Saturday, 22 October 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Carry On Sergeant


The series of low-budget British comedy features, the famous Carry On films, 
began in 1958 with Carry On Sergeant, which was shown again on Channel 5
today.
Based on the play, The Bull Boys, by English novelist RF Delderfield, Sergeant
was not intended to launch a franchise, but due to it's box-office success,
another project, Carry On Nurse, followed a year later. A further twenty-seven
films were released over the next twenty years, and a final title, Carry On Columbus was produced in 1992.
The cast here was led by William Hartnell (pictured, as the titular Sergeant Grimshawe - he was joined here by his co-stars from Granada's The Army 
Game, Charles Hawtrey and Norman Rossington), and featured Hattie Jacques,
Bob Monkhouse, Shirley Eaton, Bill Owen, and nine other future Doctor Who 
guest actors:

  • Gerald Campion (Calloway) played Wilkin the Porter in Shada
  • Martin Boddey (Specialist here; Perkins in Carry On Nurse) was Walker in The Sea Devils
  • and all as Recruits were - Bernard Kay was Carl Tyler in The Dalek Invasion of Earth, Saladin in The Crusade, Inspector Crossland in The Faceless Ones, and Caldwell in Colony in Space, then voicd Major Dickens for Big Finish's Night Thoughts (2006)
  • Leon Eagles was Jabel in The Face of Evil
  • Derek Martinus became a TV director in 1962, and later helmed the classic era serials, Galaxy 4Mission to the UnknownThe Tenth PlanetThe Evil of the DaleksThe Ice Warriors and Spearhead from Space
  • Ivor Danvers voiced Marr for Nekromanteia (BF, 2003), and John Dee for A Storm of Angels (2005)
  • Don McCorkindale voiced Porthintus for The Wreck of the World (2017)
  • Norman Huntley was Ulf in The Time Meddler, and Sergeant Peters in The Invasion 
  • Reg Thomason (Soldier here; Porter in Carry On Nurse; Operator in Carry On Constable; Passenger in Carry On Cruising; Officer in Carry On Jack; Citizen in Carry On Cleo; Patron in Carry On Cowboy; Guest in Carry On Loving; Councillor in Carry On Girls; Audience in Carry On Behind) was a Resistance Man in Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD
Later Carry On films starred Jon Pertwee (4 appearances), and series regulars
 also with Doctor Who connections are Joan Sims (24), Peter Butterworth (16), Bernard Bresslaw (14), Peter Gilmore (11), Julian Holloway, Billy Cornelius (8
each), Gertan Klauber (7), Derek Francis (6), Victor Maddern (5), June Whitfield, Angela Douglas (4 each), Bernard Cribbins, Kenneth Cope (3 each), as well as Windsor Davies, Roy Castle, Francis De Wolff, Maureen Lipman, Nigel Planer,
Alexei Sayle, Martin Boddey, Wanda Ventham, Beryl Reid, Ray Brooks, Jeremy Bulloch, Sheila Hancock, Tutte Lemkow, William Mervyn, George Layton and
many others.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Date With History: 1966


At 9.15 am on Friday, October 21 1966, the spoil tip for Merthyr Vale colliery collapsed. Fifty years worth of mining debris slid down the hillside into the 
mining village of Aberfan, near Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales.
It first destroyed a farm cottage in its path, killing all the occupants. Down in the village, nobody saw anything, but everybody heard the noise, as the slide engulfed the Pantglas Junior School, and about twenty houses, before coming to rest.
Then there was total silence.
144 people perished in the Aberfan disaster - 28 adults (including five teachers), 
and 116 school children.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Ripper Street, Series 2

This dark period drama, a joint production  from Tiger Aspect and BBC America, was 
created by Richard Warlow and was filmed entirely in Dublin which doubled for the 
East End of London.
Now set in the Whitechapel of 1890, over a year since the last killing by Jack the Ripper, and H Division is responsible for policing this poor and overcrowded district. Here, the real-life head of CID,
DI Edmund Reid (1846-1917), portrayed
by Matthew Macfayden, was again joined 
by fictional detectives, DS Bennet Drake (Jerome Flynn) and former Pinkerton agent, Captain Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg). The most prominent figure in the Whitechapel Murders investigation, DCI Frederick Abberline (1843-1929), also appeared here, and was played by Clive Russell.
Series two was originally broadcast in
the autumn of 2013 and won a BAFTA Craft Award, but the programme was cancelled even before the run concluded. However, by February 2014 it was confirmed that Amazon Prime (formerly Lovefilm) would revive Ripper Street.
The third season began streaming in the UK in November 2014 (which aired
on BBC America in April 2015), whilst a fourth run commenced in January.
The second, eight part season concluded another repeat run on the Drama 
channel last night, and featured eleven Doctor Who cast and crew 
connections:

