Sunday, 9 April 2017

Doctor Who Vs. The Railway Children

Shown again on ITV3 today, this much-loved period drama was based on the classic children's novel by Edith Nesbit (1858-1924). 
In The Railway Children (published
 in 1906), three Edwardian siblings embark on a series of adventures 
when they are forced to move from London to Yorkshire (after their father 
is wrongly accused of treason).
The story has been adapted for
television four times by the BBC
(in 1951 and the 1957 run was 
reworked in 1958), then by Carlton 
TV in 2000. The 1968 adaptation 
starred Jenny Agutter as Bobbie 
who was later cast in the cinematic
 remount. A BBC Radio 4 play and 
stage musical followed in 1991 
and 2005.
Scripted and directed by Lionel
Jeffries, the film was released to great acclaim in 1970, and starred 
Bernard Cribbins (pictured as porter Albert Perks) and seven other 
Doctor Who cast connections:

  • Dinah Sheridan (Mrs. Waterbury) played Chancellor Flavia in The Five Doctors
  • William Mervyn (Old Gentleman) was Sir Charles Summer in The War Machines
  • Iain Cuthbertson (Charles Waterbury) was Garron in The Ribos Operation
  • Jenny Agutter (Roberta 'Bobbie' Faraday) voiced Sekhmet for Big Finish's The Bride of Peladon (2008)
  • Erik Chitty (Photographer) was Charles Preslin in The Massacre: War of God, and Co-ordinator Engin in The Deadly Assassin
  • Dominic Allan (CID Man) was a Policeman in (episode 5 of) The Invasion
  • Richard Leech (Doctor) was Gatherer Hade in The Sun Makers
The BBC's eight-part series of 1957 featured Anneke Wills (as Bobbie), 
and seven other Doctor Who links:
  • Cavan Kendall (Peter) and Ivor Salter (Driver) both later appeared in The Myth Makers, as Achilles and Odysseus respectively - Salter was also the Morok Commander in The Space Museum, and Sergeant Markham in Black Orchid
  • John Baskcomb (Blacksmith) was Rossini in Terror of the Autons
  • Alan Curtis (Farmhand) was Major Green in The War Machines
  • Ysanne Churchman (Ruth) provided the voice of Alpha Centauri for both Peladon adventures, and voiced the titular villains for Planet of the Spiders
  • Leonard Kingston (Extea) was a Militiaman in The Smugglers (4)
  • Peter Sargent was also film cameraman on The Power of the Daleks, (part 1 of) The Curse of Peladon, and The Sea Devils
The seven-part version of 1968 (placed 96th in the BFI's 100 Greatest British Television Programmes poll of 2000) was directed by Julia Smith and starred another eight Doctor Who guest actors:
  • Gordon Gostelow (Perks) was Milo Clancey in The Space Pirates
  • John Ringham (Dr. Forrest) was Tlotoxl in The Aztecs, Josiah Blake inThe Smugglers, and Ashe in Colony in Space
  • Frederick Treves (Father) was Lieutenant Brotadac in Meglos
  • Mary Healey (Ruth) was a Killjoy in (part 1 of) The Happiness Patrol
  • Bart Allison (Signalman) was Maximus Pettulian in The Romans: The Slave Traders
  • Roy Denton (Valuer) was a Tribesman in 100,000 BC: The Cave of Skulls, and an Extra in The Silurians (6)
  • Colin Douglas (Farmer) was Donald Bruce in The Enemy of the World, and Reuben in Horror of Fang Rock
  • Will Stampe (Driver) was the First Man in The Massacre: Priest of Death
Agutter even appeared in ITV's dramatisation (now as Bobbie's mother), 
opposite Sir Richard Attenborough, Geoffrey Beevers and these six further 
Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
  • director Catherine Morshead and writer Simon Nye both later held the same posts on Amy's Choice, the former also helmed The Lodger
  • Howard Burden was also the costume designer on twenty-eight adventures, from Asylum of the Daleks to the present
  • Jemima Rooper (Bobbie) voiced Izzy Sinclair for The Company of Friends (BF, 2009)
  • David Bamber (Dr. Forrest) was Captain Quell in Mummy on the Orient Express, and voiced Emperor Constantine for The Council of Nicaea (BF, 2005), and both Colonel Ulrik and Whitmore for The Four Doctors (BF, 2010)
  • JJ Field (Jim) voiced David McCallister for Blue Forgotten Planet (BF, 2009)

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