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Doctor Who: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (1988)

Country of Origin: UK
Dates of Original Broadcast:
14 December 1988 - 4 January 1989
Number of Episodes: 4
Average Episode Running Times: 25 mins
Format:
Colour Format: colour
Ratio:
Sound: stereo


DIRECTION

Director: Alan Wareing


CREW

PRODUCTION
Production Company: BBC
Producer: John Nathan-Turner
Production Manager: Gary Downie

SCRIPT
Script: Stephen Wyatt
Script Editor: Andrew Cartmel

PHOTOGRAPHY
Studio Lighting: Don Babbage, Henry Barber
OB Camera: Barry Chaston, Alan Jessop

MUSIC
Title Music: Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Title Music Arranger: Keff McCulloch
Incidental Music: Mark Ayres

SOUND
Special Sound: Dick Mills
Studio Sound: Scott Talbott

COSTUMES AND MAKE-UP
Make Up: Denise Baron
Costumes: Rosalind Ebbutt

VISUAL EFFECTS
Visual Effects: Steve Bowman

DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Designer: David Laskey

OTHER CREW
Production Associate: June Collins
Production Assistant: Alexandra Todd
Assistant Floor Managers: David Tilley, Duncan McAlpine
Magic Consultant: Geoffrey Durham


CAST

Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor)
Sophie Aldred (Ace)
TP McKenna (Captain Cook)
Jessica Martin (Mags)
Ricco Ross (ringmaster)
Ian Reddington (chief clown)
Deborah Manship (Morgana)
Gian Sammarco (Whizz Kid)
Christopher Guard (bellboy)
Dean Hollingsworth (bus conductor)
Daniel Peacock (Nord)
Peggy Mount (stallslady)
Dee Sadler (Flowerchild)
David Ashford (dad)
Janet Hargreaves (mum)
Kathryn Ludlow (little girl)
Chris Jury (Deadbeat/Kingpin)


UNCREDITED CAST

Dean Hollingsworth (voice on advertisement/voice of robot junk mail)
Alan Rudolph (clown driver)
Jim Lancaster (robot operator)
John Alexander, Jeff Davies, Nicky Dewhurst, Raymond Dunstan, Earth G, Karl Magee, Paul Miller, Dave Pumfrett, Hugh Spight (clowns)
Tip Tipping (double for the Doctor)
Janet Hargreaves (mum god)
David Ashford (dad god)
Lorna Mcculloch (little girl god)
Alan Wareing (voice of little girl god)


PLOT SUMMARY

The Doctor and Ace encounter a disparate band of travellers on their way to the Psychic Circus where the audience must participate in some strange entertainments.


CAPSULE REVIEW

Downright peculiar. Whereas Stephen Wyatt's previous story, Paradise Towers (1987), similarly influenced by the "new wave" of Sixties SF, had foundered on its significance and wretched production, this succeeds despite the lack of a coherent storyline, because of the brilliance of its imagery and the rich cast of characters. Almost abandoned because of asbestos problems in the studio shooting was completed in a tent in Elstree's car park.


AVAILABILITY

UK
Television Distributor: BBC
Video Distributor: BBC Video


TIMELINE

1988
December

14: UK - Part One television broadcast (on BBC1)
21: UK - Part Two television broadcast (on BBC1)
28: UK - Part Three television broadcast (on BBC1)

1989
January

4: UK - Part Four television broadcast (on BBC1)


ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Todesmanege auf Segonax, Die - German title


REFERENCES

BOOKS

Doctor Who: The Television Companion pp.522-525
credits, synopsis, review (by David J. Howe and Stephen James Walker)

OTHER SOURCES

screen
credits


KEYWORDS

aliens, time travel

 


Last Updated: 8 March, 2009

 


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