Sunday, 12 August 2018

Doctor Who Vs. The Gorgon

This feature marked a departure from the typically 
gothic fare of the Hammer stable by turning to 
Greek mythology for inspiration. The legendary 
Gorgon sisters terrorise the villagers of Vandorf 
in turn-of-the-century Germany.
Released in cinemas in a double bill with The 
Curse of the Mummy's Tomb in 1964, the cast 
was headed by studio stalwarts Christopher Lee
(as Professor Meister) and Peter Cushing (Dr.
Shown again on the Horror channel last night, 
The Gorgon featured Patrick Troughton 
(pictured as Inspector Kanof, his second of
five Hammer roles) and six other Doctor Who 
cast and crew connections:

  • Troughton also appeared in The Phantom of the Opera (1962), The Viking Queen (1967), Scars of Dracula (1970), and was reunited with Cushing in Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)
  • Barbara Shelley (Carla) was Sorastra in Planet of Fire
  • Michael Peake (Constable) was Tavius in The Romans
  • Jim O'Brady (Angry Man) was an Escapee in Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD
  • Ron Hyde was sound editor on Dr. Who and the Daleks too
  • music supervisor Marcus Dods was the conductor on The Aztecs
  • stunt co-ordinator Peter Diamond was a regular stunt double and fight arranger on the classic series (from The Daleks to The Daemons)

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