Thursday, 7 December 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Agatha Christie's Poirot, Series 7

Regular series actors since 1989, David Suchet 
(who portrayed Hercule Poirot), Hugh Fraser
 (as Captain Arthur Hastings), Philip Jackson
(Inspector James Japp), and Pauline Moran
 (Miss Felicity Lemon) all returned for two more 
feature-length serials based on the Queen of 
Crime's earliest books.
Christie's seminal work, The Murder of Roger 
Ackroydwas published in 1926, the year of her mysterious disappearance. The novel formed
the basis of the earliest Poirot adaptation, the
play Alibi (first performed in 1928 with Charles 
Laughton in the lead), which in turn inspired 
Christie's first stage play, Black Coffee (1930).
Orson Welles adapted, directed and starred in
the first radio version of 1939, whilst Radio 4
dramatised the story in 1987.
Lord Edgware Dies (the seventh Poirot novel) was issued in 1933, and was 
adapted by CBS as Thirteen at Dinner (the original American title) in 1985.
After a gap of four years, the mysteries were first transmitted in the winter 
of 2000 - the first was repeated again on ITV Encore today, and both
featured a total of ten Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (UK TX: January 2)
  • Malcolm Terris (Ackroyd) was Etnin in The Dominators, and the Co-Pilot in The Horns of Nimon
  • Daisy Beaumont (Ursula) was Maisie in Mummy on the Orient Express
  • Jamie Harcourt was also a camera operator on The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit
  • Richard Hammatt was a stuntman on The Runaway Bride too
  • Garry Dawson also worked on the stand-by props for Cold War and The Crimson Horror
Lord Edgware Dies (UK TX: February 19)
  • John Castle (Edgware) voiced Edmund Trevithick for Big Finish's Nightshade (2016)
  • Fenella Woolgar (Ellis) played the famous writer and Poirot's creator in The Unicorn and the Wasp, and voiced Commander Hellan Femor for The Company of Friends: Fitz's Story (2009), Morella Wendigo for Nevermore (2010), and Vanessa Seaborne for Planet of the Drashigs (2019)
  • Janet Hargreaves (Lady Corner) and Christopher Guard (Alton) both appeared in The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, as Mum and Bellboy respectively
  • the latter's real-life brother, Dominic Guard also starred here (as Martin) - he was Olvir in Terminus

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