Monday, 30 January 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Silent Witness, Series 14

The fourteenth season of the long-running crime drama was first broadcast on BBC One in the winter of 2011, and again starred series regulars, William Gaminara, Tom Ward, and Emilia Fox (as Home Office pathologists, doctors Leo Dalton, Harry Cunningham, and Nikki Alexander). Nottingham-born actor Arsher Ali joined the cast for this run as forensic apprentice, Dr. Zak Khan.
Another repeat run of this ten-part series began on
the Drama channel last night, and featured these
thirty-five Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

A Guilty Mind (TX: January 3 & 4 2011)
  • Mark Lewis Jones (DI Skipper) and Sinead Keenan (Naomi) voiced Professor Oliver Mortlake and Mary Summersby respectively, both for Big Finish's The Darkness of Glass (2015) - Keenan also voiced Margery Phipps for Council of War (2013), Aoife for The Fifth Doctor Box Set: Iterations of I, Stephanie Wilton for The Worlds of Doctor Who, and Rosheen for The Highest Science (all 2014) - she also appeared as Addams (pictured) in The End of Time
  • Roy Marsden (Silverdale) played Mr. Stoker in Smith and Jones
  • Sorcha Cusack (Miranda) voiced Mary Carter for the Dark Eyes 4: Master of the Daleks and Eye of Darkness
  • Mark Dexter (Leith) was Dad in Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead
  • Vilma Hollingbery (Volunteer) was Mrs. Harcourt in The Doctor Dances
  • Tania Rodrigues (Administrator) voiced Anarkali, Melissa and Isra Tech for Scavenger (BF, 2014)
  • Stephen Pehrsson was also the cinematographer on eleven adventures (from The Pandorica Opens tThe Crimson Horror)
  • costume designer Suzanne Cave, her assistant Becky Brown, dubbing mixer Nigel Squibbs and third assistant director Thomas Alibone all worked on An Adventure in Space and Time too 
  • Rob Arrowsmith was also a camera operator The Pandorica OpensThe Big Bang and A Christmas Carol
  • prosthetics artist Waldo Mason was a SFX assistant on Aliens of London
  • Dan Martin was also design assistant on twelve stories (from The Impossible Astronaut to The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe)
  • Elliott Gilhooly was sound assistant on The End of Time, Part 2 too
  • Gary Norman was also the grip on twenty-five episodes (from the 2010 Christmas special to The Day of the Doctor)
  • costume supervisor Fiona McCann was an assistant on Love & Monsters
  • Stefano Marchetti was ADR mixer on An Adventure in Space and Time too
Lost (TX: January 10 & 11)
  • Barbara Flynn (Carol) voiced Sister Chalice for The Skull of Sobek (BF, 2008)
  • Mark Benton (Cain) was Clive in Rose, and voiced Ellis for Invaders From Mars (BF, 2002), and Jack Coulson for Energy of the Daleks (BF, 2012)
  • Tony Gibson was sound designer on An Adventure in Space and Time too
First Casualty (TX: January 17 & 18)
  • Keith Boak also directed RoseAliens of London and World War Three
  • Darren Morfitt (Sgt. McDermott here; DCI Steemson, Series 20: Discovery) was Brother Marco in The Time of Angels and Flesh and Stone
  • David Ajala (Blakefield) was Peter in The Beast Below
  • Josette Simon (Mrs. Ferris) voiced Sarana Teel for The Sontaran Ordeal (BF, 2016)
  • Julius Ogden was also focus puller on nine adventures (from Closing Time to The Day of the Doctor)
  • Sarah Bartles-Smith was cinematographer on Let's Kill Hitler too
Bloodlines (TX: January 24 & 25)
  • Julian Glover (Sandor) was King Richard (pictured) in The Crusade, and Scaroth in City of Death
The Prodigal (TX: January 31 & February 1)
  • director James Strong also helmed The Impossible Planet, The Satan Pit, Daleks in Manhattan, Evolution of the Daleks, Voyage of the Damned, Partners in Crime and Planet of the Dead
  • Stephenie Carey (Trudy) was a stunt performer, most recently on The Girl Who Waited
  • Kate Ashfield (CI Woods) voiced Lieutenant Beth Stokes for Enemy of the Daleks (BF, 2009)
  • Gary Marriott (Paramedic) had the same role in The Lazarus Experiment
  • Tony Lucken (Barlow) was a stuntman on all three Dalek episodes of the 2005 season, and The End of Time, then played De Florres in The Curse of the Black Spot

