Sunday, 24 June 2018

Doctor Who Vs. Mrs. Caldicot's Cabbage War

Collins as would-be companion, Samantha
Briggs in The Facless Ones
This independent British film
comedy premiered at German
then Moscow film festivals, and
was released in UK cinemas in
The story (based on the book
series from Vernon Coleman)
centred on housewife Thelma
Caldicot (portrayed by Pauline
Collins), who finally becomes
free of her boorish husband
when he's killed by a cricket
ball, only to be confined to a retirement home by her 
son Derek (played by Peter 
Capaldi). Upset with the care she and the other patients receive, Thelma 
leads a revolt.
Shown again on Channel 5 today, the drama also featured Camille Coduri 
(as Jackie), John Alderton, and thirteen other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Sheila Reid (Joyce) was Etta in Vengeance on Varos, Clara's Gran in The Time of the Doctor and Dark Water, and voiced Claire Summerfield for Big Finish's The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield 1: Good Night, Sweet Ladies (2014), and Janaiya for The Middle (2017)
  • Frank Mills (Leslie) was the Telescope Director in Terror of the Autons
  • Isla Blair (Matron) was Lady Isabella Fitzwilliam in The King's Demons, and voiced Paula for Exotron (2007)
  • Paul Freeman (Jenkins) voiced Jalnik for The Foe from the Future (2012)
  • Martin Jarvis (JB) was Hilio in The Web PlanetButler in Invasion of the Dinosaurs, and the Governor in Vengeance on Varos, and voiced Nigel Rochester for Jubilee (2003)
  • Wanda Ventham (Victoria) was Jean Rook in The Faceless Ones (opposite Collins), Thea Ransome in Image of the Fendahl, and Faroon in Time and the Rani
  • Angela Bruce (Gina) was Brigadier Winifred Bambera in Battlefield, a role she reprised for Animal (2011)
  • Annette Badland (Cook) was Margaret Blaine alias Blon Fel Fotch Pasameer Day Slitheen in Aliens of London, World War Three and Boom Town, and voiced Queen Karlina for EquilibriumThelma for Suburban Hell (both 2015), and Guilana for The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield 4: Ruler of the Universe (2017)
  • Nicholas McArdle (Dale) was De Vries in The Stones of Blood
  • Jamie Bradley (Driver) was Strood in Bad Wolf
  • Lisa Kay (Sally) voiced Beatrix for The Witch from the Well (2011), and Alayna for Empire of the Racnoss (2017)
  • Rocky Taylor was a stuntman on The Idiot's Lantern too
  • unit manager Peter Bennett was first assistant director on fourteen stories (from Bad Wolf to The End of Time), production manager on The Doctor's Daughter, MidnightThe Stolen Earth and Journey's End, then produced another twelve episodes (from The Beast Below to Series 9)

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