Friday, 2 February 2018

Doctor Who Vs. Marple: The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side

Agatha Christie's eighth full-length Miss Marple 
mystery, her fifty-third novel, was published in 
1962, then issued a year later as The Mirror Crack'd in North America. The Queen of Crime 
utilised the real-life tragedy of American actress 
Gene Tierney as the basis of her plot. The title 
of the book was taken from Tennyson's The 
Lady of Shalottand was dedicated to cinematic 
Marple actress Margaret Rutherford.
Julie McKenzie again portrayed the eponymous 
sleuth for ITV Studios' fifth series of Marple - this production followed a British film version (1980), 
and a BBC serial (1992).
First broadcast in January 2011, the story was 
repeated on ITV3 again last night, and featured twelve Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Joanna Lumley (Dolly Bantry here and The Body In The Library) was the female Doctor in The Curse of Fatal Death
  • Lindsay Duncan (Marina Gregg) was Captain Adelaide Brooke in The Waters of Mars
  • Martin Jarvis (Hogg) was Hilio in The Web Planet, Butler for Invasion of the Dinosaurs, and the Governor (pictured) in Vengeance on Varos, then voiced Nigel Rochester for Big Finish's Jubilee (2003)
  • Neil Stuke (Dr. Haydock) voiced the titular villain for The Crooked Man (BF, 2014)
  • Samuel Barnett (Sergeant Tiddler) voiced Hans Tod for The Beast of Orlok (BF, 2009), and Robin for Nightshade (BF, 2016)
  • Hugh Bonneville (Inspector Hewitt) played Captain Henry Avery in The Curse of the Black Spot, and voiced Tsar Nicholas I for The Angel of Scutari (BF, 2009)
  • Olivia Darnley (Cherry here; Nurse in Agatha Christie: A Life in Pictures) was Kourtney in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot; and voiced Emily Cole for Jenny: The Doctor's Daughter (BF, 2018)
  • series executive producer Damian Timmer made a cameo appearance in An Adventure in Space and Time as a Menoptera, and Nigel Squibbs was the sound mixer on that production too
  • film editor Matthew Tabern also edited Smith and JonesThe Shakespeare CodeHuman NatureThe Family of Blood and The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • Sean Clayton was also the second assistant director on Dalek and Father's Day
  • series production runner Donna Shakesheff was the art department co-ordinator (then prop buyer) on every episode from Asylum of the Daleks to Kill the Moon

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