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Casualty, Series 5

Regular series actors 
Derek Thompson, Brenda Fricker, Cathy Shipton,
Geoffrey Leesley, Ian Bleasdale, and Robson 
Green all returned for 
the fifth season of BBC 
One's long-running 
medical drama.
Joining the programme here were Nigel Le Vaillant (as registrar Julian Chapman),
Mamta Kaash (SHO Beth Ramanee), Patrick Robinson (nurse Martin Ashford), Maggie McCarthy (receptionist Helen Green), Eamon Boland (social worker Tony Walker), and Caroline Webster (paramedic Jane Scott).
Both Boland and McCarthy had left the show by the series' conclusion, whilst
Leesley and Fricker chose to depart after three and four years service respectively. Fricker followed her Oscar winning role in My Left Foot with an appearance in Home Alone 2and she would return as nurse Megan Roach in 1998, 2007 and 2010.
The new series (now with a slightly increased run of thirteen episodes) was originally broadcast from September to December 1990, and featured Christopher Eccleston (as Stephen Hills), Louise Jameson (Judy) and
fifty Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Tom Chadbon (Announcer here; Greetham, 1991; Gould, 1996; Henry Williams, 2008-2011) was Duggan in City of Death, Merdeen in The Mysterious Planet, and voiced Gordon for Big Finish's No More Lies (2007), and Embery for both The Paradox Planet and Legacy of Death (2016)
  • Dervla Kirwan (Anna) played Miss Mercy Hartigan in The Next Doctor
  • Gareth Armstrong (Announcer here; Dr. Carling, 1991; Hutchings, 1995) was Duke Giuliano in The Masque of Mandragora, and voiced Dr. Johan Drossel for The Silver Turk (2011), Jephson for The Renaaissance Man (2012), both Arthley and Salonu Prime for The Evil One, Geoffrey Chaucer for The Doctor's Tale (both 2014), and Barry Jackson for Torchwood: One Rule (2015)
  • Shirley Henderson (Denise) was Ursula Blake in Love & Monsters 
  • Jenny McCracken (Anne) was Claire Daly in Carnival of Monsters
  • Caroline Harker (Tessa here; Helen, 1997) voiced Dr. Jayne Smythe for The New Counter Measures 2 (BF, 2017)
  • George Costigan (Robert here; M. Gregory, 1997; S. Gregory, 2006; McConnell, 2011) was Max Capricorn in Voyage of the Damned
  • Geoffrey Bateman (Carpenter here; Woods, 2002) was Dymond in Nightmare of Eden
  • Jamie Glover (Luke here; Binnington, 2001) portrayed William Russell in An Adventure in Space and Time
  • Big Finish actor Alan Cox (Joshua) voiced John Matthews for The Roof of the World (2004), Mark Seven for The Daleks: The Destroyers (2010), Grenville for The Auntie Matter (2013), Dr. Gideon McDivett for The Ghosts of Gralstead (2014), the titular Grim Reaper for Death and the Queen, Robert Harley, Speravore and Warder all for The Diary of River Song 2 (both 2016), and Eamon Orensky for both The Skin of the Sleek and The Thief of Time (2017)
  • Rowena Cooper (Mrs. Parrish) voiced Emily Shaw for The Last Post (BF, 2012) and The Cloisters of Terror (BF, 2015)
  • David Shaw Parker (Hostel Owner) voiced Generals Mikhail Leonov and Paterson for 1963: Space Race (BF, 2013), and Old David Walker for Dark Eyes 2 (BF, 2014)
  • Alan David (Clarke here; Allen, 1999) was Gabriel Sneed in The Unquiet Dead, and voiced Castellan Kanteer for The War Doctor 4 (2017)
  • Simon Rouse (Roy) was Hindle in Kinda, and voiced John Kincaid for The Witch from the Well (BF, 2011), and Drang for The Paradox Planet and Legacy of Death (both 2016)
  • Tony Caunter (CafĂ© Owner) was Morgan in Colony in Space, and Jackson in Enlightenment
