Sunday, 27 November 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Poirot, Series 7

Regular series actors since 1989, David Suchet 
(who portrayed Hercule Poirot), Hugh Fraser (as 
Captain Arthur Hastings), Philip Jackson (Scotland 
Yard's Inspector James Japp), and Pauline Moran
 (Miss Felicity Lemon) all returned for two more 
feature-length serials based on Agatha Christie's 
earliest works.
Her seminal book, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
was published in 1926, the year of Christie's disappearance. Lord Edgware Dies, the seventh 
Poirot novel, was issued in 1933.
After a gap of four years, the mysteries were first transmitted in the winter of 2000, and both began another repeat run on ITV Encore last night - they featured these ten Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (UK TX: January 2)
  • Malcolm Terris (Ackroyd) was Etnin in The Dominators, and the Co-Pilot in The Horns of Nimon
  • Daisy Beaumont (Ursula) was Maisie in Mummy on the Orient Express
  • Jamie Harcourt was also a camera operator on The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit
  • Richard Hammatt was a stuntman on The Runaway Bride too
  • Garry Dawson also worked on the stand-by props for Cold War and The Crimson Horror
Lord Edgware Dies (UK TX: February 19)
  • John Castle (Edgware) voiced Edmund Trevithick for Big Finish's Nightshade (2016)
  • Fenella Woolgar (Ellis) played the famous writer and Poirot's creator in The Unicorn and the Wasp, and voiced Commander Hellan Femor for The Company of Friends: Fitz's Story (BF, 2009), and Morella Wendigo for Nevermore (BF, 2010)
  • Janet Hargreaves (Lady Corner) and Christopher Guard (Alton) both appeared in The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, as Mum and Bellboy respectively
  • the latter's real-life brother, Dominic Guard also starred here (as Martin) - he was Olvir in Terminus

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