Monday, 28 November 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Spooks, Series 2

Regular series actors Peter Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, 
Keeley Hawes, David Oyelowo, Hugh Simon, Rory 
MacGregor and Esther Hall all returned for the RTS 
award-winning second series of BBC One's spy drama, 
which first aired in the summer of 2003.
Nicola Walker and Shauna Macdonald both joined the programme here, as new MI5 officers, Ruth Evershed 
and Sam Buxton, whilst Megan Dodds was reintroduced 
as CIA agent, Christine Dale.
Now extended to ten parts, season two of Spooks began another repeat run on the Drama channel last night, and featured twenty-one Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Big Finish actress Walker voiced MedTech Liv Chenka for Robophobia (2011), Dark Eyes 2Dark Eyes 3 (both 2014), Dark Eyes 4Doom Coalition 1 (both 2015) and Doom Coalition 2 (2016), and was the Narrator of The World Beyond the Trees (2017)
  • Alastair Parker (PC) was Limpy in The Girl Who Died
  • Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch (North) voiced famous Egyptologist, Howard Carter for Forty Five: Fake Gods (BF, 2008)
  • Alexander Siddig (Khalduin) voiced Rosto for both Sisters of the Flame and Vengeance of Morbius (both 2008), the Captain for The Wreck of the Titan (2010), the Sultan for 1001 Nights (2012), and Marcus Gifford for The Diary of River Song (2015)
  • Lucy O'Connell (Doctor) was the Olive Woman in The Lazarus Experiment
  • Christopher Fairbank (Blaney) voiced Doc Baroque for The Scapegoat (BF, 2009) and the Professor for The Wreck of the Titanand was Fenton (pictured) in Flatline
  • Steve Robinson was also first assistant director on The Beast Below and Victory of the Daleks
  • Julie Cox (Maxi) voiced Big Finish companion Mary Shelley for The Company of Friends: Mary's Story (2009), The Silver TurkThe Witch from the Well and Army of Death (all 2011)
  • Sophie Okonedo (Amanda) played Queen Liz 10 in The Beast Below and The Pandorica Opens, and voiced Alison Cheney for Scream of the Shalka
  • Jo Joyner (Stephanie) was Lynda Moss in Bad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways
  • Richard Braine (Phil) voiced Percy Closed for The English Way of Death (BF, 2015)
  • Mark Lewis Jones (Wooley) voiced Professor Oliver Mortlake for The Darkness of Glass (BF, 2015)
  • Big Fiish actor Tim Bentinck (RAF Voice) voiced both Giles Moreau and Jenkins for Destination Nerva, Roger Buchman for Wirrn Isle (both 2012), Mr. Williams for the third series of Counter Measures, Nathaniel Whitlock for Moonfleshboth Ned Bones and Lord Burghley for Philip Hinchcliffe Presents: The Devil's Armada (all 2014), Colonel Radlett for The English Way of Death, both Chowdras and the Governor for Planet of the Rani (both 2015), General Kallix for The War Doctor: Infernal Devices (2016), and Wakefield, Cabby and Stonegood for The Contingency Club (2017)
  • Steve Kirby (Trevor) was a Pirate and a Villager in (episode 1 of) The Smugglers
  • Kieran Bew (Bryant) voiced Arthur Kettleson for The Lady of Mercia (BF, 2013), and has been cast in Series 10
  • Leo Bill (Woods) was the Pilot in A Christmas Carol
  • Roger Brierley (Getty) was Trevor in The Daleks' Master Plan: Volcano, and provided the voice of Drathro in The Mysterious Planet
  • Big Finish actor Michael Cochrane (Vaughan) was Charles Cranleigh in Black Orchid, Redvers Fenn-Cooper in Ghost Light, and voiced Lieut. Col. Brook for No Man's Land (2006), Murgat for Brotherhood of the Daleks (2008), Colonel Spindleton for both Trail of the White Worm and The Oseidon Adventure (2012), the Creevix for Destiny of the Doctor: The Time Machine (2013), and Geralk for both The Fate of Krelos and Return to Telos (2015)
  • writer (of part 3) Matthew Graham also penned Fear HerThe Rebel Flesh and The Almost People
  • costume supervisor Fiona McCann was an assistant on Love & Monsters
  • Neal Champion was the SFX supervisor on An Adventure in Space and Time too

