Friday, 16 June 2017

Doctor Who Vs. The Avengers, Series 4

The cult British fantasy show returned to ITV 
in the autumn of 1965, with Steed now joined 
by fellow agent, Mrs. Emma Peel, portrayed by 
Diana Rigg (who replaced the original choice, 
Elizabeth Shepherd).
The chemistry between the two leads resulted 
in the show's most popular and successful era - 
The Avengers now aired in over 100 countries 
and was syndicated in America.
Like her predecessor, Honor Blackman's Cathy Gale, Peel was unlike any female character seen on British TV at the time. The role earned Rigg sex-symbol status, and she became an icon of Sixties feminism.
Born in Yorkshire in 1938, Rigg became a Dame
in 1994, and one of her most recent television appearances was as Mrs. Gillyflower in The 
Crimson Horror, alongside her daughter, 
Rachael Stirling.
Future Doctor Who script writers Malcolm HulkeJohn Lucarotti and Robert Banks Stewart all provided screenplays here.
The fourth, twenty-six part season (which began another repeat run on the True Entertainment cable channel last night) featured Bernard Cribbins (as Arkwright in The Girl From Auntie), and another eighty-eight Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

The Town of No Return (UK TX: September 28 1965)
  • Patrick Newell (Smallwood here; Collins in Something Nasty in the Nurseryand Mother in Series 6) and Peter Brace (Soldier) both appeared in The Android Invasion - as Colonel Faraday and a Guard respectively - the latter was also a Guard in The Curse of Peladon
  • Terence Alexander (Warren) was Lord Ravensworth in The Mark of the Rani
  • Roger Lloyd-Pack (Man) was John Lumic in Rise of the Cybermen and The Age of Steel
  • Rocky Taylor (Fencing Double here; Martial Artist in The Cybernauts; Maker in The Danger Makers; Man in Hospital in The Fear Merchants; Mitchell in Escape in Time; Mercenary in Have Guns Will Haggle; Stunt Double in The New Avengers: The Eagle's NestCybernaut in The Last of the Cybernauts; and Soldier in Dirtier by the Dozenwas an Egyptian Warrior in The Daleks' Master Plan: Golden Death; Guard in (episode 4 of) The Curse of Peladon; and a stuntman on The Idiot's Lantern
The Gravediggers (UK TX: October 7)
  • Ronald Fraser (Winslip) was Joseph C in The Happiness Patrol
  • Wanda Ventham (Nurse) was Jean Rook in The Faceless Ones, Thea Ransome in Image of the Fendahl, and Faroon in Time and the Rani
  • Steven Berkoff (Sager) was the Shakri in The Power of Three
  • Bryan Mosley (Miller) had two parts in The Daleks' Master Plan - he was a Prop Man in The Feast of Steven, and Malpha in The Abandoned Planet
  • Alan Chuntz (Pallbearer here, and Henderson in The Hour That Never Was) appeared in fifteen classic era episodes, from The Seeds of Death to State of Decay
  • Billy Cornelius (Pallbearer here, Martial Artist in the next episode, Glynn in Dial A Deadly Number, and Tribeman in Small Game For Big Hunters) was a Man-at-Arms in The Crusade: The Warlords, and a Morok Guard in The Space Museum
  • Aubrey Richards (Palmer) was Professor Parry in The Tomb of the Cybermen
The Cybernauts (UK TX: October 14)
  • Michael Gough (Armstrong) was the titular villain in The Celestial Toymaker - he was married to Anneke Wills at the time - and was Councillor Hedin in Arc of Infinity
  • for Frederick Jaeger (Benson) see Series 2: Death of a Great Dane
  • Bernard Horsfall (Jephcott) was Lemual Gulliver in The Mind Robber, a Time Lord in The War Games, the Thal leader Taron in Planet of the Daleks, Chancellor Goth in The Deadly Assassin, and voiced Arnold Baynes for Big Finish's Davros (2003)
  • for Burt Kwouk (Tusamo) and Ronald Leigh-Hunt (Lambert) see the Series 1 episodes Kill the King and Dragonsfield respectively
  • for John Hollis (Sensai) and Gordon Whiting (Hammond) see the Series 2 stories Warlock and The Golden Eggs respectively
