Sunday, 18 December 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Agatha Christie: A Life in Pictures

This BBC Two drama, first shown
in September 2004, celebrated
the life and career of the Queen
of Crime (1890-1976), played
by Olivia Williams.
Christie's story is told in flashback,
from her perspective at two distinct
times in her life - firstly through
the sessions with her psychiatrist
(following her disappearance in
1926), and then via interviews
with journalists at the tenth
anniversary of The Mousetrap
in 1962.
Much of the film focused on her
famous eleven-day disappearance,
after her first husband, Archibald
Christie, had asked Agatha for a
divorce. Whilst some contemporary
commentators suggested a publicity
stunt, the doctor here concluded
that the writer had experienced a fugue state, and her memory loss was genuine.
Repeated again today on the Drama channel the biopic featured Bonnie Wright
(as Young Agatha), Mark Gatiss (Kenyon), and six other Doctor Who cast and
crew connections:

  • Anna Massey (Older Agatha) voiced Miss Pollard for Big Finish's The Girl Who Never Was (2007)
  • Raymond Coulthard (Archie) voiced Loki, Edgar and Hawks for Cobwebs (BF, 2010), Ralph for Suburban Hell (2015), and Robac, Servers and Dalmari for The First Doctor Adventures 1 (2018)
  • Anthony O'Donnell (Belgian/DCC Kenward/Poirot) was Commander Kaagh in The Sarah Jane Smith Adventures: The Last Sontaran and Enemy of  the Bane
  • Bertie Carvel (Max Mallowan) was the Mysterious Man in The Lazarus Experiment
  • Tim McMullan (Pharmacist) voiced Octavian for Doom Coalition 3 (BF, 2016)
  • Mick Pantaleo was also the first assistant director on A Christmas CarolThe Doctor's Wife and Night Terrors

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