 2016

    Doctor Who On This Day #211

    1958 - Writer Simon Nye born in Burgess Hill, Sussex
    1966 The Crusade, Episode 4: The Warlords repeated on ABC
    1968 The Faceless Ones, Episode 5 repeated on ABC
    1980 The Power of Kroll, Parts 2 and 4 both repeated on ABC
    1982 Revenge of the Cybermen, Parts 1 and 2 both repeated on ABC
    1983 The Green Death, Episodes 1 and 2 both repeated on ABC
    1986 The Green Death, Episode 5 repeated on TV1 (NZ)
    1987 - The Face of Evil, Part 4 repeated on TV2 (NZ)
    1988 The Keeper of Traken, Part 2 repeated on TV2 (NZ)
    1990 The Web Planet, Episode 1 repeated on BSB
    1993 - The Daemons, Episode 1 repeated on UK Gold; and Genesis of the 
    Daleks, Part 1 repeated on ABC
    1994 Snakedance, Part 2 repeated on UK Gold
    1997 The Seeds of Doom, Part 2 repeated on UK Gold; and The Masque 
    of Mandragora, Part 4 repeated on UKTV (Aus)
    1998 The War Machines, Episode 1 repeated on Space; and Ghost Light
    Part 1 repeated on UKTV (Aus)
    1999 The Dalek Invasion of Earth, Episode 3: The Day of Reckoning repeated 
    on Space; Genesis of the Daleks, Part 5 and The Ultimate Foe, Part 14 both 
    repeated on BBC Choice; and The Twin Dilemma, Part 1 repeated on UKTV (Aus)
    2000 Terror of the Autons Omnibus repeated on UKTV (Aus); The Curse of 
    Peladon, Episode 1 repeated on TG4; The Invisible Enemy Omnibus repeated on 
    Iowa PTV; The Sun Makers, Part 2 first screened on Prairie PTV; The Invasion of 
    Time, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on Colorado PTV; and The Keeper of Traken
    Part 1 repeated on BBC Prime
    2001 The Ark Omnibus repeated on MPT; Horror of Fang Rock, Part 2 repeated 
    on KUED; The Power of Kroll, Parts 2 and 3 both repeated on WCET and Part 4 repeated on Twin Cities PTV; City of Death, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on NHPTV; Destiny of the Daleks, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on KBTC and 
    Omnibus repeated on UK Gold; The Leisure Hive, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated 
    on WQED; and Time and the Rani, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on MiND
    2004 The Time Monster, Episode 4 repeated on ABC
    2005 - The End of the World repeated on BBC3
    2006 - Father's Day first screened on Nederland 3; The Empty Child first 
    screened on People+ Arts (Latin America); and School Reunion first screened 
    on ABC
    2007 The End of the World and Doctor Who Confidential: Aliens, the Good, 
    the Bad and the Ugly both repeated on BBC3 and WUFT; Aliens of London 
    repeated on UKTV (Aus); Father's Day repeated on YLE TV; The Long Game
     first screened on WXXI; and Bad Wolf and Doctor Who Confidential: The Word 
    of Who both first screened on UNC-TV and repeated on MPTV
    2008 The Doctor Dances repeated on UK Gold; Daleks in Manhattan and 
    Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: A New York Story both repeated on UKTV (Aus); and Midnight and Doctor Who Confidential: Look Who's Talking both 
    repeated on BBC3
    2009 Boom Town and Doctor Who Confidential: Unsung Heroes and Violent Death both repeated on BBC3
    2010 The Doctors Dances repeated on UKTV (Aus); and Human Nature first screened on Space
    2011 - Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: A Noble Return and Eyes Wide Openboth repeated on UKTV (Aus)
