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

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