Thursday, 16 February 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Agatha Christie's Poirot, Series 5

Actors David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson and Pauline Moran all returned (as Hercule Poirot, Captain Hastings, Inspector Japp and Miss Lemon) for eight 
new period crime dramas, first broadcast on ITV in 
the winter of 1993.
Four of the serials were based on tales from Poirot 
Investigates (1924), whilst the others all derived
from four separate short story collections (published
between 1937 and 1974).
Another repeat run of the fifth season began on ITV 
Encore last night, and featured forty-one Doctor Who 
cast and crew connections:

The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb 
(UK TX: January 17)
  • Bill Bailey (Bleibner) played Droxil in The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
  • film editor Chris Wimble also edited The Ambassadors of DeathThe DaemonsThe Invasion of Time and The Leisure Hive  
  • first assistant director Peter Bennett was an assistant on fourteen stories (from Bad Wolf to The End of Time), production manager on The Doctor's DaughterMidnightThe Stolen Earth and Journey's End, then produced another twelve episodes (from The Beast Below to Series 9)
The Underdog
(UK TX: January 24 - from The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, 1960)
  • Denis Lill (Reuben) was  Dr. Fendelman in The Image of Fendahl, and Sir George Hutchinson in The Awakening
  • Ian Gelder (Astwell) was Dekker in Torchwood: Children of Earth, and voiced the Commander for Big Finish's Legend of the Cybermen (2010)
  • Ann Bell (Lady Astwell) voiced Sylvia O'Donnell for A Thousand Tiny Wings (BF, 2010), Professor Gesima Cazalet for Night of the Stormcrow (BF, 2013), and Lisa Burrows for The Diary of River Song 2 (2017)
The Yellow Iris (UK TX: January 31- from The Regatta Mystery, 1939)
  • David Troughton (Russell) was a Guard in The Enemy of the World, Private Moor in The War Games, and King Peladon in The Curse of Peladon (a role reprised in 2009 for Big Finish's Prisoner of Peladon), then Professor Winfold Hobbes in Midnight - he also voiced Tinghus for Cuddlesome (2008), the Black Guardian for The Destroyer of Delights, The Chaos Pool (both 2009), The Well-Mannered War (2015), The Pursuit of History and Casualties of Time (both 2016), Raymond Gallagher for The Crimes of Thomas Brewster (2011), and a cloned version of the Second Doctor for the Serpent Crest plays, The Hexford Invasion and Survivors in Space (AudioGo, 2011)
  • prolific Big Finish actor Hugh Ross (Carter) voiced Reverend Merodach for Night's Black Agents (2010), Robert Stretton for Industrial Evolution (2001), Vepaja for Voyage to Venus (2012), Sir Toby Kinsella for the Counter Measures spin-off series (2012 to the present), The Assassination Games (2013) and The Reesinger Process, Kyle Inskip for Masters of Earth (both 2014), Gethal for The Exxilons (2015), and Charles Kirkland for The Trouble With Drax (2016)
  • Joseph Long (Luigi) was Rocco Colasanto in Turn Left
  • Leonard Maguire (Grove) was Draith in Full Circle
The Case of the Missing Will (UK TX: February 7)
  • director John Bruce was a production assistant on The Dominators
  • Rowena Cooper (Sarah) voiced Emily Shaw for both The Last Post (2012) and The Cloisters of Terror (2015), Mother Superior for The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield: The Unbound Universe, and Jean Bazemore for Jago & Litefoot 11 (both 2016)
  • Terrence Hardiman (Siddaway) was Hawthorne in The Beast Belowand voiced King Sitirc for The Book of Kells (BF, 2010), Stackhouse for The Englsih Way of Death (BF, 2015), and Reverend Dobbs in Serpent Crest: The Broken Crown
  • Jon Laurimore (Baker) was Count Federico in The Masque of Mandragora
  • Neil Stuke (Peter) voiced the titular villain for The Crooked Man (BF, 2014)
  • Stephen Oxley (Doctor) made his TV debut as PC Carter in K9 and Company
  • Pat Gorman (London Man) made appearances in eighty-three instalments of the classic series (from The Dalek Invasion of Earth: World's End tAttack of the Cybermen)
The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman (UK TX: February 14)
  • David Neal (Vizzini) was the President in The Caves of Androzani
  • Arthur Cox (Hawker) was Cully in The Dominators then returned to the show 42 years later as  Mr. Henderson in The Eleventh Hour
  • David Verrey (Chef) was Joseph Green MP in Aliens of London and World War Three
  • Paul Heasman was stunt co-ordinator on Survival too, and was an uncredited Nazi in Silver Nemesis
  • Tip Tipping was a stunt arranger on Remembrance of the DaleksThe Curse of Fenric and Survival
The Chocolate Box
(UK TX: February 21 - from Poirot's Early Cases, 1974)
  • Mark Eden (Boucher) was the titular Venetian explorer in Marco Polo, and Donald Baverstock (pictured, BBC Controller at the time of the genesis of Doctor Who) in An Adventure in Space and Time, almost fifty years later
  • David de Keyser (Baeujeu) provided the Atraxi voice in The Eleventh Hour
  • James Coombes (Deroulard) provided the Krarg voices for Shada, and was Paroli in Warriors of the Deep
  • Preston Lockwood (Francois) was Dojjen in Snakedance
  • Richard Derrington (Henri) voiced Dr. Farrer for The Harvest, Landscar for The Last (both 2004), and Commander Burton for The Third Doctor Adventures 3 (BF, 2017)
  • Linda Broughton (Denise) was the Woman in Hell Bent
Dead Man's Mirror
(UK TX: February 28 - from Murder in the Mews, 1937)
  • Iain Cuthbertson (Chevenix) was Garron in The Ribos Operation 
  • Fiona Walker (Lingard) was Kala in The Keys of Marinus, and Lady Peinforte in Silver Nemesis
  • James Green (Snell) was the Abbott in The Bells of Saint John
  • Jon Croft (Lawrence) was Tom Girton in The Daemons
  • John Rolfe (Registrar) was the Captain in The War Machines, Sam Becket in The Moonbase, and Ralph Fell in The Green Death
  • Derek Smee (Auctioneer) was John Ransome in Spearhead from Space
  • Bill Weston began his TV career as a Militiaman in The Smugglers
Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan (UK TX: March 7)
  • Big Finish artist Trevor Cooper (Opalsen) was Takis in Revelation of the Daleks and Friar Tuck in Robot of Sherwood, and voiced Sir Ralph for The Doomwood Curse (2008), Shanks for The Haunting of Thomas Brewster, Judah for The Beast of Orlok (2009), Smithy for Castle of Fear, both Captain Maddox and Stennan for Army of Death (2011), both the Colonel and Kimball for The Emerald Tiger (2012), and Jonathan Jaggers for Judoon in Chains (new for 2016)
  • Sorcha Cusack (Margaret) voiced Mary Carter for the Dark Eyes 4 stories, Master of the Daleks and Eye of Darkness
  • Hermione Norris (Celestine) was Captian Lundvik in Kill the Moon
  • Simon Shepherd (Hall) also starred in the Serpent Crest series - as Boolin for Tsar Wars, as Mr. Bewley for The Broken Crown, and as the Magician for Aladdin Time
  • Andrew Carr (Devine) was the Senior Guard in Day of the Daleks
  • Elizabeth Rider (Grace) provided the ATMOS voice for The Sontaran Stratagem and was Linda in The Time of the Doctor

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