Sunday, 9 July 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Marple: Why Didn't They Ask Evans?

Julia McKenzie made her debut as Jane Marple
in the fourth season of ITV's Agatha Christie
 mysteries, succeeding Geraldine McEwan in the 
title role.
McKenzie guest starred in two Big Finish audio adventures - she voiced Rachel for No More Lies 
(2007), and Florence for The Auntie Matter (2013).
Christie's fifteenth novel (which did not actually 
include the character of Miss Marple) was 
published in the UK in 1934, then issued in 
America a year later as The Boomerang Clue
Why Didn't They Ask Evans? was first dramatised 
by LWT in 1980, and co-starred Joan Hickson
before she began her own portrayal of Marple
for the BBC.
This adaptation (which premiered in America in 
July 2009, then only aired in the UK two years
later) was repeated again on ITV3 last night, 
and featured fourteen Doctor Who cast and 
crew connections:

  • Big Finish artist Georgia Moffett [aka. Mrs David Tennant] (Frankie) played Jenny (pictured) in The Doctor's Daughter, then voiced Tanya Webster [opposite her real father Peter Davison] for Red Dawn (2000), Cassie Rice for Dreamland, Alice Ciprion for City of Spires (2010), and Engineer Tallow for Dark Eyes 3: Rule of the Eminence (2013)
  • Sean Biggerstaff (Attfield) voiced Chris Parsons for Shada (2003), Snabb for The Skull of Sobek, the Ruhk for Time Reef (both 2008), and Ross Nicholson for Masters of Earth (2014)
  • Samantha Bond (Sylvia) was Mrs. Wormwood in both The Sarah Jane Adventures pilot, Invasion of the Bane and Enemy of the Bane, and voiced Mother Baroque for The Scapegoat (BF, 2009)
  • Richard Briers (Wilson) was the Chief Caretaker in Paradise Towers
  • Mark Williams (Evans) was Rory's dad, Brian Williams in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship and The Power of Three, and voiced Maxwell Edison for The Eternal Summer (BF, 2009)
  • Helen Lederer (Marjorie) voiced Patricia Ryder for Death in Blackpool (BF, 2009)
  • Basher Savage (Young George) voiced Yanikov for Earth Aid (BF, 2011)
  • Siwan Morris (Florrie) was Maebh's Mum for In The Forest of the Night
  • Sean Clayton was also the second assistant director on Dalek and Father's Day
  • Alex Kaye-Besley was an assistant director on The Shakespeare Code too
  • Nicholas Hopkins was also an assistant director on Bad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways
  • Nigel Squibbs was the dubbing mixer on An Adventure in Space and Time too
  • series lighting gaffer Gavin Walters was an electrician on Love & Monsters
  • Tom Lucy was also the stunt co-ordinator on sixteen episodes (from Smith and Jones to The Next Doctor)

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