Sunday, 8 January 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Inspector Morse: The Dead of Jericho

Central's hugely successful BAFTA winning drama series
was produced by Zenith, and was originally broadcast
on ITV from 1987 to 2000.
Based on the thirteen crime novels of Colin Dexter
(written between 1975 and 1999), the programme
subsequently comprised thirty-three feature-length
murder mysteries.
The cerebral Oxford-based detective was portrayed
by Northern screen actor John Thaw (1942-2002).
His long-suffering partner, Sergeant Lewis was played
by Kevin Whately, and he reprised the role for spin-off series Lewis (2006-present).
Dexter made Hitchcock-type cameos in all but three 
serials, and a prequel drama Endeavour, starring
Shaun Evans as the younger Morse, began in 2012.
Dexter's creation has also been adapted for BBC Radio 
4 (1992-96), and in 2010, Colin Baker took the lead in a stage version,
House of Ghosts.
Repeated again on ITV3 yesterday, the first serial (based on Dexter's fifth novel, published in 1981) aired in January 1987, and was produced by Kenny McBain 
(who had directed The Horns of Nimon).
Patrick Troughton starred here as George Jackson (pictured) in one of his 
final roles for television, with fourteen other Doctor Who cast and crew 
connections:

  • Norman Jones (CI Bell) played Khrisong opposite Troughton in The Abominable Snowmen, Major Baker in The Silurians, and Hieronymous in The Masque of Mandragora
  • both series regulars James Grout (CS Strange) and Peter Woodthorpe (Max, the pathologist) provided voice roles for Radio 4's Whatever Happened to Susan?
  • Souad Faress (Doctor) was the older Rani Chandra in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Mad Woman in the Attic
  • Philip Voss (Coroner) was Acomat in Marco Polo, and Wahed in (episode 1 of) The Dominators
  • Gary Powell (PC) was Dev Ashton in 42
  • Lee Richards (Barmaid) was the 'exotic' Romana in (part 1 of) Destiny of the Daleks
  • Rupert Holliday Evans (David) was UNIT Colonel Mace in The Sontaran Stratagem and The Poison Sky, and voiced a trio of roles for AudioGo's Demon Quest series: Celtic Warrior for The Relics of Time, an Artist for The Demon of Paris, and Cop for Starfall (all 2010)
  • Annie Lambert (Adele) was Enlightenment in Four to Doomsday
  • Peter Brayham was also stunt co-ordinator on The Christmas InvasionNew Earth and School Reunion
  • stuntman Terry Forrestal was a Tractor Driver in K9 and Company
  • series stuntman Valentino Musetti made these uncredited appearances in the classic run - a Mongol Bandit in Marco Polo: Riders from Shang-Tu, Saracen Warrior in The Crusade: The Lion, an Egyptian in The Daleks' Master Plan: Golden Death and Escape Switch, Prisoner in The Mind of Evil, and Extra in both Colony in Space and The Time Monster
  • Michael Feinberg was also a sound editor on The Lazarus Experiment, and ten episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • first assistant director Peter Bennett was assistant on fourteen installments (from Bad Wolf to The End of Time), production manager on four Series 4 episodes, then produced another six stories for Series 5 and Torchwood: Children of Earth

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