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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That's true Anti-clockwise
Who was your favorite Doctor Who?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I grew up with Sylvester Mccoy so I like his dr, however I love the 3rd and 4th doctor. What about you?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pertwee will always be the Doctor for me, but it depends when you were growing up I guess. For much the same reason I like Purdey as I was a ten year old at the time.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I loved Purdey too as I saw the new avengers first then Cathy Gale as she was the first from the original series.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Johnny O, who would you have liked to have played the part?

Charlotte Rampling or Suzy Kendal would both have been fabulous but were probably already too established in movies. Mary Peach would have been a good choice. Samantha Eggar perhaps. Hard to imagine that Jill Melford would have done a bad audition. Anouska Hempel, even Joanna Lumley.

Then there's Hattie Jacques naturally, Ann Haydon Jones and her husband Pip...
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 1:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Well I grew up with Sylvester Mccoy so I like his dr, however I love the 3rd and 4th doctor. What about you?
Too many to choose from! Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 3:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was very surprised that Justine Lord was not involved in the screen tests to replace Diana Rigg, having appeared in the feature films, Ring of Spies and Deadlier than the Male, plus five episodes of The Saint and in the videotaped Avengers episode Propellant 23. However, she had yet to play Sonia the assassin in The Girl Who Was Death episode of The Prisoner, which would have probably brought her to the attention of senior production crew on The Avengers, as having the qualities they were looking for..

Although Tracy Reed had done a variety of film and TV roles, including two roles in Charles K Feldmanís Bond spoof Casino Royale, plus roles in the second Pink Panther film A Shot in the Dark, Dr Strangelove and Maroc 7, not to mention the recurring role of Maggie in the early sixties ITC film series Man of the World, she never really played leads.

Mary Peach had already appeared in The Saint episode The Gadget Lovers, but her Doctor Who part in The Enemy of the World serial had yet to be recorded.

Jane Merrow had lots of television film series experience after appearing in episodes of Gideonís Way, The Human Jungle, The Baron, three episodes of Danger Man and two episodes of The Saint, not to mention having worked with the crew recently on the episode Mission: Highly Improbable.

When Tony Mackay and I visited Brian Clemens at his Kensington apartment in the spring of 1992 (thatís a long time ago) we asked his views regarding Diana Riggís replacement and he voiced a preference for Jane Merrow. However, in recent years he tended to reply to interviewers who asked the same question by stating that Gabrielle Drake would have been his choice, despite her not having been screen tested for the role.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike R, I can see Jane Merrow in the role, also I think Valerie Van Ost, Reed and Peach would have been good too. Would love to have been able to see the complete list of actresses who were considered. Alas I guess we will never know.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Diana Rigg is a hard act to follow, period. So was Honor Blackman. But you have to admit that Tara is not a particularly strong or well-drawn character, script-wise, and so any actress would have had an uphill battle.

I personally would have loved to see Annette Andre in the part, simply because she'd already proven that she and Macnee had excellent chemistry (and she might have delivered the more...insipid lines with a bit of panache).
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Annette Andre would have been good. Not sure about Gabrielle Drake though. She was nearly Purdey in TNA, Victoria Waterfield and Jo Grant in Dr Who.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lhbizness wrote:
Diana Rigg is a hard act to follow, period. So was Honor Blackman. But you have to admit that Tara is not a particularly strong or well-drawn character, script-wise, and so any actress would have had an uphill battle.

I personally would have loved to see Annette Andre in the part, simply because she'd already proven that she and Macnee had excellent chemistry (and she might have delivered the more...insipid lines with a bit of panache).


She was wonderful opposite Macnee in Mandrake; great chemistry between them. My father was there when they were recording it and there was clearly a great rapport.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rodders, was your father involved in the series?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Richy wrote:
Annette Andre would have been good. Not sure about Gabrielle Drake though. She was nearly Purdey in TNA, Victoria Waterfield and Jo Grant in Dr Who.


Richy

If Annette Andre had been cast in The Avengers then someone else would have had to play Jeannie Hopkirk in the original Randall and Hopkirk, which entererd production at the same studio (Associated British Elstree) in June 1968, as The Avengers was still in production then.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Richy wrote:
Rodders, was your father involved in the series?


I'll jump in with:

Rodney's father is writer Roger Marshall who wrote -

The Removal Men (with Jeremy Scott)
Death of a Great Dane (with Jeremy Scott)
The Golden Fleece (with Phyllis Norman)
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Station (re-written by Brian Clemens, credited as Brian Sheriff)

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Death of a Batman

The Gilded Cage
Mandrake

The Hour That Never Was
Dial a Deadly Number
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Room Without a View
The Girl from Auntie
The Danger Makers

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's true and nobady could have played that part better than here.
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Wow, thanks Daren. Theya re some of my favourite episodes
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Richy wrote:
Annette Andre would have been good. Not sure about Gabrielle Drake though. She was nearly Purdey in TNA, Victoria Waterfield and Jo Grant in Dr Who.


I'd forgotten about Annette. She would have been a good pick indeed.

I really like Gabrielle Drake and she was the best thing about UFO. However, I can't imagine her as Tara and even less so as Purdey. I know that's partly because it's so hard to imagine anyone but the actresses who actually did it, but she doesn't seem right for either role. She would have been hopelessly miscast as Jo Grant for sure. Mind you Shakira Caine and Rula Lenska were both up for Jo Grant too and I cannot imagine two more inappropriate actresses for that part. Apart from Hattie Jacques. And Ann Haydon Jones and her husband Pip...
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree about Gabrielle Drake as Jo Grant, however I think Rula Lenska would have made a different Jo. She was Jon Pertwee's choice according to Barry Letts and the character was originally concieved as being more on par with a Avengers girl.
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Richy wrote:
I agree about Gabrielle Drake as Jo Grant, however I think Rula Lenska would have made a different Jo. She was Jon Pertwee's choice according to Barry Letts and the character was originally concieved as being more on par with a Avengers girl.


Actually the story goes that Jon Pertwee saw Katy Manning in the lobby of TV Centre, but he didn't know who she was. He told Barry Letts he'd seen the perfect girl for the part of Jo Grant and that they should bring her in. Since Letts didn't know who he was talking about, there was nothing he could do. He eventually saw around 200 actresses and Rula Lenska, Yuette Stensgard, Gabrielle Drake, Anouska Hempel, Cheryl Hall, Sally McCracken and Shakira Caine were all shortlisted. At the very last minute, Katy Manning showed up and at first Letts refused to see her as he felt he'd found the actress he wanted. He agreed to audition her and knew immediately she was perfect. When he told Jon Pertwee and introduced them to each other, Pertwee exclaimed "I told you she was the right girl!"

Meanwhile, back in Avengerworld...
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Richy wrote:
Mike R, I can see Jane Merrow in the role, also I think Valerie Van Ost, Reed and Peach would have been good too. Would love to have been able to see the complete list of actresses who were considered. Alas I guess we will never know.


myself, Van Ost would have been fine, but hey, Thorson was the best possible replacement
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