Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Doctor Who On This Day #335

1963 - 100,000 BC, Episode 1: An Unearthly Child repeated (except N Ireland),
and Episode 2: The Cave of Skulls first screened, both on BBCtv
 1966 - Marco Polo, Episode 5: Rider from Shang-TuThe Aztecs, Episode 4: 
The Day of DarknessThe Reign of Terror, Episodes 1 and 5, Planet of Giants
Episode 3: CrisisThe Romans, Episode 4: Inferno and The Web Planet, Episode 6: The Centre all repeated on ABC
1968 - The Invasion, Episode 5 first screened on BBC1
1972 The Ambassadors of Death, Episode 6 repeated on ABC
1973 Carnival of Monsters, Episode 4, The Time Monster, Episode 6 and The 
Three Doctors, Episode 1 all repeated on ABC
1976 - Pyramids of Mars Omnibus repeated on BBC1
1981 - The Five Faces of Doctor Who: Logopolis, Part 1 repeated on BBC2
1982 Horror of Fang Rock, Part 4 repeated on KQED Plus; and The Invasion 
of Time, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on ABC
1983 - The Hand of Fear, Part 1 repeated on ABC; and Warriors' Gate, Part 
4 repeated on KQED Plus
1984 - The Mutants, Episode 6 and Earthshock Omnibus both repeated on
1985 The Deadly Assassin, Part 1 repeated on KQED Plus
1986 The Invasion of Time Omnibus repeated on KQED Plus
1987 - Dragonfire, Part 2 first screened on BBC1
1988 - Time and the Rani, Part 3 repeated on KQED Plus; and Silver Nemesis,
Part 2 first screened on BBC1
1989 Nightmare of Eden, Part 3 repeated on KQED Plus
1990 - Genesis of the Daleks, Part 4 repeated on  KQED Plus
1991 Inferno, Episode 1 repeated on TV2 (NZ); and The Three Doctors 
Omnibus and Revelation of the Daleks, Part 2 (of 4) both repeated on KQED 
1992 The Sensorites, Episode 1: The Unwilling Warriors repeated on UK Gold
1993 Planet of the Daleks, Episodes 4 and 5 both repeated on UK Gold; and 
Revenge of the Cybermen, Part 4 both repeated on ABC
1994 Time and the Rani, Part 2 repeated on UK Gold
1995 The Robots of Death, Part 2 repeated on UK Gold
1996 The Seeds of Death Omnibus repeated on UKTV (Aus)
1997 Castrovalva Omnibus repeated on UK Gold
1998 - Planet of Giants, Episode 2: Dangerous Journey repeated on Space;
Genesis of the Daleks, Part 4 repeated on UKTV (Aus); and The Five Doctors,
Terror of the Vervoids Omnibus and I Was a Doctor Who Monster! all repeated on KQED Plus
1999 The Sensorites, Episode 6: A Desperate Venture repeated on Space; and Spearhead from Space, Episode 4 repeated on BBC2
2000 - The Sea Devils, Episode 2 repeated on Prime; The Monster of Peladon,
Part 5 repeated on UKTV (Aus); and Genesis of the Daleks, Parts 5 and 6 both
repeated on BBC America
2001 Revenge of the CybermenPart 3 repeated on BBC Kids (Canada);
The Keeper of Traken, Parts 3 and 4 both repeated on NHPTV; and Vengeance
on Varos, Part 1 repeated on UKTV (Aus)
2002 The Ark in Space, Part 4 repeated on BBC Kids (Canada); City of Death
Omnibus repeated on KERA; and Vengeance on Varos Omnibus repeated on
UK Gold
2003 - The Aztecs Omnibus repeated on MPT; The Web Planet, Episodes 3 and
4 both repeated on KBTC; The Sun Makers, Parts 1 and 2 both repeated on
Iowa PTV; The Ribos Operation Omnibus repeated on BBC Kids (Canada); State
of Decay, Part 2 repeated on WILL; Terminus, Parts 1 and 2 both repeated on 
MiND; Attack of the Cybermen Omnibus repeated on UK Gold; and Delta and 
the BannermenPart 3 and Dragonfire, Part 1 both repeated on WCET
2004 Planet of Evil, Part 4 repeated on ABC
2005 The Caves of Androzani, Parts 1 and 2 both repeated on ABC
2006 - Boom Town repeated on Yes Action (Israel); and Totally Doctor Who 
(#1.12) repeated on CBBC
2007 The Impossible PlanetThe Satan PitDoctor Who Confidential: You've 
Got the Look and Time Flies all repeated on BBC3; and Army of Ghosts first
screened on TV3 (RI)
2008 The Empty Child repeated on Idaho PTV; The Idiot's Lantern and Doctor Who Confidential: The Writer's Tale both repeated on UNC-TV; Doctor Who Confidential: Religion, Myths and Legends repeated on BBC3; and The Chimes
of Midnight, Episode 1 repeated on Radio 7
2009 The Doctor Dances and Boom Town both repeated on Syfy (Germany);
Army of Ghosts repeated on Syfy (Spain); The Sound of Drums first screened
