Friday, 11 August 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Coronation Street, Part 3: 1965/66

1965 saw the first Corrie spin-off, when Arthur 
Lowe's character, Leonard Swindley, appeared in 
Pardon My Expression, also from Granada TV
 (Dennis Spooner even scripted an episode). 
After two seasons Lowe moved onto another 
sitcom called Dad's Army. The Street became a 
huge success in Australia by the mid sixties, then 
started on Canadian and Dutch TV in 1966.
More attempts were made to counter further 
criticism that the programme's portrayal of urban 
life was a "nostalgic fantasy" but controversial 
issues were not addressed for fear of alienating 
viewers.
These two years on the Street featured former 
child actor Fraser Hines (as Roger Wain in three 
episodes in March 1965) and seventeen other 
Doctor Who cast connections:

  • Glyn Owen (Lindley) played Rohm-Dutt in The Power of Kroll
  • Edward Evans (Petty) was Ted Moss in Image of the Fendahl
  • Rhys McConnochie (DI Lucas here; and Toni, 1977) was Rod in (episode 1 of) The Enemy of the World
  • Griffith Davies (Tony) and Windsor Davies (Officer) both appeared in The Evil of the Daleks, as Kennedy and Toby respectively
  • Andrew Downie (Charlesworth) was Willie Mackay in The Highlanders
  • Dennis Chinnery (Nigel here; and Bassett, 1977) was Albert C. Richardson in The Chase: Flight Through Eternity, Gharman in Genesis of the Daleks, and Professor Sylvest in The Twin Dilemma (1)
  • Donald Hewlett (Maxwell) was Hardiman in The Claws of Axos
  • David Valla (Syms) was Lieutenant Crane in The War Games (3)
  • Margaret John (Mrs Nathan) was Megan Jones in Fury from the Deep, and Grandma Connolly in The Idiot's Lantern
  • John Woodvine (Driver) was the Marshal in The Armageddon Factor
  • Tom Watson (Turner) was Ramo in The Underwater Menace
  • Derek Pollitt (Ambulance man) was Driver Evans in The Web of Fear, Private Wright in The Silurians (6), and Professor Caldera in Shada (4)
  • Colette O'Neil (Ruth) was Tanha in Snakedance
  • Derek Smith (Bishop) was the Doorman in Human Nature
  • Kevin Lindsay (Dr. Connor) was the Sontaran, Commander Linx in The Time Warrior, Cho Je in Planet of the Spiders, then both Field Major Styre and the Marshal in The Sontaran Experiment
  • Trevor Martin (DC Rogers here, and Whittaker, 1984) was the first actor to portray the Doctor on stage in Doctor Who and the Daleks in the Seven Keys to Doomsdayand for the subsequent Big Finish adaptation (2008) - he was the second Time Lord in The War Games (10), and also voiced multiple roles for The Paradise of Deaththen Professor Capra for Flip-Flop (BF, 2003)

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