Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Doctor Who Vs. The Quatermass Experiment (2005)

The contemporary remake of
Nigel Kneale's seminal series
of 1953 was transmitted live
 (like the original) for BBC
Four's TV on Trial season in
April 2005.
Jason Flemyng (son of Gordon
Flemyng, director of both Dalek
films) became the seventh actor
to portray Professor Bernard Quatermass, head of the British Experimental Rocket Group.
It was during rehearsals that David Tennant (cast as Dr. Briscoe) was offered the role of the Tenth Doctor, but his casting was only announced two weeks after transmission. 
In the live broadcast, Flemyng even changed Quatermass' first line to
Briscoe to "Good to have you back Doctor" from the scripted "Gordon,"
Adapted by Richard Fell, the thriller was faithful to the source until the
climax, with the alien threat now confronted at the Tate Modern.
The serial (last repeated in 2008) featured Mark Gatiss (Paterson),
Andrew Scott, and twelve other Doctor Who cast connections:

  • Fell was also the executive producer of Death Comes to Time and Real Time
  • Adrian Dunbar (Lomax) voiced McCarthy for Big Finish's Brave New Town (2008)
  • Indira Varma (Judith) was Suzi Costello in the first series of Torchwood
  • Andrew Tiernan (Victor Caroon) was Jim Purcell in Night Terrors
  • Adrian Bower (Fullalove) voiced Steffen for Klein's Story (2010)
  • Isla Blair (Blaker) was Lady Isabella Fitzwilliam in The King's Demons, and voiced Paula for Exotron (2007)
  • Kerry Godliman (Mrs. Matthews) voiced Karen for both The Eight Truths and Worldwide Web (2009)
  • Greg Bennett (Journalist) was both a Sycorax Warrior and UNIT Soldier in The Christmas Invasion, and Guest in The Lazarus Experiment
  • Debbi Slater was also production manager on BlinkPlanet of the Ood, The Sontaran StratagemThe Poison SkyThe Unicorn and the Wasp, Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead, then was associate producer on Planet of the Dead, The Waters of Mars, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood
  • Bill Whiston was sound supervisor on The Mysterious Planet too
  • camera supervisor Robin Sutherland was an operator on Remembrance of the Daleks
  • Julie Mann was vision mixer on The Greatest Show in the Galaxy too

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