Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Wycliffe, Series 1

HTV (Harlech Television until 2004, and now ITV Cymru/Wales and ITV West Country) produced this police procedural drama based on the crime novels of William John Burley (1914-2002).
Between 1968 and 2000, Burley penned twenty-two traditional whodunnits - all were set in his native Cornwall and featured detective Charles Wycliffe. 
The programme was filmed in the historic county, with a production office based in Truro, and the cast was led by Leeds born actor Jack Shepherd (as DCS Wycliffe, pictured centre), Jimmy Yuill (DI Kersey), and Helen Masters (DI Lane).
The Cambridge Companion to Crime Fiction (2003) notes that Wycliffe was just
one of a group of 1990's crime dramas that contrasted older detectives with their younger colleagues who are not only better equipped with newer techniques,
but are more politically correct (see Inspector Morse and A Touch of Frost). Regionally based series like Wycliffe were the opposite of socially realist fare 
like Cracker and Prime Suspect.
Following a pilot episode, the show endured for five series from 1994 to 1998, and won an RTS award for best TV theme. All the mysteries in the first season were adapted from seven of Burley's books, whilst all later stories were original screenplays.
Another repeat run of the seven-part series began on ITV3 today, and 
featured thirty-two Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

Pilot: The Cycle of Death (UK TX: August 7 1993/Published 1990)
  • Pennant Roberts was also the director of The Face of EvilThe Sun MakersThe Pirate PlanetThe Five DoctorsWarriors of the Deep, Timelash and the VHS release of Shada
  • Lucy Fleming (Helen) voiced Alice Donelly for Big Finish's UNIT: Encounters (2017)
  • John Cater (Glynn) was Professor Krimpton in The War Machines 
  • Siri Neal (Christine) voiced Ruth for Unbound: Full Fathom Five (BF, 2003)
  • Tim Munro (Sergeant Fox) was Ainu in The Creature from the Pit, and Sigurd in Terminus
  • Herbert Rees (Dr. Rees) was the Chief Engineer in Fury from the Deep, Captain Ransom in The War Games, and John Stevenson in The Seeds of Doom 
  • April Walker (Florence) was originally cast as Sarah Jane Smith in 1973, and even attended rehearsals for The Time Warrior
  • John Robinson was also the grip on ninety-six adventures (from Rose to The Husbands of River Song) and Torchwood
  • Steve Slocombe was also the electrician on sixty-five stories (from Army of Ghosts to Death in Heaven)
The Four Jacks (UK TX: July 24 1994/Published 1985)
  • Bill Nighy (Cleeve) was Dr. Black in Vincent and the Doctor
  • Nicholas Gecks (Surgeon) was Albert Dumfries in The Sound of Drums
  • Georgine Anderson (Barbara) was May Cassini in Gridlock
  • Pandora Colin (Millie) voiced Fash for Prisoner of the Sun (BF, 2011)
  • series script supervisor Elaine Matthews held that post on The Girl Who Waited and The God Complex
The Dead Flautist (UK TX: July 31/Published 1991)
  • Kenneth Watson (Carter) was Craddock in Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD, and Bill Duggan in The Wheel in Space
  • Mary Wimbush (Mrs Christopher) was Aunt Lavinia Smith in K9 and Company
  • Jeremy Clyde (Bottrell) voiced George Sinclair for Doom Coalition 3 (BF, 2016)
  • David Bamber (Bottrell) 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)
  • Dee Sadler (WPC) was Flowerchild in The Greatest Show in the Galaxy
The Scapegoat (UK TX: August 7/Published 1978)
  • Susan Penhaligon (Mariah) was Lakis in (episodes 5 and 6 of) The Time Monster
  • series make-up designer Barbara Southcott also worked on eighty-seven instalments (from The Runaway Bride to the recent Christmas special), and Music of the Spheres
The Tangled Web (UK TX: August 14/Published 1988)
  • Robert Demeger (Clemo) was the Preacher in The Shakespearre Code
  • Eric Deacon (Innes) was Mykros in Timelash
  • Richenda Carey (Jane) voiced Alexis Linfoot for Plague of the Daleks (BF, 2009), Gliss for Prisoners of the Sun (BF, 2011), Sister Frances Beckett for The Cloisters of Terror (BF, 2015), and Mother Finsey for The Transcendence of Ephros (BF, 2016)
The Last Rites (UK TX: August 21/Published 1992)
  • Jeff Rawle (Jordan) was Plantagenet in Frontios, Lionel Harding in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Mona Lisa's Revenge, and Mervyn Pinfield in An Adventure in Space and Time
  • Nigel Terry (Vinter) was General Cobb in The Doctor's Daughter
  • Ellie Haddington (Katherine) was Professor Docherty in Last of the Time Lords
  • Julia Deakin (Stephanie) voiced Harriet Griffin for Terror Firma (BF, 2005)
  • Geoffrey Leesley (Glynn) voiced Paramount Minister Mortun for Arrangements for War (BF, 2004), and Harold for Serpent Crest: The Broken Crown (AudioGo, 2011)
The Pea Green Boat (UK TX: August 28/Published 1975)
  • Barry Jackson (Greaves) was Ascaris in The Romans, Jeff Garvey in Mission to the Unknown, and Drax in The Armageddon Factor
  • David Westhead (Tremaine) was Kempe in The Shakespeare Code
  • Brigit Forsyth (Ella) was Ruth Maxtible in The Evil of the Daleks

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