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

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