Saturday, 29 April 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Agatha Christie's Poirot, Series 13

The thirteenth and final series of ITV's
acclaimed period crime drama concluded
with Curtain - based on the Queen of
Crime's last novel. Written in the early
1940's (but only published in 1975 just
before the author's death), Poirot's Last 
Case returned the detective and Captain
Hastings to Styles, the setting of Christie's
 debut novel.
David Suchet reprised his iconic portrayal 
of Hercule Poirot, whilst Hugh Fraser (as 
Hastings), Philip Jackson (Inspector Japp), 
Pauline Moran (Miss Lemon), and Zoe 
Wanamaker (Ariadne Oliver) all returned 
throughout the season.
Another repeat run of the five mysteries 
concluded on ITV Encore last night, and 
featured thirty-six Doctor Who cast and 
crew connections:

Elephants Can Remember
(TX: June 9 2013/Published 1972)
  • Sophie Holt (Extra) depicted actress Jackie Lane (companion Dodo Chaplet) in An Adventure in Space and Time
  • Iain Glen (Willoughby) was Father Octavian in The Time of Angels and Flesh and Stone
  • Annabel Mullion (Lady Ravenscroft) voiced Julia for Big Finish's The English Way of Death (2015)
  • Danny Webb (Garroway) 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)
  • Adrian Lukis (Ravenscroft) voiced Bragg for Cobwebs (BF, 2010), Byzan for The Children of Seth (2011), Professor Jeffrey Broderick for Counter Measures 1 (2012), Harvey Marsh for The Justice of Jalxar, and Sigmund Freud for Jago & Litefoot 6 (both 2013)
  • Marcus Catlin was also first assistant director on The Hungry EarthCold BloodThe Pandorica Opens and The Big Bang
  • Stephanie Carey was also a stunt performer (most recently on The Girl Who Waited)
The Big Four (TX: October 23/Published 1927)
  • co-written by Mark Gatiss and Big Finish actor Ian Hallard (also as Mercutio here)
  • Sarah Parish (Flossie) was the Empress of the Racnoss in The Runaway Bride
  • Peter Symonds (Whalley) was a Soldier in Terror of the Zygons
  • Steven Pacey (Paynter) voiced Trevor for The Zygon Who Fell to Earth (BF, 2008)
  • Teresa Banham (Diana) was the Prison Governor in The End of Time, Part 1
  • James Carroll Jordan (Ryland) voiced both Major Vincent Da Costa and Herger for Shield of the Jotunn (BF, 2015)
  • David Yelland (George, here and Curtain) voiced Walter Pritchett for Doom Coalition 1
  • Nicholas Burns (DI Meadows) was Lord Sutcliffe in Thin Ice
Dead Man's Folly (TX: October 30/Published 1956)
  • Martin Jarvis and Rosalind Ayres (Mr. & Mrs. Warburton) both starred in Jubilee (BF, 2003) as Nigel and Miriam Rochester - Jarvis was also Hilio in The Web Planet, Butler in Invasion of the Dinosaurs, and the Governor in Vengeance on Varos
  • Tom Ellis (DI Bland) was Dr. Thomas Mulligan in Last of the Time Lords 
  • Sam Kelly (Merdell) voiced Eugene Tacitus for Big Finish's The Holy Terror (2000), and Acheron for Return to the Web Planet (2007)
  • Sean Pertwee (Stubbs) made a cameo appearance in The Five(ish) Doctors
  • Rebecca Front (Miss Brewis) was Walsh in The Zygon Invasion, and voiced Major Takol for The Mind's Eye (BF, 2007) and Patricia Walton for The Jupiter Conjunction (BF, 2012)
  • Nicholas Woodeson (DS Hoskins) voiced the Clocksmith for Doom Coalition 3 (BF, 2016)
The Labours of Hercules (TX: November 6/Published 1947)
  • Morven Christie (Elsie) was O'Donnell in Under the Lake and Before the Flood
  • Simon Callow (Dr. Lutz) 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
  • Rupert Evans (Waring) voiced Jack Maddocks for Counter Measures: The Forgotten Village (BF, 2014)
  • Stephen Frost (Chief Inspector) began his TV career as a Tharil in Warriors' Gate
  • Patrick Ryecart (Morgan) was Dr. Crozier in Mindwarp
  • Tom Chadbon (Dr. Burton) was Duggan in City of Death, Merdeen in The Mysterious Planet, and voiced Gordon for No More Lies (2007), and Embery for both The Paradox Planet and Legacy of Death (2016)
  • Orla Brady (Countess) was Tasha Lem in The Time of the Doctor
Curtain (TX: November 13)
  • Hettie Macdonald also directed BlinkThe Doctor's MeditationThe Magician's Apprentice and The Witch's Familiar
  • Shaun Dingwall (Dr. Franklin)  played Pete Tyler in Father's Day, and returned as a parallel version of Pete in Rise of the Cybermen, The Age of Steel and Doomsday
  • Sir John Standing (Luttrell) voiced Fenric for Gods and Monsters (BF, 2012), and Professor Threadstone for Vampire of the Mind (BF, 2016)
  • Anne Reid (Daisy) was Nurse Crane in The Curse of Fenricand Florence Finnegan in Smith and Jones
  • Neil Stuke (curtiss) voiced the titular villain of The Crooked Man (BF, 2014)
  • Sean Clayton was second assistant director on Dalek and Father's Day too

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