Thursday, 10 August 2017

Doctor Who Vs. The Monocled Mutineer

Shown over four consecutive Sunday nights from
August 31 to September 21 1986 to 10 million
viewers on BBC1, this seminal work attracted
controversy from the right-wing press, who again
accused the BBC of left-wing bias.
The historical drama was written by Alan Bleasdale
and was adapted from the book by William Allison
and John Fairley (Quartet, 1978). These authors also
faced criticism from the Tory-supporting newspapers.
The BBC had originally approached Bleasdale in 1981
to adapt the book, which dramatised the life of Percy
Toplis (1896-1920), a British Army deserter present
at the Etaples mutiny of September 1917, during the
First World War.
The series was only repeated once by the BBC, in
1988. The VHS release of 1999 was followed by a
DVD version in 2007.
As part of the Corporation's commemoration of the
start of the Great War, Matthew Sweet examined
the impact of The Monocled Mutineer in Free 
Thinking, broadcast on Radio 3 in April 2014.
This BAFTA winning drama began another repeat run on Forces TV last night -
it featured Best Actor nominee Paul McGann (pictured in his breakthrough
role as Toplis), and twenty-two other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Penelope Wilton (Lady Angela) played Harriet Jones MP in Aliens of LondonWorld War ThreeThe Christmas Invasion and The Stolen Earth
  • Cherie Lunghi (Dorothy) voiced Lady Adela for Big Finish's The Emerald Tiger (2012)
  • Ron Donachie (Strachan) was a Steward in Tooth and Claw
  • Timothy West (Thomson) voiced Kai Tobias for Phobos (BF, 2007), Turvey for Cuddlesome (BF, 2008), and Dr. Magnus Soames for House of Blue Fire (BF, 2011)
  • David Allister (Asser) was Stimson in The Leisure Hive, and Bruchner in Terror of the Vervoids
  • Philip McGough (Woodhall) was Calder in Resurrection of the Daleks
  • Richard Ireson (Ritchie) was Axus in The Krotons, and a Soldier in The Mind Robber
  • Noel Coleman (Sir John) was Smythe in The War Games
  • Malcolm Terris (Johnson) was Etnin in The Dominators, and the Co-Pilot in The Horns of Nimon
  • Eric Mason (Sergeant Major) was Green in The Mind of Evil, and Smedley in The Sea Devils
  • Anthony Calf (Guinness) made his TV debut as Charles in The Visitation, was Colonel Godsacre in Empress of Marsand voiced Lord Barset in Frozen Time (BF, 2007)
  • Jim Carter (Spencer) voiced Brother Bernard in The Book of Kells (BF, 2010)
  • John Owens (C.O.) was Thorpe in The Daemons
  • Big Finish artist Rowena Cooper (Miss Cruikshank) voiced La Concierge for Demon's Quest: The Demon of Paris (2010), Emily Shaw for The Last Post (2012) and The Cloisters of Terror (2015), Jean Bazemore for Jago & Litefoot 11Mother Superior for The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield: The Unbound Universeand Queen Victoria for both Torchwood: The Victorian Age and The Torchwood Archive (all 2016)
  • John Benfield (Extra) voiced Don for Circular Time: Autumn (BF, 2007), and Captain Greeg for The Song of Megaptera (BF, 2010)
  • David Arlen (Warrior Guard in The Mutants), Terry Paris (a Grecian Wrestler in Four to Doomsday), Timothy Block (Tanner in Black Orchid), and Iestyn Jones (an ISA crewman in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship) were all extras here
  • Tariq Anwar was also the film editor on The Sun Makers and The Five Doctors
  • Matthew Kuipers was production manager on K9 & Company too
  • Graham Brown was also a SFX assistant on Resurrection of the Daleks and Attack of the Cybermen, uncredited VFX assistant on (part 4 of) Full Circle, The Five DoctorsThe Caves of Androzani (4) and Revelation of the Daleks (2), then VFX designer on The Curse of Fenric

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