Thursday, 6 July 2017

Doctor Who Vs. The Odessa File

Based on the 1972 novel by espionage writer Frederick Forsyth, this thriller told the story of journalist Peter Miller's (played by Jon Voight) investigation into Holocaust survivor, Solomon
Tauber and the subsequent search for the top
secret Odessa file.
Towards the end of WWII, the Nazi secret society
ODESSA was formed by members of the SS,
among them Eduard Roschmann (portrayed here
by Maximillian Schell), the "butcher" of Riga
concentration camp. In 1963, President Nasser of
Egypt sought to perfect a missile strike to destroy
Israel. His key scientists were mainly recruited from
Hitler's former rocket program and Odessa members
still intent on wiping out the Jews.
Released by Columbia in 1974, this Anglo-German
film was shown again on Film4 today, and featured
Mary Tamm (as Sigi), Derek Jacobi (Wenzer), and two other Doctor Who connections:
  • Jacobi voiced the Master for Scream of the Shalka, then played his alter-ego Professor Yana in Utopia, a role reprised for Big Finish's The War Master (new for 2017) - he also voiced Martin Bannister for Unbound: Deadline (2003)
  • Peter Jeffrey (Porath) and Cyril Shaps (Voice of Tauber) both appeared in The Androids of Tara, as Count Grendel and the Archimandrite - Jeffrey was also the Pilot in The Macra Terror, whilst Shaps was also John Viner in The Tomb of the Cybermen, Dr. Lennox in The Ambassadors of Death, and Professor Herbert Clegg in Planet of the Spiders

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