Friday, 30 September 2016

Date With History: 1888

Berner St. circa 1908
The Whitechapel Murders escalated 
as the killer, now known as 'Jack the Ripper' (he was christened in the 'Dear Boss' letter just three days before), attacked two more prostitutes on the same night.

The first victim of the 'Double Event' 
was Elizabeth Stride, murdered at 
about 1 am, on Sunday September 
30th, in Dutfield's Yard, on Berner 
(now Henriques) Street.

Less than an hour later, Catherine Eddowes became the fourth canonical victim of the Ripper. She was slain in Mitre Square, Aldgate, within the City
of London itself, at around 1.45 am.

Mitre Square reconstructed for CSI: Whitechapel (2012)
Then at about 3 am, PC Alfred
Long discovered two clues in the 
nearby Wentworth Dwellings 
on Goulston Street. A bloodied
portion of Eddowes' apron lay in
a stairwell, and above it, written
in chalk on the wall, was this
message: "the Juwes are the
men that will not be blamed for
nothing." The true import of this
 'graffito' is still unclear, and
Commissioner Charles Warren
ordered its removal.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Marple, Series 6

Dame Agatha Christie's Miss Jane Marple was 
again portrayed here by Big Finish guest star Julia 
McKenzie. The first mystery was based on Christie's 
fifty-fifth novel (published in 1964), and was the 
third TV adaptation of A Caribbean Mystery.
Part two was adapted from a short-story that first appeared in The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (issued in 1960) - it combined the plot 
of The Thumb Mark of St. Peter (from an earlier
anthology of 1932) with the original narrative of Greenshaw's Folly.
The final story, Endless Night, did not originally
feature Marple - the book (one of the author's
favourites, released in 1967) was also dramatised
for cinema (in 1972), Radio 4, and a graphic novel
(both 2008).
When it was announced that the BBC had acquired
the rights for the production of further Christie adaptations in 2014, ITV Studios
 effectively axed Marple. ITV1's Poirot series also concluded in late 2013 after
 fourteen years. The Corporation has subsequently shown new versions of
And Then There Were None and Partners in Crime, whilst Witness for the 
Prosecution has been dramatised again. The BBC also have plans to remake
The ABC Murders, as well as the first ever adaption of Death Comes at the 
End. Another film version of Murder on the Orient Express, starring Kenneth
Branagh as Hercule Poirot will be released next year.
Another repeat run of the final season of Marple concluded on ITV Encore
last night, and featured twenty-one Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

A Caribbean Mystery (UK TX: June 16 2013)
  • Charles Palmer also directed Smith and JonesThe Shakespeare Code, Human Nature and The Family of Blood
  • Pippa Bennett Warner (Victoria) was Saibra (pictured) in Time Heist
  • Charity Wakefield (Molly) has been cast in the forthcoming Christmas special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio
  • Big Finish actor Warren Brown (Jackson) voiced Stephen Gibson for Industrial Evolution (2011), both Rufus Stone and To'Koth for Signs & Wonders (2014), and Lieutenant Sam Bishop for UNIT: Extinction (2015), UNIT: Shutdown and UNIT: Silenced (both 2016)
  • Robert Webb (Kendall) provided the voice of Robot 2 for Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
  • Alastair Mackenzie (Hillingdon) voiced Julian St. Stephen for the first series of Counter Measures (BF, 2012), Galen for Prisoners of Fate (BF, 2013), and Robots for The Entropy Plague (BF, 2015)
  • Hermione Norris (Evelyn) was Captian Lundvik in Kill the Moon
  • MyAnna Buring (Lucky) was Scooti Manista in The Impossible Planet
  • series film editor Matthew Tabern also edited both 2007 seasons of Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures
Greenshaw's Folly (UK TX: June 23 2013)
  • Julia Sawalha (Mrs. Cresswell) was Emma in The Curse of Fatal Death
  • Joanna David (Grace here; Emma in 4.50 From Paddington, 1987) voiced Mrs. Audley for Serpent Crest: The Broken Crown (AudioGo, 2011)
  • Robert Glenister (Father Brophy) was Salateen in The Caves of Androzani
  • Sean Clayton was also the second assistant director on Dalek and Father's Day
  • stunt double Paul Kennington was a stuntman on Rise of the CybermenThe Age of SteelArmy of GhostsDoomsday and The Doctor's Daughter 
  • Tom Lucy was also the stunt co-ordinator on sixteen stories (from Smith and Jones to The Next Doctor) and Torchwood
Endless Night (UK TX: December 29 2013)
  • Janet Henfrey (Mrs. Lee) was Miss Hardaker in The Curse of Fenric, and Mrs. Pitt in Mummy on the Orient Express
  • Tamzin Outhwaite (Mrs. Rogers) was the Captain in Nightmare in Silver 
  • William Hope (Lippincott) voiced General Tillington for Renaissance of the Daleks (BF, 2007)
  • Stephen Churchett (Coroner) was Bill in (part 1 of) Attack of the Cybermen
  • Alan Bond (Guest) was a UNIT Soldier in The Sound of Drums, Last of the Time Lords and Torchwood: Children of Earth
  • Balazs Bolygo was also cinematographer on The Rebel Flesh, The Almost People and Closing Time

