Saturday, 12 August 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Strange

This supernatural drama series (probably the
best programme you've never heard of) from
Big Bear Productions is a forgotten gem, and
was sadly never renewed for a second run.
A pilot episode, aired on BBC1 in 2002, was
followed by a six-part season (all written by
show creator Andrew Marshall) a year later.
Here, defrocked priest, John Strange (played
by Richard Coyle) is helped in his mission to
track down demons by nurse Jude Atkins
(Samantha Womack, nee Janus), and
internet-nerd Toby (Andrew-Lee Potts).
They are continually hampered in their
quest by Canon Adolphus Black (the ever
impressive Ian Richardson), who is intent
on refuting the presence of dark forces.
Series director Joe Ahearne went on to helm five Doctor Who stories when the programme
was revived in 2005, and Tom Baker made
a guest appearance as Father Bernard in the
final mystery. Strange featured thirty-four
other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

Pilot: Strange (UK TX: March 9 2002)
  • Peter Copley (Reverend Rutt) was Dr. Warlock in Pyramids of Mars
  • Abi Eniola (Mandy) was Crosbie in Bad Wolf
  • Alastair Mackenzie (Rich) voiced Julian St. Stephen for Big Finish's Counter Measures (2012), Galen for Prisoners of Fate (2013), and Robots for The Entropy Plague (2015)
  • Bryan Dick (Toby) voiced the Exec for Theatre of War (BF, 2015)
  • series regular Samuel Barnett (Doddington) voiced Hans Tod for The Beast of Orlok (BF, 2009), and Robin for Nightshade (BF, 2016)
  • series film editor Graham Walker also worked on all of Ahearn's epsiodes in the same capacity
  • Ken Lowe was camera operator on The Green Death too
  • Nigel Squibbs (series sound effects editor), Tony Gibson (series post-production assistant), Liz Pearson (post-production supervisor), and Neal Champion (SFX supervisor) all worked on An Adventure in Space and Time, as sound mixer, sound designer, co-ordinator and VFX designer respectively
Zoxim (UK TX: May 31 2003)
  • Anna Massey (Emily) voiced Miss Pollard for The Girl Who Never Was (BF, 2007)
  • Colin McFarlane (Reverend Johnson) was Moran in Under the Lake and Before the FloodGeneral Pierce in Torchwood: Children of Earth, and provided the Alien voices for Voyage of the Damned, and voiced Foster for The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield (BF, 2014)
  • Hazel Pethig was costume designer on Planet of the Daleks too
  • Jan Sewell was the make-up designer on The Curse of Fatal Death too
  • prosthetic supervisor and SFX artist (here and on the next episode) Neil Gorton later designed SFX for sixty-six stories (from The Christmas Invasion to The Time of the Doctor), thirty-five installments of The Sarah Jane Adventures and eight Torchwood episodes
  • Rod Woodruff was also stunt co-ordinator on Rose and World War Three 
Kaa-Jinn (UK TX: June 7)
  • Ellen Thomas (Mrs. Andoh) was Carmen in Planet of the Dead
  • Tim Baggaley (Kaa-Jinn) was the Knight in Robot of Sherwood
  • Adam Paul Harvey made a cameo appearance in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot
  • stunt co-ordinator Andy Smart was a stuntman on Evolution of the Daleks and Let's Kill Hitler
  • art department assistant Paul Smith was the prop master on sixteen episodes, from Asylum of the Daleks to The Time of the Doctor
  • runner Alison Marlow produced Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor
Costa Burra (UK TX: June 14)
  • Rachel Bavidge (WPC) voiced the European Leader for The Defectors, and Seru for The Isos Network (BF, both 2015)
  • Mary Conlon (Mrs. Maddox) voiced Celia Dunthorpe for We Are The Daleks (BF, 2015)
Incubus (UK TX: June 21)
  • Ian McNeice (Harrison) portrayed Winston Churchill in Victory of the Daleks and The Wedding of River Song (a role reprised by Big Finish in The Churchill Years), and voiced Zeus for Immortal Beloved (2007) and Reginald Harcourt for Renaissance Man (2012)
  • Martin Ball (Dr. Harry) was Roger Davey in Partners in Crime
  • Paul Shearer (Dexter) voiced King Henry VIII for Recorded Time, and Cranston for A Most Excellent Match (BF, both 2011)
  • Imelda Staunton (Truegood) was the Interface Voice for The Girl Who Waited
Dubik (UK TX: June 28)
  • Philip Franks (Reverend Capstick) voiced the Supervisor and an Acolyte for The Warehouse (BF, 2015)
  • SFX make-up artist Ian Morse was a Millennium FX technician on Asylum of the DaleksDinosaurs on a SpaceshipA Town Called Mercy, Cold War and Journney to the Centre of the TARDIS
Asmoth (UK TX: July 5)
  • Jim Carter (Inspector Stewart) voiced Brother Bernard for The Book of Kells (BF, 2010)
  • Donald Pelmear (Parrish) was Professor Rubeish in The Time Warrior
  • Amy Roberts was also the costume designer on Image of the FendahlFull Circle, State of Decay, The Keeper of Traken, Time Flight and Mawdryn Undead

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