Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Houdini & Doyle

Stephen Mangan and Michael Weston led
the cast of this period drama, as Sir Arthur
Conan Doyle (1859-1930) and Harry
Houdini (1874-1926).
The series of supernatural mysteries debuted on ITV last March (ahead of its 
run on ITV Encore), and was loosely based on the lives of friends, Scottish writer Doyle and American illusionist Houdini (born Erik Weiss in Hungary). 
This partnership had been explored before in FairyTale (1997) and Houdini (1998 & 2014). Doyle later turned crime fighter 
for Murder Rooms (BBC, 2001), The 
Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes (BBC, 
2005), and Arthur & George (ITV, 2015).
The famous duo were aided in their
investigations here by Chief Inspector Horace Merring (played by Tim 
McInnerny) and Scotland Yard's first female officer, Constable Adelaide 
Stratton (Rebecca Liddiard).
The ten-part season (a co-production with Fox) began a repeat run on
ITV Encore last night, and featured thirty Doctor Who cast and crew

  • McInnerney (also Clay in The Red Headed League; Ferret in FairyTale; Selden in The Strange Case; and Sir Eustace in Sherlock: The Abominable Bride) starred as Mr. Halpern in Planet of the Ood, and voiced Admiral Dolne for Big Finish's The Well-Mannered War (BF, 2015)
  • Diana Quick (Mrs. Weiss) voiced Prime for Scream of the Shalka
  • Phil Nice (Gilby) was Henry in Kill the Moon
  • Michael Dickins (Robber) was a Villager in The Time of the Doctor
  • Mary Healey (Mrs. Blake) was a Killjoy in The Happiness Patrol
  • James Fleet (Dr. Pilsen) voiced O'Reilley for Max Warp (2008), Geoff Cooper for The Entropy Composition, and Martin Ashcroft and Sir Jack Merrivale for Special Features (both featured on The Demons of Red Lodge release of 2010)
  • Chook [Joplin] Sibtain (Dr. Chandra) was Tarak Ital in The Waters of Mars
  • Owen Teale (Professor Havensling) was Maldak in Vengeance on Varos, and voiced Hayton for The Mind's Eye (BF, 2007)
  • Richard Price (Stage hand) was a Guest in The Runaway Bride and The Lazarus Experiment, a Passerby in Partners in Crime, and Takran Soldier in The Doctor's Daughter
  • directors Daniel O'Hara and Edward Bazalgette both helmed Under the Lake and Before the Flood and The Doctor's Meditation, The Girl Who Died and The Woman Who Lived respectively
  • production manager Helen Blyth was assistant production co-ordinator on fourteen instalments (from A Christmas Carol to The Wedding of River Song)
  • production designer Arwel Jones was the stand-by art director on twelve episodes (from The End of the World to Cold Blood and Torchwood), a set director on The Beast Below and Victory of the Daleks, then art director on twenty-nine other stories (from The Runaway Bride to Journey's End and Attack of the Graske)
  • Adrian Rigby was also prosthetics make-up artist on Face the Raven, and was hair technician on The God Complex
  • prosthetics technician David Malinowski was a SFX make-up artist on The Time of Angels
  • Thomas Alibone was the second assistant director on An Adventure in Space and Time too
  • George Atkins (ADR mixer) and Sam Biggs (ADR recordist) both worked on The Time of the Doctor and Flatline in those posts
  • Jade Poole was also SFX assistant co-ordinator on thirteen editions (from In the Forest of the Night and Hell Bent)
  • Gerry Glynn, Russ Perkin and Dave Kneath were all SFX technicians on seasons 8 and 9 too
  • Danny Hargreaves was also SFX (technician then) supervisor on fifty-five episodes (from The Girl in the Fireplace to Last Christmas
  • stunt performers Dean Forster, Dani Biernat, Belinda McGinley, Gordon Seed and William Willoughby all held that posts on the revived run
  • Daniel Bishop was steadicam operator on The Husbands of River Song too

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