Friday, 2 September 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Poirot, Series 12

Actor David Suchet again portrayed Agatha Christie's Belgian sleuth in four new feature-length period crime dramas for ITV1. Suchet was cast as the Landlord (pictured) for the forthcoming tenth season of Doctor Who.
Three Act Tragedy (published in 1935) followed the Warner Bros TV version of 1986 (which again starred Peter Ustinov as Poirot), and Hallowe'en Party was issued in 1969. 
Murder on the Orient Express, was the writer's most successful book to date, and remains Poirot's most renowned case. 
The novel was serialised in America as
Murder in the Calais Coach (1933), then issued as Murder on the Train.
Christie based this story on the recent kidnap and murder of Charles Lindbergh's baby son, dubbed 'the Crime of the Century' in 1932, and the novelist herself was stranded on the famous train for 24-hours in 1931.
The acclaimed Oscar-winning adaptation
of the mystery was released in 1974, with Poirot played by Albert Finney.
The Clocks was published in 1963.
Another repeat run of the twelfth and penultimate season of Poirot concluded
on ITV Encore last night, and featured thirty-four Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

Three Act Tragedy (UK TX: January 3 2010)
  • Art Malik (Strange) voiced Abbot Absolute for Big Finish's The Skull of Sobek (2008)
  • Kate Ashfield (Wills) voiced Lieutenant Beth Stokes for Enemy of the Daleks (BF, 2009)
  • Jane Asher (Mary) voiced Susan Foreman for Radio 4's Whatever Happened to Susan? (1994), and was Andrea Yates in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?
  • Michael Hobbs (Coroner) voiced Mr. Fazackerly for Other Lives (BF, 2005) and Francis Currie in the UNIT spin-off audio series (BF, 2004/05)
  • Mick Pantaleo was also the first assistant director on A Christmas CarolThe Doctor's Wife and Night Terrors
Hallowe'en Party (UK TX: October 27 2010)
  • Charles Palmer (here and The Clocks) also directed Smith and JonesThe Shakespeare Code, Human Nature and The Family of Blood
  • for Zoe Wanamaker (as recurring character Ariadne) and Ian Hallard (Drake) see my blog for Series 11
  • Timothy West (Cottrell) voiced Turvey for Cuddlesome (BF, 2008), and Dr. Magnus Soames in House of Blue Fire (BF, 2011)
  • Fenella Woolgar (Whittaker) played Agatha Christie in The Unicorn and the Wasp, and voiced Commander Helen Femor for The Company of Friends: Fritz's Story (BF, 2009) and Morella Wendigo for Nevermore (BF, 2010)
  • Julian Rhind-Tutt (Garfield) voiced Lexhan for Radio 5's The Paradise of Death (1993)
  • Paul Thornley (Raglan) voiced Marko for Seven Keys to Doomsday (BF, 2008), Michael Rond also for Fritz's Story, and Gomori for Paper Cuts (BF, 2009)
  • Dean Forster was also a stuntman on seven revived episodes, from The Christmas Invasion to A Good Man Goes to War, and The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Man Who Never Was, and Torchwood
Murder On The Orient Express (TX: Christmas Day 2010)
  • Toby Jones (Ratchett) was the Dream Lord in Amy's Choice, and voiced renegade Time Lord Kotris for Dark Eyes (BF, 2012)
  • David Morrissey (Arbuthnot) was Jackson Lake (pictured) in The Next Doctor
  • Hugh Bonneville (Masterman) 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)
  • Samuel West (Constantine) was Cyrian in Dimensions in Timeand voiced Revenant for The Vengeance of Morbius (BF, 2008), Albert Tiermann for Demon Quest: A Shard of Ice (AudioGo, 2010), and Mr. Song for The Diary of River Song (BF, new for 2016)
  • Stewart Scudamore (Concierge) voiced Danvers for The Churchill Years (BF, new for 2016)
  • Crispin Layfield was also the stunt co-ordinator on sixty stories, from Smith and Jones to the present
    The Clocks (TX: Boxing Day 2011)
    • Geoffrey Palmer (Hamling) and Andrew Havill (Hjerson) both appeared in Voyage of the Damned, as Captain Hardaker and the Chief Steward respectively - the former also played Edward Masters in The Silurians, then the Administrator in (part one of) The Mutants, and the latter voiced both Aleister Portillon and Squire Claude for The Witch From the Well (BF, 2011)
    • Victoria Wicks (Swinburne) was the High Priestess in The Fires of Pompeii
    • Sinead Keenan (Nora) was Addams in The End of Time, and voiced Margery Phipps for the forthcoming Big Finish release, The Companion Chronicles: Council of War
    • Lesley Sharp (Martindale) was Sky Silvestry in Midnight
    • Anna Massey (Pebmarsh) voiced Miss Pollard for The Girl Who Never Was (BF, 2007)
    • Phil Daniels (Hardcastle) voiced Geoffrey Plum for The Gunpowder Plot
    • Abigail Thaw (Rachel) voiced Dr. Phillipa Stone for The Lady of Mercia, and Zaadur for Lords of the Red Planet (BF, both 2013)
    • Ben Righton (Jenkins) was Dr. Oliver Morgenstern in Smith and Jones and Turn Left
    • Jason Watkins (Bland) was Webley in Nightmare in Silver
    • Andrew Forbes (Purdy) was Omril in Full Circle, and voiced Dr. O'Neil for Night Thoughts (BF, 2006)
    • Frances Barber (Merlina) was Madame Kovarian throughout the Series six story arc
    • Greg Bennett (Detective) went uncredited as both a UNIT Soldier and Sycorax Warrior in The Christmas Invasion, and a Guest in The Lazarus Experiment
    • film editor Matthew Tabern also edited both 2007 seasons of Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures
    • Sean Clayton was assistant director on Dalek, and Father's Day too
    • Tom Lucy was also the stunt co-ordinator on sixteen episodes, fromSmith and Jones to The Next Doctor

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