Monday, 6 February 2017

Doctor Who Vs. United

Screened again on the True Enterainment channel last night, this TV film from World Productions was based on the true story
of Manchester United's "Busby Babes"
and the aftermath of the Munich air
disaster of February 1958.
The serial focused on the experiences
of Welsh football coach, Jimmy Murphy
(1910-1989) portrayed by David 
Tennant and midfielder, Bobby
Charlton (b. 1937) played by Jack
Murphy became United's caretaker
manager following the plane crash
 in Germany which killed 23 people,
including eight club players, and injured
18 others and manager Matt Busby
(1909-1994). Nine MUFC squad players were amongst the 21 survivors.
In charge of United since 1945, Busby recovered and resumed his role a year
later. Rebuilding his team, Busby would eventually lead the club to European supremacy in 1968, before retiring the next year. He was knighted in 1972.
Despite the disaster, Murphy steered United to the FA Cup final of 1958, then managed the Wales national squad at the country's only FIFA World Cup finals appearance in Sweden. He remained as MUFC assistant manager until 1971.
Filmed mainly in the North East of England, the feature-length drama was
first broadcast in April 2011 on BBC Two and BBC HD. The cast featured Neil
Dudgeon, Dean Andrews, Tim Healy and ten further Doctor Who cast and
crew connections:

  • James Strong had also directed The Impossible Planet, The Satan Pit, Daleks in ManhattanEvolution of the DaleksVoyage of the Damned, Partners in Crime and Planet of the Dead
  • future showrunner Chris Chibnall also scripted 42, The Hungry Earth, Cold Blood, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, and The Power of Three, and co-produced twenty-six Torchwood instalments
  • Dougray Scott (Matt Busby) played Professor Alec Palmer (pictured) in Hide
  • Natalie Burt (Marion Bent) voiced Dr. Sally Armstrong for Big Finish's Dark Eyes series
  • Kate Ashfield (Alma George) voiced Lieutenant Beth Stokes for Enemy of the Daleks (BF, 2009)
  • Daniel Hill (British Consul) and Shirley Dixon (Mrs. Watson) both worked on the unfinished TV story Shada - as Chris Parsons, and the Voice of Skagra's Ship respectively
  • casting director Andy Pryor has worked on the revived series since 2005, as well as The Sarah Jane Adventures and every episode of Torchwood
  • David Morison was also set decorator on twelve adventures, from Tooth and Claw to Forest of the Dead, after a stint as stand-by art director on Boom Town and Love & Monsters
  • sound mixer John Taylor was a boom operator on The Five Doctors
  • Alice Purser was also casting associate on forty-three stories (from The Waters of Mars to The Time of the Doctor)

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