Monday, 27 February 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

Professor Bernard Quatermass was 
introduced to television audiences 
over sixty years ago by Cumbrian-
born screenwriter Thomas Nigel 
Kneale (1922-2006), in The 
Quatermass Experiment (1953). 
Quatermass II followed in 1955, 
and both serials were quickly 
acquired by Hammer studios. 
The films, The Quatermass Xperiment and Quatermass 2
were released in 1955 and 1957,
and starred Irish-born Hollywood 
actor Brian Donlevy (1901-1972) 
as the Professor - he succeeded 
Reginald Tate (1896-1955) and 
John Robinson (1908-1979).
Kneale wrote a third instalment for the BBC - Quatermass and the Pit was 
televised in 1958/59 - and again had adapted a film script by 1961. 
Hammer's version however, only entered production six years later.
Kneale had always been critical of Donlevy's interpretation of the lead role and requested the part be recast. When Andre Morell (1909-1978) turned down the chance to return as Quatermass, Scottish actor, Andrew Keir (1926-1997) was 
cast, and even reprised the role for BBC Radio 3's The Quatermass Memoirs in 
1996. Sir John Mills (1908-2005) became the sixth actor to portray the scientist 
in Thames TV's Quatermass (1979) - distributed outside the UK by Euston Films
as The Quatermass Conclusion. A remake of The Quatermass Experiment was 
shown live on BBC Four in 2005, with Jason Flemyng (born 1966) in the lead role.
The film, largely faithful to the original, was shown again on the Horror channel today, and featured twenty-four Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Keith Marsh (Johnson), Sheila Steafel (Journalist), and Roger Avon (Electrician) all appeared in Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD (as Conway, Old Woman, and Wells respectively) alongside Keir (as Wyler) the year before - Avon also played Saphadin in The Crusade, and Daxtar in The Daleks' Master Plan: The Traitors
  • Barbara Shelley (Barbara Judd) was Sorasta in Planet of Fire
  • Julian Glover (Colonel Breen, pictured right) was King Richard (also in The Crusade) then Count [Carlos] Scarlioni/Scaroth in City of Death
  • Duncan Lamont (Sladden) was Dan Galloway in Death to the Daleks
  • Peter Copley (Howell) was Dr. Warlock in Pyramids of Mars
  • Edwin Richfield (Minister) was Captain Hart in The Sea Devils, and Mestor in The Twin Dilemma
  • Maurice Good (Sergeant Cleghorn) was Phineas Clanton in The Gunfighters
  • Hugh Futcher (Sapper West) was Hickman (also serial LLL)
  • Hugh Morton (Journalist) was Sir James Gregson in The Seeds of Death
  • James Culliford (Corporal Gibson) was Stewart in Frontier in Space
  • Brian Peck (Officer) was Dervish in The Space Pirates
  • Peter Bennett (Official) was a Guard in The Enemy of the World
  • John Bown (Interviewer) was Antodus in Dr. Who and the Daleks
  • Harry Fielder (Possessed Man), a veteran of fifteen classic era appearances, was a Guard (in serials PP, ZZZ, 4L, 4P, 5A, 5F, 5Z), a Crewman (SS, 4T), a Vogan (4D), an Assassin (4Q), a Tigellan in Meglos, and a Krarg in Shada 
  • Joseph Grieg (Customer) was a titular alien in The Sensorites
  • Elroy Josephs (Workman) was Jamaica in The Smugglers
  • David Saville (Officer) was Lieutenant Carstairs in The War Games, Winser in The Claws of Axos, and Colonel Crichton in The Five Doctors
  • Gareth Thomas (Workman) voiced Lord Tamworth for Big Finish's Storm Warning (2001), and Kalendorf for Return of the Daleks (2006)
  • original music was provided by Tristram Cary (1925-2008), composer on The DaleksMarco PoloThe RescueThe Daleks' Master PlanThe ArkThe GunfightersThe Power of the Daleks, (episode 4 of) The Underwater Menace and The Mutants
  • Kenneth Ryan was also the art director on the first Dalek film
  • SFX assistant Ian Scoones (1940-2010) also provided visual effects on twenty-five editions of the classic series (from An Unearthly Child to City of Death)

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