Thursday, 22 December 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Marple: Sleeping Murder

Agatha Christie's final novel, first dramatised for
television by the BBC in 1987, was heavily adapted
for this ITV version by Stephen Churchett (who as an 
actor starred in Attack of the Cybermen). 
Sleeping Murder (subtitled Miss Marple's Last Case), 
published posthumously in 1976, was probably written 
in 1940, although author John Curran argues that it 
was completed ten years later. His book, Murder in 
the Makingincluded the actual final Marple mystery, 
the unpublished The Caretaker's Wife.
Repeated again on ITV3 last night, the mystery opened 
the second season of the programme, and first aired in February 2005. Geraldine McEwan again portrayed the 
titular sleuth, and Paul McGann (as Dickie Erskine) was joined here by sixteen other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Big Finish actor Nickolas Grace (Luff) made a brief TV appearance as Albert Einstein (pictured) in Death is the Only Answer (shown during the final instalment of Doctor Who Confidential), and voiced Loozly for Bang-Bang-A-Boom! (2002), Straxus for Human Resources (2007), Sisters of the Flame and The Vengeance of Morbius (both 2008), both Balancer and Viktor Skaarsgard for Equilibrium (2015), and Goole for Gallery of Ghouls (2016)
  • Sarah Parish (Evie) played the Empress of the Racnoss in The Runaway Bride
  • comedian Russ Abbott (CI Primer) was Martin Trueman in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Secrets of the Stars
  • Phil Davis (Dr Kennedy) was Lucius Petrus Dextrus in The Fires of Pompeii, and voiced Titus for The Cannibalists (BF, 2009)
  • Una Stubbs (Edith) voiced Flo in Horror of Glam Rock (BF, 2007)
  • Sophia Myles (Gwenda) was Reinette in The Girl in the Fireplace
  • Anna-Louise Plowman (Helen) was Goddard in Dalek
  • Harriet Walter (Duchess) voiced Beatrice Mapp for The Boy That Time Forgot (BF, 2008)
  • Mary Healey (Assistant) was a Killjoy in The Happiness Patrol
  • Richard Bremmer (Sims) voiced General Hemmings, Valcon, and Taxi Driver for The Valley of Death (BF, 2011), and Old Beowulf for Black and White (BF, 2012)
  • Julian Wadham (Halliday) voiced Augustus Scullop for The Fourth Wall (BF, 2012), and Joseph Holman for The Darkness of Glass (BF, 2015)
  • 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
  • Marcus Catlin was also first assistant director on The Hungry EarthCold BloodThe Pandorica Opens and The Big Bang
  • film editor Adam Recht edited A Christmas Carol too
  • Garry Dawson worked as stand-by props on Cold War and The Crimson Horror too
A BBC Radio 4 production of Sleeping Murder, was broadcast in 2001, and this starred June Whitfield as Miss Marple and four further Doctor Who guest actors:
  • Julian Glover (Kennedy) was King Richard in The Crusade, and Scaroth in City of Death
  • Carolyn Pickles (Alison/Mrs. Erskine) voiced Lady Meera for Army of Death (BF, 2011), and Cardinal Ollistra for Doom Coalition 4 (BF, 2017)
  • Derek Waring (Erskine) was Shardovan in Castrovalva 
  • prolific Big Finish voice artist Beth Chalmers (Gwenda) has starred in over twenty audio adventures

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