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Spooks, Series 9

Regular series actors Peter Firth, Nicola Walker, and
Sharad Latif returned (as Harry Pearce, Ruth Evershed
and Tariq Masood) for the ninth and penultimate season
of this award-winning spy drama, which was first
broadcast on BBC One in the autumn of 2010.
This eight-part series saw the introduction of Sophia
Myles and Max Brown (as new MI5 officers, Beth Bailey
and Dimitri Levendis), the brief return of Hugh Simon
 (as analyst Malcolm Wynn-Jones), then the departure
of Richard Armitage (Section D chief Lucas North).
Another repeat run of season nine concluded on the
Sony TV channel this week, and featured another
eighteen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Myles (Beth) played Reinette (pictured) in The Girl in the Fireplace
  • Iain Glen (Edwards) was Father Octavian in The Time of Angels and Flesh and Stone
  • Laila Rouass (Maya) was UNIT Colonel Tia Karim in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor
  • Donald Sumpter (Ambassador) was Enrico Casali in The Wheel in Space, Commander Ridgeway in The Sea Devils, and President Rassilon in Hell Bent
  • Big Finish actor Trevor Cooper (Deery) was Takis in Revelation of the Daleks and Friar Tuck in Robot of Sherwood, and voiced Sir Ralph for The Doomwood CurseShanks for The Haunting of Thomas Brewster (both 2008), Judah for The Beast of OrlokSmithy for Castle of Fear (both 2009), both Captain Maddox and Stennan for Army of Death (2011), both the Colonel and Kimball for The Emerald Tiger (2012), and both Jonathan Jaggers and Mr. Preddle for Judoon in Chains (2016)
  • Colin Salmon (Beecher) was Dr. Moon in Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead, and voiced Trooper Salway for Wirrn Dawn (BF, 2009)
  • Elizabeth Tan (Embassy Girl) was Anna Zhou in Journey's End
  • Nigel Whitmey (Suit) was Simmons in Dalek
  • Paul Freeman (Cohen) voiced Jalnik for The Foe from the Future (BF, 2012)
  • Akin Gazi (Jad) was Carter in The Doctor's Daughter
  • Joseph Long (Elwan) was Rocco Colasanto in Turn Left
  • Adam Recht was film editor on A Christmas Carol too
  • for cinematographer Damian Bromley see my blog for series 4
  • production designer Malcolm Thornton also worked on LogopolisKindaThe Five Doctors, and Planet of Fire
  • series stunt co-ordinator Nick Gillard was the stunt arranger on (part 2 of) Silver Nemesis
  • series conform editor Jon Bruce was the on-line editor on The Culture Show: Me, You and Doctor Who
  • Philip Hookway was film editor on Flatline too
  • Jamie Pearson was also the film editor on nine episodes (from The Eleventh Hour to The Angels Take Manhattan)