on Syfy (Spain) and repeated on Syfy (Benelux); Partners in Crime repeated
on BBC3 and ABC2; and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: A Noble Return 
repeated on BBC3
2010 - The Unicorn and the Wasp and Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown: Nemesis both repeated on UKTV (Aus); and Turn Left and The Pandorica 
Opens both repeated on Space
2011 Full Circle, Parts 1 and 2 both repeated on Syfy (Aus); The Five Doctors,
Parts 3 and 4 (of 4) both repeated on MTV3 SciFi; The Idiot's Lantern repeated 
on BBC America and UKTV (Aus); The Impossible Planet repeated on BBC
 America; The Doctor's Daughter repeated on Space; and Doctor Who Con-
fidential Cutdown: A New York Story also repeated on UKTV (Aus)
2012 World War ThreeLet's Kill HitlerNight TerrorsThe Girl Who Waited,
The God Complex and Closing Time all repeated on BBC America; and The 
Vampires of Venice repeated on BBC3
2013 The End of Time, Part 2, Doctor Who Prom (2010) and The Best of the 
Doctor all repeated on BBC Nordic HD and BBC Polska HD; Flesh and Stone
repeated on BBC Nordic; The Curse of the Black Spot repeated on BBC Enter-
tainment Latin America; The Doctor's WifeThe Rebel Flesh and The Almost People all repeated on France 4; Let's Kill HitlerNight TerrorsThe Girl Who WaitedClosing Time and The Wedding of River Song all repeated on Watch;
The God Complex repeated on BBC Nordic and Watch; A Good Man Goes to War 
repeated on BBC3; Asylum of the DaleksDinosaurs on a SpaceshipThe Best 
of the Monsters and The Best of the Companions all repeated on BBC Entertain-
ment Europe, Romania and Middle East; The Power of Three repeated on Syfy
(Spain) and Syfy (Portugal); Hide repeated on Jeem TV (Middle East); and The 
Name of the Doctor repeated on RAI4
2014 The Dominators, Episodes 1 and 2 both repeated on Retro TV; The 
Seeds of Doom, Part 3 repeated on KPTS; Horror of Fang Rock Omnibus
repeated on Horror; State of Decay, Parts 1 and 2 both repeated on KBTC;
Earthshock Omnibus repeated on Drama; Enlightenment, Parts 3 and 4 and
Flesh and Stone all repeated on Syfy (Aus); Aliens of London and Doctor Who 
Confidential: I Get a Sidekick Out of You both repeated on UNC MX; School 
Reunion repeated on Iowa PTV; Silence in the Library repeated on UKTV (NZ);
Cold Blood and The Lodger both repeated on KCPT2; Vincent and the Doctor 
repeated on KCPT2 and Idaho PTV; A Christmas Carol repeated on BBC3; 
Closing Time repeated on OETA; Asylum of the Daleks repeated on ABC1; The 
Angels Take Manhattan and The Snowmen both repeated on RAI4; The Rings 
of Akhaten repeated on WTTW Prime; Flatline first screened on BBC Entertain-
ment Asia Pacific; Death In Heaven first screened on YLE TV2 and repeated on
BBC Entertainment Latin America HD; and The Companions repeated on Watch
2015 - The Sontaran Experiment Omnibus repeated on Horror; The Hand of 
Fear, Part 4 and The Visitation, Part 2 both repeated on Syfy (Aus); Forest 
of the Dead repeated on TV Cultura; The Time of Angels and Face the Raven 
both repeated on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific; The Pandorica Opens and 
The Big Bang both repeated on BBC America; Asylum of the Daleks and
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship both repeated on BBC Nordic HD and BBC Polska 
HD; The Snowmen repeated on Syfy (Portugal); Deep Breath repeated on
KUAC; Time Heist repeated on Karusel; Sleep No More first screened on YLE
TV2 and KBS2; and Heaven Sent repeated on BBC Entertainment Asia Pacific and ABC2
2016 The Hand of Fear, Part 4 and The Deadly Assassin, Part 1 both repeated on Retro TV; Rose repeated on Syfy (Aus); New EarthTooth and Claw and 
School Reunion all repeated on BBC America; The Sound of Drums and Last 
of the Time Lords both repeated and Doctor Who Extra: The Caretaker first 
screened, all on BBC Polska HD; Flesh and Stone repeated on Syfy (Latin 
America); The Lodger repeated on TLC TV; Day of the Moon repeated on Syfy (Brazil); The Angels Take Manhattan repeated on The Zone; Flatline repeated 
on One; Sleep No More and Face the Raven both repeated on RAI4; and 
Hornet's Nest: A Sting in the TalePart 2 repeated on Radio 4 Extra

