Friday, 9 December 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Marple: The Pale Horse

Agatha Christie's fifty-second crime novel (published
 in 1961) did not actually feature Miss Marple, but
another amateur detective, the novelist Ariadne Oliver.
She appeared in seven other books, and was omitted
from both television adaptations of The Pale Horse,
shown in 1997 and 2010.
 ITV's first version starred Louise JamesonJean 
MarshGeoffrey Beevers, Hermione Norris and
Leslie Phillips whilst this production (which opened
season five of Marple) was repeated again on ITV3
last night, and featured Big Finish guest star Julia
McKenzie (as Jane Marple) and sixteen other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Lynda Baron (Mrs. Coppins) recorded The Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon (sung off screen) for The Gunfighters in 1966, then was Captain Wrack in Enlightenment, and Val in Closing Time
  • Tom Ward (Cottam) played Captain Latimer in The Snowmen
  • Nicholas Parsons (Gorman) was Reverend Wainwright (pictured) in The Curse of Fenric
  • Pauline Collins (Thyrza) has also made appearances in the classic and revived eras - forty years apart - when she was would-be companion Samantha Briggs in The Faceless Ones, then Torchwood creator Queen Victoria in Tooth and Claw
  • Bill Paterson (Bradley) was Dr. Edwin Bracewell in Victory of the Daleks, and briefly in The Pandorica Opens 
  • Nigel Planer (Venables) was Vorgenson for the Doctor Who Live: The Monsters are Coming arena tour, and voiced Alex Marlowe for Big Finish's Hothouse (2009), and both Herrax and Old Racnoss Emperor for Empire of the Racnoss (new for 2017)
  • JJ Field (Osbourne) voiced David McCallister for Blue Forgotten Planet (BF, 2009)
  • Elizabeth Rider (Mrs. Davis) provided the ATMOS voice for The Sontaran Stratagemwas Linda in The Time of the Doctor, and voiced Galatea for The Well-Mannered War (BF, 2015)
  • Damien Timmer (series executive producer), Nigel Squibbs (sound mixer), and Vicki Lang (make-up designer) all worked on An Adventure in Space and Time too
  • film editor Matthew Tabern also edited Smith and JonesThe Shakespeare CodeHuman Nature and The Family of Blood and The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • Sean Clayton was second assistant director on Dalek and Father's Day too
  • gaffer Gavin Walters was an electrician on Love & Monsters
  • Tom Lucy was also the stunt co-ordinator on sixteen episodes, from Smith and Jones to The Next Doctor
  • runner Donna Shakesheff was art co-ordinator then prop buyer on twenty-one stories (from Asylum of the Daleks to Kill the Moon)

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