Friday, 15 July 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Ashes to Ashes, Series 1


"My name is Alex Drake. I've been shot and that bullet's taken me 
back in time. Now I'm lost in 1981. All I can do is fight, and search, 
and stay alive. Because somehow I will find a way home."

The sequel series to Life On Mars concluded another repeat run on the Sony
TV channel last night and was again produced by Kudos and Monastic for BBC Wales. Keeley Hawes now led the cast as another out-of-time detective, DI 
Alex Drake - a colleague of recently deceased DCI Sam Tyler. 
Philip Glenister, Marshall Lancaster and Dean Andrews all reprised their roles
 (as DCI Gene Hunt, DC Chris Skelton and DS Ray Carling respectively), and 
were also joined by newcomer Montserrat Lombard (as WPC Shaz Granger).
Ashes to Ashes (referencing another David Bowie song) was co-created by Matthew Graham and Ashley Pharoah, and centres on a present-day Metropolitan Police inspector, Drake who is shot and regains consciousness
in 1981. Like its predecessor, the period setting is lovingly recreated against 
rich backdrop of social history, and more importantly here, the music of 
the early eighties.
The first six-part season was originally transmitted from January 9 to February
27 2008, and featured these thirty-six Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • former Spooks actress Hawes starred in BBC Two's acclaimed Line of Duty, and played Ms. Delphox in Time Heist 
  • Graham had penned Fear HerThe Rebel Flesh and The Almost People (which co-starred Lancaster)
  • series producer Beth Willis became an executive producer on Doctor Who ConfidentialThe Adventure Games and twenty-seven stories, from The Eleventh Hour to The Wedding of River Song
  • Julie Scott was also a BBC production executive on seventy-seven installments (from The Runaway Bride to The Time of the Doctor), Time Crash, Doctor Who Proms (2009 and 2013), Blood of the Cybermen,City of the Daleks, Dreamland, Music of the Spheres, Torchwoodand The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • director (of four episodes) Jonny Campbell later helmed The Vampires of Venice and Vincent and the Doctor
  • director (of parts 4 and 6) Catherine Morshead later helmed Amy's Choice and The Lodger 
  • Adam James (Markham) was DI Macmillan in Planet of the Dead
  • Joseph Long (Luigi) was Rocco Colasanto in Turn Left
  • Geff Francis (Viv James) was George [Maitland] in The Bells of Saint John
  • Roy Skelton (voice of Rainbow puppets Zippy and George) voiced Monoids, Daleks, Cybermen and Krotons for the classic series, and was Norton in Colony in Space, James in (episode 5 of) The Green Death, Chedaki in The Android Invasion, and King Rokon in The Hand of Fear
  • Rupert Graves (Moore) was John Riddell in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
  • Christopher Fairbank (Bonds) was Fenton in Flatline, and voiced Doc Baroque for Big Finish's The Scapegoat (2009) and the Professor for The Wreck of the Titan (2010)
  • Amelda Brown (Elaine) voiced Margaret for The Adventure Games: The Gunpowder Plot
  • Nik Howden (Youth) was Maurice in Vincent and the Doctor
  • Claire Rushbrook (Trixie) was Ida Scott in The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit
  • Leo Bill (Burns) was the Pilot in A Christmas Carol
  • Tracy Wiles (Girl) voiced Moira Brody for Masters of Earth (BF, 2014), and Jacqui McGee for UNIT: Extinction (BF, 2015)
  • Big Finish artist Paul Thornley (Kay) voiced the Computer and Marko for The Seven Keys to Doomsday (2008), Gomori and Steward for Paper Cuts, and Michael Rond for The Company of Friends: Fitz's Story (both 2009)
  • Jeanie Gold (Party Goer) was a Neighbour in The Sontaran Stratagem,The Poison Sky and The End of Time, Part 1
  • Russell Tovey (Johnstone) was Midshipman Alonso Frame in Voyage of the Damned and The End of Time, Part 2
  • Phil Davis (Cale) was Lucius Petrus Dextrus in The Fires of Pompeii, and voiced Titus for The Cannibalists (BF, 2009)
  • Madhav Sharma (Chatterjee) was Patel in (episode 3 of) Frontier in Space
  • Troy Glasgow (Ska Boy) was Angelo in The Time of Angels
  • Geoffrey Palmer (Lord Scarman) was Edward Masters in The Silurians, the Administrator in (episode 1 of) The Mutants, and Captain Hardaker in Voyage of the Damned 
  • Paul Anderson (Suspect) made his TV debut in The Christmas Invasion as Jason
  • Jeremy Clyde (Chief Super) voiced George for Doom Coalition 3 (BF, new for 2016)
  • Sean Clayton was second assistant director on Dalek and Father's Day too
  • Derek Lea was also a stuntman on DalekBad WolfThe Parting of the Ways, The Age of Steel and Partners in Crime
  • Gary Hoptrough and Rob Hunt both performed stunts on The Runaway Bride - the former was stuntman on Let's Kill Hitler too, and Hunt was later a stuntman on The Day of the Doctor
  • Christine Greenwood was make-up designer on Remembrance of the Daleks too
  • film editor Jamie Pearson also edited nine episodes, from The Eleventh Hour to The Angels Take Manhattan
  • Edmund Butt was the composer on An Adventure in Space and Time too
  • visual effects supervisor Matt Wood and VFX artist Simon Blackledge both worked on A Town Called Mercy and The Power of Three - Wood also worked on The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
  • Antonia Grant was also the location manager on The Sound of Drums and Last of the Time Lords

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