Thursday, 6 July 2017

Doctor Who Vs. The 39 Steps

Published in 1915, John Buchan's 
classic adventure novel has been 
dramatised many times since 
Hitchcock's version in 1935.
Produced by BBC Scotland, this
feature-length serial was first
 shown at Christmas 2008.
Here, on the eve of WWI, Richard
Hannay (played by Rupert Penry
Jones) is framed for the murder
of a British spy and flees London.
A romantic subplot with Lydia
Leonard was incorporated for the
Scottish scenes.
Shown again on the Drama
channel last night, The 39 Steps 
also featured Patrick Malahide, Eddie Marsan, Alex Jennings, and five
Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • David Haig (Sinclair) was Pangol in The Leisure Hive
  • Steven Elder (Wakeham) voiced Farrow for Big Finish's Jubilee (2003), and Eric Rawden for Something Inside (2006)
  • James Hawes also directed The Empty Child, The Doctor Dances, The Christmas Invasion, New Earth and School Reunion
  • stunt co-ordinator Paul Heasman  was an uncredited Nazi in Silver Nemesis,  and the stunt arranger on Survival
  • George Cottle was also a stuntman on Boom Town, The Runaway Bride and Smith and Jones

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