Doctor Who Vs. My Week With Marilyn

This BBC Films production was based
on the 1995 memoir from English
writer and film-maker Colin Clark,
The Prince, the Showgirl and Me.
Clark (played here by future Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne) got his big break in the film industry when acting
legend Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) was directing The Prince and the Showgirl with his co-star, Marilyn Monroe.
Released in 2011, the film focused
on the week in 1957 in which newly-married Marilyn was escorted around Pinewood Studios and London by Clark after her husband (American playwright Arthur Miller) left England. Marilyn (born Norma Jeane Mortenson in 1926) completed three further features, including her biggest hit Some Like It Hot, and died of an apparent suicide in 1962.
Michelle Williams' portrayal of Monroe was nominated for Oscar and BAFTA
Best Actress awards, and she won a Golden Globe award. 
Shown on BBC Four last night, the star-studded film also featured Julia
Ormond (as Viivien Leigh), Emma Watson (Lucy), Judi Dench (Dame Sybil),
Derek Jacobi and seventeen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Dougray Scott (Miller) was Professor Alec Palmer in Hide
  • prolific Big Finish actress Miranda Raison (Vanessa) was Tallulah in Daleks in Manhattan and Evolution of the Daleks, then voiced Lareen for The Davros Mission (2007), both Tess Pilkelton and Myra Selfridges for The Wreck of the Titan (2010), both the Shepherdess and Acquisitor for Persuasion (2013), both Margo and Xais for The Romance of Crime, Constance Clarke for The Last Adventure: The End of the Line, Criss-Cross, Planet of the Rani, Shield of the Jotunn (all 2015), Order of the Daleks, Absolute Power and Quicksilver, and Inspector Fleur McCormick for The Trouble With Drax (all 2016)
  • Toby Jones (Jacobs) was the Dream Lord in Amy's Choice, and voiced Kotris for Dark Eyes (2012)
  • Pip Torrens (Clark) and Gerard Horan (Trevor) both appeared in Human Nature and The Family of Blood, as Headmaster Rocastle and Mr. Clark respectively - Torrens also voiced Charlie Gibbs for Eldrad Must Die! (2013)
  • Robert Portal (Orton) voiced Marshal Ney for The Curse of Davros (2012), and Reggie for The Auntie Matter (2013)
  • Philip Jackson (Smith) voiced Laxton for Valhalla (2007), and Mr. Peabody for The Contingency Club (2016)
  • Zoe Wanamaker (Paula) was Lady Cassandra in The End of the World and New Earth
  • Jem Wall (Spectator) was Michael in The Lodger
  • Big Finish actor Alex Lowe (Coop) voiced Brigadier-General Bartholomew Kitchen for The Angel of Scutari (2009), Huxley for The Companion Chronicles releases Ringpullworld (2009) and Find and Replace (2010), Axel for The Song of Megaptera, Professor August Corbin for Lurkers at Sunlight's Edge (both 2010), both Sergeant Mezz and Trooper Nold for Heroes of Sontar (2011), Damien Stephens and Roboman for Energy of the Daleks (2012), and Soren for Time Reaver (2016)
  • Michael Hobbs (Reporter) voiced Fazackerly for Other Lives (2005), and Francis Currie for the UNIT series
  • Jim Carter (Barry) voiced Brother Bernard in The Book of Kells (2010)
  • Victor McGuire (Andy)
  • Des McAleer (Policeman) voiced Lefty Lonnigan for A Life of Crime (2016)
  • co-producer and former actor Mark Cooper was one of the titular Robots of Death
  • Adam Recht was film editor on A Christmas Carol too
  • hair and make-up designer Jenny Shircore began her TV career as an assistant on Planet of Evil
  • Richard Glass was an optician on The Time of the Doctor too

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking

Tiger Aspect's sequel to The Hound of the Baskervilles (2002) was a brand new story written for BBC One by Allan Cubitt (originally titled The Deadly Season), set in the foggy London of 1903, fourteen years after the events
in Devonshire.
The Case of the Silk Stocking was first shown on Boxing Day 2004, with Holmes now portrayed by Rupert Everett. Ian Hart reprised the role of
Dr. Watson, and Neil Dudgeon played Inspector Lestrade (Hart even starred 
as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that year, 
in Finding Neverland).
This dark mystery, repeated again on 
the Drama channel last night, featured 
Michael Fassbender, Jonathan Hyde and fifteen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Helen McCrory (Mrs. Vandeleur) was Rosana Calvierri in The Vampires of Venice (in The Hound of the Baskervilles Holmes exposes the Stapletons, in reality a married couple who fled to England and adopted the name Vandeleur)
  • Andrew Wisher (Constable) was the Ghost in Reeltime's video spin-off Daemos Rising, and voiced Armstrong for Big Finish's The Nowhere Place (2006)
  • Christine Kavanagh (Lady Helhoughton) was Aram in Timelash (only her second TV role), and voiced Patience for Cold Fusion (2016)
  • Julian Wadham (Massingham) voiced Augustus Scullop for The Fourth Wall (BF, 2012), and Joseph Holman for The Darkness of Glass (BF, 2015)
  • Guy Henry (Bilney here; Sherlock Holmes in Young Sherlock) voiced Ikron for Infamy of the Zaross (BF, 2017)
  • Stewart Bevan (Proprietor) was Professor Clifford Jones in The Green Death
  • Anthony Cozens (Constable) was the Concierge in The Husbands of River Song
  • Max Harvey (MC) was Cardinal Zorac in Arc of Infinity
  • Greg Bennett (Constable) was both a Sycorax Warrior and a UNIT Soldier in The Christmas Invasion, and an uncredited Guest in The Lazarus Experimen
  • Derek Lea was also a stuntman on DalekBad WolfThe Parting of the WaysThe Age of Steel and Partners in Crime
  • sound mixer Richard Manton worked on the film sound for The Daemons and The Mutants
  • Jason Gill was also costume assistant on fourteen instalments (from the 2005 Christmas special to The Wedding of River Song), Space and Time, then costume designer on Death is the Only Answer
  • title designer Peter Anderson was the animation director on eight episodes (from Asylum of the Daleks to The Rings of Akhaten)
  • script supervisor Karen Jones began her TV career as PA (production assistant) on Mindwarp
  • Julie Scott was also production executive on seventy-seven stories (from The Runaway Bride to The Time of the Doctor), The Adventure Games: City of the Daleks and Blood of the CybermenDreamlandDoctor Who PromsMusic of the SpheresTime CrashTorchwoodThe Sarah Jane Adventures, the Sherlock pilot and Life On Mars

