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Re: Doctor Who: Reference Time

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:18 pm

"The Avengers" Dressed to Kill -  28 December 1963 (Season 3, Episode 14)

Three years before playing Polly, Anneke Wills had a large role in an earlier episode of The Avengers, shot on good old 405-line videotape. It's obviously not great for reference, but worth an honorable mention here.

At an abandoned train station, the attendees of a costume party realize there is a killer among them.

Dressed as a "pussycat" throughout, Anneke is extremely quirky and playful, as she flirts with John Steed (who is dressed as a cowboy). She is a swinging 60s girl and says things like "fabby."

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Anneke Wills and 405-line television go together well, and this Avengers episode hints at what a loss it is that so many Doctor Who episodes only exist as audio, because Anneke is constantly making silly faces here, when other people are talking, and generally being amusing in a way that a soundtrack would only hint at. Patrick Troughton was obviously known for his facial expressions, and so was Frazer Hines. So watching this does remind me how many great facial expressions we miss out on, on audio.

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Re: Doctor Who: Reference Time

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:19 pm

Nod's grabs from The Strange Report:

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Re: Doctor Who: Reference Time

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:20 pm

tygerbug wrote:Doctor Who's first historical, and perhaps still its most famous, was Marco Polo. Mark Eden starred as the great explorer on their perilous journey to Peking.

"The Saint" The Invisible Millionaire - 13 February 1963 (Season 2, Episode 22)

I had guessed the plot to this episode upon reading the IMDB summary, and you would too. It's sort of impossible to talk about this episode without spoiling it. Mark Eden is in it.

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Re: Doctor Who: Reference Time

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:20 pm

tygerbug wrote:"The Saint" The Invisible Millionaire - 13 February 1963 (Season 2, Episode 22)

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Re: Doctor Who: Reference Time

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:21 pm

tygerbug wrote:"The Avengers" Mission to Montreal - 27 October 1962 (Season 2, Episode 5)

An early, videotaped Avengers episode. There's a famous actress onboard, and Mark Eden plays an assassin forced to murder his own wife. He does a casual, gangstery accent which might be intended to be American. Pamela Ann Davy [Janley, Power of the Daleks] and Terence Woodfield [Celation, The Daleks' Master Plan] have small roles, though I'm not sure where [I think Woodfield is one of the photographers].

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Re: Doctor Who: Reference Time

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:21 pm

tygerbug wrote:"The Avengers" Mission to Montreal - 27 October 1962 (Season 2, Episode 5)

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Re: Doctor Who: Reference Time

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:21 pm

tygerbug wrote:"The Avengers" Mission to Montreal - 27 October 1962 (Season 2, Episode 5)

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Re: Doctor Who: Reference Time

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:22 pm

tygerbug wrote:Let's take our inspiration from the Loose Cannon recon of the story. I only have partial information here, but will note it when I have it, based on my best information.

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Francis de Wolff plays Agamemnon. He appeared in the 1962 movie Carry On Cleo, wearing, remarkably, the same costume that he would wear in The Myth Makers 3 years later. He has, essentially, one scene, but pulls a number of faces during it.

This made Loose Cannon's job easier than usual. In the film you can see his Myth Makers costume in full color - it's white, with a blue cape and sleeves, and gold trim.

Francis de Wolff in Carry on Cleo (1962).

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[Jon Pertwee also appears in the film, as does Robson from Fury From the Deep, though he's wearing a helmet covering his face. Ola from The Macra Terror also appears, though not in closeup.)

It seems Loose Cannon also used grabs from The Keys of Marinus, in which Francis de Wolff played the brutal Vasor, in episode 4. Both these roles are good reference for this actor.

He later played the evil android Jedikiah in The Tomorrow People. He also appeared in:

"The Saint" The Best Laid Schemes  29 September 1968 (Season 6, Episode 1)

He has about two scenes in this, in color, and is killed. He gets some nice closeups, but in the second scene the lighting is quite dark. In both scenes he's extremely angry, different to Agamemon.

"Danger Man" The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove  17 February 1965 (Season 1, Episode 18)

About two actual photos of Agamemnon exist, showing his costume clearly.
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Re: Doctor Who: Reference Time

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:22 pm

tygerbug wrote:Francis de Wolff in Doctor Who: The Keys of Marinus, episode 4.
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Francis de Wolff in The Saint series 6 - "The Best Laid Schemes."

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Re: Doctor Who: Reference Time

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:23 pm

tygerbug wrote:Ivor Salter played Odysseus. He also appeared in:

Danger Man" Such Men Are Dangerous   12 January 1965 (Season 1, Episode 14)
Danger Man" Yesterday's Enemies   13 October 1964 (Season 1, Episode 1)

"The Avengers" Girl on the Trapeze    11 February 1961 (Season 1, Episode 6)

When not playing Odysseus, this younger Ivor Salter looks fatter, has a moustache, and looks relatively nebbishy and non-threatening. This is one of the only surviving episodes from the first Avengers season, and does not feature Patrick MacNee.

Several photos of Odysseus exist, showing his costume clearly.

Ivor Salter (Odysseus) in "The Avengers" Girl on the Trapeze  -  11 February 1961 (Season 1, Episode 6).
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