Thursday, 27 October 2016

Doctor Who Vs. The Secret of Crickley Hall

Based on the twenty-second supernatural 
novel from British horror writer James 
Herbert (1943-2013), this three-part thriller originally aired on BBC America in October 
2012, then on BBC One a month later. 
The drama presents two parallel narratives - 
the main storyline, set in the present, follows 
the events of the Caleigh family who rent 
Crickley Hall in the Northern village of Devil's Cleave; and the other is a series of flashbacks covering events in 1943, when evacuees from London also lived at the Hall.
The series was adapted and directed by Joe 
Ahearne, who had helmed DalekFather's 
DayBoom TownBad Wolf and The Parting 
of the Ways for the first season of the revived series. 
The programme began another repeat run on 
the Drama channel last night, and featured sixteen other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • veteran film actor and prolific Big Finish artist David Warner (Percy Judd) finally made an appearance in the TV series as Professor Grisenko in Cold War, but had previously voiced Lord Azlok for Dreamland, and portrayed an Unbound Doctor for Sympathy for the Devil (2003), Masters of War (2008) and The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield: 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), Dr. Luke Betterman for Jago & Litefoot 9/10, the Narrator of The Black Hole (all 2015), Shardovar for The War Doctor 2: Infernal Devices (2016), and Cuthbert for the Fourth Doctor adventures The Sands of LifeWar Against the LaanThe Dalek ContractThe Final Phase (all 2013), Casualties of Time and The Pursuit of History (both 2016)
  • Suranne Jones (Eve) played Idris in The Doctor's Wife, and was the titular subject of The Sarah Jane Adventures: Mona Lisa's Revenge
  • Tom Ellis (Gabe) was Dr. Thomas Mulligan in Last of the Time Lords
  • Maisie Williams (Loren) was Ashildr in The Girl Who DiedThe Woman Who Lived, Face the Raven and Hell Bent
  • Sarah Smart (Magda) was Jennifer in The Rebel Flesh and The Almost People, and voiced Laura Corbett for The Crooked Man (BF, 2014)
  • Donald Sumpter (Pyke) was Enrico Casali in The Wheel in Space, Commander Ridgeway in The Sea Devils, Erasmus Darkening in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Eternity Trap, and President Rassilon in Hell Bent
  • John Sackville (Dr. Wilcox) voiced the Pilot for Resistance (BF, 2009)
  • Fern Deacon (Susan) had an uncredited role in A Good Man Goes to War
  • Paul Clayton (Publican) was Mr. Bartle in Planet of the Ood, and voiced Mergrass for The Infinite Quest
  • Velile Tshabalala (Teacher) was Rosita in The Next Doctor
  • Graham Walker was also the film editor on all five of Ahearne's episodes
  • stunt co-ordinator Gordon Seed worked on thirty stories (from The Idiot's Lantern to The Time of the Doctor)
  • William Willoughby was also a stunt performer on RoseSmith and JonesDaleks in ManhattanEvolution of the DaleksThe Pandorica OpensA Good Man Goes to War, and The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, and doubled for Matt Smith in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship and was Ben Browder's double (as Isaac) in A Town Called Mercy
  • Ben Ashmore was also the special FX supervisor on thirty-six instalments of the revived series (from The Girl in the Fireplace to The Next Doctor)
  • gaffer Gavin Walters was an electrician on Love & Monsters
  • Peter Chester was also the best boy on eighty-three episodes (from Rose to The Wedding of River Song and Music of the Spheres)

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