Sunday, 7 May 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Bleak House (2005)

Considered one of Charles Dickens' (1812-1870) 
finest works, Bleak House was originally published
in twenty monthly instalments in 1852/53. 
The writer's fourteenth novel is also cited as amongst the earliest forms of fiction to include 
a major role for a detective.
The first television reworking of Bleak House was produced by the BBC in 1959, then again in 1985.
A third version (the winner of five BAFTAs and two Emmy awards and double Golden Globe nominee)
was first broadcast on BBC One from October to December 2005. PBS stations screened the drama
in America in 2006 and 2007, and another repeat
run began on the Drama channel today.
 The Radio Times marked the bicentenary of
Dickens' birth with a poll to find the best
adaptation of his novels, and the most recent
Bleak House series was voted the best ever Dickens tale for TV.
The cast for this fifteen-part series was led by Charles Dance, Denis Lawson,
Ian Richardson, Patrick Kennedy, Hugo Speer, Nathaniel Parker, Alun Armstrong, Richard Harrington and The X Files actress Gillian Anderson, and featured 
Catherine Tate (pictured as Mrs. Chadbond) and thirty-one other Doctor 
Who cast and crew connections:

  • script editor Caroline Skinner was co-executive producer on the revived run (from The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe to The Name of the Doctor), An Adventure in Space and Time and The Doctors Revisited
  • Anna Maxwell Martin (Esther Summerson) was Suki Macrae Cantrell (the alias of Eva St. Julienne) in The Long Game, and voiced Maddie Bower for Big Finish's The Diary of River Song 2 (2017)
  • Carey Mulligan (Ada Clare) and Richard Cant (Mercury) both appeared in Blink - as Sally Sparrow and Malcolm Wainwright respectively
  • Tom Georgeson (Clamb) was Kavell in Genesis of the Daleks, and an Inspector in Logopolis
  • Timothy West (Sir Dedlock) voiced Kai Tobias for Phobos (BF, 2007), Ronald Turvey for Cuddlesome (BF, 2008), and Dr. Magnus Soames for House of Blue Fire (BF, 2011)
  • Burn Gorman (Guppy) was Torchwood series regular Owen Harper
  • Pauline Collins (Miss Flite) was Samantha Briggs in The Faceless Ones, then Queen Victoria in Tooth and Claw
  • Phil Davis (Smallweed) was Lucius Petrus Dextrus in The Fires of Pompeii, and voiced Titus for The Cannibalists (BF, 2009)
  • Anne Reid (Miss Rouncewell here; Mrs. Bagnet in the 1985 version) was Nurse Crane in The Curse of Fenric, and Florence Finnegan in Smith and Jones
  • Sherlock actress Louise Brealey (Judy) voiced Charlotte for The Foe from the Future (BF, 2012)
  • Michael Smiley (Squod) voiced Seedleson for Creatures of Beauty (BF, 2003), and was Colonel Morgan Blue in Into the Dalek
  • Peter Guinness (Coroner) and Roberta Taylor (Mrs. Pardiggle) both starred in The Holy Terror (BF, 2000) as Childeric and Berengaria respectively - Guinness also voiced Baron Teufel for The Beast of Orlok (BF, 2009), Rovus for The Star Men (BF, new for 2017), and Mr. Dread for Dreamland
  • Sheila Hancock (Mrs. Guppy) was Helen A in The Happiness Patrol
  • Joanna David (Mrs. Badger) voiced Mrs. Audley for Serpent Crest: The Broken Crown (AudioGo, 2011)
  • Kelly Hunter (Miss Barbary) was the Shadow Architect in The Stolen Earth and The Magician's Apprentice 
  • Matthew Kelly (Turveydrop) voiced Michelangelo for Fallen Angels (BF, new for 2016)
  • Bryan Dick (Prince) voiced the Exec for Theatre of War (BF, 2015)
  • Amelda Brown (Landlady) voiced Margaret for The Adventure Games: The Gunpowder Plot
  • Robert Pugh (Chadbond) was Tony Mack in The Hungry Earth and Cold Blood, and voiced Emmett Burrows for The Diary of River Song 2
  • Anthony Cozens (Usher) was the Concierge in The Husbands of River Song
  • Michelle Tate (Guster) was Abigail in The Crimson Horror
  • Liza Tarbuck (Mrs. Jellyby) voiced Lysette Barclay for Plague of the Daleks (BF, 2009), and Captain Kaliko for The Infinite Quest
  • Rod Arthur (Neckett) was Mr. Parsons in School Reunion
  • stuntman and sword master Richard Bonehill was the Flight Engineer in Time Flight, First Officer in Enlightenment, Guardolier in Timelash, and Guard in both Revelation of the Daleks and Terror of the Vervoids
  • Steve Robinson was also first assistant director on The Beast Below and Victory of the Daleks
  • executive Gordon Ronald was head of production on The Zygon Inversion and The Husbands of River Song
  • Ian Adrian was also a camera operator on The Vampires of VeniceThe Hungry EarthCold BloodVincent and the DoctorThe Lodger and An Adventure in Space and Time 
  • post-production supervisor Beewan Athwell was the VFX producer on fourteen episodes, from A Christmas Carol to The Wedding of River Song
  • Jason Gill was also costume assistant on fourteen stories (from A Christmas Carol to The Wedding of River Song), Space/Time and Death is the Only Answer

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