Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Shaun of the Dead

This cult British comedy horror film
(a Studio Canal and Working Title co-
production) was released in 2004, and
was co-written by it's lead actor Simon 
Pegg, and director Edgar Wright, both
of whom contributed to the Channel 4 sitcom, Spaced (an episode from 1999, 
Art inspired this zombie apocalypse narrative). Wright later collaborated with Steven Moffat on the screenplay for Tintin (2010).
Shaun of the Dead - the first part of the planned 'Cornetto' trilogy - was followed by Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013), all co-starred Nick Frost.
Pegg and Frost even reprised their roles
 (in cartoon form) for the Phineas and 
Ferb Halloween special in 2014.
Shown again on ITV2 last night, the film featured thirty-six Doctor Who cast and 
crew connections:

  • Pegg (Shaun) and Tamsin Greig (Maggie) both appeared in The Long Game, as the Editor and the Nurse respectively
  • Frost (Ed) played Santa Claus in Last Christmas
  • Peter Serafinowicz (Pete) provided the voice of the Fisher King in Before the Flood
  • Jessica Hynes [nee Stevenson] (Yvonne) was Joan Redfern in Human Nature and The Family of Blood, then (that character's great-grand daughter) Verity Newman in The End of Time, Part 2 - she also voiced Glory Bee for Big Finish's Invaders From Mars (2002) opposite Pegg, as Don Chaney
  • Bill Nighy (Philip here; Chief Inspector in Hot Fuzz; and Voice of the Network for The World's End) was Dr. Black in Vincent and the Doctor
  • Kate Ashfield (Liz) voiced Beth Stokes for Enemy of the Daleks (BF, 2009)
  • Penelope Wilton (Barbara) was Harriet Jones MP/PM in Aliens of LondonWorld War ThreeThe Christmas Invasion and The Stolen Earth
  • Matt Lucas (Tom) was Nardole in The Husbands of River Song, and voiced both the Cylinder and the Jelloid for The One Doctor (BF, 2001), and even played the Second Doctor as a drummer in the Shooting Stars spoof, The Who!
  • for Mark Gatiss' (an uncredited Radio Voice role here) complete resum√©, see my Quatermass blog
  • Michael Smiley (Zombie here; and Green in The World's End) was Colonel Morgan Blue in Into the Dalek, and voiced Seedleson for Creatures of Beauty (BF, 2003)
  • David Walliams (Reporter Voice) appeared in the Doctor Who Night sketches, voiced both Qunicy Flowers and Ned Cotton for Phantasmagoria (BF, 1999), and was Gibbis in The God Complex
  • Steve Emerson (John) was a Guard in The Macra Terror and Revelation of the Daleks, a Resistance Man in The War Games, a UNIT soldier in The Claws of Axos, and a Retrograde in Frontios
  • Reese Shearsmith (Mark here; and Collaborator in The World's End) was Andrew Powell in the PROBE video spin-off stories (1995/96), Dr. Dan Matthews in the Auton VHS releases (1997/98), starred in An Adventure in Space and Time as Patrick Troughton, then in Sleep No More as Rassmussen
  • Paul Putner (Zombie) had co-starred with Pegg and Hynes before when he voiced Bix Biro for Invaders from Mars, and was also in two of the Doctor Who Night shorts with Gatiss
  • Tim Baggaley (Usher) was the Knight in Robot of Sherwood
  • Big Finish artist Mark Donovan (Zombie) voiced Klemp and Ambassador for Dust Breeding (2001), Orchestrator Shol for The Sandman (2002), Sturmer for The Wormery, Gerrof for Unbound: He Jests at Scars (both 2003), Polk for The Harvest (2004), and Jackson for Survival of the Fittest (2010)
  • Paul Kaye (Zombie) was Prentis in Before the Flood and Under the Lake
  • TV presenter Trisha Goddard made a cameo appearance on Army of Ghosts too
  • Julia Deakin (Mum here; Mary in Hot Fuzz; and Landlady in The World's End) voiced Hannah Fry for Phantasmagoria, and Harriet Griffin for Terror Firma (BF, 2005)
  • Danielle de Costa (Voyage of the Damned and Night Terrors), Dani Biernat (The Christmas InvasionNew EarthThe Sound of Drums, and Amy's Choice), Tina Maskell (Boom Town, and The Runaway Bride), Amanda Foster (The Doctor's Daughter), and Tracy Caudie (The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe) were all stunt performers here too
  • Abbi Collins was a stunt co-ordinator on The Sarah Jane Adventures, and eleven revvied episodes, from Rise of the Cybermenr to The Waters of Mars, and Paul Herbert co-ordinated stunt work on The End of Time too
  • George Cottle (Boom TownThe Runaway Bride, and Smith and Jones), Guy List (Evolution of the Daleks), and Paul Kennington (Rise of the CybermenAge of SteelArmy of GhostsDoomsday and The Doctor's Daughter) were also stuntmen here
  • Ray De Haan and Sarah Franzl also had stunt work on The Idiot's Lantern (the latter on The End of the World and The End of Time too)
  • stuntman Tony Lucken was De Florres in The Curse of the Black Spot
  • Annie Hardinge began her career as a costume designer on Vengeance on Varos
  • Waldo Mason was a SFX assistant on Aliens of London too
  • first assistant director Julian Hearne was a AFM on Battlefield

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