Sunday, 28 August 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Casualty, Series 1

BBC One's Saturday night flagship medical drama
has endured for more than a thousand instalments
over thirty years - the thirty-first series began with an
explosive feature-length anniversary special last night.
The programme, now stylised as CASUAL+Y, was
created by socialist screenwriters Jeremy Brock (born
1959) and Paul Unwin (born 1957) as a direct response
to Thatcherism, and launched on September 6 1986.
Casualty (set in the fictional Bristol suburb of Holby)
is both the world's longest-running show of its genre,
and the most enduring medical drama on prime time
The popular franchise has earned many accolades (including three BAFTA and two RTS awards), and spawned four spin-off series - Holby City (1999 to present), Casualty@Holby City (2004/05), Casualty 
1900s (2006-09), and Holby Blues (2007/08).
According to a Radio Times survey, the programme has seen more guest
roles for future stars than any other UK soap or drama - Christopher Eccleston, Alfred Molina, Kate Winslet, Orlando Bloom, Martin Freeman,
Minnie Driver,Tom Hiddleston, Ray Winstone, David Walliams, Johnny Lee
Miller, Robson Green, Pam Ferris, Caroline Quentin, Pete Postlethwaite,
David Harewood, Marc Warren, Norman Wisdom, and Honor Blackman have
all appeared on Casualty.
The original leading characters were Ewart Plimmer (played by Bernard Gallagher), Dr. Baz Samuels (Julia Wason), Clive King (George Harris), Megan Roach (Brenda Fricker), Lisa Duffin (Cathy Shipton), and the longest-serving cast member Derek Thompson has portrayed Charlie Fairhead (pictured) since the opening episode, Gas. In 1989, Fricker became the first Irish actress to
win an Oscar for her role in My Left Foot.
The first, fifteen-part season featured Roberta Tovey, and forty other
Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • prolific Big Finish director and artist Lisa Bowerman (Sandra Mute, 1986/87; Mrs. Lowe, 2007) made her TV debut as Karra in Survival
  • Robert Pugh (Andrew Ponting, 1986/87) was Tony Mack in The Hungry Earth and Cold Blood
  • Trevor Cooper (Ralph here; Eddie, 1995) was Takis in Revelation of the Daleks, and Friar Tuck in Robot of Sherwood
  • Roy Evans (Relative) was Trantis in The Daleks' Master Plan, Bert in The Green Death, and a Miner in The Monster of Peladon
  • Graham Cole (Junior Doctor) made ten uncredited appearances in the classic run - he was a Krarg in Shada, Player in The Leisure Hive (1), a Marshman in Full Circle, the Melkur in The Keeper of Traken (and part 2 of Time Flight), a Kinda, a Cyberman in Earthshock and The Five Doctors, Crewman in Resurrection of the Daleks (1), and Jacondan in The Twin Dilemma (1)
  • David Simeon (Bates) was Private Latimer in Inferno, and Alastair Fergus in The Daemons
  • John Flanagan (DS Fox here; Keach, 1999) and Andrew McCulloch (Northover here; Ewart, 1995; Dean, 2002) wrote Meglos
  • Patsy Smart (Winnie) was the Ghoul in The Talons of Weng-Chiang
  • James Snell (Thalton) was Harry in The Daemons
  • Vincent Pickering (Gary here; Strudwick, 1999) made his TV debut in Warriors' Gate as Sagan
  • Rio Fanning (David) was Harker in Horror of Fang Rock
  • James Marcus (Bill) was the Peasant in Invasion of the Dinosaurs (2), and Rask in Underworld
