Monday, 21 November 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Agatha Christie's Poirot, Series 4

Regular series actors since 1989, David Suchet 
(who portrayed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot), 
Hugh Fraser (as Captain Arthur Hastings), and 
Philip Jackson (pictured left, as Scotland Yard's 
Chief Inspector James Japp) all returned for 
another three feature-length crime dramas 
based on Agatha Christie's novels. 
Death in the Clouds was published in 1936, 
The ABC Murders followed a year later, and 
One, Two Buckle My Shoe was issued in 1940.
Suchet was cast as the Landlord for Series 10, 
whilst Fraser and Jackson both starred in Doctor 
Who audio plays from Big Finish (the former in 
Circular TimeThe Cradle of the SnakeMoon-
fleshCriss-CrossAll-Consuming Fire and The 
Trouble With Drax; and the latter in Valhalla 
and The Contingency Club).
The mysteries began another repeat run on ITV Encore yesterday, and featured
Christopher Eccleston (pictured right, as Frank Carter in the third serial). The fourth season was first transmitted in the winter of 1992, and featured
twenty-one other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

The ABC Murders (UK TX: January 5)
  • Donald Sumpter (Cust) played 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 
  • Donald Douglas (Clarke) was Vural in The Sontaran Experiment
  • Nicholas Farrell (Fraser) voiced Gammades for Time Reef, Phil for A Perfect World (BF, both 2008), Captain Frank for Last of the Cybermen (BF, 2015), and was Brian Green PM in Torchwood: Children of Earth 
  • David McAlister (Glen) voiced a Megara for The Stones of Blood
  • Allan Mitchell (Kerr) and John Breslin (Barnard) both appeaed in Spearhead from Space, as Wagstaffe and Captain Munro respectively
  • Philip Anthony (Doctor) was Roald in The Daleks' Master Plan: The Nightmare Begins
  • Pat Gorman (Sergeant) made appearances in eighty-three instalments of the classic series (from The Dalek Invasion of Earth: World's End to Attack of the Cybermen)
  • stuntmen Eddie Powell was Thompson in the second Dalek film, and Bill Weston began his TV career as a Militiaman in The Smugglers 
  • Garry Dawson also worked on stand-by props for Cold WarThe Crimson Horror and The Sarah Jane Adventures pilot episode
Death In The Clouds (UK TX: January 12)
  • Sarah Woodward (Jane) voiced Theodora for Secret History (BF, 2015)
  • Richard Ireson (Fournier) was a Soldier in The Mind Robber and Axus in The Krotons
  • John Bleasdale (Mitchell) was one of the titular Robots of Death
  • Raymond Sawyer (Clerk) was the Desk Sergeant in Blink
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (UK TX: January 19)
  • Karen Gledhill (Gladys) made her TV debut as Alison Williams in Remembrance of the Daleks, a role she reprised for Big Finish's Counter Measures spin-off series
  • Laurence Harrington (Morley) was a Lunar Guard in Frontier in Space
  • Sara Stewart (Jane) provided the Computer voice for The End of the World
  • Kevork Malikyan (Amberiotis) was Kemel Rudkin in The Wheel in Space
  • Mary Healey (Beryl) was a Killjoy in The Happiness Patrol
  • George Waring (Coroner) was Arden in The Ice Warriors

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