    2012 The Mutants, Episode 3 and 4 both repeated on KBTC; Voyage of the DamnedThe Next Doctor and The Waters of Mars all repeated on BBC America; 
    The Time of Angels repeated on Watch; and Vincent and the Doctor repeated on MPTV
    2013 Rose and The End of the World both repeated on France 4; The Girl
     in the Fireplace repeated on ABC2; The Impossible Planet repeated on RAI4; 
    Evolution of the Daleks repeated on Watch; Midnight repeated on TV3 (Spain); 
    The End of Time, Parts 1 and 2 and The Eleventh Hour all repeated on Syfy (Portugal); Vincent and the Doctor repeated on Syfy (Netherlands); The Lodger
    The Pandorica Opens and The Big Bang all repeated on Syfy (Spain); The Big Bang repeated on BBC Entertainment Latin America and Syfy (Spain); The 
    Doctor's Wife and Doctor Who Confidential: Bigger On The Inside both repeated 
    on WTTW HD; and Doctor Who Confidential: A New York Story repeated on BBC Entertainment Europe
    2014 The Brain of Morbius, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on Horror; The Robots 
    of Death, Part 1 and The Age of Steel both repeated on Syfy (Aus); The Girl of 
    the Fireplace repeated on YLE TV2; The Family of Blood repeated on Watch; The Unicorn and the Wasp repeated on RAI4; Midnight repeated on TV3 (Spain); The Waters of Mars and The Eleventh Hour both repeated on BBC America; The Beast Below repeated on BBC America and Karusel; The Vampires of Venice repeated on KCPT2; Amy's Choice and Cold Blood both repeated on Syfy (Portugal); The Angels Take Manhattan repeated on BBC Entertainment Latin America HD; and Cold War 
    repeated on Syfy (Spain)
    2015 The Sensorites, Episodes 2 and 3 both repeated on Retro TV; Horror 
    of Fang Rock, Parts 1 and 2 both repeated on Horror; Black Orchid Omnibus, 
    Earthshock, Part 1, The Waters of Mars and The End of Time, Part 1 all repeated 
    on Syfy (Aus); The Girl in the Fireplace repeated on Disney XD (US); Doomsday
     repeated on Watch; Turn Left repeated and The Stolen Earth first screened, both 
    on FX (India); The Next Doctor repeated on KCPT2; Victory of the Daleks repeated 
    on KLRU; Night Terrors repeated on TV Cultura; Closing Time and The Wedding 
    of River Song both repeated on BBC America, BBC Nordic HD and BBC Polska 
    HD; The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe repeated on ABC2; The Snowmen
     repeated on Prime; The Rings of Akhaten and Cold War both repeated on BBC 
    Nordic HD and BBC Polska HD; Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS and Doctor 
    Who Confidential: What Dreams May Come both repeated on BBC Entertainment 
    Asia Pacific; and The Name of the Doctor repeated on WGVU
    2016 The Ark, Episodes 2 and 3 both repeated on Retro TV; Smith and Jones, Closing Time, The Wedding of River Song, The Doctor, the Widow and 
    the Wardrobe and Asylum of the Daleks all repeated on Syfy (Aus); 42
    Human Nature, The Family of Blood, Blink and Utopia all repeated on EBRU;
    Flesh and Stone repeated on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific; The Impossible Astronaut repeated on Syfy (Brazil); The Girl Who Waited repeated on BBC
    Polska HD; Cold War repeated on DR3; Hide repeated on DR3 and Syfy (Aus); 
    Into the Dalek repeated on TV Cultura; Under the Lake repeated on BBC First (Middle East) and SpaceBefore the Flood and The Girl Who Died both repeated on BBC First (Middle East); and The Woman Who Lived repeated on ABC2

