Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Doctor Who Vs. United

Screened again on the True Entertain-
ment channel last night and today, this
TV film from World Productions was
based on the true story of Manchester
United's "Busby Babes" and the
aftermath of the Munich air disaster
of February 1958.
The film focused on the experiences
of Welsh football coach Jimmy Murphy
(1910-1989) portrayed by David 
Tennant and midfielder, Bobby
Charlton (b. 1937) played by Jack
O'Connell (pictured centre).
Murphy became United's caretaker
manager following the plane crash
 in Germany which killed 23 people,
including eight club players, and
injured eighteen others and manager Matt Busby (1909-1994).
Nine MUFC squad players were amongst the 21 survivors.
In charge of United since 1945, Busby recovered and resumed his role a year
later. Rebuilding his team, Busby would eventually lead the club to European supremacy in 1968, before retiring the next year. He was knighted in 1972.
Despite the disaster, Murphy steered United to the FA Cup final of 1958, then managed the Wales national squad at the country's only FIFA World Cup finals appearance in Sweden. He remained as MUFC assistant manager until 1971.
Filmed mainly in the North East of England, the feature-length drama was
first broadcast in April 2011 on BBC Two and BBC HD. The cast featured Neil
Dudgeon, Dean Andrews, Tim Healy and twelve further Doctor Who cast and
crew connections:
  • James Strong had also directed The Impossible Planet, The Satan Pit, Daleks in ManhattanEvolution of the DaleksVoyage of the Damned, Partners in Crime and Planet of the Dead
  • future show-runner Chris Chibnall also scripted 42, The Hungry Earth, Cold BloodDinosaurs on a Spaceship, and The Power of Three, and co-produced twenty-six Torchwood instalments
  • Dougray Scott (Matt Busby, pictured left) played Professor Alec Palmer in Hide
  • Natalie Burt (Marion) voiced Dr. Sally Armstrong for Big Finish's Dark Eyes series
  • Kate Ashfield (Alma George) voiced Lieutenant Beth Stokes for Enemy of the Daleks (BF, 2009)
  • Daniel Hill (British Consul) and Shirley Dixon (Mrs. Watson) both worked on the unfinished TV story Shada - as Chris Parsons, and the Voice of Skagra's Ship respectively
  • Edward Thomas was also production designer on seventy-two stories (from Rose to The Big Bang), The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood
  • casting director Andy Pryor has worked on the revived run since 2005
  • David Morison was also set decorator on twelve adventures (from Tooth and Claw to Forest of the Dead) after a stint as stand-by art director on Boom Town and Love & Monsters
  • sound mixer John Taylor was a boom operator on The Five Doctors
  • Alice Purser was also casting associate on forty-three instalments (from The Waters of Mars to The Time of the Doctor)
  • Luke Corbyn was SFX technician on An Adventure in Space and Time too

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