Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Doctor Who Vs. The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

This British film was produced, directed
and co-written by legendary Hollywood
film-maker Billy Wilder (1906-2002).
Robert Stephens (1931-1995), Colin
Blakely (1930-1987) and Christopher
Lee (1922-2015) portrayed Holmes,
Watson and Mycroft respectively.
Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss 
have credited the relationship between
Holmes and Watson seen here as their
inspiration when they created Sherlock.
Released by United Artists in late 1971,
the cult film was shown again on TCM
yesterday, and featured eleven Doctor 
Who cast connections:

  • Christopher Gable (Danseur Nobel) played Sharaz Jek in The Caves of Androzani
  • Graham Armitage (Wiggins) was Barney in (episode 1 of) The Macra Terror
  • Michael Elwyn (Cassidy) was Lt. Algernon Thomas Alfred Ffinch in The Highlanders
  • James Copeland (Guide) was Selris in The Krotons
  • Godfrey James (Carter) was Tarn in Underworld
  • Robert Cawdron (Manager) was Taltalian in The Ambassadors of Death
  • Kenneth Benda (Minister here; Butler in The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother) was the Minister in The Claws of Axos
  • Philip Anthony (Lieutenant here; PC Walters, Wisteria Lodge) was Roald in The Daleks' Master Plan (1)
  • Eric Francis (Gravedigger here; Magruder in Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Case of Magruder's Murder; Merriman in The Baker Street Boys: The Adventure of the Disappearing Dispatch Case) was the First Elder in The Sensorites
  • Willie Shearer (Submariner) was a Chumblie in Galaxy 4
  • John Scott Martin (Scientist) was a stalwart of the classic series, with appearances in seventy-six episodes (usually as a Dalek operator) from The Web Planet to Remembrance of the Daleks

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