Saturday, 29 July 2017

Doctor Who Vs. S.O.S. Titanic

This Anglo-American TV movie was first shown 
over two nights on ABC television in 1979, 
then opened in European cinemas in 1980.
The film depicts the doomed maiden voyage
of 1912 from the perspectives of passengers 
in First, Second and Third Classes, and is the
 first Titanic film released in colour.
Exterior deck scenes on the famed liner were 
filmed on board RMS Queen Mary, whilst TSS 
Manxman doubled for the rescue ship RMS
CarpathiaSome interior onboard scenes were 
recorded in the Waldorf and Adelphi hotels in 
London and Liverpool, and Peel in the Isle of Man served as the backdrop for Queenstown.
The cast of S.O.S. Titanic (screened again on 
the True Movies channel today) was headed
by Ian Holm (as Bruce Ismay), David Janssen
(John Jacob Astor), and Harry Andrews (Captian 
Smith) - it featured Helen Mirren and thirteen 
Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • veteran Northern screen actor and prolific Big Finish artist David Warner (pictured here as Second Class survivor Laurence Beesley; then Lovejoy in 1997's Titanic) portrayed an Unbound Doctor for Sympathy for the Devil (2003) Masters of War (2008), The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield 3: The Unbound Universe (2016), and 4: Ruler of the Universe (2017); then voiced Sir Isaac Newton for Circular Time: Summer (2007), Co-ordinator Angell for Empathy Games (2008), Professor Boston Schooner for Deimos and The Resurrection of Mars (both 2010), Autarch Siris for The Children of Seth (2011), Biggs for The Rosemariners (2012), the Narrator of The Black Hole (2015), and Cuthbert for The Sands of LifeWar Against the LaanThe Dalek ContractThe Final Phase (all 2013), Casualties of War and The Pursuit of History; and Shadovar for The War Doctor 2 (all 2016) he also voiced Lord Azlok for Dreamland (2009) and finally had a television role as Professor Grisenko in Cold War
  • Ed Bishop (Harris) voiced General Finch for Unbound: Full Fathom Five (BF, 2003)
  • Tony Caunter (Officer Wilde) was Morgan in Colony in Space, and Jackson in Enlightenment 
  • Robert Pugh (Farrell) was Tony Mack in The Hungry Earth and Cold Blood 
  • Maurice Roeves (Stoker Barret) was Stotz in The Caves of Androzani
  • Peter Bourke (Harold Bride) was Mr. Chambers in Human Nature
  • Alec Sabin (Frederick Fleet) was Ringway in Earthshock
  • Malcolm Stoddard (Officer Lightoller) voiced Urtak for The Zygon Who Fell to Earth (BF, 2008)
  • Phil Davis (Lookout) was Lucius Petrus Dextrus in The Fires of Pompeii, and voiced Titus for The Cannibalists (BF, 2009)
  • André Maranne (Navratil) was Roger Benoit in The Moonbase
  • Big Finish actor Nick Brimble (Abelseth) voiced Shreeni for Exotron (2007), Dudley Jackson for The Eternal Summer (2009), Kith for Max Warp (2008), and Olaf Eriksson for The Book of Kells (2010)
  • Barbara Lane was also the costume designer on The Claws of Axos, The DaemonsThe Curse of PeladonThe Time MonsterThe Android Invasion, The Seeds of Doom and The Hand of Fear
  • gaffer Maurice Gillett was the supervising electrician on both of Amicus' Dalek films

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