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Jonathan Creek, Series 5

BAFTA award-winning screenwriter David 
Renwick's first new series of mysteries in 
ten years was shown on BBC One two
years ago, following an Easter special 
in 2013. 
Comedian Alan Davies returned as 
reluctant detective Jonathan Creek 
(now married to Polly, played by Sarah Alexander), a role he created in 1997. 
A new feature-length episode, entitled
Daemons' Roost, was announced in 
March and will mark the programme's twentieth anniversary.
The three-part season began another 
repeat run on the Drama channel last 
night, and featured seventeen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

The Letters of Septimus Noone 
(UK TX: February 28 2014)
  • Big Finish artist Kieran Hodgson (Ridley) voiced Findel for Last of the Cybermen, Arin and Dennis for The Last Adventure: The Red House, Alam and Hilsee for The Early Adventures: The Isos Network, Bennus for The War Doctor: Only the Monstrous (all 2015), and Klick Chervain for The Skin of the Sleek  and The Thief Who Stole Time (both 2017)
  • Raquel Cassidy (Sharon) played Miranda Cleaves in The Rebel Flesh and The Almost People, and voiced Mesca for The Key 2 Time: The Judgement of Isskar (BF, 2009), Inquisa for Circular Time: Paradoxicide, Destiny Gray for Question Marks (both 2011), and Dr. Alison Foster for Destination: Nerva (2012)
  • Simon Thomas (Holtz) was Mr. Danes in The End of Time
  • Alice O'Connell (Rachel) was Laura in The Power of Three
  • James Bachman (Reverend Chater) voiced Hugh Bainbridge for Situation Vacant (BF, 2010)
  • Roger Dobson (series dialogue editor) and Des Murray (series on-line editor) both edited An Adventure in Space and Time too
  • series colourist Gareth Spensley also worked on twenty-one stories (from The God Complex to The Husbands of River Song)
  • stunt double Belinda McGinley was a stunt performer on Amy's Choice and The Girl Who Waited
The Sinner and the Sandman (UK TX: March 7)
  • Michael Troughton (Corbyn) was Professor Albert Smithe in Last Christmas, and voiced Quendril for Lords of the Red Planet (BF, 2013), Menlove Stokes for The Romance of Crime and The Well-Mannered War (both 2015)
  • Marc Danbury (Burglar) voiced Tog for The Axis of Insanity (BF, 2004)
  • Tim Faraday (Gilpin) was Tom's Dad in Fear Her
  • John Voce (Amery-Cooper) voiced Chief Surveyor Hardwick for Last of the Colophon, Branarack for The Entropy Plague, Jenkins for The Diary of River Song (all 2015), and Toban for The Age of Endurance (BF, 2016)
The Curse of the Bronze Lamp (UK TX: March 14)
  • June Whitfield (Heidi and Laurel) was Minnie Hooper in The End of Time
  • stunt co-ordinator Crispin Layfield has held that post on sixty-one instalments of the revived series (from Smith and Jones to the present)
  • series director David Sant (a former actor) was an Auton in Rose
  • series production designer John Asbridge also designed (part 1 of) The Happiness Patrol and Silver Nemesis

