Sunday, 30 April 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: The Body in the Library

Agatha Christie's second Marple mystery
(her thirty-first novel) was published in 
1942, and was the first story adapted for 
the BBC's acclaimed Miss Marple TV series. 
After appearing in the stage version of Christie's Appointment With Death in 1945,
Joan Hickson (1906-1998) received a note
from the writer that read "I hope one day
you will play my dear Miss Marple."
The Body in the Library was first shown
over three consecutive nights at Christmas 1984, and introduced Hickson in the 
definitive portrayal of Marple (she had 
starred opposite Margaret Rutherford's 
Jane Marple in Murder She Said in 1961).
The Hampshire village of Nether Wallop doubled as the fictional St. Mary Mead, and the series endured until 1992. The serial was shown again on the Alibi channel yesterday, and featured fifteen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Moray Watson (Bantry) played Sir Robert Muir in Black Orchid
  • Valentine Dyall (Lorrimer) first appeared as the Black Guardian in The Armageddon Factor, then the trilogy of season 20 stories
  • Frederick Jaeger (Colonel Melchett) was Jano (pictured) in The Savages, Sorenson in Planet of Evil, and Professor Marius in The Invisible Enemy
  • Hugh Walters (Prescott) was William Shakespeare in The Chase, Runcible in The Deadly Assassin, Vogel in Revelation of the Daleks, and voiced Roderick Allingham for Big Finish's The Fearmonger (2000)
  • Keith Drinkel (Gaskell) was Roger Scobie in Time Flight, and voiced Henry Hallam for Catch 1782 (BF, 2005), and the Cinder for Frostfire (BF, 2007)
  • Martyn Read (McLean) was a Security Guard in Silver Nemesis
  • Stephen Churchett (Reeve) was Bill in Attack of the Cybermen
  • Astra Sheridan (Pamela) was a Yellow Kang in Paradise Towers
  • Karen Seacombe (Florrie) was Sandra in The Lodger, and Meg in The Woman Who Lived
  • Arthur Bostrom (Bartlett) voiced Arken for Scaredy Cat (BF, 2005)
  • for cinematographer John Walker and film recordist Bill Chesneau, see my blog for A Pocketful of Rye
  • Bernard Ashby was also the editor on Arc of Infinity
  • Austin Ruddy designed The Face of Evil too
  • Jan Wright was also costume designer on The Two Doctors
The cast of the BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of The Body in the Library (May 1999) was again led by June Whitfield, with classic era co-stars:
  • Ricahard Todd (Melchett) played Sanders in Kinda
  • Graham Crowden (Clithering) was Soldeed in The Horns of Nimon
  • Jack Watling (Bantry) was Professor Travers in The Abominable SnowmenThe Web of Fear, and the video spin-off Downtime

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