  • Adrian Fletcher (Nurse here; Fan, 1990) was a Coven Member in K9 & Company
  • Christine Pollon (Mrs. Ferguson here; Dr. Jacobs, 1995) provided the Voice of the Oracle in Underworld
  • Timothy Block (Blair) was Tanner in Black Orchid
  • Mona Hammond (Millie) was Rita Anne in Rise of the Cybermen
  • Derek Benfield (Davies here; Hogarth, 1990) voiced Dr. John Hallam for Catch 1782 (BF, 2005)
  • Mark Jones (Tom) was Arnold Keeler in The Seeds of Doom
  • Jonathan Evans (Dougie) was one of the titular tribesmen in Kinda (1), and Marshall in Earthshock
  • John Bloomfield (Mike) was the costume designer on The Face of Evil and The Talons of Weng-Chiang
  • Michael Bilton (Arthur) was Charles de Teligny in The Massacre, Collins in Pyramids of Mars, and a Time Lord in The Deadly Assassin
  • Eric Francis (Mal) was the First Elder in The Sensorites
  • Bruce Purchase (Spiderman) was the Captain in The Pirate Planet
  • Harry Fowler (Terry) was Harry in Remembrance of the Daleks
  • Keith Jayne (Luke) was Will Chandler in The Awakening
  • Tom Lucy (Beck) was the stunt co-ordinator on sixteen stories (from Smith and Jones to The Next Doctor) and Torchwood
  • Big Finish actor Jon Glover (Commentator/Jeremy) provided the voice of the Shansheeth for The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor, and voiced Grant for Slipback, both Creodont and Dr. Verryman for Forty-Five (2008), Father Christmas for Death in Blackpool (2009), and Jafrid for The Well-Mannered War (2015)
  • Peter Halliday (Piet) was Packer (and provided the Cyber Director Voice) in The Invasion, voiced the titular Silurians in their debut story and the Aliens in The Ambassadors of Death, then was Pletrac in Carnival of Monsters, a Soldier in City of Death, and the Vicar in Remembrance of the Daleks (2)
  • Zienia Merton (Receptionist here; Dr. Billington, 1991/92; Manson, 2002) was Ping-Cho in Marco Polo, and the Registrar in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith
  • Susan Jameson (Harriet) was originally cast as Morgan for Colony in Space but was replaced by Tony Caunter - she later voiced Mrs. Moynihan for The Spectre of Lanyon Moor (BF, 2000), and Mrs. Wibbsey for AudioGo's Hornets' Nest (2009), Demon Quest (2010) and Serpent Crest (2011) series
  • Keith Marsh (Arthur) was Conway in Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD
  • writer Wally K Daly submitted the unused script The Ultimate Evil
  • sound supervisor Martin Ridout worked on Time Flight, Snakedance, Mawdryn Undead, Enlightenment, The King's Demons, The Five Doctors, Warriors of the Deep, The Awakening and Frontios
  • John Mooney was also sound assistant on Remembrance of the Daleks, Silver Nemesis (3), The Greatest Show in the GalaxyBattlefield and Ghost Light
  • production manager Marcus DF White was an AFM on The Awakening
  • Patricia Greenland was also production assistant on Full Circle
  • technical co-ordinator Ray Hider began his career as lighting technician on The Power of the Daleks (6), and was technical manager on Terror of the Autons (1) 
  • Julie Mann was vision mixer on The Greatest Show in the Galaxy too
  • camera supervisor Rodney Taylor was the senior cameraman on The Creature from the Pit
  • props buyer Pauline Seager was an AFM on The Five Doctors

Friday, 26 August 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Ashes to Ashes, Series 3

The repeat run of BBC One's sequel series to Life On Mars 
continued on the Sony TV channel last night. 
Keeley Hawes, Philip Glenister, Marshall Lancaster, Dean 
Andrews and Montserrat Lombard all reprised their roles
(as DI Alex Drake, DCI Gene Hunt, DC Chris Skelton, DS 
Ray Carling and WPC Shaz Granger respectively) for the 
third season of Ashes to Ashes, now set in 1983. 
Hawes later appeared as both Ms. Delphox and Director Karabraxos in Time Heist.
The final, eight-part run was originally transmitted from 
April 2 to May 21 2010, and featured Camille Coduri
 (as Gloria in part five) and seventeen further Doctor 
Who cast and crew connections:

  • co-executive producer Piers Wenger held that post on twenty-nine adventures (from The End of Time to The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe), DreamlandThe Adventure GamesSpace and TimeDoctor Who Proms (2010), and The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • BBC newsreader Matthew Amroliwala appeared on The Power of Three too
  • Charles Walters (DC Romeo) was Robert Sleigh in An Adventure in Space and Time
  • Daniel Mays (Jim Keats) was Alex (pictured) in Night Terrors
  • Roy Hudd (Hardwick) voiced Max Miller for Big Finish's Pier Pressure (2006)
  • Bryan Dick (Stafford) voiced the Exec for Theatre of War (BF, 2015)
  • Peter Guinness (Stafford) voiced Mr. Dread for Dreamland, Childeric for The Holy Terror (BF, 2000), and Baron Teufel for The Beast of Orlok (BF, 2009)
  • Lee Ross (DCI Litton, here and series 1 of Life On Mars) was the Boatswain in The Curse of the Black Spot
  • Steven Robertson (Thordy) was Pritchard in Under the Lake and Before the Flood
  • Lucian Msamati (Ndbele) was Guido in The Vampires of Venice
  • Matthew Stirling was also a stuntman on The Angels Take Manhattan and The Name of the Doctor
  • Jamie Payne also directed Hide and The Time of the Doctor
  • for Joseph Long (Luigi), Geff Francis (Viv), and Simon Archer (cinematographer) see my blog for Series 1
  • Balazs Bolygo was also cinematographer on The Rebel Flesh, The Almost People and Closing Time
  • Matthew Cannings was assistant editor on The Snowmen too, then was editor on The Crimson Horror and The Name of the Doctor

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Ripper Street, Series 4

Following cancellation by the BBC in late 2013, this period drama was resurrected by Tiger Aspect for Amazon Video a year later. The series was then renewed for another two seasons in 2015. The fourth run premiered on Amazon UK early this year, was shown on BBC America in July, and only returned to British terrestrial TV this month.
1897, the year of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. Three years on since the events of series three, and former inspector Edmund Reid (again portrayed by Matthew Macfadyen) is drawn back to Whitechapel to investigate a case that condemns Isaac Bloom to death. Meanwhile, Long Susan (MyAnna Buring) awaits her execution in Newgate prison.
Regular series actors Jerome Flynn (as DI Drake), Adam Rothenberg (Captain Jackson), and Charlene McKenna (Rose Erskine) were now joined by Matthew Lewis (as Sergeant Drummond),  Killian Scott (Commissioner Dove), Benjamin
O'Mahony (DS Thatcher), and David Threlfall (Croker). The fourth season of
 Ripper Street began on BBC Two last night, and also featured ten Doctor Who cast connections: 

The Strangers' Home
(Amazon TX: January 15 2016/US TX: July 28/UK TX: August 22 & 29)
  • Andrew Brooke (Teague) was Kahler-Tek, aka the Gunslinger, in A Town Called Mercy
  • Derek Riddell (Constantine) and Stewart Scudamore (Risaldar-Major) both starred in Big Finish's The Churchill Years (2016), as Lt. Commander Sandy McNish and Danvers respectively - Riddell was also Sir Robert MacLeish in Tooth and Claw
  • Ian Gelder (Chamberlain) voiced both the Commander and the Pirate for Legend of the Cybermen (2010)
  • Justin Avoth (Bloom) voiced Mikhail for The New Counter Measures: Who Killed Toby Kinsella? (BF, 2016)
Some Conscience Lost (Amazon TX: January 22)
  • Jamie Ballard (Wilde) voiced Guiliano de Medici for The Ravelli Conspiracy (BF, 2016)
A White World Made Red (Amazon TX: January 29
  • prosthetics supervisor Waldo Mason was in the SFX crew for Aliens of London
Men of Iron, Men of Smoke (Amazon TX: February 5)
  • Owen Teale (Hackman) was Maldak in Vengeance on Varos, and voiced Hayton for The Mind's Eye (BF, 2007)
No Wolves in Whitechapel (Amazon TX: February 12)
  • veteran Northern screen actor and prolific Big Finish artist David Warner (Rabbi Steiner) portrayed an Unbound Doctor for Sympathy for the Devil (2003), Masters of War (2008) and The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield 3: The Unbound Universe (2016), then voiced Sir Isaac Newton for Circular Time: Summer (2007), Co-ordinator Angell for Empathy Games (2008), Professor Boston Schooner for Deimos and The Resurrection of Mars (both 2010), Autarch Siris for The Children of Seth (2011), Biggs for The Rosemariners (2012), the Narrator of The Black Hole, Dr. Luke Betterman for Jago & Litefoot (both 2015), Shadovar for The War Doctor 2: Infernal Devices (2016), and Cuthbert for the Fourth Doctor adventures The Sands of LifeWar Against the LaanThe Dalek ContractThe Final Phase (all 2013), Casualties of War and The Pursuit of History (both 2016) - he also voiced Lord Azlok for Dreamland (2009) and finally had a television role as Professor Grisenko in Cold War
Edmund Reid Did This (Amazon TX: February 19)
  • Mark Dexter (Donaldson) was Dad in Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Burke and Hare

Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis portrayed the notorious 19th century serial killers, Burke and Hare in this British black comedy. David Tennant  was originally cast as Hare, but was replaced by Serkis. 
The film was helmed by legendary writer and director of An American Werewolf in London (1981), John Landis.
During 1827/28, two Irish immigrants, William Burke 
and William Hare perpetrated seventeen murders in 
the West Port area of Edinburgh, and sold the corpses
to the anatomy lecturer, Dr. Robert Knox. The killers 
were only prosecuted when Hare was given immunity 
to implicate his accomplice. Burke was hanged in 1829. Ironically, the bodies of executed criminals were then dissected, and Burke's skeleton is still displayed at the city's Medical College.  Knox never faced any criminal charges, and was forced to leave Scotland when the Anatomy Act - which outlawed 'body-snatching' -
was passed in 1832.
The second film depiction of these murders (released 
in 2010) was shown on BBC Two again last night, and featured Christopher Lee, Tom Wilkinson, Isla Fisher, Tim Curry and these nineteen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Pegg (Burke) played the Editor in The Long Game, and voiced Don Chaney for Big Finish's Invaders From Mars (2002)
  • Bill Bailey (Angus) was Droxil in The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
  • Jessica Hynes (Lucky) was Joan Redfern in Human Nature and The Family of Blood, then (that character's great-granddaughter) Verity Newman in The End of Time, and voiced Glory Bee also for Invaders From Mars
  • David Schofield (Fergus) voiced Nostradamus for The Doomsday Quatrain (BF, 2011), and Billy for Death in Blackpool (BF, 2009)
  • Steve Spiers (Doorman) was Commissioner Strickland in Aliens of London and World War Three
  • Hugh Bonneville (Harrington) was Captain Henry Avery in The Curse of the Black Spot (and briefly in A Good Man Goes to War and The Wedding of River Song)
  • Duncan Duff (Attendant) was a Newsreader in Rise of the Cybermen and The Age of Steel, and voiced Joe Hartley for Night Thoughts (BF, 2006)
  • Jenny Agutter (Lucy) voiced Sekhmet for The Bride of Peladon (BF, 2008)
  • John Woodvine (Lord Provost) was the Marshal of Atrios in The Armageddon Factor, and voiced Galileo Galilei for Doom Coalition: The Galileo Trap (BF, 2015)
  • Christopher Obi (Martin) was George in Closing Time
  • Michael Smiley (Patterson) voiced Seedleson for Creatures of Beauty (BF, 2003), and was Colonel Morgan Blue in Into the Dalek
  • Christian Brassington (Charles) voiced Alfred Stahlbaum for The Silver Turk (BF, 2011), and made a cameo appearance in The Five(ish) Doctors
  • Reese Shearsmith (Mackenzie) and Paul Davis (Patient) both starred in Sleep No More, as Rassmussen and King Sandman respectively - Shearsmith was also Dan Matthews in the two Auton video spin-offs, Andrew Powell in the PROBE video series, and appeared in An Adventure in Space and Time as Patrick Troughton (pictured)
  • Danielle de Costa was also a stunt performer on Voyage of the Damned and Night Terrors
  • Gary Hoptrough was a stuntman on The Runaway Bride and Let's Kill Hitler too
  • stuntman Curtis Rivers was John Barrowman's stunt double on Utopia,The Sound of Drums and Torchwood
  • prosthetics supervisor Waldo Mason was in the SFX crew for Aliens of London
  • Lisa McDiarmid was also the stand-by art director on The Sound of DrumsLast of the Time LordsTorchwood and the pilot episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • Neal Champion was the SFX supervisor on An Adventure in Space and Time too

