Saturday, 13 August 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Curse of the Crimson Altar

Shown on the Horror channel last night, this 
British horror feature was a co-production 
from Tigon Films and American International Pictures, and was loosely based on the HP 
Lovecraft short story, The Dreams in the 
Witch House.
Scripted by Doctor Who writers Mervyn Haisman (1928-2010) and Henry Lincoln
 (born Henry Soskin in 1930), the narrative 
centred on the typically gothic tropes of black
magic cults and human sacrifice.
Released in 1968, the film (titled The Crimson 
Cult in America) featured iconic genre actors Christopher Lee (1922-2015) and Boris Karloff (1887-1969) and nine other Doctor Who cast 
and crew connections:

  • Mark Eden (Manning) played the titular Venetian (pictured left) in Marco Polo, and Donald Baverstock in An Adventure in Space and Time
  • Michael Gough (Elder) was the titular villain in The Celestial Toymaker, and Councillor Hedin in Arc of Infinity
  • Virginia Wetherell (Eve) was Dyoni in The Daleks
  • Roger Avon (Sergeant) was Saphadin in The Crusade, and Daxtar in The Daleks' Master Plan: The Traitors
  • Ron Pember (Attendant) voiced Seedle for Slipback
  • Nicholas Head (Blacksmith) was a Thal in Dr. Who and the Daleks
  • Fred Wood (Acolyte) was a Running Man in Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD
  • Elizabeth Blattner was a make-up artist on 100,000 BC too, then the make-up supervisor on The Daleks
  • property master John Poyner was sound editor on the second Dalek film

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