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

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Waking The Dead, Series 5

The fifth season of BBC One's long-running crime drama series first aired in the autumn of 2005. 
Series regulars Trevor Eve (as Superintendent Peter Boyd), Sue Johnston (Dr. Grace Foley), and Wil Johnson (DI Spencer Jordan) were now joined by French actress Félicité Du Jeu (as DS Stella Goodman) and Esther Hall (Dr. Felix Gibson) - Hall later starred in the Big Finish releases Doom Coalition 1, The Two Masters and
Absolute Power.
This twelve-part series began another repeat run on
the Drama channel last night, and featured another
thirty-six Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

Towers of Silence 
(UK TX: September 18 & 19 2005)
  • David Walliams (Bell) appeared in the Doctor Who Night sketches for BBC2, and voiced both Quincy Flowers and Ned Cotton for Big Finish's Phantasmagoria (all 1999), then played Gibbis (pictured) in The God Complex 
  • Gerard Murphy (Alcock) was Richard Maynarde in Silver Nemesis
  • Nina Wadia (Roshni) was Dr. Ramsden in The Eleventh Hour
  • Andrew Havill (Simmons) was the Chief Steward in Voyage of the Damned, and voiced both Aleister Portillon and Squire Claude for The Witch From the Well (BF, 2011)
  • Michael Jenn (Prison Officer) was Clarence in The Name of the Doctor
  • Sara Stewart (Claire) provided the Computer voice for The End of the World
  • Marcus Catlin was also first assistant director on four Series 5 episodes
  • Richard Hammett was a stuntman on The Runaway Bride too

Black Run (TX: September 25 & 26)
  • Robin Soans (Adamson) was Luvic in The Keeper of Traken, and the Chronolock Guy in Face the Raven
  • Michael Gould (Doyle) voiced Frederick Lindemann for The Churchill Years (BF, 2016)
  • Julie Teal (Solicitor) voiced Chancellor Vorena for Time In Office (BF, 2017)
  • Paul Kulik was a stuntman on Rose too
  • Rod Woodruff was also the stunt co-ordinator on Rose and World War Three 
  • stunt double Charles Jarman was a stuntman on The Lazarus Experiment
  • Geff Francis (McNeill) was George [Maitland] in The Bells of Saint John
Subterraneans (TX: October 2 & 3)
  • Ayesha Dharker (Mary) was Solana Mercurio in Planet of the Ood
  • Mark Monero (Barnes) was Cleric Pedro in The Time of Angels and Flesh and Stone
  • John Bennett (Rosenthal) was General Finch in Invasion of the Dinosaurs, and Li H'sen Chang in The Talons of Weng-Chiang
  • Tom Lucy was also the stunt co-ordinator on sixteen recent episodes (from Smith and Jones to The Next Doctor), and twenty instalments of Torchwood
Straw Dog (TX: October 9 & 10)
  • Tom Ellis (Taylor) was Dr. Thomas Mulligan in Last of the Time Lords
  • Paul Freeman (Hoyle) voiced Jalnik for The Foe from the Future (BF, 2012), an unused TV script by Robert Banks Stewart
  • Angela Bruce (Judge) was UNIT Brigadier Winifred Bambera in Battlefield, and Animal (BF, 2011)
  • Dominic Kemp (Clerk) was Kahler-Mas in A Town Called Mercy
  • Amerjit Deu (Quereshi) voiced the Swami for The Churchill Years
  • film editor Crispin Green also edited six stories, from Tooth and Claw to Forest of the Dead
  • Paul Heasman was stunt co-ordinator on Survival too, and was an uncredited Nazi in Silver Nemesis
  • Lee Sherward was also stunt co-ordinator on eleven episodes of the revived series and Torchwood: Miracle Day
Undertow (TX: October 16 & 17)
  • Cheryl Campbell (Maureen) was Ocean Waters in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Vault of Secrets
  • Sharon Duncan Brewster (Sarah) was Maggie Cain in The Waters of Mars
  • Peter Hamilton Dyer (Wright) made his TV debut as Embery in Remembrance of the Daleks
  • Lucienne Suren was also art director on Asylum of the DaleksThe Angels Take Manhattan and An Adventure in Space and Time
Cold Fusion (TX: October 23 & 24)
  • Mark Lewis Jones (McQueen) voiced Professor Oliver Mortlake for The Darkness of Glass (BF, 2015)
  • Mark Kileen (Lab Biosuit) was a German Officer in Let's Kill Hitler
  • Paul Copley (Day) was Clem McDonald in Torchwood: Children of Earth, and voiced Dad for Spare Parts (BF, 2002)
  • Sean Jackson (Constable) voiced George Crow for The Marian Conspiracy (BF, 2000)
  • stunt double William Willoughby was a stuntman on RoseSmith and JonesDaleks in ManhattanEvolution of the DaleksThe Pandorica OpensA Good Man Goes to WarThe Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, and Torchwood, and doubled for Matt Smith in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship and was Ben Browder's double (as Isaac) in A Town Called Mercy