Saturday, 31 December 2016

Doctor Who Vs. The Omen (1976)

On location at Fulham: Troughton,
Peck and director Richard Donner
The classic, Oscar-winning horror film, The Omen (shown again on Channel 4 last night) featured an intense performance (and a memorable death scene) from Patrick Troughton as doomed Father Brennan.
Here, the US ambassador to Britain, Robert 
Thorn (Gregory Peck) learns the shocking 
truth about his son Damien (Harvey 
Stephens) - he is the Antichrist, with a 
666 birthmark, and must be slain by 
means of sacred daggers.
Three sequels followed: Damien: Omen II 
(in 1978), Omen III: The Final Conflict 
(1981), and the TV movie, Omen IV: 
The Awakening (1991). 
The Omen (released by Fox in 1976) also
starred Lee Remick, Billie Whitelaw and 
eight other Doctor Who connections:

  • veteran Northern screen actor and prolific Big Finish artist David Warner (Keith Jennings here) portrayed the Doctor for Sympathy for the Devil (2003), Masters of War (2008) and The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield 3: The Unbound Universe (2016), then voiced Sir Isaac Newton for Circular Time: Summer (2007), Co-ordinator Angell for Empathy Games (2008), Professor Boston Schooner for Deimos and The Resurrection of Mars (both 2010), Autarch Siris for The Children of Seth (2011), Biggs for The Rosemariners (2012), Cuthbert for the Fourth Doctor adventures The Sands of LifeWar Against the LaanThe Dalek ContractThe Final Phase (all 2013), Casualties of War and The Pursuit of History, and Shadovar for The War Doctor 2 (all 2016) - he also voiced Lord Azlok for Dreamland, then finally had a television role as Professor Grisenko in Cold War
  • Tommy Duggan (Priest) was Senator Alcott in The Mind of Evil
  • Roy Boyd (Reporter) was Driscoll in The Hand of Fear
  • Ronald Leigh-Hunt (Man) was Commanders, Julian Radnor in The Seeds of Death, and Stevenson in Revenge of the Cybermen
  • Eddie Powell (Policeman) was Thompson in the second Dalek film
  • Burnell Tucker (Agent) was Garner Two in The Angels Take Manhattan
  • Robert Rietty (Monk) voiced Bedloe for Death Comes to Time
  • Stuntman Alf Joint was a Heavy in The Ambassadors of Death
 The film was remade in 2006, and this (inferior) version of The Omen starred four further Doctor Who guest stars - Michael Gambon (from A Christmas Carol), Janet Henfrey (The Curse of Fenric and Mummy on the Orient Express), MyAnna Buring (The Impossible Planet), and Sara Houghton (daughter of Don Houghton and Pik Sen Lim)

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