Thursday, 5 January 2017

Doctor Who Vs. The Avengers, Series 6 [Part 1]

This cult British fantasy show returned to the ITV regions in the autumn of 1968 for an eight-month run, following it's debut on American television in 
the spring.
Patrick Macnee - who had portrayed John Steed 
since 1961 - was now joined for the last series 
by the Canadian-born actress, Linda Thorson
(born 1947), girlfriend of the show's new 
producer, John Bryce. 
The series opened with Diana Rigg's final 
appearance as Emma Peel. Former guest star 
Patrick Newell (1932-1988) also took a regular 
role here (in twenty episodes) as spymaster, 
Mother.
After completing production on only three
episodes, Bryce was fired and previous show-
runners Brian Clemens (1931-2015) and Albert Fennell (1920-1988) resumed their posts - both were later nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. The programme was finally recognised by BAFTA
with a Special Award in 2000.
The final season included screenplays from classic era writers Terry Nation 
(Legacy of DeathInvasion of the Earthmen and co-author of Noon-Doomsday), 
and Dennis Spooner (Look, etc).
Another repeat run of these sixteen stories (from a series total of thirty-three) began on the True Entertainment last night - they featured guest roles for 
Anthony Ainley (as Edward Sunley in Noon-Doomsday), Bernard Cribbins 
(Bradley Marler in Look), Richard Hurndall (Henley Farrer in Legacy of 
Death), and fifty-six other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

