Friday, 16 December 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Agatha Christie's Marple: The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side

The Queen of Crime's eighth full-length Miss Marple 
mystery, her fifty-third novel, was published in the UK
 in 1962, then issued a year later as The Mirror Crack'd
 in North America (the film version of 1980 used the
shortened title too).
Julie McKenzie again portrayed the eponymous sleuth in 
ITV's fifth series of Marple, which concluded with the third 
English language adaptation of The Mirror Crack'd From 
Side to Side.
First broadcast in January 2011, the serial was repeated 
on ITV3 again last night, and featured twelve Doctor Who
 cast and crew connections:

  • Joanna Lumley (Dolly Bantry here and The Body In The Library) was the female Doctor in The Curse of Fatal Death
  • Lindsay Duncan (Marina Gregg) was Captain Adelaide Brooke in The Waters of Mars
  • Martin Jarvis (Hogg) was Hilio in The Web Planet, Butler for Invasion of the Dinosaurs, and the Governor (pictured) in Vengeance on Varos, then voiced Nigel Rochester for Big Finish's Jubilee (2003)
  • Neil Stuke (Dr. Haydock) voiced the titular villain for The Crooked Man (BF, 2014)
  • Samuel Barnett (Sergeant Tiddler) voiced Hans Tod for The Beast of Orlok (BF, 2009), and Robin for Nightshade (BF, 2016)
  • Hugh Bonneville (Inspector Hewitt) played Captain Henry Avery in The Curse of the Black Spot, and voiced Tsar Nicholas I for The Angel of Scutari (BF, 2009)
  • Olivia Darnley (Cherry) was Kourtney in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot
  • series executive producer Damian Timmer made a cameo appearance in An Adventure in Space and Time as a Menoptera, and Nigel Squibbs was the sound mixer on that production too
  • film editor Matthew Tabern also edited Smith and JonesThe Shakespeare CodeHuman NatureThe Family of Blood and The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • Sean Clayton was also the second assistant director on Dalek and Father's Day
  • series production runner Donna Shakesheff was the art department co-ordinator (then prop buyer) on every episode from Asylum of the Daleks to Kill the Moon

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