Thursday, 27 July 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Flash Gordon

This cult science fiction action film was
based on the King Features comic strip
created by Alex Raymond in 1934.
After a long development process,
Universal released the film in late 1980.
Although a box office success in the UK,
the Anglo-American feature performed
poorly abroad - it is notable for the
 soundtrack composed and performed
by Queen. A sequel was planned but
never produced, and several television adaptations appeared before and since.
Sam Jones, Melody Anderson and Topol
portrayed Steven Gordon, Dale Arden
and Professor Zarkov. Max Von Sydow
played alien tyrant, Emperor Ming the
Merciless. Shown again on Film4 today,
Flash Gordon featured twenty-six
Doctor Who cast connections:

  • Timothy Dalton (Prince Barin) was Lord President Rassilon in The End of Time
  • Brian Blessed (Prince Vultan) was King Yrcanos in Mindwarp
  • Peter Wyngarde (Klytus) was Timanov in Planet of Fire
  • John Hallam (Luro) was Light in Ghost Light
  • John Hollis (Observer) was Sondergaard in The Mutants
  • Burnell Tucker (Co-Pilot) was Old Garner in The Angels Take Manhattan
  • David Neal (Captain) was the President in The Caves of Androzani
  • Rusty Goffe and Peter Burroughs (Dwarves) were Little John in Robot of Sherwood; and the Jester in (part 1 of) The King's Demons respectively
  • Terry Forrestal (Hawkman) was Tractor Driver in K9 and Company
  • Leonard Hay and Glen Whitter (Ardentian Men) were an Aboriginal Man in Four to Doomsday; and Slave in The Daleks' Master Plan (10) and Aide in Day of the Daleks (4)
  • Roy Scammell (Hawkman) was UNIT Soldier and Technician in The Ambassadors of Death, RSF Soldier in InfernoPrison Officer and UNIT Motorcyclist in The Mind of Evil, and stunt arranger on Delta and the Bannermen (1)
  • Stephen Calcutt (Azurian Man) was Muto in Genesis of the Daleks, Mute in The Armageddon Factor, Marshman in Full Circle, and titular Man in Kinda
  • Stuart Blake (Azurian) was Zoldaz in State of Decay (3), Commander in The Five Doctors, and Scibus in Warriors of the Deep
  • Jim Carter (Azurian) voiced Brother Bernard for Big Finish's The Book of Kells (2010)
  • Chris Webb and Peter Brace (Brutes) both appeared as Guards in The Curse of Peladon - Webb was also a Monoid in The Ark, and Brace a Soldier in The Android Invasion
  • Eddie Powell (Brute) was Thompson in Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD
  • Alan Austen (Mongo Man) was Kara's Guard in Revelation of the Daleks
  • Sean Barry Weske (Rabbi) was a Paramilitary in Silver Nemesis
  • David de Keyser (Colonel) was the voice of the Atraxi for The Eleventh Hour, and provided the Cybermen voices for The Eternity Clock
  • Ralph Morse (Arborian) was a Foster Guardian in The Keeper of Traken
  • Suzanne Danielle (Serving Girl) was Agella in Destiny of the Daleks
  • Deep Roy (Aura's Pet) was Mr. Sin in The Talons of Weng-Chiang, and the Possican Delegate in Mindwarp
  • Richard Bonehill (Extra) was the Flight Engineer in Time Flight, First Officer in Enlightenment, Guardolier in Timelash, and Guard in both Revelation of the Daleks and Terror of the Vervoids

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