The Forget-Me-Knot (UK TX [London]: September 25 1968 & US TX 
[New York]: March 20 1968)
  • Douglas Sheldon (Brad) was Kirken in The Daleks' Master Plan: Devil's Planet and The Traitors
  • for Jeremy Young (Burton) and Alan Lake (Karl) see Series 4: A Touch of Brimstone and The House That Jack Built
  • for John Lee (Soames) see Series 5: The Bird Who Knew Too Much
Game (UK TX: October 2 & US TX: September 23)
  • Brian Badcoe (Gibson) was Adam in Invasion of the Dinosaurs
  • for Peter Jeffrey (Bristow) was Aubrey Richards (Witney) see Series 4:Room Without a View and The Gravediggers
Super Secret Cypher Snatch (UK TX: October 9 & US TX: September 30)
  • Donald Gee (Vickers) was Major Ian Warne in The Space Pirates, and Eckersley in The Monster of Peladon
  • Lionel Wheeler (Guard) was an Elder in The Savages
  • David Quilter (Wilson) was Greeves in The Unicorn and the Wasp
  • Clifford Earl (Jarret) and Nicholas Smith (Lather) both appeared in the Series 5 story, Escape in Time too
  • for Alec Ross (Masters) see Series 3: Brief for Murder
You'll Catch Your Death (UK TX: October 16 & US TX: October 7)
  • Valentine Dyall (Butler) first appeared as the Black Guardian in The Armageddon Factor, then the trilogy of season 20 stories
  • for Fulton Mackay (Glover here; and Master in Bizarre) see Series 5B: Return of the Cybernauts
  • for Hamilton Dyce (Camrose) see Series 1: Death on the Slipway
Split! (UK TX: October 23 & US TX: April 10)
  • for Bernard Archard (Constantine) and Christopher Benjamin (Swindin) see Series 4: The Master Minds and How to Succeed at Murder
  • Harry Fielder (Agent/Guard) was a veteran of the classic run, with appearances as a Guard (in serials PP, ZZZ, 4L, 4P, 5A, 5F, 5Z), a Crewman (SS, 4T), a Vogan (4D), an Assassin (4Q), a Tigellan (5Q), and a Krarg for Shada
  • for Maurice Good (Mercer) see Series 1: Hunt the Man Down
Whoever Shot Poor George Oblique Stroke XR40? (UK TX: October 30
& US TX: December 9)
  • Frank Windsor (Tobin) was Sir Ranulf Fitzwilliam in The King's Demons, and Inspector Mackenzie in Ghost Light
  • for Arthur Cox (Anaesthetist) see Series 5A: From Venus With Love
False Witness (UK TX: November 6 & US TX: November 25)
  • Simon Lack (Nesbitt) was Professor Charles Kettering in (episode 1 of) The Mind of Evil, and Zadek in The Androids of Tara
  • Jimmy Gardner (Little Man) was Chenchu in Marco Polo, and Idmon in Underworld
  • for Rio Fanning (Lane) and John Bennett (Sykes) see Series 5B: Dead Man's Treasure and Series 2: Mission to Montreal respectively
All Done With Mirrors (UK TX: November 13 & US TX: December 2)
  • Dinsdale Landen (Watney) was Dr. Judson in The Curse of Fenric
  • for Peter Copley (Sparshott) see Series 2: The White Dwarf
  • for Edwin Richfield (Barlow) and Tenniel Evans (Carswell) see Series 1:Girl on the Trapeze and Please Don't Feed the Animals
Legacy of Death (UK TX: November 20 & US TX: November 4)
  • Michael Bilton (Winter) was Charles de Teligny in The Massacre, Collins in Pyramids of Mars, and a Time Lord in The Deadly Assassin
  • Tutte Lemkow (Gorky) was Kuiju in Marco Polo, Ibrahim in The Crusade: The Warlords, and Cyclops in The Myth Makers
  • for Stratford Johns (Street) and John Hollis (Zoltan) see Series 1: The Frighteners and Series 2: Warlock respectively
Noon-Doomsday (UK TX: November 27 & US TX: October 28)
  • Ray Brooks (Farrington) was David in Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD
  • for TP McKenna (Grant) see Series 3: Trojan Horse
  • Peter Halliday (Perrier) was Packer (and provided the Cyber Director Voice) in The Invasion, voiced the titular Silurians in their debut story and the Aliens in The Ambassadors of Death, then was Pletrac in Carnival of Monsters, a Soldier in City of Death, and the Vicar in (part 2 of) Remembrance of the Daleks
Look (Stop Me If You've Heard This One) But There Were These Two 
Fellers (UK TX: December 4 & US TX: May 8)
  • John Cleese (Rugman) made a famous cameo appearance in City of Death (part 4) as an Art Lover
  • for Talfryn Thomas (Frederick) see Series 4: A Surfeit of H2O
  • for John Woodvine (Seagrave) and Robert James (Merlin) see Series 1:Square Root of Evil and Hot Snow
Have Guns Will Haggle (UK TX: December 11 & US TX: May 1)
  • Michael Turner (Crayford) was Jarvis Bennett in The Wheel in Space
  • Roy Stewart (Giles) was a Saracen Warrior in The Crusade: The Warlords, Toberman in The Tomb of the Cybermen, and the Strong Man in (part 2 of) Terror of the Autons
  • for Jonathan Burns (Beardsley) and Rocky Taylor (Mercenary) see Series 4: The Girl From Auntie and The Cybernauts
  • for Timothy Bateson (Spencer) see Series 5: The Correct Way to Kill
They Keep Killing Steed (UK TX: December 18 & US TX: November 11)
  • Norman Jones (Zerson) was Khrisong in The Abominable Snowmen, Major Baker in The Silurians, and Hieronymous in The Masque of Mandragora
  • Reg Whitehead (Etola) was a Cyberman in The Tenth Planet (as both Jarl and Krail), The Moonbase and The Tomb of the Cybermen, and a Yeti inThe Abominable Snowmen
  • Arthur Howell (Verno) was a Confederate Horseman in (episode 3 of) The War Games
  • for Bernard Horsfall (Smythe) see The Cybernauts
The Interrogators (UK TX: January 1 1969 & US TX: January 20 1969)
  • Philip Bond (Caspar) was Ganatus in The Daleks
  • Neil Stacy (Mullard) voiced Cyril Haggard for The Emerald Tiger (BF, 2012)
  • for Neil McCarthy (Rasker) and Neil Wilson (Norton) see Series 1: Brought to Book and Dance With Death
The Rotters (UK TX: January 8 1969 & US TX: December 16 1968)
  • for Jerome Willis (George) and Harold Innocent (Parbury) see Series 2:Intercrime and Series 3: The Medicine Man respectively
  • for John Nettleton (Palmer) and Charles Morgan (Wainwright) see Series 5: The See-Through Man and Series 1: Brought to Book
Invasion of the Earthmen (UK TX: January 15 1969 & US TX: March 27 1968)
  • for William Lucas (Brett) and George Roubicek (Grant) see Series 6:Death's Door and Series 2: The White Dwarf respectively

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