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Silent Witness, Series 18

The eighteenth season of this popular BBC One crime drama was first broadcast in early 2015, and 
again starred Emilia Fox (now a veteran of over a 
hundred episodes since 2004) and David Caves as 
doctors Nikki Alexander and Jack Hodgson. 
The Home Office forensic pathologists were again 
joined at the Lyle Centre by Clarissa Mullery and 
Dr. Thomas Chamberlain, played by Liz Carr and 
Richard Lintern.
The five, two-part mysteries began another repeat 
run on the Alibi channel last night, and featured 
these seventeen Doctor Who cast and crew 

Snipers' Nest (TX: January 6 & 7)
  • Sean Gilder (Clout) was the Sycorax leader in The Christmas Invasion
  • Edmund Moulton (Young Luke) was Adam in The Almost People
  • Ryan Stuart was a stuntman on Nightmare in Silver too
  • series clapper loader Peter Lowden was a camera assistant on The Time of the Doctor
Falling Angels (TX: January 12 & 13)
  • Andrew Tiernan (DCI McLeod) was Mr. Purcell in Night Terrors
  • Steven Elder (Stone) voiced Farrow for Jubilee (2003), and Rawden for Something Inside (2006)
  • Ben Ashmore was also the SFX co-ordinator on thirty-six stories (from The Girl in the Fireplace to The Next Doctor), The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood
Protection (TX: January 19 & 20)
  • Daniel O'Hara also directed Under the Lake and Before the Flood
  • Micah Balfour (Garvey) was the Co-Pilot in A Christmas Carol
  • Big Finish artist David Sibley (Judge) was Pralix in The Pirate Planet, and voiced Kurt Schalk for Persuasion, the Eminence for The Seeds of War (both 2013), Dark Eyes 2: Time's Horizon and Destroy the Infinite, and Professor Markus Schriver for Dark Eyes 3 (all 2014)
  • Ross Adams was also the boom operator on thirteen adventures (from Asylum of the Daleks to Flatline)
  • series sound mixer Ronald Bailey was the recordist on Daleks in Manhattan, Evolution of the Daleks, 42 and Utopia
Squaring The Circle (TX: January 26 & 27)
  • Shaun Dingwall (Lansley) played Pete Tyler in Father's Day, and returned as a parallel version of Pete in Rise of the Cybermen, The Age of Steel and Doomsday 
One of Our Own (TX: February 2 & 3)
  • Mark Frost (DCI Sullivan) voiced Shandar for Requiem for the Rocket Men (BF, 2015), and Niccolo Machiavelli for The Ravelli Conspiracy (BF, 2016)
  • Jason Watkins (Hughes) was Webley (pictured) in Nightmare in Silver, voiced the Legate of the Caliph for The Destroyer of Delights, and was the White Guardian in The Chaos Pool (BF, both 2009)
  • Steven Pacey (CS Haynes) voiced Trevor for The Zygon Who Fell to Earth (BF, 2008)
  • Beth Goddard (Trish) voiced Christine Colley for UNIT: Encounters (BF, 2017)

Thursday, 3 November 2016

The Daily Telegraph Presents The 80 Best BBC Shows Of All Time

The Telegraph, that renowned right-wing 
broadsheet, has revealed the results of its 
latest cultural survey. 
The poll marks the eightieth anniversary of 
the BBC's television service, which launched 
at Alexander Palace in November 1936. 
The newspaper's TV critics chose their eighty 
favourite TV programmes produced by the 
Corporation since broadcasting resumed after 
the Second World War.
The world's longest-running sci-fi TV show was 
placed at a very respectable number four:

4: Doctor Who (BBC One, 1963-1989, 1996, 2005 onwards)

"Always more than simply a science-fiction series, the adventures of a renegade Time Lord travelling through time and space in a blue Police Box has survived much derision within the Corporation and is now regarded as one of the jewels in its crown. The series shouldn't have worled, but thanks to a cleverly versatile format, a haunting theme tune and properly terrifying baddies, it is TV's greatest survivor. Much like the good Doctor himself."