The crossing of stars from one show on a television network to a new/different show on the same network is not a new concept. Often, the likes of BBC, NBC, ABC, etc. will pull from talent that have proven themselves in small parts in other shows to either star in a new role or augment and existing programming effort. However, what is interesting to see is when one show (Doctor Who, duh!) contributes so many stars to a single program. A fine example of this comes to us via the so-called Brain of Morbius, and examines the intersection between the Doctor and Frank Spencer.
Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em ran on BBC 1 from 1973-1978, right in the sweet spot of what many consider to be the best of Doctor Who, the Tom Baker era. Rightly so, the BBC picked up actors from Doctor Who and also used them in the Frank Spencer vehicle. Some of the best examples:
Derek Newark (An Unearthly Child; Inferno)
Neil McCarthy (several episodes during Pertwee’s tenure, including The Mind of Evil, as well as The Power of Kroll)
Peter Jeffrey (The Androids of Tara)
Elisabeth Sladen (the amazing Sarah Jane Smith!)
Morbius has a compiled a “near-as-dammit-complete” list of all the other stars who have played parts on both shows. It’s intriguing to see the connection and a testament to the caliber of actors Who has had in its ranks over the years.
What say you, dear reader? Are you surprised at the vast number of actor/actresses that have played on both shows? And are you a fan of Some Mothers? (Of course you are!) Anyone fancy seeing Michael Crawford in Series 8…?