    Thursday, 28 July 2016

    Doctor Who Vs. Inspector Morse, Series 3

    The third season of Central's classic crime drama series
    was first screened on ITV in the winter of 1989.
    Part two was based on Colin Dexter's sixth novel, The 
    Riddle of the Third Mile (published in 1983), and the 
    final mystery was adapted from the seventh Morse 
    book, The Secret of Annexe 3 (issued in 1986).
    John Thaw and Kevin Whateley again portrayed the 
    Oxford-based detectives, Morse and Lewis, and were 
    joined here by Amanda Hillwood as Thames Valley 
    CID's new pathologist, Dr. Grayling Russell.
    The four serials (which began another repeat run on ITV3 
    last night) featured Geoffrey Beevers and twenty-two 
    other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

    Ghost in the Machine (UK TX: January 4 1989)
    • Trevor Martin (Porter here, and Sowden in Series 4: The Sins of the Fathers) was the first actor to portray the Doctor (pictured) on stage in Doctor Who and the Daleks in the Seven Keys to Doomsday and for the subsequent Big Finish adaptation (2008), was the second Time Lord in The War Games, and also voiced multiple roles for The Paradise of Death, then Professor Capra for Flip-Flop (BF, 2003)
    • John Cater (Dean) was Professor Krimpton in The War Machines 
    • Clifford Rose (Hudson) was Rorvik in Warriors' Gate
    • Michael Bertenshaw (Detective) was Mr. Cole in The Next Doctor
    • Claire Skinner (Pupil) was Madge Arwell in The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
    The Last Enemy (UK TX: January 11)
    • Albert Welling (Stoneley) played the F├║hrer in Let's Kill Hitler
    • Tenniel Evans (Kerridge) was Major Daly in Carnival of Monsters
    • series semi-regular James Grout (CS Strange) voiced Ian Chesterton in Whatever Happened to Susan? (Radio 4, 1994)
    • Michael Percival (Landlord) was the Inspector in The Vampires of Venice
    • Philip Bloomfield (Sam) was a Foster in The Keeper of Traken
    • Gertan Klauber (German Man) was the Galley Master in The Romans, and Ola in The Macra Terror
    • stunt performer Bill Weston began his TV career as a Militiaman in The Smugglers
    Deceived by Flight (UK TX: January 18)
    • Nicky Henson (Cranston) voiced Pieter Stubbe for Loups-Garoux (BF, 2001), highwayman Dick Turpin for The Doomwood Curse (BF, 2008), and Gregson Grenville for both Deimos and The Resurrection of Mars (BF, 2010)
    • Stephen Moore (Producer) was Eldane in The Hungry Earth and Cold Blood, and voiced Clark Goodman for both The Eight Truths and Worldwide Web (BF, 2009)
    • Sharon Maughan (Kate) has been cast in Cold Fusion (BF, new for 2016)
    • John Patrick (Officer) was cast as First Trooper in The Awakening but dropped out to work  in a war film
    • David Shaw-Parker (Sergeant) voiced Generals Leonov and Paterson for 1963: The Space Race (BF, 2013), and Old David Walker for Dark Eyes 2: Eyes of the Master
    The Secret of Bay 5B (UK TX: January 25)
    • Philip McGough (Pierce) was Sergeant Calder in Resurrection of the Daleks
    • Ivor Roberts (Waugh) was Mogran in Genesis of the Daleks
    • John Bleasdale (Constable) was one of the titular Robots of Death
    • Michael Melia (Decorator) was a Terileptil in The Visitation
    • Lee Richards (Waitress) was the Buxom Romana in Destiny of the Daleks

    Saturday, 23 July 2016

    Doctor Who Vs. Agatha Christie, Part 1

    The biggest mystery in the life of Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie (1890-1976) is undoubtedly the story of her disappearance in 1926, 
    when she vanished for eleven days. She never spoke of those missing 
    days, and the ninety year old controversy remains as intriguing as any 
    of her crime novels.

    In late 1926, Agatha's husband Archie told her that he wanted a divorce. 
    On December 3rd, the couple quarrelled, and Archie left their house, Styles, 
    in Sunningdale, Berkshire, to see his mistress, Nancy Neele, at Godalming. 
    Later that same evening, Agatha disappeared, informing her secretary in a letter 
    that she had left for Yorkshire. Her abandoned Morris Cowley was found beside 
    a lake at Newlands Corner, near Guildford.
    Despite a public outcry and a massive manhunt, the novelist was only identified 
    on December 14th, as a guest at the Swan Hydropathic Hotel in Harrogate. Even fellow crime writers, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Dorothy L Sayers took an interest
    in the case.
    Agatha was then diagnosed with an amnesiac 'fugue state', but many contemporary commentators believed she had staged a publicity stunt. In 1998, author Jared Cade speculated that Agatha had planned her disappearance, and wanted to publicly embarrass Archie. Biographer Andrew Norman also studied the case, and The Guardian reviewed his book here. The Christies divorced in 1928, and Agatha married the archaeologist Max Mallowan (1904-1978) two years later.

    These events were dramatised in the British film, Agatha starring Vanessa Redgrave as the famous writer, and Dustin Hoffman as the reporter, Wally Stanton. Future James Bond actor, Timothy Dalton portrayed Agatha's adulterous husband, Colonel Archibald Christie (1899-1962). His affair is seen here as the catalyst for Agatha's breakdown, and she even booked into her hotel under the alias of Teresa Neele. The film (released by Warner in 1979) was screened on ITV3 today, and featured these ten Doctor Who cast and crew connections: 
    • Dalton played Lord President Rassilon in The End of Time
    • Carolyn Pickles (Charlotte) voiced Lady Meera for Big Finish's Army of Death (2011)
    • Paul Brooke (Foster) voiced Paolo for The Ghosts of N-Space, and Toby the Sapient Pig for Year of the Pig (BF, 2006)
    • Timothy West (Kenward) voiced Kai Tobias for Phobos (BF, 2007), Turvey for Cuddlesome (BF, 2008), and Dr. Magnus Soames in House of Blue Fire (BF, 2011)
    • Harry Fielder (Policeman), a veteran of the original run, had parts as 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 for Shada
    • Christopher Fairbank (Luland) voiced the Professor for The Wreck of the Titan (BF, 2010), and Doc Baroque for The Scapegoat (BF, 2009) - he is married to Camille Coduri
    • John Joyce (Waiter) had an uncredited role in The Myth Makers, and was Garvin in The Daemons
    • Hubert Rees (Official) made three classic era appearances, as the Chief Engineer in Fury from the Deep, Captain Ransom in The War Games, and John Stevenson in The Seeds of Doom
    • Peter Arne (Manager) had been cast in Frontios as Range, but was replaced by William Lucas when he was murdered in his London home in August 1983
    • Tony Bell was a boom operator on The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot too