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

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