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.

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