Saturday, 18 March 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Marple: The Moving Finger

Agatha Christie's thirty-third crime novel (and one
of her own favourites) was serialised in 1942 for the American Collier's Weekly magazine, then was issued
as Moving Finger in Britain in the Woman's Pictorial
later that year.
The Moving Finger (the third Marple mystery) was
adapted twice by the BBC (for TV in 1985 and radio
in 2001), then for this ITV production, which first
screened in February 2006. 
Geraldine McEwan (1932-2015) again portrayed
the amateur sleuth from St. Mary Mead in her sixth
drama, which was repeated again on ITV3 today, 
and featured these seventeen Doctor Who cast 
and crew connections:

  • Jessica Stevenson [now Hynes] (Aimee) played Joan Redfern in Human Nature and The Family of Blood, then (that character's great-grand daughter) Verity Newman (pictured) in The End of Time - she also voiced Glory Bee for Big Finish's Invaders From Mars (2002)
  • Thelma Barlow (Emily Barton) was Lady Thaw in The Lazarus Experiment
  • John Sessions (Pye) provided the voice of Gus for Mummy on the Orient Express, and voiced General Tannis for Death Comes to TimeAmadeus Mozart for 100: My Own Private Wolfgang (BF, 2007), and Roland for Castle of Fear (BF, 2009)
  • Emilia Fox (Joanna Burton) voiced Berenice for Nevermore (BF, 2010) and Lady Winters for The Gunpowder Plot
  • James D'Arcy (Jerry Burton) voiced Michael for Paradise 5 (BF, 2010)
  • Talulah Riley (Megan) was Miss Evangelista in Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead
  • Imogen Stubbs (Mona) voiced Isabella Clerkwell for The Diary of River Song (BF, 2016)
  • Sean Pertwee (Griffith) made a cameo appearance in The Five(ish) Doctors
  • Stephen Churchett (in a recurring role as the Coroner) was Billy in Attack of the Cybermen
  • stunt double Rick English was a stunt performer on Tooth and Claw
  • Garry Dawson also worked on stand-by props for Cold War and The Crimson Horror
  • executive producer Damien Timmer and Nigel Squibbs (dubbing mixer) both worked on An Adventure in Space and Time too
  • second assistant director Scott Bates was the first assistant on Listen, Time HeistKill the Moon, Mummy on the Orient Express and Last Christmas
  • Dai Hopkins was also the grip on Love & MonstersLet's Kill Hitler and The Wedding of River Song
  • VFX supervisors Simon Blackledge and Matt Wood both worked on A Town Called Mercy and The Power of Three, and Wood also supervised The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe

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