Thursday, 8 June 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Jonathan Creek, Series 1

This cult BBC crime drama (expertly blended 
with supernatural mystery and black comedy) began twenty years ago, and ran for four
 irregular series until 2004. These were
followed by five specials, and a fifth series
was broadcast in 2014.
Written and created by David Renwick, the programme won the 1998 BAFTA for Best
Drama Series. The titular lead character,
Creek (played by comedian Alan Davies),
worked for magician, Adam Klaus (Anthony
Head), and was joined in the first three series
by investigative journalist Maddy Magellan (Caroline Quentin),
From Satan's Chimney (Christmas 2001) to
the end of the fourth season, Creek was then
aided in his cases by Carla Borrego (Julia Sawalha), until Joey Ross (Sheridan Smith) worked with Creek in The Grinning Man
 (2009), The Judas Tree (2010), and 
The Clue of the Savant's Thumb (2013).
The first season co-starred Maureen O'BrienGeoffrey Beevers (as Kirsten 
and Spivey, both in part two) and Colin Baker (as Hedley Shale in the opening mystery), whilst later episodes starred Peter Davison and Mary Tamm
Verity Lambert produced the show from series two to four inclusive. 
This five-part series began another repeat run on the Drama channel last night, 
and featured twenty-seven other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

The Wrestler's Tomb (TX: May 10 1997)
  • Head (Klaus) voiced Valentine for Death Comes to Time, and Grayvorn in the three-part Excelis saga for Big Finish (all 2002), before his TV role as Brother Lassar in School Reunion, then voiced Baltazar for The Infinite Quest (Head had auditioned for the part of the Doctor in 1996 and was replaced as Klaus from the next series by revived series co-star Stuart Milligan)
  • Lloyd McGuire (DS Davey) was Lugo in The Face of Evil, and voiced Generalleutnant Tendexter for The Architects of History (BF, 2010)
  • Tim Chipping (Martin) voiced both Grigory [Rasputin] and the Dahensa for The Wanderer (BF, 2012), and both Constable Wolsey and Mandrake for The Widow's Assassin (BF, 2014)
  • John Asbridge (production designer on twenty-four Jonathan Creek stories) designed The Happiness Patrol too
  • regular costume designer Annie Hardinge and make-up designer Vivien Riley both began their TV careers on the classic run, on Vengeance on Varos and The Masque of Mandragora respectively
  • series sound recordist Terry Elms was an assistant on serial 4M too
  • regular visual effects designer Chris Lawson had provided VFX for Arc of InfinityPlanet of Fire and Attack of the Cybermen
  • series stunt co-ordinator Steve Whyment was an uncredited extra on The Keeper of Traken and Snakedance
  • magician Ali Bongo was also a consultant on the classic series and many other television shows
Jack in the Box (TX: May 17)
  • Bernard Kay (Oliver) had four classic era roles in just seven years - he played 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 voiced Major Dickens for Night Thoughts (BF, 2006)
  • Robin Soans (Rokesmith) was Luvic in The Keeper of Traken, and has been cast in Face the Raven
  • Colin Stinton (Reisner) was US President, Arthur Coleman in The Sound of Drums
  • William Franklyn (Narrator) voiced Pharaoh Amenhotep for The Roof of the World (BF, 2004)
The Reconstituted Corpse (TX: May 24)
  • Philip McGough (Brickman) was Sergeant Calder in Resurrection of the Daleks
  • Nigel Planer (Shelford) voiced Alex Marlowe for Hothouse (BF, 2009), then played Vorgenson (son of Vorg, Carnival of Monsters) for Doctor Who Live: The Monsters Are Coming, and voiced both Herrax and the Old Racnoss Emperor for Empire of the Racnoss (BF, 2017)
  • dubbing mixer Laurie Taylor worked on studio sound for Castrovalva
No Trace of Tracy (TX: May 31)
  • Geraldine Alexander (Francine) was Areta in Vengeance on Varos
  • Del Henney (Gibbins) was Colonel Archer, also for serial 6P
  • Christine Moore (Polly) voiced Winnie for The Vanity Box (released in 2007 with The Wishing Beast)
  • Rob Jarvis (Tex) was Abramal in The Time of the Doctor
The House of Monkeys (TX: June 7)
  • Barnaby Kay (DC Spelling) was Heidi in The Girl Who Died, and voiced Martin Donaldson for Dark Eyes 4: A Life in the Day (BF, 2015), and Commander Thrakken for The War Doctor 2: Infernal Devices (BF, 2016)
  • Charles Kay (Elliot) voiced the Curator for Excelis Rising
  • Annette Crosbie (Ingrid) was Mrs Angelo in The Eleventh Hour
  • stunt co-ordinator Peter Diamond was a regular stunt double and fight arranger on the 'classic' sereis, from The Dalek Invasion of Earth to The Daemons
  • Tony Lucken was also a stuntman on DalekBad WolfThe Parting of the Ways and The End of Time
  • Tina Maskell was a stunt performer on Boom Town and The Runaway Bride too

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