Thursday, 15 February 2018

Doctor Who Vs. Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), Part 1

This British TV fantasy drama
starred Mike Pratt (1931-1976)
and Kenneth Cope (born 1931)
as private detectives Jeff Randall
and Marty Hopkirk, and Annette
Andre (born 1939) as Jeannie
Hopkirk.
When Marty was murdered in the
pilot episode, he returned as a
ghost, and his partner was the
only character able to interact
with him.
ITC Entertainment produced a single, twenty-six part season, conceived by former Doctor Who script editor and writer Dennis Spooner (1932-1986) in 1967.
He wanted to incorporate a keen
interest in the paranormal into
his own crime series.
Spooner had worked with
Pratt and Andre on The Baron (1965), and with Cope on The Avengers.
The pilot was first shown on seven ITV regions on September 19 1969,
in London two days later, then in the rest of the UK from October 5th.
Only LWT screened the whole series. The programme was broadcast as
My Partner the Ghost in America, and entitled The Phantom Detective on
Spanish TV. The BBC remake of 2000 endured for two seasons, and the
Syfy channel announced a planned revival in 2010.
A repeat run of the series began on the True Entertainment channel this 
week - the first thirteen instalments featured Nicholas Courtney, Roger 
Delgado, and thirty-four other Doctor Who cast alumni:

My Late Lamented Friend and Partner (UK TX: September 21 1969)
  • Frank Windsor (Sorrenson) was Sir Ranulf Fitzwilliam in The King's Demons, and Inspector Mackenzie in Ghost Light
  • Harold Innocent (Assassin) was Gilbert M in The Happiness Patrol, and voiced Freeth for The Paradise of Death
  • Dave Carter (Electrician) was a Rebel in (episode 1 of) The Power of the Daleks, IE Guard in The Invasion (1), titular monster in The Silurians, Primord in Inferno, Attendant in Terror of the Autons (1), Prison Officer in The Mind of Evil, Skybase Guard in The Mutants (1), Roundhead Officer in The Time Monster (3), Sergeant Duffy in Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1),  and Grierson in The Android Invasion
A Disturbing Case (TX: September 28)
  • Gerald Flood (Dr. Lambert) provided the voice of Kamelion for The King's Demons and Planet of Fire
  • William Mervyn (Whitty) was Sir Charles Summer in The War Machines
  • Charles Morgan (Phillips) was Songsten in The Abominable Snowmen, and Gold Usher in The Invasion of Time
  • Max Faulkner (Nurse) was a UNIT Soldier in The Ambassadors of Death, Exxilon in Death to the Daleks (1), Miner in The Monster of Peladon (6), Guard Captain in Planet of the Spiders (4), Thal Guard in Genesis of the Daleks (3), Crewmember in Planet of Evil (1), Corporal Adams in The Android Invasion, and Nesbin in The Invasion of Time
All Work and No Pay (TX: October 5)
  • Adrienne Corri (Laura) was Mena in The Leisure Hive
  • Michael Rathbone (Man) was Taxi Driver in (episode 2 of) The War Machines
Never Trust a Ghost (TX: October 12)
  • Donald Morley (DI Clayton) was Jules Renan in The Reign of Terror
  • Philip Madoc (Rawlins) was Eelek in The Krotons, the War Lord in The War Games, Dr. Mehendri Solon in The Brain of Morbius, Fenner in The Power of Kroll, Brockley in Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD, and voiced Rag Cobden for Big Finish's Return of the Krotons (2009), and Victor Schaeffer for Master (2003)
That's How Murder Snowballs (TX: October 19)
  • Luan Peters (Dancer) was Chicki [as Karol Keyes] in The Macra Terror, and Sheila in Frontier in Space (3)
Just For The Record  (TX: October 26)
  • Clifford Cox (Attendant) was the Sergeant in Spearhead from Space (3)
  • Jack Woolgar (Old Man) was Sergeant Arnold in The Web of Fear
  • Kenneth Watson (Sergeant) was Bill Duggan in The Wheel in Space, and Craddock in the second Dalek film
Murder Ain't What it Used to Be! (TX: November 2)
  • stuntman Harry Fielder was a Guard (in serials PP, ZZZ, 4L, 4P, 5A, 5F, 5Z), Crewman (SS, 4T), Vogan (4D), Assassin (4Q), Tigellan (5Q), and Krarg in Shada
Whoever Heard of a Ghost Dying? (TX: November 9)
  • John Fraser (Hellingworth) was the Monitor in Logopolis
  • Paddy Ryan (Larry) was a Kaled Scientist in Genesis of the Daleks
  • Sean Barry Weske (Dancer) was a Paramilitary in Silver Nemesis
  • Michael Stevens (Sergeant) was a Soldier in The Myth Makers (1), Daffodil Man in Terror of the Autons (3), Prisoner and UNIT Motorcyclist in The Mind of Evil, and Guard in The Curse of Peladon (1)
The House on Haunted Hill (TX: November 16)
  • George A Cooper (Webster) was Cherub in The Smugglers
  • Duncan Lamont (Langford) was Dan Galloway in Death to the Daleks
When Did You Start to Stop Seeing Things? (TX: November 23)
  • Keith Barron (Jarvis) was Captain Straker in Enlightenment, and voiced Isaac Barclay for Plague of the Daleks (BF, 2009), and Lord Tulip for The Bad Penny (2018)
  • Peter Stephens (Grange) was Cyril/the Knave of Hearts/Kitchen Boy in The Celestial Toymaker, and Lolem in The Underwater Menace
  • John Garvin (Tully) was Carney in Fury From the Deep (1)
The Ghost Who Saved the Bank at Monte Carlo (TX: November 30)
  • Brian Blessed (Lawsey) was King Yrcanos in Mindwarp
  • Nicholas Chagrin (Andre) was Quillam in Vengeance on Varos
  • Hans De Vries (Hibert) was a titular alien in The Tomb of the Cybermen
  • Clive Cazes (Claude) was the Guard Captain in The Massacre
  • Mike Reid (Man) was a Soldier in The Myth Makers (3) and The War Machines, and Guard in The Massacre (4)
For the Girl Who Has Evertyhing (TX: December 7)
  • Eric Dodson (Vicar) was the Headman in The Visitation
  • George Lee (Sergeant) was Corporal Forbes in Spearhead from Space, and Farm worker in The Time Monster (4)
  • Michael Coles (Wentworth) was Ganatus in Dr. Who and the Daleks
But What a Sweet Little Room (TX: December 14)
  • Chris Gannon (Salesman) was Casey in The Talons of Weng-Chiang

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