Saturday, 29 April 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: 4:50 From Paddington

Agatha Christie's seventh Miss Marple mystery, her 
forty-ninth novel, was published in Britain in 1957, 
and was issued as What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw in 
The book was adapted in 1961 for MGM's first Miss 
Marple feature film Murder She Said (Margaret 
Rutherford's Jane co-starred with the BBC's future incarnation, Joan Hickson) and was first dramatised 
for television in 1987. BBC1's ninth Marple serial 
originally aired on Christmas Day. An ITV version 
followed in 2004.
Repeated again on the Alibi channel today, the 
mystery featured Tom Wilkinson (as DI Neele), 
Selina Cadell (Mary), and eleven Doctor Who cast 
and crew connections:

  • production designer Raymond Cusick realised Terry Nation's vision of the Daleks, and designed forty-one early epsiodes
  • Maurice Denham (Luther) played Azmael (pictured) in The Twin Dilemma, and voiced the President for The Paradise of Death
  • Rhoda Lewis (Mrs Brogan) was Marta in State of Decay
  • Joanna David (Emma) voiced Mrs Audley for Serpent Crest: The Broken Crown (AudioGo, 2011)
  • Andrew Burt (Dr Quimper) was Valgard in Terminus
  • John Hallam (Cedric) was Light in Ghost Light
  • Richard Ashley (Sergeant) was an Orderly in Frontios
  • Jean Boht (Madame Joliet) voiced Hilda Schofield for Big Finish's Afterlife (2013)
  • Katy Jarrett (Mary) was an Extra in (part 1 of) The Horns of Nimon, a Tourist in Silver Nemesis (1), and a Maid in Ghost Light (1)
  • Patricia Greenland was also production assistant on Full Circle and Logopolis
  • make-up designer Sylvia Thornton was a make-up artist on The Android Invasion
  • for regular series production crew members George Gallaccio (producer), John Walker (cinematographer) and Bernard Ashby (editor) see my blog for The Body in the Library
  • for Judy Pepperdine (costume designer) and Malcolm Campbell (recordist) see my blog for Sleeping Murder
BBC Radio 4's treatment of 4.50 From Paddington was first broadcast in
March 1997, and the cast included June Whitfield and:
  • Joan Sims (Mrs. McGillicuddy) was Katryca in The Mysterious Planet
  • Susannah Harker (Lucy) voiced Clare Keightley for Shada (BF, 2003)
  • John Woodnutt (Luther) was George Hibbert in Spearhead from Space, the Draconian Emperor in Frontier in Space, the Duke of Forgill and Broton in Terror of the Zygons, and Seron in The Keeper of Traken

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