Monday, 17 April 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Jonathan Creek Specials

The first festive Jonathan Creek special followed the
 show's second series, whilst the next special came
almost two years after the third (and most successful) season. Both stories were produced by Verity Lambert,
and the latter tale starred Mary Tamm (as Vivian Brodie). The next pair of specials aired after a five-year
 hiatus - a New Year mystery introduced a new assistant
for Creek, Joey Ross, played by Sheridan Smith.
Her Big Finish co-star Paul McGann, guest starred in
The Judas Tree (as Hugo Dore). An Easter special was broadcast in 2013, and a fifth, full series aired in early
2014. The most recent episode, Daemons Roost, was
shown last December.
For Stuart Milligan (as Adam Klaus) and returning series
crew members (Dave Chapman, John Asbridge, Terry
Elms, Chris Lawson, and Steve Whyment), and their
Doctor Who links, see my first Creek blog.
Another repeat run of these five feature-length mysteries concluded on the
Drama channel last night, and featured a total of twenty-eight other Doctor 
Who cast and crew connections: 

Black Canary (UK TX: Christmas Eve 1998)
  • Hannah Gordon (Marella) played Kirsty McLaren (pictured) in The Highlanders, and voiced Skagra's Ship for Big Finish's Shada
  • Vincent Wong (Pan Duc Lao) was Ho in The Talons of Weng Chiang
  • Sanjeev Bhaskar (Doctor) was Colonel Ahmed in Death in Heaven, and voiced Dr. Avishka Sangakkara for The Eight Truths and Worldwide Web (BF, both 2009)
Satan's Chimney (UK TX: Boxing Day 2001)
  • series regular Julia Sawalha (introduced here as Carla Borrego) was Emma in The Curse of Fatal Death
  • Steven Berkoff (Grole) provided the voice of the Shakri in The Power of Three
  • comedian Bill Bailey (as semi-regular character Kenny Starkiss) was Harvester Droxil in The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
  • James Saxon (Bulstrode) was Oscar Botcherby in The Two Doctors
  • Elliot Cowan (Tom) voiced Gark for The Fifth Traveller (BF, new for 2016)
The Grinning Man (TX: New Years Day 2009)
  • Eloise Rakic Platt (Constance) was Ella in Forest of the Dead
  • Adam James (Alec) was DI Macmillan in Planet of the Dead
  • Nicholas Boulton (Gessler) was a Businessman in Gridlock
  • Katherine Parkinson (Nicola) voiced Danika Meanwhile for The Death Collectors (BF, 2008)
  • Deborah MacLaren (Ellen) was Kistane in Utopia
  • Andrew Havill (Narrator) was the Chief Steward in Voyage of the Damned, and voiced both Aleister Portillon and Squire Claude for The Witch From the Well (BF, 2011)
  • Kim McGarrity was also a stunt performer on The Empty ChildThe Doctor DancesBoom TownThe Christmas Invasion, and New Earth too
  • stunt double Lucinda 'Bean' Peel also performed stunts on Father's Day then Night Terrors
The Judas Tree (UK TX: Easter Sunday 2010)
  • Ian McNeice (Alberic) was Winston Churchill in Victory of the Daleks and The Wedding of River Song (a role reprised by Big Finish for The Churchill Years), and voiced Zeus for Immortal Beloved (2007) and Reginald Harcourt for The Renaissance Man (2012)
  • Sasha Behar (Harriet Dore) was Sister Spurrina in The Fires of Pompeii
  • Natalie Walter (Emily) was Donna's friend Alice in Turn Left
  • Sean Buckley (Old Man) was the Barman in The Wedding of River Song
  • Belinda McGinley was also a stunt performer on Amy's Choice and The Girl Who Waited
The Clue of the Savant's Thumb (UK TX: April 1 2013)
  • Joanna Lumley (Rosalind) was the Doctor's female incarnation, also in The Curse of Fatal Death
  • Nigel Planer (Tartikoff) was Vorgenson for the Doctor Who Live arena tour
  • Abigail McKern (Beth) voiced Denise Waterford for A Thousand Tiny Wings (BF, 2010), and Felicia for both The Romance of Crime and The English Way of Death (BF, 2015)
  • James Buller (DS Cudlipp) appeared as Clara's Dad in The Rings of Akhaten and The Time of the Doctor
  • Mark Frost (Brad) voiced Shandar for Requiem for the Rocket Men (BF, 2015), and Niccolo Machiavelli for The Ravelli Conspiracy (BF, 2016)
  • make-up effects maker Dan Frye was a Millennium FX technician on Cold WarJourney to the Centre of the TARDIS and The Name of the Doctor
  • Crispin Layfield was also a stuntman and co-ordinator on fifty revived instalments (from Father's Day to The Day of the Doctor)

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