Extra: November 1994 - Under licence from the BBC, four performances of
The Empress of Othernow were given by the Huntingdon Drama Group (and
restaged at the AylCon 2 convention, Birmingham, in 1995) - written by Peter 
Vialls, the play centred on two Cybermen stranded in Ancient Rome, and Bob 
Pugh played the Doctor, Rachel Greaves as companion Gwen

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),
and seventeen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Dougray Scott (Miller) was Professor Alec Palmer in Hide
  • prolific Big Finish artist 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 (BF, 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! (BF, 2013)
  • Robert Portal (Orton) voiced Marshal Ney for The Curse of Davros (BF, 2012), and Reggie for The Auntie Matter (BF, 2013)
  • Philip Jackson (Smith) voiced Laxton for Valhalla (BF, 2007), and Mr. Peabody for The Contingency Club (BF, 2016)
  • Zoe Wanamaker (Paula) was Lady Cassandra in The End of the World and New Earth
  • Derek Jacobi (Morshead) voiced the Master for Scream of the Shalka, then played his alter-ego Professor Yana in Utopia he also voiced Martin Bannister for Unbound: Deadline (BF, 2003)
  • 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 (BF, 2005), and Francis Currie for the UNIT series
  • Jim Carter (Barry) voiced Brother Bernard in The Book of Kells (BF, 2010)
  • Des McAleer (Policeman) voiced Lefty Lonnigan for A Life of Crime (BF, 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

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Luther, Series 2

Idris Elba returned as the titular detective, John 
Luther for the second season of BBC One's dark,
psychological crime drama, first shown in the 
summer of 2011.
The four-part series, which began another repeat
run on W (formerly the Watch channel) last night
(and was recently shown on Alibi), earned a RTS 
Best Drama award for creator/writer Neil Cross
and Elba won Golden Globe award for Best Actor. 
Cross later penned both The Rings of Akhaten and 
Ruth Wilson, Dermot Crowley and Paul McGann 
reprised their respective roles (as Alice Morgan,
DSU Martin Schenk and Mark North), and were
 joined here by Aimee Ffion-Edwards (as Jenny 
Jones) and nine other Doctor Who cast and crew 