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Casualty, Series 3

Geraint Morris (1941-1997) continued to produce this popular BBC1 medical drama, and the majority of the regular cast remained unchanged. Joining
the programme here were Susan Franklyn (as administrator Valerie Sinclair), Paul Lacoux (as Dr. David Rowe), Julie Graham, Shaheen Khan (student nurses Alison McGrellis and Kiran Joghill), and Carol Leader (receptionist Sandie Timkins). 
With the exception of Franklyn, 
all of the incoming actors left 
this series at its conclusion.
Bernard Gallagher chose to leave the show, so his character Ewart Plimmer
was killed off in Burn OutElla Wilder (paramedic Shirley Franklin) and
Christopher Rozycki (porter Kuba Trzcinski) both departed in the finale.
The third season (now with a reduced run of ten episodes) was originally
broadcast from September to November 1988, and featured Caroline John
(as Edith Howlett), Mark Strickson (Registrar), and twenty-five other Doctor 
Who cast and crew connections:

  • director (of thirty-two episodes from 1988-2015) Michael Owen Morris also helmed The Awakening
  • Lacoux (Rowe) voiced Dr. Mathias for Big Finish's The Harvest (2004)
  • Franklyn (Sinclair) voiced Jarmaya and Tace for Mission to Magnus (BF, 2009), and Hypatia for The Library of Alexandria (BF, 2013)
  • Graham (Alison) was Ruby White in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith, and voiced Prime Minister 470 for The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield: The Unbound Universe (BF, 2016)
  • Bernard Horsfall (Baxter here; Dr. Upchurch, 1991; Lassiter, 1995) was Lemual Gulliver in The Mind Robber, a Time Lord in The War Games, Taron in Planet of the Daleks, Chancellor Goth in The Deadly Assassin, and voiced Arnold Baynes for Davros (BF, 2003)
  • Julia Deakin (Jill) voiced Hannah Fry for Phantasmagoria (BF, 1999), and Harriet Griffin for Terror Firma (BF, 2005)
  • Kenneth Cope (Higgs) was Packard in Warriors' Gate
  • Stewart Bevan (Pollard) was Professor Clifford Jones The Green Death
  • Julian Wadham (Rev. Vassar) voiced Augustus Scullop for The Fourth Wall (BF, 2012), and Joseph Holman for The Darkness of Glass (BF, 2015)
  • John Ringham (Cunningham) was Tlotoxl in The Aztecs, Josiah Blake in The Smugglers, and Robert Ashe in Colony in Space
  • Daphne Oxenford (Mrs. Johnson) was the Archivist in Dragonfire
  • Gabrielle Glaister (Beverley) voiced Maggie Bishop for The Early Adventures: The Forsaken (BF, 2015)
  • Rob Jarvis (Philip here; Mike, 1998; Cheadle, 2008) was Abramal in The Time of the Doctor
  • David Garfield (Lockhart here; Meyrick, 2007) was Von Weich in The War Games, and Neeva in The Face of Evil
  • Rita Davies (Dr. Wilson here; Sheila, 1999; Florence, 2004; Helen, 2013)  voiced Janneus for Primeval (BF, 2001)
  • Simon Slater (Rupert) was Edwardes in Terror of the Vervoids
  • John Challis (Harry) was Scorby in The Seeds of Doom, and voiced Rosser for The Trouble With Drax (BF, 2016)
  • Jimmy Gardner (Joshua) was Chenchu in Marco Polo, and Idmon in Underworld
  • Sharon Duce (Thea) was Control in Ghost Light
  • Paul Alexander (Howard) made his TV debut as a Soldier in The Mind Robber
  • Albert Welling (Terence) portrayed the titular Fúhrer in Let's Kill Hitler
  • Clive Mantle (Forbes here; Dr. Mike Barratt, 1992-1998) voiced Oliver Cromwell for The Settling (BF, 2006), Tuvold for The Burning Prince (BF, 2012), and both Tillegat and Lieutenant Treeves for Destroy the Infinite (BF, 2014)
  • Andrew Morgan also directed Time and the Rani and Remembrance of the Daleks
  • first assistant director Kevan Van Thompson was the production manager on Mindwarp
  • Mat Irvine (an assistant on episode 1 of The Curse of Peladon and part 1 of Planet of the Spiders) also the VFX designer on The Face of Evil, The Invisible Enemy (1), The Stones of Blood, The Creature from the Pit, Warriors' Gate, Warriors of the Deep and K9 and Company