  • John Franklyn-Robbins (Gilbert) was a Time Lord in (the first part of) Genesis of the Daleks
  • Katherine Schofield (Oyuka) was Sabetha in The Keys of Marinus
  • Dinny Powell, Mike Reid, and Derek Ware (Martial Artists) all had minor roles in the 'classic' series - Powell was a stuntman on (episode 1 of) Terror of the Autons, then was a Guard in both The Curse of Peladon (4) and Genesis of the Daleks(part 3); Reid was a Soldier in The Myth Makers: Death of a Spy and The War Machines, and a Guard in The Massacre: Bell of Doom; whilst Ware worked on twenty-four 'classic' installments as stuntman, fight arranger or extra, from An Unearthly Child to The Claws of Axos (1)
Death at Bargain Prices (UK TX: October 21)
  • for Andre Morell (Kane) and John Cater (Jarvis) see the Series 3 episodes, Death of a Batman and The Nutshell
  • TP McKenna (Wentworth) was Captain Cook in The Greatest Show in the Galaxy 
  • George Selway (Massey) was George and Frank Meadows in The Faceless Ones
  • Peter Howell (Popple) was the Investigator in The Mutants (6)
Castle De'ath (UK TX: October 28)
  • James Copeland (Roberton here, and Gymnast in the next episode) was Selris in The Krotons
The Master Minds (UK TX: November 4)
  • Bernard Archard (Leeming) was Bragen in The Power of the Daleks and Marcus Scarman in Pyramids of Mars
  • Nigel Lambert (Hardcastle) was Hardin in The Leisure Hive
  • Martin Miller (Spencer) was Kublai Khan in the final two episodes of Marco Polo
  • Paddy Ryan (Heavy here, and Chef in The Hour That Never Was) was an uncredited Kaled Scientist in (part 6 of) Genesis of the Daleks
The Murder Market (UK TX: November 12)
  • for John Woodvine (Stone) see the Series 1 episodes Square Root of Evil and Dead of Winter
  • Edward Underdown (Jonathan) was Zastor in Meglos
A Surfeit of H2O (UK TX: November 19)
  • for Geoffrey Palmer (Smythe) see Series 1: Dance With Death
  • Talfryn Thomas (Barker) was Mullins in (episode 1 of) Spearhead from Space and Dave in The Green Death
  • Alan Gerrard (Villager here, and Fintry in Quick-Quick Slow Death) was Bovem in The Dominators
The Hour That Never Was (UK TX: November 26)
  • Royston Farrell (Officer here, Audience member in Two's A Crowd, and Marshall in The Girl From Auntie) was a Guardian in The Ark, an Elder in The Savages (1), a Technician in both The Seeds of Death (1 and 2) and The Claws of Axos (4), and a Guard in The Curse of Peladon (1)
  • Fred Haggerty (Driver) was a stuntman on The Time Meddler: The Meddling Monk
Dial A Deadly Number (UK TX: December 3)
  • Tina Packer (Suzanne) was Anne Travers in The Web of Fear
  • for John Carson (Fitch), Peter Bowles (Harvey) and John Bailey (Warner) see my blog for Series 3
  • for Michael Barrington (Todhunter) see Series 1: The Yellow Needle
Man-Eater of Surrey Green (UK TX: December 10)
  • Edwin Finn (Taylor) was the Landlord in The Massacre episodes, War of God and The Sea Beggar
Two's A Crowd (UK TX: December 17)
  • Julian Glover (Vogel) was King Richard in The Crusade, and Scaroth in City of Death
  • for Wolfe Morris (Pudeshkin) see Series 1: The Yellow Needle
Too Many Christmas Trees (UK TX: December 23)
  • for Robert James (Jenkins) and Edwin Richfield (Teasel) see the Series 1 episodes Hot Snow and Girl On The Trapeze respectively
Silent Dust (UK TX: December 31)
  • William Franklyn (Omrod) voiced Pharaoh Amenhotep in The Roof of the World (BF, 2004)
Room Without a View (UK TX: January 7 1966)
  • for Paul Whitsun-Jones (Chessman) see Series 3: Man With Two Shadows
  • Peter Jeffrey (Varnals here; Prendergast in The Joker; Bristow in Game; and Perov in The New Avengers: House of Cardswas the Pilot in The Macra Terror, and Count Grendel in The Androids of Tara
  • Philip Latham (Carter) was President Borusa in The Five Doctors
  • Vernon Dobtcheff (Pushkin) was an Alien Scientist in The War Games, and voiced Dadda Desaka for The Cradle of the Snake (BF, 2010), and Shamur for The Children of Seth (BF, 2011)
