Friday, 22 December 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Nativity 2

Shown again today on BBC2, this 
festive British comedy, subtitled 
Danger in the Manger, was the first sequel to Nativity! (2009), 
and starred David Tennant in 
the dual role as Scottish twin 
brothers, Donald and Roderick 
Marc Wootton and Pam Ferris 
reprised their roles as Desmond
Poppy (pictured right) and the head
of St. Bernadette's Primary school
in Coventry.
Filmed on location in England and Wales in late 2011, Nativity 2 was released a year later and featured fourteen further Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Jessica Hynes (Angel) played Joan Redfern in Human Nature and The Family of Blood, then (that character's great-grand daughter) Verity Newman in The End of Time, Part 2 - she also voiced Glory Bee for Big Finish's Invaders From Mars (2002)
  • Joanna Page (Mrs. Peterson) appeared opposite Tennant in The Day of the Doctor, as Queen Elizabeth I 
  • for Ferris (Mrs. Bevan), Jason Watkins (Shakespeare) and Rosie Cavaliero (Miss Rye) see my blog for Nativity!
  • Ian McNeice (Dad) was Winston Churchill in Victory of the Daleks and The Wedding of River Song (a role reprised by Big Finish for The Churchill Years), and voiced Zeus for Immortal Beloved (2007) and Reginald Harcourt for Renaissance Man (2012)
  • Amanda Lawrence and George Potts (Teachers) were Doomfinger in The Shakespeare Code; and voiced Ruben/Guard for You Are The Doctor and Other Stories (2015) respectively
  • Steve Smith was also a make-up artist on forty-one adventures (from The Christmas Invasion to The Waters of Mars) and Music of the Spheres
  • prop hand Adrian Greenwood was a prop buyer on a dozen stories (from Asylum of the Daleks to The Name of the Doctor)
  • sound mixer John Taylor was a boom operator on The Five Doctors
  • casting assistant Ray Knight made eight uncredited appearances on the classic run - Soldier in (part 4 of) Robot, Sorenson Monster in Planet of Evil (4), Coven Member in Image of the Fendahl, Mentiad in The Pirate Planet, Deon in Meglos (1), Constable in Logopolis (1), Trion in Planet of Fire (4), and Crewman in Dragonfire
  • costume supervisor Fiona McCann was an assistant on Love & Monsters
  • Will Willoughby was also a stunt double on Rose, Smith and Jones, Daleks in Manhattan, Evolution of the DaleksThe Pandorica Opens, A Good Man Goes to War, The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship and A Town Called Mercy

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