Monday, 19 June 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Marple: The Sittaford Mystery

This period drama was first broadcast in April 2006
and concluded ITV's second season of Miss Marple adaptations. 
Published in 1931, the original novel actually featured Agatha Christie's other early amateur detectives, Emily Trefusis, Charles Enderby and Inspector Narracott 
(in their only literary outing), not Jane Marple (again 
played here by Geraldine McEwan).
This Golden Age mystery shares many aspects with
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902), and was 
issued in America as The Murder at Hazelmoor.
The serial was repeated again on ITV3 yesterday,
and featured Robert Hardy, Laurence Fox, and
fifteen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • prolific Big Finish actor Ian Hallard (Reporter) voiced Sabian for Primeval (2001), Mouse and Winkler for Invaders From Mars, the Matrix voiced for Neverland (both 2002), Zeuro for Unbound: A Storm of Angels, Castellan Wynter for Gallifrey: Lies and Pandora (both 2005), Joseph Banks for The Transit of Venus, Captain Cannibal for Izzy's Story, John Polidori for Mary's Story (all 2009), Duncan for An Earthly Child (2010), Comtech Bron Kell for Dark Eyes 2: Time's Horizon, and Davent for Destroy the Infinite (both 2014) - he also depicted director Richard Martin (pictured) in An Adventure in Space and Time, and was Alan-a-Dale in Robot of Sherwood
  • Carey Mulligan (Violet Willett) was Sally Sparrow in Blink
  • Michael Brandon (Zimmerman) was General Sanchez in The Stolen Earth, and voiced CP Doveday for Lurkers at Sunlight's Edge (BF, 2010)
  • Timothy Dalton (Trevelyan) was Lord President Rassilon in The End of Time
  • Michael Attwell (Stone) and screenplay writer Stephen Churchett both appeared in Attack of the Cybermen, as Bates and Bill respectively - Attwell was also Isbur in The Ice Warriors
  • James Wilby (Kirkwood) voiced Tenebris in The Acheron Pulse and The Shadow Heart (BF, both 2012)
  • Paul Kaye (Dr. Burt) was Albar Prentis in Under the Lake and Before the Flood
  • Matthew Kelly (Garfield) voiced Michelangelo for Fallen Angels (BF, 2016)
  • Marcus Catlin was also the first assistant director on The Hungry Earth, Cold BloodThe Pandorica Opens and The Big Bang
  • second assistant director Scott Bates was first assistant on Listen, Time Heist, Kill the Moon, Mummy on the Orient Express and Last Christmas
  • Garry Dawson was also stand-by props master on Cold WarThe Crimson Horror, and The Sarah Jane Adventures: Invasion of the Bane
  • John Cooling was the stand-by rigger on Turn Left too
  • for Damien Timmer and Nigel Squibbs see Series 1

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