Saturday, 4 August 2018

Doctor Who Vs. Miss Marple: The Moving Finger

The Queen of Crime's thirty-third crime novel
 (and one of her favourites) was serialised (heavily
abridged) in 1942 for the American magazine,
Collier's Weekly, then was issued in Britain in the
Woman's Pictorial later that year.
The Moving Finger (the third Marple mystery) was
faithfully adapted by BBC1 as their second Miss 
Marple serial, and was first shown in two parts in
February 1985. An ITV version followed in 2006.
Joan Hickson again portrayed the amateur sleuth
from St. Mary Mead, and the thriller (repeated
again on the Drama channel today) featured these
fourteen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Big Finish guest star Sabina Franklyn (Joanna) voiced Dr. Eleanor Harcourt for Bang-Bang-A-Boom! (2002), Wanda Rothman for Situation Vacant (2010), and Herculania for Judoon in Chains (2016)
  • John Arnatt (Reverend Calthrop) was Chancellor Borusa in The Invasion of Time
  • Martin Fisk (Griffith) was Vargos in The Leisure Hive
  • Penelope Lee (Partridge) provided the Computer Voice for Revelation of the Daleks, and was one of several actresses considered for the role of Barbara Wright in 1963
  • Imogen Bickford-Smith (Elsie) was Tal (pictured) in Underworld 
  • Victor Maddern (PC Johnson) was Chief Robson in Fury from the Deep
  • Patsy Smart (Mrs Cleat) was the Ghoul in The Talons of Weng-Chiang
  • Elizabeth Counsell (Angela) voiced Abigail Woburn for Jago & Litefoot: The Hourglass Killers (2012)
  • production associate George Gallaccio was an uncredited PA on (part 6 of) Planet of the Daleks and Invasion of the Dinosaurs (6), then production unit manager on eight other stories (from Robot to The Seeds of Doom)
  • Bernard Ashby was film editor on Arc of Infinity too
  • Graham Walker was also film editor on DalekFather's DayBoom Town, Bad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways
  • Juley Harding was also the PA on Black Orchid and The Caves of Androzani
  • location manager Tony Redston was production manager on The Mark of the Rani and Time and the Rani
  • Paul Allen was also production designer on The Seeds of DeathSpearhead from Space and Horror of Fang Rock
BBC Radio 4 transmitted an adaptation of The Moving Finger in May 2001. 
June Whitfield again voiced Miss Marple, and was joined by these Doctor 
Who cast alumni:
  • Nicholas Boulton (Burton) was a Businessman in Gridlock
  • Clare Corbett (Joanna) voiced Ernestina Stott for The Dead Shoes, and a Nun for A Sting in the Tale (both for AudioGo's Hornet's Nest, 2009), Harriet, Woman and Technician for The Third Doctor Adventures 4, and Lukaku for Jenny: The Doctor's Daughter (both 2018)
  • Annabelle Dowler (Megan) was Walter's Mother in The Snowmen

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