Monday, 20 March 2017

Doctor Who Vs. SS-GB

Based on the 1978 novel by espionage author Len Deighton, BBC One's latest period drama centred on the alternative-history scenario that the RAF lost the Battle of Britain in 1940. Nazi Germany's subsequent invasion, Operation Sea Lion, was successful and the British government surrendered. Churchill was executed in Berlin, King George VI was imprisoned in the Tower of London, the Royal Family escaped abroad, and parliament governed in exile from Washington DC.
The story's title refers to the branch of the Nazi SS that now controls the UK. Here, Scotland Yard detective Douglas Archer (played by Sam Riley) investigates a murder with links to the German authorities, the British Resistance and American plans for
the atomic bomb.
The five-part series concluded last night -
co-stars James Cosmo (as DS Harry Woods), Kate Bosworth, Aneurin Barnard, and Jason Flemyng were joined by eighteen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Christina Cole (Mrs. Sheenan) was Lilith in The Shakespeare Code
  • Nicholas Farrell (Benson) was Brian Green PM in Torchwood: Children of Earth, and voiced Gammades for Time Reef, Phil for A Perfect World (BF, both 2008), Captain Frank for Last of the Cybermen (BF, 2015)
  • Julian Rhind Tutt (Staines) voiced Lexhan for The Paradise of Death 
  • Danny Webb (Garin) was Mr. Jefferson in The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit, then voiced Byron for The Girl Who Never Was (BF, 2007), and Ori for The Dark Husband (BF, 2008)
  • Kit Connor (Bob), Mike Pinfield (stand-in), Louis Burnett (assistant graphic designer), and Emma Collinson (location assistant) all worked on An Adventure in Space and Time (as the uncredited Charlie, Party Guest, art dept. trainee and unit manager respectively)
  • producer Patrick Schweitzer was the line produced thirteen stories (from The Eleventh Hour to The Big Bang)
  • Antonia Grant was also the location manager on The Sound of Drums and Last of the Time Lords
  • set decorator Adrian Greenwood was the production buyer on twelve episodes (from Asylum of the Daleks and The Name of the Doctor)
  • Steve Robinson was also the first assistant director on The Beast Below and Victory of the Daleks
  • Jade Poole was also SFX co-ordinator on seventeen adventures (from In the Forest of the Night to Series 10 and Class)
  • SFX technicians Dominic Allan and Gerry Glynn worked on seven and eight stories respectively (from The Snowmen to The Crimson Horror, and Kill the Moon to The Return of Doctor Mysterio and Class)
  • VFX supervisor Adam Rowland was 2D artist/compositor on twekve episodes (from The Runaway Bride to Last of the Time Lords)
  • stuntmen Dean Forster, Stephen Walsh and co-ordinator Andy Smart all worked on the revived run

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