Sunday, 9 April 2017

Doctor Who Vs. An American Werewolf in London

Released by Universal in 1981, this
British comic-horror film is now
regarded as an influential cult classic.
First drafted in 1969 by John Landis
(born 1950), the successful comedy
director eventually secured a $10
million budget for his werewolf script
in 1980. Shot mainly in the UK, the
atmospheric opening location scenes -
set on the Yorkshire moors - were filmed in the Welsh borders, and many other impressive set pieces were recorded in famous London locales.
The real star of the production however, has to be Rick Baker's transformation effects, which earned him the inaugural Best Make-up Oscar.
The metamorphosis sequence has inspired the whole genre since - from music video Thriller (1983) to feature film Dog Soldiers (2002) and television dramas Being Human (2008-13) and Doctor Who: Tooth and Claw (2006).  
An American Werewolf in London (voted the 107th greatest movie of all time by Empire in 2008) starred David Naughton and Griffin Dunne as  American backpackers David Kessler and Jack Goodman. Shown on Film4 last night, the 
film also featured thirty-two Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Jenny Agutter (Alex Price) voiced Sekhmet for Big Finish's The Bride of Peladon (2008)
  • John Woodvine (Dr. Hirsch) played the Marshall of Atrios in The Armageddon Factor, and voiced the titular scientist for Doom Coalition: The Galileo Trap (BF, 2015)
  • David Schofield (Darts Player) voiced Billy for Death in Blackpool (BF, 2009) and Nostradamus for The Doomsday Quatrain (BF, 2011), then appeared in The Girl Who Died as Odin
  • Paddy Ryan (Werewolf) was a Kaled Scientist in Genesis of the Daleks
  • Brian Glover (Chess Player [named George Hackett in the BBC radio adaptation of 1997]) was Griffiths in Attack of the Cybermen
  • Don McKillop (DI Villiers) and John Owens (Policeman) both appeared in The Daemons, as Bert and Thorpe respectively
  • Albert Moses (Porter) was an Indian Sailor in Carnival of Monsters
  • Gordon Sterne (Kessler) was Professor Heldorf in The Ambassadors of Death, and according to IMDB, he was to play a Cyberman in The Moonbase but was replaced by Peter Greene
  • Michael Carter (Bringsley) was a Prisoner and a UNIT Soldier in The Mind of Evil
  • Keith Hodiak (Policeman) was the Raston Warrior Robot in The Five Doctors
  • John Cannon (Policeman) was a Miner in The Monster of Peladon, Elgin in The Hand of Fear, a Trog in Underworld, a Technician in The Pirate Planet, a Guard in both serial 5F and The Creature from the Pit, the Helmsman in Enlightenment, a Servant in The King's Demons, and was also an Extra in The Talons of Weng-Chiang and Time Flight
  • Harry Fielder (Man), another veteran of the 'classic' series, had parts as a Guard (in serials PP, ZZZ, 4L, 4P, 5A, 5F, 5Z), a Crewman (SS, 4T), a Vogan (4D), an Assassin (4Q), a Tigellan (5Q), and a Krarg for the unfinished Shada
  • Laurie Goode (Porter) was a Mutt in The Mutants, a Time Lord in The Invasion of Time, a Bandit in The Creature from the Pit, a Tigellan in Meglos, a Sailor in Enlightenment, and a UNIT trooper in Battlefield
  • Ralph Morse (Punk) was a Foster in The Keeper of Traken
  • Terry Walsh (Taxi Driver) was a stunt/fight arranger, stunt double and uncredited extra on a total  of seventy instalments of the original run (from The Smugglers to The Creature from the Pit)
  • stunt performers Marc Boyle, Tracey Eddon, Gareth Milne, Valentino Musetti, Ken Barker, Sue Crosland, Peter Diamond, Terry Forrestal, Fred Haggerty, Nick Hobbs, Billy Horrigan, Arthur Howell, Alf Joint, Greg Powell, Rocky Taylor and Nick Wilkinson all worked on the classic series

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