  • Denise Black (Jenny here; Maggie, 1999; Grace, 2006) voiced Eva Jericho for Damaged Goods
  • Georgine Anderson (Lillian here; Brenda, 2006) was May in Gridlock
  • Stevan Rimkus (Gresty here; Poole, 2004) was Captain Bates in The Curse of Fenric
  • Robert Glenister (Duncan here; Wilson, 1994) was Salateen in The Caves of Androzani
  • Jeremy Clyde (Clive here; Toynbee, 1998) voiced George Sinclair for Doom Coalition 3 (BF, 2016)
  • Tommy Wright (Alf) was the Guardmaster in The Creature from the Pit
  • Dona Croll (Lucy here; nurse Adele Beckford in Series 8) was Matron Casp in New Earth
  • John Abbott (Manager, 1990; Opthalmologist, 1996) was Vince Hawkins in Horror of Fang Rock
  • Kathleen Bidmead (Woman) was an Elder in The Mysterious Planet (1), a Rezzie in Paradise Towers, Mrs. Smith in Remembrance of the Daleks, a Tourist in Silver Nemesis (1), and a Woman in Survival (1)
  • Elspet Gray (Mary) was Chancellor Thalia in Arc of Infinity, and voiced Hera for Immortal Beloved (BF, 2007)
  • Denis Lill (Poter) was Dr. Fendelman in Image of Fendahl, and Sir George Hutchinson in The Awakening
  • Carolyn Pickles (Diane) voiced Lady Meera for Army of Death (BF, 2011) and Cardinal Ollistra for Doom Coalition 4 (BF, 2017)
  • Sheila Ruskin (Harriet here; Dr. Collins, 1996) was Kassia in The Keeper of Traken
  • Barry Jackson (Barratt) was Ascaris in The Romans, Jeff Garvey in Mission to the Unknown, Drax in The Armageddon Factor
  • David Harewood (Grant here; Leon, 1993) was Joshua Naismith in The End of Time, and voiced President Vallan for Army of Death
  • Alibe Parsons (Mrs. Grant) was Matroni Kani in Mindwarp
  • Tessa Peake Jones (Esther here; Jenny, 1995; Tina, 2010) was Marta in The Time of the Doctor
  • Fred Pearson (Philpott here; Jackson, 1997) was the Barista in The Bells of Saint John
  • Sean Murray (Bamford here; Logan, 2007; Charlie's Father, 2015) voiced Captain Darvor for The Time War 1 (BF, 2017)
  • Annette Badland (Jodie) was Margaret Blaine, alias Blon Fel Fotch Pasameer-Day Slitheen, in Aliens of London, World War Three and Boom Town, and voiced Queen Karlina for Equilibrium and Thelma for Suburban Hell (BF, both 2015)
  • Tony Bluto (Thomas) was Driver Joe in Midnight
  • Hugh Walters (Man) was William Shakespeare in The Chase, Runcible in The Deadly Assassin, Vogel in Revelation of the Daleks, and voiced Roderick Allingham for The Fearmonger (2000)
  • Kenneth Cranham (Lawrence) voiced Tom Cardwell for Blood of the Daleks (BF, 2007)
  • Jillie Meers (Mrs. Ellis here; Monica, 1994) voiced Mrs. McGregor for Catch 1782 (BF, 2005)
  • Robin Weaver (Imogen here; Jenny, 1999; Jane, 2005; Mary, 2010; Thelma, 2013) voiced Arianda for The Third Doctor Adventures 3 (BF, 2017)
  • for directors Alan Wareing, Michael Owen Morris and Andrew Morgan see my other series blogs
  • Andrew Cartmel was also the script editor on twelve TV adventures (from Time and the Rani to Survival), then wrote Winter for the Adept, Crime of the Century, Animal and (co-wrote) Earth Aid, all for Big Finish
  • Ben Aaronovitch also wrote Remembrance of the Daleks, Battlefield and (co-wrote) Earth Aid
  • Rona Munro penned Survival too, and has been commissioned to write a Series 10 script
  • Ian Briggs also wrote Dragonfire and The Curse of Fenric
  • Stephen Wyatt also scripted Paradise Towers and The Greatest Show in the Galaxy
  • Matthew Purves was the AFM on Battlefield too
  • production assistant Lindsay Grant was script supervisor on A Good Man Goes to WarDinosaurs on a Spaceship and A Town Called Mercy