Small Game For Big Hunters (UK TX: January 14)
  • Bill Fraser (Rawlings) was Captain Grugger in Meglos, and Commander Bill Pollock in K9 and Company
  • Peter Thomas (Kendrick) was Captain Edal in The Savages
The Girl From Auntie (UK TX: January 21)
  • Sylvia Coleridge (Hetty) was Amelia Ducat in The Seeds of Doom
  • Maurice Browning (Russian) was Carlton in The Daleks' Master Plan episodes, The Traitors and Counter Plot
  • Jonathan Burn (Betty) was Silas P in The Happiness Patrol
The Thirteenth Hour (UK TX: January 28)
  • Victor Maddern (Jackson) was Chief Robson in Fury from the Deep 
  • Donald Hewlett (Waversham here; and Torrance in The New Avengers: Faces) was Hardiman in The Claws of Axos
Quick-Quick Slow Death (UK TX: February 4)
  • John Woodnutt (Noble) was Hibbert in Spearhead from Space, the Draconian Emperor in (the fifth episode of) Frontier in Space, Broton and the Duke of Forgill in Terror of the Zygons, and Seron in The Keeper of Traken
  • Graham Armitage (Huggins) was Barney in (the first episode of) The Macra Terror
  • Michael Peake (Fehr) was Tavius in The Romans
The Danger Makers (UK TX: February 11)
  • Moray Watson (Peters) was Sir Robert Muir in Black Orchid
A Touch of Brimstone (UK TX: February 18)
  • Peter Wyngarde (Cleverly Cartney) was Timanov in Planet of Fire
  • Colin Jeavons (Darcy) was Damon in The Underwater Menace, and George Tracey in K9 and Company
  • Robert Cawdron (Horace) was Taltalian in The Ambassadors of Death
  • Jeremy Young (Castigan) was Kal in 100,000 BC, and Gordon Lowery in Mission to the Unknown
  • Alf Joint (Big Man) was stunt arranger on Battlefield
  • for Steve Plytas (Boris) see Series 2: Immortal Clay
What The Butler Saw (UK TX: February 25)
    The House That Jack Built (UK TX: March 4)
    • Griffith Davies (Burton) was Kennedy in The Evil of the Daleks
    • for Keith Pyott (Pennington) see Series 2: The White Dwarf
    • Alan Lake (Officer) was Herrick in Underworld
    A Sense of History (UK TX: March 11)
    • Jacqueline Pearce (Marianne) was Chessene in The Two Doctors, then voiced Sherilyn Harper for The Fearmonger (BF, 2000), Admiral Mettna for Death Comes to Time, Queen Zafira for Hexagora (BF, 2011), and Cardinal Ollistra for The War Doctor: Only the Monstrous (2015)
    • for Nigel Stock (Carlyon) and John Ringham (Acheson) see the Series 3 stories, Concerto and The Secrets Broker
    • Robin Phillips (Pettit) was Altos in The Keys of Marinus
    • Kenneth Benda (Broom) was The Minister in The Claws of Axos
    How To Succeed.. At Murder (UK TX: March 18)
    • Christopher Benjamin (Hooter) first appeared in the classic run as Sir Keith Gold in Inferno, then the revived series as Colonel Hugh Curbishley in The Unicorn and the Wasp thirty-eight years later, but is best known in fandom as Henry Gordon Jago from The Talons of Weng Chiang - he reprised the role for The Mahogany Murders (2009) then Big Finish's Jago and Litefoot audio series (2010-present), Voyage to Venus and Voyage to the New World (both 2012), The Justice of Jalxar (2013) and Jago & Litefoot & Strax (2015) - he also voiced Tardelli for Grand Theft Cosmos (2008)
    • for David Garth (Barton) and Jerome Willis (Rudge) see Series 2: The Big Thinker and Intercrime
    Honey For The Prince (UK TX: March 25)
    • Ron Moody (Ponsonby-Hopkirk) voiced the Duke of Wellington for Other Lives (BF, 2005)
    • George Pastell (Arkadi) was Eric Klieg in The Tomb of the Cybermen
    • Jon Laurimore (Westcott) was Count Federico in The Masque of Mandragora
    • Reg Pritchard (Postman) was Ben Daheer in The Crusade, and Man in The Daleks' Master Plan: The Feast of Steven
    • Peter Diamond (Bernie) was a regular stunt double and fight arranger on the 'classic' series, from The Daleks: The Rescue to The Daemons

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