Monday, 8 August 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Ripper Street, Series 1

This dark period drama, a joint production  from Tiger Aspect and 
BBC America, was created by Richard Warlow and was filmed entirely in Dublin which doubled 
for the East End of London.
Set in Victorian Whitechapel, the
series opens in April 1889, just
six months since the last killing
by Jack the Ripper, and H Division
is responsible for policing this
poor and overcrowded district.
Here, the real-life head of CID, 
DI Edmund Reid (1846-1917), portrayed by Matthew Macfayden, was joined by fictional detectives, DS Bennet Drake (Jerome Flynn) and former Pinkerton agent, Captain Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg). 
The most prominent figure in the Whitechapel Murders investigation, DCI 
Frederick Abbeline (1843-1929), also appeared in four episodes, and was 
played by Clive Russell.
The first, eight part season of Ripper Street began another repeat run on the
Alibi channel at the weekend, and featured Paul McGann (as Stanley Bone
in part four) and seventeen other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

I Need a Light (UK TX: December 30 2012/US TX: January 19 2013)
  • Julian Bleach (Creighton) was Davros in The Stolen EarthJourney's EndThe Magician's Apprentice and The Witch's Familiar
  • Steven Robertson (Thwaites) was Pritchard in Under the Lake and Before the Flood
  • Mark Dexter (Donaldson) was Dad in Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead
  • prosthetics designer Waldo Mason was in the SFX crew on Aliens of London
In My Protection (UK TX: January 6 2013)
  • Michael Smiley (George Lusk) was Colonel Morgan Blue in Into the Dalek, and voiced Seedleson for Big Finish's Creatures of Beauty (2003)
The King Came Calling (UK TX: January 13)
  • Simon Gregor (Claxton) was the Steward in The Vampires of Venice
The Good of this City (UK TX: January 20)
  • series regular MyAnna Buring (Long Susan) was Scooti Manista in The Impossible Planet
The Weight of One Man's Heart (UK TX: January 27)
  • director (here and part six) Colm McCarthy helmed The Bells of Saint John too
  • Iain Glen (Faulkner) was Father Octavian in The Time of Angels and Flesh and Stone
Tournament of Shadows (UK TX: February 3)
  • Peter Ferdinando (Morris) was Half-Face Man in Deep Breath
  • Edward Peel (Norwood) was Kane in Dragonfire
  • Derek Riddell (Constantine) was Sir Robert MacLeish in Tooth and Claw, and voiced Lt. Commander Sandy McNish for The Churchill Years (BF, 2016)
  • David Verrey (Volsky) was Joseph Green in Aliens of London and World War Three
  • Justin Avoth (Bloom) voiced Mikhail for The New Counter Measures: Who Killed Toby Kinsella? (BF, 2016)
  • Ferdinand Kingsley (Bloom) was Captain Catchlove in Empress of Mars
A Man of My Company (TX: February 17)
  • Oliver Cotton (Goldman) voiced Sir Gideon Hale for 1963: The Assassination Games (BF, 2013), and Major Callahan for Quicksilver (BF, 2017)
What Use Our Work? (TX: February 24)
  • series regular Lucy Cohu (Deborah Goren) was Alice Carter in Torchwood: Children of Earth