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Casualty, Series 4

Regular series actors Derek Thompson, Brenda Fricker, Cathy Shipton, Eddie Nestor, Geoffrey Leesley and Susan Franklyn all returned for the fourth season of BBC One's long-running medical drama.
Joining the programme here
were Tam Hoskyns (as SHO
Lucy Perry), William Gaminara
(Dr. Andrew Bower), Belinda
Davison (student nurse Alex
Spencer), Ian Bleasdale
(paramedic Josh Griffiths), Vivienne McKone (receptionist Julie Stevens) and Robson Green (porter Jimmy Powell). Gaminara appeared in just four episodes (then became a regular cast member on The Bill and Silent Witness), whilst Nestor, Franklyn, Hoskyns, Davidson, and McKone all left at the series' conclusion.
The new series (now with a slightly increased run of twelve episodes) was originally broadcast from September to December 1989, and featured Colin Baker (as Colin Miles), Mary Tamm (Virginia Wilson), Sarah Sutton (Sarah Dryden) and twenty-five other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Sean Pertwee (PC Johns) made a cameo appearance in The Five(ish) Doctors
  • Christopher Driscoll (Rulton) was the Security Guard in The Idiot's Lantern
  • Maggie Ollerenshaw (Beverley) voiced Audrey McShane for Big Finish's Love and War (2012)
  • Russell Hunter (Crew) was Commander [Kiy] Uvanov in The Robots of Death
  • David Kinder (Cumming) made his TV debut as Billy in Delta and the Bannermen
  • Shirin Taylor (Helen here; Joan, 1993; Sharon, 1995; Michelle, 2005) was a Camper in (part 3 of) The Stones of Blood, and a Customer in Dragonfire
  • Mark Straker (PC Rogers) and Christopher Whittingham (Dr. Grimes here; Dr. Clifton, 2005) both made their TV debuts in Earthshock as the Second Trooper (1) and Second Crewman (2) respectively
  • Chris Jury (DC Monahan here; Skinner, 1994 & writer two episodes, 2000/01) was Deadbeat in The Greatest Show in the Galaxy
  • Christopher Villiers (Lewis here; Major, 2005) was Hugh Fitzwilliam in The King's Demons, Professor Moorhouse in Mummy on the Orient Express, and voiced Cacothis for Absolution (BF, 2007)
  • Jonathan Caplan (Registrar) was Roskal in Planet of Fire
  • Andrew Robertson (Offenbach here; Harkness, 1999) was Mr. Fibuli in The Pirate Planet
  • June Page (Jean) was Keara in Full Circle
  • Ivor Roberts (Davies) was Mogran in Genesis of the Daleks (3)
  • Jeremy Bulloch (Cunningham) was Hal in The Time Warrior
  • David Savile (Stevens) was Lieutenant Jeremy Carstairs in The War Games, Professor Winser in The Claws of Axos, and Colonel Charles Crichton in The Five Doctors
  • Paul Lowther (Mike) was a Knight in The King's Demons (1), and an Orderly in Frontios (1)
  • Julian Glover (Richardson here; Farrow, 2011) was King Richard in The Crusade, and Scaroth in City of Death
  • script editor Jane Tranter was made Head of Drama at the BBC in 2000, then was responsible for commissioning the revived run of Doctor Who in 2003 with Lorraine Heggessey
  • director Steve Goldie began his career as the AFM on The Armageddon Factor (6), and worked on Termius as production manager
  • Rita Dunn was the PA on Snakedance too
  • location manager Diana Barton was the line producer on twenty-two stories (from A Christmas Carol to The Crimson Horror)
  • Joanna Newbery was the AFM on Time and the Rani too
  • PA Carole Bisset was the director's assistant on The Leisure Hive
  • Alexandra Todd was the PA on The Greatest Show in the Galaxy too

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Doctor Who Vs. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1982)

This rather neglected rendition of Conan Doyle's
novel originally aired on BBC1 in October 1982,
and was adapted by Alexander Baron (who had
also dramatised The Musgrave Ritual and Wisteria 
Lodge in 1968, then Granada's A Scandal in 
Bohemia in 1984). 
Never released on video or DVD, this drama was quite faithful to the book, and is now available to purchase from BBC Store.
The Hound of the Baskervilles was the first TV
vehicle for Tom Baker after vacating the TARDIS, and his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes is reminiscent of the Doctor - recalling Baker's pseudo-Holmesian role in The Talons of Weng-Chiang. Baker is only the second actor to play both the Doctor and Holmes, after Peter Cushing. Dr. Watson was played here by Terence Rigby, who later appeared in The Sign of Four as Inspector Layton.
The four-part mystery, produced by Barry Letts and script edited by Terrance Dicks, also featured Caroline John (as Laura Lyons), and these fourteen other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Nicholas Woodeson (Sir Henry) voiced the Clocksmith for Big Finish's Doom Coalition 3 (2016)
  • Morris Perry (Barrymore) was Captain Dent in Colony in Space
  • Gillian Martell (Mrs Barrymore) and Terry Forrestal (Sir Hugo) both appeared in K9 and Company the year before, as Lilly Gregson and the Tractor Driver
  • Michael Goldie (Selden here; PC Murcher in A Study in Scarlet, 1968; and the Artist in The Final Problem, 1985) was Craddock in The Dalek Invasion of Earth, and Elton Laleham in The Wheel in Space
  • William Squire (Frankland) was the Shadow in The Armageddon Factor
  • Hubert Rees (Inspector Lestrade here; and Dr. Watson in The Baker Street Boys, 1983) was the Chief Engineer in Fury from the Deep, Captain Ransom in The War Games, and John Stevenson in The Seeds of Doom
  • Peter Wragg was the VFX designer on The Visitation too
  • costume designer Joyce Hawkins had worked with Baker on Horror of Fang Rock [also produced at BBC Pebble Mill, Birmingham]
  • Norma Flint was production assistant on Warriors of the Deep too
  • David Hughes was also a studio sound assistant on The War Machines, Fury from the Deep, The Space Pirates (6), Colony in Space (1 and 6) and Horror of Fang Rock
  • Mark Kershaw (vision mixer), Sue Hedden (AFM) and Susie Bancroft (make-up artist) all worked on K9 & Company too
  • scenic painter Brian Bishop began his career as an uncredited backdrop painter on The Aztecs: The Temple of Evil