  • Neve McIntosh (Raine) played a trio of Silurians - firstly the warrior twins Alaya and Restac (in The Hungry Earth and Cold Blood), then the recurring character of Madame Vastra (introduced in A Good Man Goes to War) and later seen in The Crimson Horror, the Prequel shorts (The Great DetectiveVastra Investigates and The Battle of Demons Run: Two Days Later), and Deep Breath - she also voiced Lara Zannis for Big Finish's The War Doctor 3: Agents of Chaos (2016)
  • Nicholas Woodeson (Dr. Corcoran) voiced the Clocksmith for Doom Coalition 3 (BF, 2016)
  • James Wilby (Broadwick) voiced Tenebris for both The Acheron Pulse and The Shadow Heart (BF, 2012)
  • Andrew Tiernan (Self) was Mr. Purcell in Night Terrors
  • Paul Kaye (Cain) was Prentis in Under the Lake and Before the Flood
  • Robert Goodman (Werner) was Reg in Listen
  • Keith Skinner (Skinner) was Rondel in (part 1 of) Vengeance on Varos
  • Justin Avoth (Bloom) voiced Mikhail for The New Counter Measures: Who Killed Toby Kinsella? (BF, 2016)
  • Justin Salinger (Hinchcliffe) was Tasker in Oxygen
  • Glenn Spears (Refuge Man) was Sergeant Major Peach in Empress of Mars
  • Balazs Bolygo was also the cinematographer on The Rebel Flesh, The Almost People and Closing Time
  • film editor Matthew Tabern also edited Smith and JonesThe Shakespeare CodeHuman NatureThe Family of Blood, and four installments of The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • series prosthetics designer Waldo Mason was a SFX assistant on Aliens of London

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Doctor Who Vs. The Whistle Blower

This British spy thriller (shown yesterday
on the movies4men channel), was based on
the novel by John Hale, and centred on the
mysterious death of a British Intelligence
agent, Bob Jones (played by Nigel Havers).
Michael Caine led the cast here as Frank
Jarvis, a father determined to uncover a
Cold War conspiracy that silenced his son -
a GCHQ translator who was about to 'blow
the whistle' on illegal and unethical practices.
The Whistle Blower followed other timely
political dramas Defence of the Realm, and
A Very British Coup (dramatised in 1988
and 2012).
Released in late 1986, the film also featured
John Gielgud, Gordon Jackson, and eleven
Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Havers was Peter Dalton (pictured left) in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith, and voiced Dr. Nick Zimmerman for Big Finish's No More Lies (2007)
  • James Fox (Lord) voiced Professor Chronotis for Shada (BF, 2003)
  • Kenneth Colley (Pickett) voiced Cristophe Zarodnix for Sisters of the Flame and Vengeance of Morbius (both 2008)
  • Big Finish actor Trevor Cooper (DI Bourne) was Takis in Revelation of the Daleks and Friar Tuck in Robot of Sherwood, and voiced Sir Ralph for The Doomwood Curse, Shanks for The Haunting of Thomas Brewster (both 2008), Judah for The Beast of Orlok, Smithy for Castle of Fear (both 2009), both Captain Maddox and Stennan for Army of Death (2011), both the Colonel and Kimball for The Emerald Tiger (2012), and both Jonathan Jaggers and Mr. Preddle for Judoon in Chains (2016)
  • Peter Miles (Kedge) was Dr. Charles Lawrence in The Silurians, Professor Whitaker for Invasion of the Dinosaurs, then was Nyder in Genesis of the Daleks, a role he reprised for both The Trial of Davros (2005), and I, Davros: Guilt (BF, 2006) - he also voiced Tragan for The Paradise of Deathand Curator Gantman for Whispers of Terror (BF, 1999)
  • John Gill (Clergyman) was Oak in Fury from the Deep
  • David Telfer (Ticket Collector) was the Huntsman in The Creature from the Pit
  • Walter Henry (Veteran) was an Extra in (episode 2 of) The Myth Makers and The Silurians (6), a Primord in Inferno (6), and a Brother in The Masque of Mandragora (1 and 3)
  • Raymond Hughes was costume designer on The Invisible Enemy too
  • production buyer Peter Walpole was the set decorator on Rose, The End of the World, The Unquiet Dead, Aliens of London and World War Three
  • Magdalen Gaffney was make-up artist on Death to the Daleks too

