Sunday, 2 July 2017

Doctor Who Vs. The Last Crusade

The third instalment in the Indiana Jones 
franchise was released by Paramount Pictures 
in 1989, and an Oscar, a Hugo award and a 
Saturn award.
Following mixed reactions to The Temple of 
Doom, director Steven Spielberg and executive producer George Lucas wanted to evoke the
spirit of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
Harrison Ford returned as the intrepid American archaeology professor, Dr. Henry 'Indiana' Jones (Junior), and was joined by Sean Connery as
Professor Henry Jones Senior.
The trilogy even spawned a prequel in the form 
of a spin-off series for American TV, The Young 
Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992-96), and after 
gap of almost twenty years, a fourth feature, 
The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (starring Sir 
John Hurt). A fifth Indiana Jones production is planned.
The Last Crusade was shown again on BBC One yesterday, and featured 
these eighteen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Julian Glover and Isla Blair played Mr. and Mrs. Donovan - Glover was King Richard in The Crusade, and Scaroth in City of Death, whilst Blair was Lady Isabella Fitzwilliam in The King's Demons, and voiced Paula for Big Finish's Exotron (2007)
  • Michael Sheard (Adolf Hitler) was a prolific guest actor with seven roles over thirty-five years - he was Rhos in The Ark: The Plague, Dr. Roland Summers in The Mind of Evil, Laurence Scarman in Pyramids of Mars, Lowe in The Invisible Enemy, Mergrave in Castrovalva, the Headmaster in Remembrance of the Daleks, and later voiced Orsino for The Stones of Venice (BF, 2001)   
  • Alexei Sayle (Sultan) was the DJ in Revelation of the Daleks
  • Kevork Malikyan (Kazim) was Kemel Rudkin in The Wheel in Space
  • Vernon Dobtcheff (Butler) was an Alien Scientist in The War Games, and voiced Dadda Desaka for The Cradle of the Snake (BF, 2010), Shamur for The Children of Seth (2011), and Jorenzo Zorn for The Genesis Chamber (2016)
  • Frederick Jaeger (WWI Ace, in deleted scenes) was Jano in The Savages, Sorenson in Planet of Evil, and Professor Marius, in The Invisible Enemy
  • Martin Gordon (Man at Rally) was a Prison Officer in The Mind of Evil
  • Nina Armstrong (Flower Girl) was a stunt performer on The Runaway Bride
  • Lee Richards (Passenger) was the 'Buxom' Romana in (part 1 of) Destiny of the Daleks
  • stuntman Jim Dowdall had three uncredited classic era roles - a Guerilla in Day of the Daleks, a Guard in Genesis of the Daleks, and a Warnsman in Frontios
  • stuntman Lee Sheward was the stunt co-ordinator on eleven adventures (from The End of the World to The End of Time)
  • stuntman Eddie Powell was Thompson in Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD
  • for Martin Grace, Billy Horrigan, Rocky Taylor and Tip Tipping see my blog for The Temple of Doom
Produced for the ABC network, the big budget TV series ran for three seasons 
and won six Emmy awards. The childhood and teenage Indy was played by 
Corey Carrier and Sean Patrick Flanery respectively. The series was followed by 
four TV movies and was then re-edited in 1999 as The Adventures of Young 
Indiana Jones. A total of twenty-four TV stories guest starred Colin Baker 
and another forty-three Doctor Who cast and crew links:
  • Matthew Jacobs (writer of three episodes here) scripted the Doctor Who TV Movie too
  • Paul Freeman, Danny Webb, Tim McInnerny, Anna Massey, Michael McShane, Michael Maloney, Kenneth Cranham, Nickolas Grace, Patrick Ryecart, Ronald Fraser, Sam Kelly, Jacqueline Pearce, Stevan Rimkus, Colin Jeavons, Jamie Glover, Frederick Treves, Alan Cox, David Sibley, Bernard Bresslaw, Jeananne Crowley, Elizabeth Spriggs, Terrence Hardiman, Pip Torrens, Paul Brooke, Andrew McCulloch, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Ann Tirard, Vic Tablian, Jimmy Gardner, Keith Marsh, Kevork Malikyan, Alan Talbot, Philip Davis, Stuart Milligan, Ed Bishop, Ben Miller, Peter Guinness, Trevor Bannister, Harry Fowler, Kevin McNally, Ashley Walters, Joseph Long and Derek Lea

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