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Dad's Army (2016)

This British comedy film was based on the legendary BBC wartime sitcom, Dad's Army, which ran from 1968 to 1977. The TV series, created by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, spawned its first film version in 1971, followed by a radio series (1974-76), and a stageplay (1975) - all starred the original cast. The second movie spin-off (set in 1944 after the events depicted in the parent show) was filmed in Yorkshire, and was released in February 2016 to mainly negative reviews.
This new story focused on the mission of Nazi spy, Rose Winters (played by Catherine Zeta Jones) to infiltrate the Home Guard of Walmington-on-Sea in advance of the much feared German invasion of Britian.
Shown today on Sky Comedy, Dad's Army featured original cast members Ian Lavender (as Brigadier Pritchard) and Frank Williams (the Vicar), and Tom Courtenay (Corporal Jones), Alison Steadman (Mrs. Fox), Mark Gatiss (Colonel Theakes), and twenty-one other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Toby Jones (Captain George Mainwaring) was the Dream Lord in Amy's Choice, and voiced renegade Time Lord Kotris for Big Finish's Dark Eyes (2012)
  • Bill Nighy (Sergeant Wilson) was Dr. Black in Vincent and the Doctor
  • Sir Michael Gambon (Private Godfrey) portrayed both Elliot and Kazran Sardick in A Christmas Carol
  • Daniel Mays (Private Joe Walker) was Alex in Night Terrors
  • Bill Paterson (Private Frazer) was Dr. Edwin Bracewell in Victory of the Daleks
  • Blake Harrison (Frank Pike) voiced Lieutenant Daniel Hopkins for The Helliax Rift (BF, 2018)
  • Sarah Lancashire (Mrs. Pike) was Miss Foster in Partners in Crime
  • Emily Atack (Daphne) voiced Hetty Warner for The Churchill Years (BF, 2016)
  • Holli Dempsey (Vera) was Kelly in Closing Time
  • Annette Crosbie (Cissy) was Mrs. Angelo in The Eleventh Hour
  • Andrew Havill (Meeks) was the Chief Steward in Voyage of the Damned, and voiced both Aleister Portillon and Squire Claude for The Witch from the Well (BF, 2011)
  • Laurence Dobiesz (German) voiced Wilheim Royzcki for Ravenous 1 (BF, 2018)
  • stunt co-ordinator Gareth Milne was George Cranleigh in Black Orchid, a Mortuary Attendant in Vengeance on Varos, and doubled for Peter Davison on Warriors of the Deep
  • Ian Van Temperley was a stuntman on The Day of the Doctor too
  • stunt co-ordinator Paul Kennington was a stuntman on Rise of the CybermenThe Age of SteelArmy of GhostsDoomsday and The Doctor's Daughter
  • Dinah Collin was also the costume designer on Earthshock, Enlightenment and The Mark of the Rani
  • Liz Griffiths was also the set decorator on seven episodes (from Dalek to The Parting of the Ways)
  • Martin Curry was the first assistant director on The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon too
  • Dan Newlands was the matchmove artist on The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe too
  • VFX artist Simon Wottge was an animator on City of the Daleks and Blood of the Cybermen
  • Nigel Squibbs was dubbing mixer on An Adventure in Space and Time too
Dad's Army: The Movie opened in 1971 and starred another ten Doctor Who 
alumni: Bernard Archard, Derek Newark, Anthony Sagar, Scott Fredericks,
John D Collins, John Baskcomb, George Roubicek, John Henderson, Desmond
Cullum Jones and Fred Wood.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Doctor Who Vs. James Bond, Part 11

The next two instalments in the James Bond franchise were released in 1999 and 2002. The 
World Is Not Enough, took it's title from a line in 
Ian Fleming's 1963 novel, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and was Eon's first feature distributed by
MGM instead of United Artists. Desmond Llewellyn 
made his final performance as MI6's long-serving Quartermaster here opposite John Cleese, who 
debuted as Q's successor.
 Pierce Brosnan's final stint as Agent 007, Die 
Another Day was Bond's twentieth cinematic 
assignment - it marked the fortieth anniversary 
of Dr. No, and was the highest-grossing entry
 in the series to date.
Another Bond season continued on ITV1 last night 
with Brosnan's penultimate mission, and these two 
entries featured a total of eleven Doctor Who cast 
and crew connections:

  • Cleese (R) made a famous cameo appearance in (part 4 of) City of Death as an Art Lover
  • Big Finish actor John Albasiny (Pilot) voiced both Lev Tolstoy and Preston for The Angel of Scutari (2009), Major Maxim Felnikov for Thin Ice (2011), Colonel Felnikov for Crime of the Century, Chris Fleming for Phantoms of the Deep (2013), and Jesper for Equilibrium (2015)
  • Carl McCrystal (Trukhin) was McGrath in The Curse of the Black Spot
  • Daisy Beaumont (Nina) was Maisie in Mummy on the Orient Express
  • Paul Heasman (Renard's Man) was the stunt co-ordinator on Survival, and was an uncredited Nazi in Silver Nemesis
  • Lee Sheward (Crewman) was the stunt co-ordinator on eleven adventures, (from The End of the World to The End of Time), and Torchwood: Miracle Day
  • Paul Darrow (Doctor) was Captain Hawkins in The Silurians, Tekker in Timelash, and voiced Guidance for The Next Life (BF, 2004)
  • Vincent Wong (General Li) was Ho in The Talons of Weng-Chiang, the Chinese Delegate in Day of the Daleks, and a Captain in Enlightenment
  • Nina Armstrong (Girl) was a stunt performer on The Runaway Bride
  • Alan Bond (Reporter) was a UNIT Soldier in The Sound of Drums, Last of the Time Lords and Torchwood: Children of Earth
  • Stewart Scudamore (Reporters) voiced Danvers for The Churchill Years (BF, 2016)

Monday, 16 January 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Sherlock, Series 4

Exactly a year on from The Abominable Bride, and three years since the last full season, Sherlock returned to BBC One this month. For the second year in a row, the show was the most watched TV programme over the festive period.
The three serials featured a total of twenty-three
Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

The Six Thatchers 
(UK TX: New Years Day 2017)
  • Rachel Talalay also directed Dark Water, Death in Heaven, Heaven Sent and Hell Bent
  • Eleanor Matsuura (DI Hopkins) was Jo Nakashima in The Sontaran Stratagem, and voiced Dana Tanaka for Shadows of the Vashta Nerada
  • Big Finish actor Andrew Bone (Sandeford) voiced Pan Vexel and Nebrin for Domain of the Voord, the Vice Chancellor for The Rani Elite (both 2014), and Alfred Woodrow for The English Way of Death (2015)
  • Amanda Root (Emma) voiced Madeleine Fairweather for The Girl Who Never Was (BF, 2007)
  • Gabrielle Glaister (Ambassador) voiced Maggie Bishop for The Early Adventures: The Forsaken (BF, 2015)
  • Sacha Dhawan (Ajay) depicted Waris Hussein in An Adventure in Space and Time, then voiced Jaldam for Dark Eyes 3: The Reviled (2014), Joel Finch for Fallen Angels (2016), and Matthew for Ghost Walk (2018)
  • Daniel Hoffmann Gill (Gold Teeth Man) was Bors in The Doctor's Meditation and The Magician's Apprentice
  • series production designer Arwel Jones worked on forty-two instalments of the revived series (from The Runaway Bride to Cold Blood), Time CrashAttack of the Graske, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood: Children of Earth
  • William Oswald was also the film editor on twenty-nine instalments (from 42 to The Eaters of Light), The Sarah Jane AdventuresTorchwood and Tardisode: Tooth and Claw
  • Stuart Biddlecombe was the director of photography on Dark Water and Death in Heaven, and was also the cinematographer on Heaven Sent and Hell Bent
  • Anwen Haf was stand-by art director on Face the Raven too
  • graphic designer Richard Wells was an assistant on Turn Left, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood
  • Gerry Glynn was also a SFX technician on eight stories (from Kill the Moon to The Return of Doctor Mysterio) and Class
  • William Phillips was the matchmove artist on the latest Christmas special too
  • Anthony Wonsoff was also a digital matte painter on Sleep No More, Face the Raven, Heaven Sent, Hell Bent and Class
  • sound mixer John Mooney was a sound assistant on Remembrance of the Daleks, (part 3 of) Silver NemesisThe Greatest Show in the GalaxyBattlefield and Ghost Light
The Lying Detective (UK TX: January 8)
  • Nick Hurran also directed The Girl Who Waited, The God Complex, Asylum of the Daleks, The Angels Take Manhattan and The Day of the Doctor
  • Toby Jones (Culverton Smith) was the Dream Lord in Amy's Choice, and voiced renegade Time Lord Kotris for Dark Eyes (BF, 2012)
  • Lee Kemp (Agent) was a Reporter in 
  • Helena Dennis (Paparazzo) was a Dipper in The Crimson Horror, Arcadian Time Lord in The Day of the Doctor, Droid in Deep Breath, Student in The PilotClass and World Enough and Time, Posse in Smile, Woman in Thin Ice, CERN Engineer in Extremis, Passerby in The Lie of the Land, and Pict in The Eaters of Light
  • Dave Kneath was also a SFX technician on nine episodes (from Into the Dalek to The Husbands of River Song) and Class
  • Jade Poole was also SFX assistant co-ordinator on seventeen stories (from In the Forest of the Night to Series 10)
Sherlock Live (@BBCOne: January 10)
The Final Problem (UK TX: January 15)
  • Art Malik (Sherrinford Governor) voiced Abbot Absolute for The Skull of Sobek (2008)
  • Rob Pavey was also a stuntman on five episodes (from Deep Breath to The Witch's Familiar)

