Monday, 26 June 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Coronation Street, Part 1: 1960/61


"There was life before Coronation Street but it didn't add up to much."
- Russell Harty

"Manchester produces what to me is the Pickwick Papers. That is to 
say, Coronation Street, I live for it. Thank God. Half past seven 
tonight and I shall be in paradise" - Sir John Betjeman

Shown again on ITV3 last night, the BBC Four drama The Road to Coronation Street documented the creation of ITV's long-running soap opera, from 
inception (as Florizel Street in 1959) to first transmission a year later.
Set mainly at Granada Studios in Manchester, the biopic told the true story
of Tony Warren (born Anthony Simpson in 1936, and played here by David Dawson), a struggling actor and scriptwriter who envisaged a programme 
that depicted normal, working-class life in a Salford terraced street.
After an initial commission to write thirteen pilot episodes, Warren contributed 
to the soap - affectionately known as Corrie - until 1978, and even made a
cameo appearance in the show's fiftieth anniversary live edition in 2010.
Based in the fictional Northern town of Weatherfield, Corrie debuted with a
live episode on Friday December 9th 1960, and within three months was
Britain's most watched TV programme and a national institution.
The show's first year on air included scripts from future Doctor Who writer
Barbara Clegg, guest starred former actor Barry Letts (in two episodes 
as Wentworth), and featured twenty-four other cast connections:

  • Alan Rothwell (David Barlow, 1960-1968) voiced Janto for Big Finish's The Twilight Kingdom (2004)
  • Daphne Oxenford (Esther Hayes, 1960-1972) was the Archivist in Dragonfire
  • Cyril Luckham (Dr. Tinsley) was the White Guardian from The Ribos Operation to Enlightenment
  • Frank Crawshaw (Arnold Tanner, 1961) was Arnold Farrow in Planet of Giants
  • Campbell Singer (Mason) and Reg Lever (Davies) both appeared in The Celestial Toymaker - Singer was Joey the Clown, the King of Hearts and Sergeant Rugg, and Lever was the Joker in The Hall of Dolls   
  • Graham Rigby (Thief here; Whitehead, 1963; Lambert, 1965/66; Wardle, 1995) was Larry Madison in The Dalek Invasion of Earth
  • Bryan Mosley (Alf Roberts, 1961-1999) had two parts in The Daleks' Master Plan - he was a Prop Man in The Feast of Steven, and Malpha in The Abandoned Planet
  • Fulton Mackay (Dr. Graham) was Dr. Quinn in The Silurians
  • Angela Douglas (Eunice) was Doris Lethbridge-Stewart in Battlefield
  • John Collin (Snape here; Pickens, 1969; and Stringer, 1979) was Brock in The Leisure Hive
  • Robin Wentworth (Dewhurst here; and Greaves, 1969) was Professor Horner in the first episode of The Daemons
  • Donald Morley (Fletcher here; and Bolton, 1974) and Keith Anderson (Constable) both appeared in The Reign of Terror - as Jules Renan and Robespierre respectively
  • Kenneth Cope (Jed Stone, 1961-63, 1966, 2008-09) was Packard in Warriors' Gate
  • Phillip Anthony (Pilkington) was Roald in The Daleks' Master Plan: The Nightmare Begins
  • Keith Marsh (Foreman here; Chippendale, 1966; Marsden, 1980; and Uncle Mervyn, 1999) was Conway in Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD
  • Neville Barber (Marsden) was Dr. Cook in The Time Monsters
  • Steve Plytas (Leo) was Wigner in The Tenth Planet
  • Anne Reid (Valerie Tatlock/Barlow, 1961-1971) was Nurse Crane in The Curse of Fenric, and Florence the Plasmavore in Smith and Jones
  • Jack Woolgar (Stallholder here; and Noblett, 1970) was Staff Sergeant Arnold in The Web of Fear
  • Harold Goldblatt (Riley) was Professor Dale in (episodes 3 and 4 of) Frontier in Space
  • Bernard Kay (Foster) was Carl Tyler in The Dalek Invasion of Earth, Saladin in The Crusade, Inspector Crossland in The Faceless Ones, and Caldwell in Colony in Space, and later voiced Major Dickens for Night Thoughts (BF, 2006)
  • Stratford Johns (Powell) was Monarch in Four to Doomsday
First shown in September 2010, The Road to Coronation Street also 
featured another six Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
  • Lynda Baron (Violet Carson) recorded The Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon (sung off screen) for The Gunfighters way back in 1966, then was Captain Wrack in Enlightenment, then Val in Closing Time 
  • Steven Berkoff (Sidney Bernstein) provided the voice of the Shakri in The Power of Three
  • Celia Imrie (Doris Speed) was Miss Kizlet in The Bells of Saint John, and voiced Dr. Elizabeth Bradley for Counter Measures (BF, 2013), then Madame Tissot for Gallery of Ghouls, and Livia for Gallifrey: Enemy Lines (both 2016)
  • Tim Palmer was also the cinematographer on Let's Kill HitlerThe Wedding of River Song and Nightmare in Silver
  • Thomas Alibone was assistant director on An Adventure in Space and Time too
  • Adam Green also edited The Girl Who Died, The Woman Who Lived and The Husbands of River Song

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