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Casualty, Series 2

While the inaugural series of BBC1's medical drama had been filmed in London, a permanent base for the set had been located in Bristol. However, publicity for the start of the next season was accompanied
by comments from producer
Geraint Morris that there would
be no further instalments, stating
that Casualty "should end on a
high after thirty episodes."
Following the events of Cry For 
Help (in which paramedic Sandra
Mute was stabbed), the show
regularly gained more than ten
 million viewers and subsequently,
a secure future - Casualty has now endured for thirty years.
The majority of the regular cast remained unchanged - joining the programme
here were actors Maureen O'Brien (as administrator Elizabeth Straker), Helena Little (Dr. Mary Tomlinson), Kate Hardie, Eddie Nestor (student nurses Karen O'Malley and Cyril James), Ella Wilder and Geoffrey Leesley (paramedics Shirley Franklin and Keith Cotterill).
The second, fifteen part run was originally broadcast from September to
December 1987, and featured fifty other Doctor Who cast and crew

  • Leesley voiced Paramount Minister Mortund for Big Finish's Arrangements for War (2004)
  • Colin McCormack (Newman) was the Commander in The Sun Makers
  • Stephanie Fayerman (Carole here; Wendy, 1996; Mother Gabriel, 2006) was McLuhan in Dragonfire
  • Tip Tipping (Driver here; Wayne, 1989) was a stunt arranger on Remembrance of the DaleksThe Curse of Fenric and Survival
  • Steve Whyment (Passenger) was an uncredited extra on The Keeper of Traken and Snakedance
  • Richard Braine (Peter) voiced Percy Closed for The English Way of Death (BF, 2015)
  • Christopher Fairbank (Bryant) voiced Doc Baroque for The Scapegoat (BF, 2009), the Professor for The Wreck of the Titan (BF, 2010), then appeared as Fenton in Flatline
  • Patrick Newell (Goldman) was Colonel Faraday in The Android Invasion
  • writer David Ashton, David Chandler (Mike) and Eric Deacon (Tranter here; Sambrook, 2006) all starred in Timelash, as Kendron, HG Wells and Mykros respectively
  • James Beckett (Drunk) and Stephen Churchett (PC Geary) both appeared in Attack of the Cybermen, as Payne and Bill
  • Tony Selby (Leon here; Kavanagh, 1995; Hazeldene, 2005) was Sabalom Glitz in The Mysterious Planet, The Ultimate Foe and Dragonfire
  • Aimée Delamain (Eugenie) was Dona Arana in The Two Doctors
  • Graham Turner (DC Lennox here; O'Keefe, 1995; Bainbridge, 2010; Trenton, 2013/14) was Amos in The Crimson Horror
  • Harry Fielder (Bains), a veteran of fifteen classic era appearances, was 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 in Shada 
  • Jared Morgan (Ambulanceman) was one of the titular mercenaries in Delta and the Bannermen (1)
  • Dee Sadler (Maggie here; Irene, 1990), Ian Reddington (Dancer), David Ashford (Registrar) and Dean Hollingsworth (Jason) all starred in The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, as Flowerchild, the Chief Clown, Dad and Bus Conductor respectively - the latter was also an Android in Timelash
  • Hubert Rees (Huggins) was Chief Engineer in Fury from the Deep, Captain Ransom in The War Games, and John Stevenson in The Seeds of Doom
  • Pam Ferris (Linda) voiced Lizzie Corrigan for The Eternal Summer (BF, 2009)
  • Josh Elwell (Man) was a Lakertyan in Time and the Rani (4)
  • Lloyd McGuire (Harry) was Lugo in The Face of Evil, and voiced Lieutenant Tendexter for The Architects of History (BF, 2010)
  • Frank Mills (Philips) was the Telescope Director in Terror of the Autons
  • Anthony Donovan (Jeweller) was a Guard in The Space Pirates (1)
  • Stacy Davies (Craig) was Private Perkins in The Invasion (6), and Veros in State of Decay
  • Edna Doré (Mrs. Whiting here; Grace, 1991; Joan, 1997) was Maeve in Fear Her
  • David John Pope (Malik) was the Kandyman in The Happiness Patrol
  • Jon Laurimore (Ken here; Bevins, 2001; Thirlwell, 2004) was Count Federico in The Masque of Mandragora
  • Roger Hammond (Man) was Francis Bacon in The Chase: The Executioners, Dr. Runciman in Mawdryn Undead, and voiced Harold Withers for The Eternal Summer (BF, 2009)
  • Chris Chering (Biker) was a Tetrap in Time and the Rani, and a Skinhead in Silver Nemesis
  • Pete Lee Wilson (Mullett here; Newton, 1995; Reed, 1999; Foster, 2002; Warwick, 2011; Stenwood, 2015) was Tommo in The End of Time, Part 1
  • Sakuntala Ramanee (Chitra here; Shaheera, 1996) made her TV debut in Survival as Shreela, and voiced Hatshepsut for The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield 2: The Triumph of Sutekh (BF, 2015)
  • John Hallam (Big Ted) was Light in Ghost Light
  • Roy Purcell (Healey) was CPO Powers in The Mind of Evil, and the President in The Three Doctors
  • Declan Mulholland (O'Grady) was Clark in The Sea Devils (1/2), and Till in The Androids of Tara
  • Dadina Sagger (Leila) was an Alphan in Mindwarp (5)
  • Edward Kelsey (Pogson) was a Slave Buyer in The Romans: The Slave Traders, Resno in The Power of the Daleks, and Edu in The Creature from the Pit
  • RJ Bell (Fat Man) made his TV debut as the Garm in Terminus
  • Kevin McNally (Bennod) was Hugo Lang in The Twin Dilemma, and voiced Henry for The Death Collectors (BF, 2008)
  • Judy Norman (Bingo player) was Ma in Gridlock
  • Barry Stanton (Slim here; Waller, 1995) was Noma in The Twin Dilemma
  • Frank Rozelaar Green (Neighbour here; Bobo, 2003) was Sonny Hoskins in Father's Day
  • Roger Brierley (Coroner) was Trevor in The Daleks' Master Plan: Volcano, and provided the voice of Drathro in The Mysterious Planet
  • Robert Demeger (Statham) was the Preacher in The Shakespeare Code
  • script editor Susan Box was a production assistant on Full Circle
  • Alan Wareing also directed The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, Ghost Light and Survival

