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

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