  • for other series regulars Warren Brown (DS Justin Ripley) and Michael Smiley (Benny Silver) see my first Luther blog
  • Big Finish artist John Albasiny (Kolchak) voiced both Lev Tolstoy and Preston for The Angel of Scutari (2009), Major Maxim Felnikov for Thin Ice (2011), Colonel Felnikov for Crime of the Century, Chris Fleming for Phantoms of the Deep (both 2013), and Jesper for Equilibrium (2015)
  • Pam Ferris (Baba) voiced Lizzie Corrigan for The Eternal Summer (BF, 2009)
  • Lee Ingleby (Cameron Pell) voiced Samson Griffin for Terror Firma (BF, 2005)
  • Steven Robertson (Millberry) was Pritchard in Under the Lake and Before the Flood
  • Ellie Haddington (DCS Carroway) was Professor Docherty in Last of the Time Lords
  • Nick Foley was the ADR mixer on The Snowmen too
  • production sound mixer Brian Milliken was sound recordist on The Sontaran StratagemThe Poison Sky and The Sarah Jane Adventures

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 (BF, 2003), and Rawden for Something Inside (BF, 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)

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Luther, Series 1

This British psychological drama series was created and scripted by Booker Prize nominee and Emmy award winner Neil Cross, and starred London-born actor Idris Elba as the titular maverick detective, DCI John Luther.
Elba received Golden Globe and Emmy Awards nominations for his role here, and was joined by Indira Varma (as Zoe Luther), Saskia Reeves (DSU Teller), Dermot Crowley (DCI Schenk), and Ruth Wilson (Alice Morgan).
The initial run first aired on BBC One in the summer of 2010, followed by two four-part seasons in 2011 and 2013. A prequel novel,
The Calling, also written by Cross, was 
published in 2011, and a film version of 
Luther is planned. A fourth and final two-
part serial was first shown last December.
Cross later penned The Rings of Akhaten 
and Hide for Matt Smith's final season. 
The first six-part series concluded another 
repeat run on W (formerly the Watch channel) 
last night, and featured Paul McGann (as Mark North) and nineteen other 
Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Big Finish actor Warren Brown (DS Justin Ripley) voiced Stephen Gibson for Industrial Evolution (2011), both Rufus Stone and To'Koth for Signs and Wonders (2014), and Lieutenant Sam Bishop for UNIT: Extinction (2015), UNIT: Shutdown and UNIT: Silenced (both 2016)
  • Varma reprised the role of Suzie Costello for The Torchwood Archive (BF, 2016)
  • Steven Mackintosh (DCI Reed) played Gazak in Timelash
  • Michael Smiley (Benny Silver) was Colonel Morgan Blue in Into the Dalek, and voiced Seedleson for Creatures of Beauty (BF, 2003)
  • Diveen Henry (PC Hanson) voiced Alozza for The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield: The Triumph of Sutekh (BF, 2015)
  • Sean Pertwee (Lynch) made a cameo appearance in The Five(ish) Doctors
  • stunt co-ordinator Derek Lea was a stuntman on DalekBad WolfThe Parting of the WaysThe Age of Steel and Partners in Crime
  • Stephanie Carey was also a stunt performer on Voyage of the DamnedThe Beast BelowThe Curse of the Black SpotLet's Kill Hitler and The Girl Who Waited
  • Paul Rhys (Burgess) voiced Max Paul for The Scapegoat (BF, 2009)
  • Andrew Tiernan (Henley) was Mr. Purcell in Night Terrors
  • Big Finish artist Nicola Walker (Linda) 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)
  • Rob Jarvis (Shand) was Abramal in The Time of the Doctor
  • director Stefan Schwartz (of parts 5 and 6) played the Knight Commander in Battlefield
  • Graham Turner (Holguin, 1.5) was Amos in The Crimson Horror
  • Neal Champion was the SFX supervisor on An Adventure in Space and Time too
  • series stand-by art director Adrian Greenwood was the production buyer on twelve installments, from Asylum of the Daleks to The Name of the Doctor
  • Nick Foley was ADR mixer on The Snowmen too
  • series production buyer Pauline Seager was the assistant floor manager (AFM) on The Five Doctors
  • Elliott Gilhooly was sound assistant on part two of The End of Time too