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Doctor Who Vs. A Study In Terror

This British thriller (shown again the Horror channel yesterday) chronicled 
the first encounter between two iconic Victorian figures, the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes and the infamous murderer, Jack the Ripper.
Actors John Neville (1925-2011) 
and Donald Houston (1923-1991) portrayed Holmes and Watson in 
an original narrative, were Holmes 
exposed the identity of the Ripper.
The film was novelised in 1966 by
Ellery Queen and Paul W Fairman,
and the Holmes/Ripper concept
was later dramatised in Murder By 
Decree (1978) and Holmes and the 
Ripper (2010), and adapted for the novels The Last Sherlock Holmes Story (1978), The Whitechapel Horrors
(1992), and Dust and Shadows (2009).
Here, the Whitechapel Murders began with (the non-canonical slaying of)
Emma Smith in April 1888, and the Ripper is soon revealed as Lord Carfax.
A Study in Terror co-starred Robert Morley (as Mycroft Holmes), whilst Frank
Finlay (Inspector Lestrade) and Anthony Quayle (Dr. Murray) both later
appeared in  Murder By Decree. Released by Colombia Pictures in 1965, the
film also featured a young Judi Dench, and ten Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
  • John Fraser (Carfax here; and Uncle Gideon in Young Sherlock, 1982) played the Monitor in Logopolis
  • Carry On actress Barbara Windsor (Annie Chapman) made a cameo appearance in Army og Ghosts as Peggy Mitchell, her EastEnders character
  • Adrienne Corri (Angela) was Mena in The Leisure Hive
  • Dudley Foster (Home Secretary [Henry Matthews]) was Maurice Caven in The Space Pirates
  • Barbara Leake (Mrs. Hudson) was Mrs. Farrell in Terror of the Autons
  • Patrick Newell (PC Benson here; Lestrade for Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, 1979/80; Blessington for The Resident Patient, 1985; Bobster for Young Sherlock Holmes, 1985) was Colonel Faraday in The Android Invasion
  • Bill Brandon (Ruffian) was an uncredited Mongol Warrior in (episodes 1 and 4 of) Marco Polo
  • stuntman Peter Diamond was a regular stunt double and fight arranger on the classic series, from The Daleks: The Rescue to The Daemons
  • Fred Wood (Beggar) was an Extra in Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD
  • John Cox was the sound supervisor on both Dalek films too