Monday, 7 August 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Night of the Big Heat

Shown last night on the Talking Pictures TV channel, this British horror feature was based on the 1959 novel of the same name by prolific sci-fi and crime writer John Lymington.
Here, whilst Britain shivers in deepest winter, the remote
Scottish isle of Fara experiences
an inexplicable heatwave - the result of an alien incursion. The story was first adapted for ITV's Play of the Week in 1960, and starred Bernard Cribbins.
Released in the UK by Planet Films in 1967 (then in America in 1971 as Island 
of the Burning Damned), the thriller featured genre stalwarts Peter Cushing
(as Dr. Vernon Stone), Christopher Lee, Patrick Allen, and six Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • script writers Pip and Jane Baker later penned The Mark of the Rani, Terror of the Vervoids, (part 14 of) The Ultimate Foe and Time and the Rani
  • William Lucas (Stanley) was Range in Frontios
  • Kenneth Cope (Mason) was Packard in Warriors' Gate
  • Jack Bligh (Siddle) was Gaptooth in The Smugglers (4)
  • Malcolm Lockyer was the composer on Dr. Who and the Daleks too

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