Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Doctor Who Vs. The Eagle Has Landed

Based on the book by Jack Higgins, ITC Entertainment's classic British war film was 
released in 1976, and starred Michael Caine, 
Donald Sutherland, Robert Duvall, Donald 
Pleasence and Larry Hagman.
The plot shared many similarities with that
of the Ealing Studios feature, Went the Day 
Well? (1942). A sequel, The Eagle Has Flown
was published in 1991, and it was reported
 in 2015 that ITV Studios plan to adapt the 
novel for BBC1.
A genuine plot (codenamed Operation Willi)
to kidnap the Duke of Windsor (opposed to
Winston Churchill in this fictional narrative)
was conceived in 1940 by the SS.
Co-star Jean Marsh (here as Miss Grey) first
appeared in the classic run as Princess Joanna
in The Crusade. Her next role, space agent
Sara Kingdom (pictured in The Daleks' Master 
Plan), was reprised for Big Finish's The 
Companion Chronicles series: Home Truths 
(2008), The Drowned World (2009), The Guardian of the Solar System
(2010), The Five Companions (2011), The Anachronauts (2012), then the
'lost' story The Daleks: The Destroyers (2010), The Early Adventures release
An Ordinary Life (2014), and finally The Sontarans (2016). Marsh also played Morgaine in Battlefield, and made a cameo appearance in An Adventure in 
Space and Time.
The Eagle Has Landed was shown again on BBC2 today, and featured
these fifteen other Doctor Who guest stars:

  • Jenny Agutter (Molly) voiced Sekhmet for Big Finish's The Bride of Peladon (2008)
  • Sir John Standing (Father Verecker) voiced Fenric for Gods and Monsters (2012), and Professor Threadstone for Vampire of the Mind (2016)
  • Denis Lill (Extra) played Dr. Fendelman in Image of Fendahl, and Sir George Hutchinson in The Awakening
  • Tim Barlow (Wilde) was Tyssan in Destiny of the Daleks
  • Maurice Roeves (Corcoran) was Stotz in The Caves of Androzani
  • Harry Fielder (Outrider) a veteran of fifteen classic era appearances, was a Guard (in serials PP, ZZZ, 4L, 4P, 5A, 5F, 5Z), a Crewman (SS, 4T), a Vogan (4D), an Assassin (4Q), a Tigellan (5Q), and a Krarg in Shada
  • Roy Marsden (Toberg) was Mr. Stoker in Smith and Jones
  • Peter Miles (uncredited as Hitler) was Dr. Charles Lawrence in The Silurians, Professor Whitaker for Invasion of the Dinosaurs, then was Nyder in Genesis of the Daleks, a role he reprised for both The Trial of Davros (2005) and I, Davros: Guilt (BF, 2006) - he also voiced Tragan for The Paradise of Death, and Curator Gantman for Whispers of Terror (BF, 1999)
  • Malcolm Tierney (Officer) was Dolland in Terror of the Vervoids
  • Valentino Musetti (Saracen Warrior in The Crusade: The Lion, with another eight uncredited roles in the classic series), Bill Weston (Militiaman in The Smugglers), Mark McBride (Van Driver in Mawdryn Undead), Steve Emerson (UNIT Soldier in The Claws of Axos); Richard Hammatt (stuntman in The Runaway Bride); and Nick Hobbs (eight uncredited roles in the classic era, was Aggedor in both Peladon serials, and Mr. Nainby in Amy's Choice) were all stunt performers here

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