Sunday, 16 April 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Carry On Up the Khyber

The sixteenth instalment in the Carry On franchise was released in 1968, and is now widely considered one of the best entries in the run.
Regular series actors Sid James (as
Sir Sydney Ruff Diamond), Kenneth Williams (the Khasi of Kalabar), Charles Hawtrey (Private Widdle), Joan Sims (Lady Joan), Bernard Bresslaw (Bungit Din) and Peter Butterworth (Belcher) were joined by Angela Douglas (Princess Jelhi) in her fourth and final series role. Terry Scott (Sgt. Major MacNutt) returned after a minor role in Carry On Sergeant.
The comedy was a spoof of  the Kiplingesque portrayal of life in the British Raj,
and the Highland infantry (the Third Foot and Mouth Regiment) was inspired
by the epic British war film Zulu (1964). In typical risqué tradition, the film's
title (Khyber Pass) is rhyming-slang for arse.
The film (the second most popular release at the UK box office in 1969) was
shown today for ITV3's Easter Carry On season, and featured Roy Castle
(as romantic lead Captian Keene) and twelve Doctor Who cast connections:

  • Castle (1932-1994) played Ian Chesterton in Dr. Who and the Daleks
  • David Spenser ( was Thonmi in The Abominable Snowmen
  • Derek Sydney (Major Domo) was Sevcheria in The Romans
  • Steven Scott (Guard) was Kebble in The Power of the Daleks
  • John Hallam (Burpa) was Light in Ghost Light
  • for Wanda Ventham (Wife) and Peter Gilmore (Ginger Hale) see Carry On Cleo
  • Dinny Powell (Burpa) was a stuntman on (episode 1 of) Terror of the Autons, and was a Guard in both The Curse of Peladon (4) and Genesis of the Daleks (3)
  • for Julian Holloway (Shorthouse) and Simon Cain (Soldier) see Carry On At Your Convenience
  • for Harry Fielder (Burpa) see Carry On Abroad
  • for Aileen Lewis (Spectator) see Carry On Cruising

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