Sunday, 17 June 2018

Doctor Who Vs. Day of the Triffids

 BBC One's second, lavish rework-
ing of this classic sci-fi novel was first shown over two nights at Christmas 2009, and followed
the Corporation's more faithful
TV version of 1981.
After readings of the book on the
BBC Home Service in 1953, the
first radio rendition was broadcast
in 1957, and a cinema adaptation
was released by Rank in 1962.
Published in 1951, this post-apocalyptic thriller is the best-known work of English novelist
John Wyndham (1903-1969), and
related the colonisation of Earth
by an aggressive plant species,
the carnivorous Triffids. A sequel by Simon Clark, The Night of the Triffids
(2001) was adapted by Big Finish in 2014.
Both feature-length episodes were repeated on the Syfy channel last night,
and featured Joely Richardson, Eddie Izzard, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason
Priestley, and eighteen Doctor Who cast connections:

  • Dougray Scott (Bill Masen) played Major Alec Palmer in Hide
  • Brian Cox (Dennis) voiced the Ood Elder in The End of Time, and depicted Sydney Newman in An Adventure in Space and Time
  • Troy Glasgow (Troy) was Angelo in The Time of Angels
  • Big Finish actress Lizzie Hopley (Hilda) voiced the Mantasphid Queen for The Infinite Quest, Gemma Griffin for Terror Firma (2005), Sue for Night Thoughts, Lady Lillian Hawthorne for The Veiled Leopard, Yarvell for I, Davros (all 2006), Brinna, Secretary and Comp for Cyberman, and Sister Christie for The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield 3: The Unbound Universe (both 2016)
  • Steven Elder (Koch) voiced Farrow for Jubilee (2003), and Rawden for Something Inside (2006)
  • William Ilkley (Jeff) was Tim Bass in The Mark of the Rani
  • Paul Chahidi (Vronsky) voiced Hason for The Key 2 Time: The Destroyer of Delights (2009), George Townsend for Industrial Evolution (2011), the Shepherd and Bondsman Tango Veldt for Persuasion, and the Entity for Daleks Among Us (both 2013)
  • Julia Joyce (Imogen) was the Young Rose Tyler in Father's Day, and Holly Frobisher in Torchwood: Children of Earth
  • Raji James (Doctor) was Dr. Rajesh Singh in Doomsday and Army of Ghosts
  • Rita Davies (Wheelchair Woman) voiced Janneus for Primeval (2001)
  • Stephanie Carey (Barricade Woman) was a stunt performer on Voyage of the DamnedThe Beast BelowThe Curse of the Black SpotLet's Kill Hitler and The Girl Who Waited
  • Greg Bennett (Soldier) was both a Sycorax Warrior and UNIT Soldier in The Christmas Invasion, and uncredited Guest in The Lazarus Experiment
  • Amanda Foster was a stunt performer on The Doctor's Daughter too
  • Will Willoughby was also a stuntman on nine adventures (from Rose to A Town Called Mercy) and Torchwood
  • Marcus Catlin was also the first assistant director on The Hungry Earth, Cold Blood The Pandorica Opens and The Big Bang
  • Neal Champion was the SFX supervisor on An Adventure in Space and Time too
  • Carly Reddin (props) was art director on Cold War
  • Simon Diggins was also ADR recordist  on twenty-five stories (from The Day of the Doctor to Twice Upon a Time)

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