Neatly sidestepping the Michael LeVell situation, I have a couple of related trivia questions for you.
Firstly, what links the following, all of whom have (at some time or another and to a greater or lesser extent) appeared in Coronation Street? William Russell, Mark Eden, Helen Worth (above), Thelma Barlow, Sarah Lancashire, Anne Reid and, bizarrely, Peter Kay? (the list isn’t exhaustive by the way)...
The answer is that they’ve also all appeared in Doctor Who...
I’m not going to go through the list one by one and list the parts that they played –that’s what the internet is for – but in Weatherfield, the first two-named were both love interests of Rita Tanner. William Russell (who was the original TARDIS companion Ian Chesterton in Doctor Who) played Ted Sullivan, Rita’s short-lived husband. Mark Eden, who played Marco Polo in the 1964 story of the same name, was the altogether not very nice Alan Bradley in Corrie between 1986 and 1989.
It’s interesting that in almost fifty years of time travel, the Doctor has encountered many alien races and futuristic weapons galore, but when you want to get the job done, you can always rely on a Blackpool tram...
Secondly, which two members of the Grimshaw family have also appeared in Doctor Who?
Well you can have one point for remembering Bruno Langley (Eileen’s son Todd), who was cast as Adam Mitchell in the 2005 Christopher Eccleston story Dalek... no points for guessing what enemy to Doctor faced in that one...
But points galore... in fact you can have unlimited points (unless you googled) if you came up with the name of Edward de Souza, who played Eileen’s father Colin between 2008 and 2009. Way back in 1965, Edward was space agent Marc Cory –ahhh, now I get the blog’s title - in the one off episode Mission to the Unknown (uniquely the only story to feature none of the regular Doctor Who characters). In Weatherfield, Colin lasted six months before succumbing to a heart attack, but back on the planet Kembel, Marc didn’t even last until the end of the twenty-five minute episode as he was surrounded by Daleks and blasted into oblivion...
And no, in case you were wondering, there isn’t any real point to this blog; just a random, trivial digression to start your week. Peter Kay eh..? Who’d have thought..?
All my own work... almost.