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Spooks, Series 7

Regular series actors Peter Firth, Miranda Raison,
Hermione Norris, and Hugh Simon all returned for
the seventh season of this award-winning spy drama, which was first broadcast on BBC1 in the autumn of
This series saw the departure of Rupert Penry-Jones
(as Section D chief Adam Carter), Alex Lanipekun
(officer Ben Kaplan), and Gemma Jones (traitorous
analyst Connie James). Former Robin Hood actor,
Richard Armitage first appeared here as ex-MI5
agent Lucas North.
The eight-part season began another repeat run on
the Sony TV channel last night, and featured twenty-
two Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • directors Colm McCarthy (parts 1 and 2) and Peter Hoar (3 and 4) also helmed The Bells of Saint John and A Good Man Goes to War resoectively
  • writers Neil Cross (parts 1, 2 and 8) and James Moran (7) also scripted The Rings of Akhaten and Hide, and The Fires of Pompeii respectively
  • Norris (Ros Myers, 2006-09) played Captain Lundvik in Kill the Moon
  • Robert Glenister (Home Secretary) was Salateen in The Caves of Androzani
  • Damian Bromley was the cinematographer on The Time of Angels and Flesh and Stone too
  • editor Jamie Pearson also edited nine stories (from The Eleventh Hour to The Angels Take Manhattan) and The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot
  • Marcia Ashton (Mrs. Moore) voiced Karna for The Beautiful People (BF, 2007)
  • Tariq Jordan (Jawad) was a Rep in Planet of the Ood
  • Ariyon Bakare (Nadif) was Leandro in The Woman Who Lived
  • Jane Perry (Laurie) voiced Katherine Chambers for both The Gathering (BF, 2006) and The Reaping (BF, 2008)
  • Paul Kulik (Ossectic) was a stuntman on Rose
  • Simon Williams (Denham) was Group Captain 'Chunky' Ian Gilmore (pictured) in Remembrance of the Daleks, a role he reprised for Big Finish's spin-off audio series, Counter Measures (2012 to present), 1963: The Assassination Games (2013) and The Reesinger Process (2014) - he also voiced Paul Addison and Shara for Nekromanteia (2003)
  • Jeanie Gold (Customer) was a Neighbour in The Sontaran Stratagem and The Poison Sky and The End of Time, Part 1
  • Paul Rhys (Meynell) voiced Max Paul for The Scapegoat (BF, 2009)
  • Guy Henry (Stevens) voiced Ikron for Infamy of the Zaross (BF, 2017)
  • Stephen Greif (Denizet) voiced Kwundaar for Primeval (BF, 2001), and Gurney for The Infinite Quest
  • Amelda Brown (Bag Lady) voiced Margaret for The Adventure Games: The Gunpowder Plot
  • Nick Roberts was also a sound recordist on The Time of AngelsFlesh and StoneThe Vampires of VeniceCold Blood and The Lodger
  • Julie Ankerson was also foley artist on over a hundred adventures (from Rose to Death In Heaven), thirty-one Torchwood stories, and twenty-three episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • Rob Arrowsmith was also a camera operator on The Pandorica OpensThe Big Bang and A Christmas Carol

Monday, 9 January 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Broadchurch, Series 1

