Saturday, 25 March 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Marple: The Body in the Library

 This classic murder mystery was the first episode
in ITV's Marple period drama (a co-production
from Agatha Christie Ltd, ITV Studios and WGBH
Boston) which began in December 2004. Geraldine
McEwan (1932-2015) now took on  the mantle of
Christie's amateur detective and St. Mary Mead's most famous resident, Jane Marple.
This is only the second television adaptation of the 
story, following the (more faithful) three-part BBC 
version of 1984. 
There is a rare example of the Queen of Crime name checking herself (and Dorothy L Sayers) here, and 
another Christie creation (Ariadne Oliver) penned a 
book entitled The Body in the Library (see Cards on 
the Table). Both the Lewis and Doctor Who episodes
 (And the Moonbeams Kiss the Sea and The Unicorn 
and the Wasp respectively) refer to "the body in the library."
Loosely based on Christie's second Marple novel 
(published in 1942), this drama was repeated again 
on ITV3 last night, and featured twenty Doctor Who 
cast and crew connections:

  • Ben Miller (Blake) played the Sheriff of Nottingham (pictured) in Robot of Sherwood
  • Florence Hoath (Pamela) was Nancy in The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances 
  • Joanna Lumley (Dolly Bantry, here and The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side) was the Doctor's female incarnation in The Curse of Fatal Death
  • James Fox (Bantry) voiced Professor Chronotis for Big Finish's Shada
  • Simon Callow (Melchett) was Charles Dickens in The Unquiet Dead, and The Wedding of River Song, and provided the voice of Tree Blathereen in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Gift
  • Robin Soans (Dr. Haydock) was Luvic in The Keeper of Traken, and the Chronolock Guy in Face the Raven
  • Adam Garcia (Starr) was Alex Klein in The Christmas Invasion
  • David Walliams (Bartlett) appeared in BBC2's Doctor Who Night sketches, voiced Quincy Flowers and Ned Cotton for Phantasmagoria (BF, 1999), and was Gibbis in The God Complex 
  • Zoe Thorne (Florence) provided the voice of both the Gelth (also with Callow), and the Toclafane in the Season three finale episodes
  • Miles Richardson (Jefferson) was Douglas Cavendish in Downtime (1995), and Daemos Rising (the 2004 video spin-off and loose sequel to The Daemons), and voiced Charles Darwin for Bloodtide (BF, 2001) and Braxiatel for Zagreus (BF, 2003)
  • Marc Warren (makes his first cameo of the series as Jane Marple's first love, Ainsworth) was Elton Pope in Love & Monsters
  • Greg Bennett (Constable) was a Sycorax Warrior and a UNIT Soldier for The Christmas Invasion, and was an uncredited Guest in The Lazarus Experiment
  • Sean Clayton was second assistant director on Dalek and Father's Day too
  • Francesco Reidy was also first assistant director on The Sontaran Stratagem and The Poison Sky 
  • Holly Lumsden and Kim McGarrity were also stunt performers on the revived series (the former on Rose, and the latter on The Empty Child two-parter, Boom TownThe Christmas Invasion and New Earth)
  • Nigel Squibbs (assistant dubbing mixer) and producer Damien Timmer both worked on An Adventure in Space and Time
  • digital compositors James D Etherington and Melissa Butler Adams both worked on the recent series (the former on MidnightThe Next Doctor, and The Big Bang, and the latter on twenty other instalments, from The Christmas Invasion to Last of the Time Lords)

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