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Hot Fuzz

This hit British comedy action film was released in 2007, 
and was co-written by it's lead actor Simon Pegg and 
director Edgar Wright. 
Hot Fuzz was the second instalment in the 'blood and
ice cream trilogy' which began with Shaun of the Dead
(2004), and concluded with The World's End (2013), 
all co-starring Nick Frost. 
Screened again on ITV2 last night, the film featured 
Martin Freeman, Steve Coogan, Edward Woodward, 
Paddy Considine, Billie Whitelaw, and these twenty-
eight Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Pegg (Sergeant Nicholas Angel) played the Editor in The Long Game, voiced Don Chaney for Big Finish's Invaders From Mars (2002), and narrated the first run of Doctor Who Confidential
  • Frost (PC Danny Butterman) was Santa Claus (pictured) in Last Christmas (after a cameo appearance in Death in Heaven)
  • Bill Nighy (Chief Inspector) was Dr. Black in Vincent and the Doctor
  • Eric Mason (Cooper) was Smedley in The Sea Devils, and Green in The Mind of Evil
  • James Bond actor, Timothy Dalton (Skinner) was President Rassilon in The End of Time
  • Jim Broadbent (Inspector Butterman) has actually played the Doctor twice - in the Victoria Wood: As Seen On TV sketch, Terror of the Ming Mongs (1987) and for Comic Relief in 1999
  • Kevin Eldon (Sergeant Fisher) voiced Antimony for Death Comes to Time
  • Olivia Coleman (Thatcher) was Mother in The Eleventh Hour
  • Anne Reid (Miss Tiller) was Nurse Crane in The Curse of Fenric, and Florence the Plasmavore in Smith and Jones
  • Tim Barlow (Treacher) was Tyssan in Destiny of the Daleks
  • Ron Cook (Merchant) was Mr. Magpie in The Idiot's Lantern
  • Kenneth Cranham (Reaper) voiced Tom Cardwell in Blood of the Daleks (BF, 2007)
  • David Bradley (Webley) was the voice of Shansheeth Blue in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor, appeared as Solomon in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, and portrayed William Hartnell in An Adventure in Space and Time
  • Bill Bailey (the Turner twins) was Droxil in The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
  • Paul Freeman (Reverand Shooter) voiced Jalnik for The Foe from the Future (BF, 2012)
  • Adam Buxton (Messenger) voiced an Assembler for The One Doctor (BF, 2001)
  • Julia Deakin (Mary) voiced Hannah Fry for Phantasmagoria (BF, 1999), and Harriet Griffin for Terror Firma (BF, 2005)
  • stunt co-ordinator Paul Herbert was a stuntman on The End of Time
  • Kim McGarrity was also a stunt performer on The Empty ChildThe Doctor DancesBoom TownThe Christmas Invasion and New Earth
  • Stuart Clark was a stuntman on the three Dalek episodes of Series 1 too
  • prolific film and TV composer David Arnold created a version of the Doctor Who theme for Big Finish in 2000
  • Liz Griffiths was also the set decorator on DalekThe Long GameFather's DayThe Empty ChildThe Doctor DancesBad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways
  • costume designer Annie Hardinge began her career on Vengeance on Varos
  • graphic designer Jenny Bowers was a graphic artist on all thirteen episodes of Series 1 and Attack of the Graske
  • ADR recordist Antony Bayman was ADR mixer on The Beast BelowVictory of the Daleks and The Vampires of Venice
  • Robert Edwards was also ADR mixer on HideJourney to the Centre of the TARDISThe Crimson HorrorNightmare in Silver and The Name of the Doctor
  • aerial camera operator Jeremy Braben was the aerial director of photography on The Day of the Doctor
  • Ashley Rowe (director of photography) was the cinematographer on Kill the Moon and Mummy on the Orient Express