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Spooks, Series 8

Regualr series actors Peter Firth and Richard Armitage returned (as Harry Pearce and Lucas North) for the
eighth season of this award-winning BBC spy drama
from Kudos, which was first broadcast in the autumn
of 2009.
This eight-part series saw the return of Nicola Walker
(as analyst Ruth Evershed), and the departure of both
Miranda Raison and Hermione Norris (as MI5 agents
Jo Portman and Ros Myers, both killed off in episode
three and the finale respectively). Sharaz Latif (as new
Section D analyst Tariq Masood) replaced Hugh Simon 
(Malcolm) here too.
Season eight of Spooks began another repeat run on
the Sony TV channel tonight, and featured another
twenty-five Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Ace Bhatti (Mani) played Rani's dad, Haresh Chandra, in The Sarah Jane Adventures (2008-11)
  • Robert Glenister (Home Secretary) was Salateen in The Caves of Androzani, just his second TV role
  • Justin Avoth (Rudy) voiced Mikhail for Big Finish's The New Counter Measures: Who Killed Toby Kinsella? (BF, 2016)
  • Brian Protheroe (Walker) voiced Bob Gell and Captain O'Brien for Eldrad Must Die! (BF, 2013), and Captain Hardwick for Static (2017)
  • Alan Bond (Businessman) was a UNIT Soldier in The Sound of Drums, Last of the Time Lords, and Torchwood: Children of Earth
  • Gerard Murphy (Gulyanov) was Richard Maynarde in Silver Nemesis
  • Bentley Kalu (Officer) was a Hood in The Angels Take Manhattan
  • Andrew Havill (Maynard) was the Chief Steward in Voyage of the Damned, and voiced both Aleister Portillon and Squire Claude for The Witch From the Well (BF, 2011)
  • Sagar Arya (Chatterjee) was a Newsreader on The Christmas Invasion, and The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • Ashley Kumar (Veerkal) voiced Jared for both The Crimes of Thomas Brewster (BF, 2011) and The Curse of Davros (BF, 2012)
  • Tobias Menzies (Lawrence) was Lieutenant Stepashin (pictured) in Cold War
  • Bhasker Patel (Lal Rei) was Jival Chowdry in Turn Left
  • James Weber Brown (Journalist) was the Minister for In the Forest of the Night
  • Curtis Rivers (Assassin) doubled for John Barrowman (as Captain Jack) in UtopiaThe Sound of Drums, and Torchwood
  • stunt performers Dean Forster and Stephanie Carey both also worked on the revived run (on nine episodes, from The Christmas Invasion to Robot of Sherwood, and seven others, from Voyage of the Damned to The Crimson Horror respectively)
  • for Robert Edwards (ADR mixer), Crispin Layfield (stuntman), Jamie Pearson (editor), and Nick Roberts (sound recordist) see my previous blogs
  • Anthony Bayman was also ADR mixer on The Beast Below, Victory of the Daleks, The Vampires of Venice and The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • Neil Hillman was ADR mixer on Dinosaurs on a Spaceship too
  • Mike Jones was also film editor on ten instalments of the revived series (from Rose to Planet of the Dead) and two Torchwood episodes (2006)
  • Toby Ford was first assistant director on A Good Man Goes to War too
  • series ADR recordist Simon Diggins was an ADR mixer on fourteen stories, from The Day of the Doctor to Last Christmas

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage

ITV Studio's Marple series (a co-production from Agatha Christie Ltd. and WGBH Boston) began in 2004, with Geraldine McEwan portraying Christie's spinster sleuth, 
Miss Jane Marple in The Body in the Library. She was succeeded by Julia McKenzie in 2007 after solving 
twelve cases.
First published in 1930, this Golden Age classic murder mystery was Christie's tenth novel, and marked the full-
length debut of Miss Marple.
This period drama is only the second television rendition of The Murder at the Vicarage, following a BBC version
in 1986. A five-part adaptation for BBC Radio 4 was
transmitted in 1993.
The serial, the second in the run, was repeated again 
on ITV3 today, and featured Robert Powell, Herbert Lom, Mark Gatiss (as Reverend Hawes) and eighteen other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Sir Derek Jacobi (Colonel Protheroe) voiced the Master for Scream of the Shalka, then played his alter-ego, Professor Yana in Utopia - he also voiced Martin Bannister for Big Finish's Unbound: Deadline (2003)
  • Jane Asher (Lester) voiced Susan Foreman for Whatever Happened to Susan?, and was Andrea Yates in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?
  • Miriam Margolyes (Price-Ridley) voiced Leaf Apple Glyn Blathereen for The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Gift, and Frau Tod for The Beast of Orlok (BF, 2009)
  • Tim McInnerny (Clement) was Klineman Halpen in Planet of the Ood, and voiced Admiral Dolne for The Well-Mannered War (BF, 2015)
  • Christina Cole (Lettice) and Angela Pleasance (Miss Hartnell) both appeared in The Shakespeare Code, as Lilith and Queen Elizabeth I respectively
  • Jana Carpenter (May) was De Maggio in Dalek
  • screenplay writer and actor, Stephen Churchett (Coroner) was Billy in Attack of the Cybermen
  • Big Finish artist Julie Cox (Young Marple) voiced 18th century English writer Mary Shelley in The Company of Friends: Mary's Story (2009), The Silver Turk, The Witch from the Well and Army of Death (all 2011)
  • Rachael Stirling (Griselda) was Ada Gillyflower (pictured) in The Crimosn Horror, and voiced Demesne Furze for Trail of the White Worm (BF, 2012), Adelaine Dutemps for Dark Eyes 4: The Monster of Montmartre (BF, 2015), and Jill Meadows for The Tenth Doctor Adventures: Technophobia (BF, 2016)
  • John Owens (Photographer) was Thorpe in The Daemons
  • director Charles Palmer went on to helm Smith and Jones, The Shakespeare CodeHuman Nature and The Family of Blood
  • Lee Sheward was also stunt co-ordinator on eleven stories (from The End of the World to The End of Time)
  • Adam Recht was the film editor on A Christmas Carol too
  • for Damien Timmer, Nigel Squibbs, Greg Bennett and Sean Clayton see my blog for The Body in the Library