Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Grantchester, Series 1

Launched in October 2014, this ITV period drama was based on The Grantchester Mysteries by novelist, playwright and film maker James Runcie (born 1959). The first, six-part season was adapted from the short story collection, Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death (2012). 
Anglican vicar Chambers (played here by
James Norton) joined forces with Detective
 Inspector 'Geordie' Keating (Robson Green)
 to solve crimes in the Cambridgeshire village
of Grantchester in the 1950s. 
Actors Morven Christie, Tess Peake-Jones,
and Al Weaver were cast as the other series
regulars, Amanda Hopkins, Mrs. Maguire,
and Leonard Finch respectively.
Norton appeared in Cold War (as Onegin),
Christie was O'Donnell in Under the Lake 
and Before the Flood, and Peake-Jones
was Marta in The Time of the Doctor.
 Series one began another repeat run on
 ITV Encore last night, and featured Jean Marsh (as Daisy Livingstone in
part three) and seventeen other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Andrew Woodhall (Morton) portrayed Rex Tucker in An Adventure in Space and Time
  • Michelle Duncan (Annabel) was Lady Isobel in Tooth and Claw
  • Kevin Looseley (Policeman) made his TV debut as a Cyberman in Dead Ringers
  • Pip Torrens (Kendall) was Headmaster Rocastle in Human Nature and The Family of Blood, then voiced Charlie Gibbs for Big Finish's Eldrad Must Die! (2013)
  • Mark Bonnar (Dr. Robinson) was Jimmy in The Rebel Flesh and The Almost People, then voiced Porteus for The English Way of Deaththe Eleven for Doom Coalition (BF, both 2015), Doom Coalition 2, and Zoltan Frid for The Labyrinth of Buda Castle (BF, both 2016)
  • Isla Blair (Gladys) was Lady Isabella Fitzwilliam in The King's Demons, and voiced Paula for Exotron (BF, 2007)
  • Nick Brimble (Chapman) voiced Shreeni for ExotronDudley Jackson for The Eternal Summer (2009), Kith for Max Warp (2008), and Olaf Eriksson for The Book of Kells (2010)
  • Brian Vernel (Tam) voiced Robert for Dethras (BF, new for 2017)
  • Struan Rodger (Hall) provided the voice of the Face of Boe for New Earth and Gridlock, and was Clayton in The Woman Who Lived
  • Peter Egan (Johnson) voiced Moloch for Protect and Survive, and Straxus for Dark Eyes 1 (BF, both 2012)
  • Big Finish actor David Troughton (CI Benson) was a Guard in The Enemy of the World, Private Moor in The War Games, King Peladon in The Curse of Peladon (a role reprised in 2009 for The Companion Chronicles release, Prisoner of Peladon), then Professor Winfold Hobbes in Midnight - he also voiced Tinghus for Cuddlesome (2008), the Black Guardian for The Destroyer of DelightsThe Chaos Pool (both 2009), The Well-Mannered War (2015), The Pursuit of History and Casualties of Time (both 2016), Raymond Gallagher for The Crimes of Thomas Brewster (2011), and a cloned version of the Second Doctor for the Serpent Crest plays, The Hexford Invasion and Survivors in Space (AudioGo, 2011)
  • Adam James (Heath) was DI Macmillan in Planet of the Dead
  • David Mason was also line producer on The Impossible Astronaut, Day of the Moon and The Angels Take Manhattan
  • Crispin Green was also film editor on Tooth and Claw, The Girl in the Fireplace, The Idiot's Lantern, Fear Her, Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead
  • Will Willoughby was also 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
  • stuntman Rob Pavey also worked on Deep Breath, Into the Dalek, Robot of Sherwood, Listen and The Witch's Familiar
  • Katie Lee was also a make-up artist on The Snowmen and Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS

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