Thursday, 6 October 2016

Doctor Who Vs. V For Vendetta

England Prevails
People should not be afraid
of their governments. 
Governments should be afraid of their people.

Based on Alan Moore's cult graphic novel, this British fantasy thriller (from the makers of The Matrix
was shown on the W (formerly Watch) channel last night. 
Warner Bros. originally scheduled 
the UK cinematic release for 
November 2005 to coincide with
 the 400th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot, which inspired 
the main character here, the titular 'V' (pictured left).
Set in a futuristic, dystopian Britian ruled by a totalitarian regime, young Evey Hammond (played by Natalie Portman) is rescued from the secret police - the corrupt 'Fingermen' - by a ruthless freedom fighter in a stylised Guy Fawkes mask, known only a s 'V' (portrayed by Nigerian-born actor Hugo Weaving).
V For Vendetta illustrator David Lloyd later stated that the "Guy Fawkes mask
has now become a brand and placard to protest against tyranny, [its] an icon
of popular culture" (and has since been adopted by the Anonymous activist
group).
The film also starred John Hurt (as the Big Brother-like dictator and founder 
of the fascist Norsefire Party, Chancellor Adam Sutler), Stephen Rea, Roger 
Allam, Ben Miles, Eddie Marsan, and featured twenty-two Doctor Who cast 
and crew connections:

  • James Purefoy was originally cast as V but left the role six weeks into production - he voiced Count Dracula for Big Finish's Son of the Dragon (2007)
  • Sherlock actor Rupert Graves (Dominic) was John Riddell in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
  • Stephen Fry (Dietrich) voiced the Minister of Chance for Death Comes to Time
  • Tim Pigott-Smith (Creedy) was Captain Harker in The Claws of Axos, and Marco in The Masque of Mandragora
  • Sir John Standing (Lilliman) voiced Fenric for Gods and Monsters (BF, 2012), and Professor Threadstone for Vampire of the Mind (BF, 2016)
  • Cosima Shaw (Patricia) was Steffi Ehrlich in The Waters of Mars
  • Derek Hutchinson (Bureaucrat) voiced Altus for The Burning Prince (BF, 2012), the Usher for Dark Eyes 4: A Life in the Day, and Brother Callis for Dark Eyes 4: Eye of Darkness (BF, 2015)
  • Amelda Brown (Mistress) voiced Margaret for The Adventure Games: The Gunpowder Plot
  • John Ringham (Old Man) was Tlotoxl in The Aztecs, Josiah Blake in The Smugglers, and Robert Ashe in Colony in Space
  • Madeleine Rakic-Platt (Young Evey) was Ella in Forest of the Dead, and Lily Frobisher in Torchwood: Children of Earth
  • Paul Antony-Barber (Father) was Kendrick in Rise of the Cybermen
  • Richard Laing (Lieutenant) voiced Ukarme for The Mind's Eye (BF, 2007), and Clerks for Dead London (BF, 2008)
  • Matthew Bates (Fedco Man) voiced Courtland for The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield: The Triumph of Sutekh (BF, 2015)
  • Greg Donaldson (Operator) voiced Coach Bela Destry for The Game (BF, 2005)
  • Peter Walpole was also a set decorator on the first five instalments of the revived series in 2005
  • stylist Lesley Smith began her career as a make-up assistant on State of Decay
  • technician Andy Hagon was a foley mixer on The Empty Child
  • Stuart Clark was a stuntman on DalekBad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways too
  • James O'Donnell was also a stuntman on Rise of the CybermenThe Age of SteelArmy of Ghosts and Doomsday
  • Rocky Taylor and Christopher Fosh both worked on The Idiot's Lantern, as stuntman and voice over artist respectively
  • Andy Smart was also a stuntman on Evolution of the Daleks and Let's Kill Hitler

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