Saturday, 7 January 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Inspector Morse: The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn

Colin Dexter's third novel (published in 1977) was adapted by Zenith and Central as the second edition
(of thirty-three) of ITV's classic crime drama series, 
which originally aired in January 1987. 
Actors John Thaw (1942-2002) and Kevin Whately 
again portrayed the Oxford-based detectives, DI Endeavour Morse and Sergeant Robbie Lewis. 
Radio 4's version of the mystery was transmitted
 in 1996, and starred John Shrapnel as Morse. 
This serial (which remained faithful to the book) 
was repeated again on ITV3 today, and featured sixteen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Michael Gough (Ogleby) and Elspet Gray (Mrs. Bartlett) both appeared in Arc of Infinity, as Councillor Hedin (pictured) and Chancellor Thalia respectively - Gough (1916-2011) had also played the titular villain in The Celestial Toymaker
  • Barbara Flynn (Monica) voiced Sister Chalice for Big Finish's The Skull of Sobek (2008)
  • Clive Swift (Bartlett) was Jobel in Revelation of the Daleks, and Mr. Copper in Voyage of the Damned 
  • Frederick Treves (the Dean) was Brotadac in Meglos
  • Roger Lloyd Pack (Martin) was John Lumic in Rise of the Cybermen and The Age of Steel 
  • Arthur Cox (Noakes) was Cully in The Dominators, then returned to the show 42 years later as  Mr. Henderson in The Eleventh Hour
  • Stefan Schwartz (Richard) was the Knight Commander in Battlefield
  • Phil Nice (Quinn) was Henry in Kill the Moon
  • for Peter Woodthorpe, Philip Voss, Valentino Musetti, Terry Forrestal, Kenny McBain, and Michael Feinberg see my blog for The Dead of Jericho
  • second assistant director Peter Bennett was the first assistant director on fourteen revived series adventures (from Bad Wolf to The End of Time, and Attack of the Graske), the production manager on four other stories, then produced nineteen further instalments (from The Beast Below to Season 10) and Torchwood: Children of Earth
The BBC radio treatment of The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn (repeated on 
Radio 7 in 2008 and Radio 4 Extra in 2012) included another three Doctor 
Who cast links:
  • Robert Glenister (Lewis) was Salateen in The Caves of Androzani and voiced Aboresh for Absolution (BF, 2007)
  • Big Finish artist Stephen Critchlow (Martin) voiced O'Keefe for The Nowhere Place (2006), the Earl of Wessex for The Lady of Mercia (2013), Billy Flint for An Ordinary Life (2014), the titular alien of The Yes Men, Marvo for Jago & Litefoot & Strax: The Haunting (both 2015), Noni for Gallery of Ghouls, the Narrator of Sound the Siren and I'll Come to You Comrade (both 2016), and was an extra on the multi-platform video game, The Eternity Clock (2012)
  • Roger May (Quinn) was Len in An Adventure in Space and Time

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