Sunday, 23 October 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Marple: 4.50 From Paddington

Agatha Christie's seventh Miss Marple mystery, her 
forty-ninth novel, was published in Britain in 1957,
and was issued as What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw in 
America. The book was adapted in 1961 for MGM's 
first Miss Marple feature film Murder She Said (when
Margaret Rutherford's Jane co-starred with the BBC's 
future incarnation, Joan Hickson), then was first 
dramatised for television in 1987. 
Geraldine McEwan then portrayed Marple in the ITV 
Studios version that followed on Boxing Day 2004. 
Repeated again on ITV3 today, the mystery featured 
John Hannah, Amanda Holden, Griff Rhys Jones, Ben Daniels, Rob Brydon and fourteen Doctor Who cast
and crew connections:

  • veteran screen actor and prolific Big Finish artist David Warner (Crackenthorpe) finally made an appearance in the revived series as Professor Grisenko in Cold War - he had previously voiced Lord Azlok for Dreamland, and portrayed the Doctor for Sympathy for the Devil (2003), Masters of War (2008), and The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield 3: The Unbound Universe (2016), then voiced Sir Isaac Newton for Circular Time: Summer (2007), Co-ordinator Angell for Empathy Games (2008), Professor Boston Schooner for Deimos and The Resurrection of Mars (both 2010), Autarch Siris for The Children of Seth (2011), Biggs for The Rosemariners (2012), Cuthbert for the Fourth Doctor adventures The Sands of LifeWar Against the LaanThe Dalek ContractThe Final Phase (all 2013), The Pursuit of History and Casualties of War (both 2016), Dr. Luke Betterman for Jago & Litefoot, the Narrator of The Black Hole (all 2015), Shadovar for The War Doctor 2: Infernal Devices, and the Committee for The Torchwood Archive (both 2016)
  • Neve McIntosh (Martine) played a trio of Silurians - firstly the warrior twins Alaya and Restac (pictured 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 The War Doctor 3: Agents of Chaos (BF, 2016)
  • Jenny Agutter (Agnes) voiced Sekhmet for The Bride of Peladon (BF, 2008)
  • Niamh Cusack (Emma) voiced Clarimonde for Zaltys (BF, new for 2017)
  • Pam Ferris (Mrs. McGillicuddy) voiced Lizzie Corrigan for The Eternal Summer (BF, 2009)
  • Pip Torrens (Noel Coward) was Headmaster Rocastle for Human Nature and The Family of Blood, and voiced Charlie Gibbs for Eldrad Must Die! (BF, 2013)
  • Celia Imrie (Madame Joilet) was Miss Kizlet in The Bells of Saint John, and voiced Dr. Elizabeth Bradley for Counter Measures 2 (BF, 2013), Madame Tissot for Gallery of Ghouls, and Livia for Gallifrey: Enemy Lines (both 2016)
  • screenplay writer Stephen Churchett was Billy in Attack of the Cybermen
  • stunt co-ordinator Gareth Milne  was George Cranleigh in Black Orchid, a Mortuary Attendant in Vengeance on Varos, and doubled for Peter Davison on Warriors of the Deep
  • Christine Greenwood was the make-up designer on Remembrance of the Daleks too
  • second assistant director Scott Bates was first assistant director on eleven stories (from Listen to Hell Bent)
  • Sean Clayton was also second assistant director on Dalek and Father's Day
  • assistant dubbing mixer Nigel Squibbs and series executive producer Damien Timmer both worked on An Adventure in Space and Time

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