This multi-award winning crime drama from Kudos
and Shine production companies was chosen to
launch the ITV Encore channel in June 2014, and another repeat run began last night.
Screenwriter and new Doctor Who showrunner
 Chris Chibnall (born 1970) devised Broadchurch
after his work on ITV1's long-running legal drama,
Law & Order: UK (2009-2014) motivated him to
expand his storytelling by asking "what happened
 to [the victim's relatives after] they left the 
screen?" Chibnall also scripted two sequel series 
for ITV and the ten-part American remake, 
Gracepoint, which premiered on Fox in October 
Here, newly promoted DI Alec Hardy (played by
David Tennant, pictured left) and DS Ellie Miller
(Olivia Coleman, right) investigate the discovery
of 11 year old Danny Latimer's body on the beach
at Broadchurch - a death that profoundly affects
the small seaside community in Dorset.
This series first aired over eight consecutive Monday nights in March and April 2013 (averaging almost ten million viewers), and also
featured Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan, Arthur Darvill (as Reverend Paul 
Coates) and these twenty-two other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • creator and co-executive producer Chibnall was the co-producer and writer on the first two seasons of Torchwood, and also penned 42The Hungry EarthCold BloodDinosaurs on a Spaceship and The Power of Three - he will succeed Steven Moffat later this year
  • director (of three episodes) Euros Lyn also helmed The End of the World, The Unquiet DeadTooth and ClawThe Girl in the FireplaceThe Idiot's LanternFear HerThe Runaway BrideSilence in the LibraryForest of the DeadThe End of TimeThe Beast BelowMusic of the Spheres and (the first five episodes of) Torchwood: Children of Earth
  • director (of five episodes) James Strong also helmed The Impossible Planet, The Satan Pit, Daleks in Manahattan, Evolution of the Daleks, Voyage of the DamnedPartners in Crime and Planet of the Dead
  • David Bradley (Jack Marshall) was Solomon in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, and portrayed William Hartnell in An Adventure in Space and Time
  • Olivia Colman (Ellie) was Mother in The Eleventh Hour
  • Tracey Childs (CS Jenkinson) was Metella in The Fires of Pompeii, and voiced Dr. Elizabeth Klein for nine Big Finish adventures [from Colditz (2001) to Klein's Story]A Thousand Tiny WingsSurvival of the FittestThe Architects of History (all 2010), UNIT: Dominion (2012), Persuasion, Starlight Robbery and Daleks Among Us (all 2013) - she also voiced the Figurehead for Time Works in 2006
  • another prolific Big Finish artist Susan Brown (Liz) was Bridget Spears in Torchwood: Children of Earth, and voiced Mary for 100: Bedtime Story (2007), Alice Withers for The Eternal Summer, Maud for Castle of Fear, Mrs. Withers and Mrs. Sowerby for Plague of the Daleks (all 2009), Margaret for both Deimos and The Resurrection of Mars, Eleanor Harvey for Return of the Krotons, Chief Engineer and Chanel for The Song of the Megaptera, Babs for Prison in Space (all 2010), and Kastrella for Death Match (2015)
  • Matthew Gravelle (Joe Miller) voiced Klinus for The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield (BF, 2014), and Doctor for Torchwood: Outbreak (BF, 2016)
  • Peter De Jersey (Young) was Androgar in The Day of the Doctor
  • Jonathan Bailey (Stevens) was Psi in Time Heist
  • Simon Ludders (Smith) was a Patient in New Earth, and Luke Palmer for Torchwood: Outbreak
  • Sanchia McCormack (Nicky) was a Housing Officer in Turn Left
  • Carolyn Pickles (Maggie) voiced Lady Meera for Army of Death (BF, 2011) and Cardinal Ollistra for Doom Coalition 4 (BF, 2017)
  • Simon Rouse (Danvers) was Hindle in Kinda, and voiced John Kincaid for The Witch from the Well (BF, 2011), and Drang for The Paradox Planet and Legacy of Death (both 2016)
  • David Sibley (Lovegood) was Pralix in The Pirate Planet, and voiced Kurt Schalk for Persuasionand The Eminence for The Seeds of War (both 2013)Dark Eyes 2Dark Eyes 3 and Destroy the Infinite (all 2014), and Dark Eyes 4 (2015)
  • Marcus Garvey (Lawson) voiced Frank Spiggof for The Romance of Crime (BF, 2015)
  • Julian Seager (Local) was Big Red in Nightmare in Silver 
  • Scott Stevenson (Driver) was a Man in The Ring of Akhaten and The Name of the Doctor, a Submariner in Cold War, and the Dipped Man in The Crimson Horror
  • Clem So Driver) was a Mongolian in Asylum of the Daleks, an Artisan in The Angels Take Manhattan, a Tourist in The Day of the Doctor, a Clockwork Droid in Deep Breath, and a Bank Client in Time Heist
  • line producer Catrin Lewis Defis was associate producer on The Next DoctorThe End of Time, and Torchwood, and produced Music of the Spheres 
  • film editors Mike Jones and Tim Porter also edited a total of sixteen stories (from Rose to the present)
  • costume designer Ray Holman designed twenty-eight adventures (from Blink to The Husbands of River Song and Torchwood too)
  • Andrea Mear was also costume assistant on The End of Time, and forty-seven instalments of The Sarah Jane Adventures