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Dr Who

Up to date as of January 31, 2010

From TARDIS Index File, the free Doctor Who reference.

Agatha Christie
Also known as:
Race: Human
Home Planet: Earth
Home Era: 20th century
Appearances: DW: The Unicorn and the Wasp
Actor: Fenella Woolgar
"I bet she's brilliant!"
The Doctor

Agatha Christie was a famous Human writer in the 20th century. Christie was best known as a writer of murder mysteries. Her prolific body of work was in print billions of years after her death, establishing her as the best-selling author of all time.

Contents

Biography

Life

The Doctor and Christie team up (DW: The Unicorn and the Wasp)

In 1926, having found out that her husband had begun an extramarital affair, Agatha Christie nevertheless attended a party and met the Doctor and Donna Noble. Together, she assisted them in defeating a confused Vespiform after he committed a series of murders under the influence of Christie's own The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. During this adventure, Donna accidentally created minor anachronisms by making references to Christie's not-yet-written Murder on the Orient Express and her not-yet-created character of Miss Marple. After defeating the Vespifom, a psychic link she had formed with the creature resulted in her losing consciousness.

Investigating the sting in the tale (DW: The Unicorn and the Wasp)

The Doctor, surmising that this event is what caused her memory loss and unexplained absence, actually contributed to this historical event by taking the unconscious Christie forward eleven days and leaving her outside a hotel in Harrogate where she revived with no conscious memory of the events. Christie was later known for her mysterious disappearance in which her car was found abandoned and had crashed into a tree by the side of a lake. Fragments of memory later emerged in her storytelling including Donna's suggestions, as well as the Vespiform's wasp-like appearance, which inspired a plot element in her later book, Death in the Clouds. (DW: The Unicorn and the Wasp).

Works

Apart from The Murder of Roger Ackryod, Christie had written five other novels by 1926. She had not yet written Murder on the Orient Express. A subconscious memory of the Vespiform remained with Christie, so a wasp played a role in one of her subsequent novels,
A 1936 edition of The Murder of Roger Ackryod
Death in the Clouds (DW: The Unicorn and the Wasp). Centuries after its publication, a copy of Murder on the Orient Express found its way into the possession of Professor Lasky (DW: Terror of the Vervoids).

Christie's works were still in print as late as the year 5,000,000,000, including Death in the Clouds (DW: The Unicorn and the Wasp).

Other information

Minor references and mentions

The Doctor's eighth incarnation suffered severe amnesia, and from this it can be safely assumed that he did not regain all of his lost memories. Another explanation is that the production team as of 2008, did not consider the events of the audio stories to be included in their canon.

Behind the Scenes

Influence

The murder mysteries of Agatha Christie had possibly already inspired the Doctor Who television story The Robots of Death, the Big Finish Productions audio play The Chimes of Midnight and, arguably, another television story, Horror of Fang Rock.

Appearance

With the exception of Elizabeth II, who has only appeared in cameos, the appearance of Agatha Christie as a character in The Unicorn and the Wasp marks the first time (but not the last time) a "historical figure" of a person alive during the original 1963-89 run of Doctor Who, has appeared in the series. Her appearance as a character happened with the permission of her estate.

Historical accuracy

The Unicorn and the Wasp does not appear to be set in early December, which in reality, is the time of year when Christie vanished.

Deleted scene

In a scene included in the Series 4 DVD, late in her life, soon before her death, Christie begins to experience dreams and flashbacks related to her adventure with the Doctor. Ultimately, the Doctor and Donna visit her, at which point her memories of the adventure began to return; the Doctor proceeded to remind her of what happened. This scene does not present a continuity issue, as Donna is seen to be basically parroting the words the Doctor said to her (regarding Agatha being the best-selling writer of all time) in the original ending, allowing both to exist. The fact the Doctor has chosen to inform Agatha about the future edition of her book as well as remind her about what happened suggest the meeting takes place soon before her death, which would place the scene as taking place in 1976.

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Muppet

Up to date as of February 02, 2010

From Muppet Wiki

Jason Alexander as Hercule Poirot
Christie's Miss Marple spoofed as Miss Marble

Agatha Christie (1890-1976) was a prolific English mystery writer well-known for her novels featuring Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, as well as the play Witness for the Prosecution and such non-series novels as Ten Little Indians.

References

  • Agatha Christie's short story/play Witness for the Prosecution, was referenced in the title of a Muppet Babies episode, "Weirdo for the Prosecution."
  • Two Sesame Street inserts have referenced Miss Marple. An animated insert featured Lady Marplebug, a bespectacled ladybug who is an expert in solving mysteries. The Muppet sketch "Fairytale Detective" stars Miss Marble, a gray-haired older woman who wears a Sherlock Holmes hat.

Connections

Many actors in Henson/Muppet productions have also appeared in Christie adaptations.

  • Richard Attenborough played Judge Cannon in Ten Little Indians (film, 1974)
  • Charles Aznavour played Michael Raven in Ten Little Indians (film, 1974)
  • Lauren Bacall playes Mrs. Hubbard in Murder on the Orient Express (film, 1974) and Lady Westholme in Appointment with Death (1988)
  • John Bennett played Barnsby in the Murder at Midnight film within the film The Mirror Crack'd (film, 1980) and Richard Erskine in the Miss Marple episode "Sleeping Murder" (1987)
  • Honor Blackman played Rita Vandemeyer in The Secret Adversary (TV movie, 1982)
  • Pierce Brosnan played an actor in The Mirror Crack'd (film, 1980)
  • Geraldine Chaplin played Ella Zielinsky in The Mirror Crack'd (film, 1980)
  • Charles Collingwood played a BBC announcer in the Poirot episode "The Affair at the Victory Ball" (1991)
  • Graham Crowden played Colonel Kingston Bruce in
  • Sarah Crowden played Helen in The Seven Dials Mystery (TV movie, 1982) and a receptionist in the Poirot episode "The Affair at the Victory Ball" (1991)
  • Oliver Ford Dabies played Dr. Sheppard in the Poirot episode "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" (2000) and Colonel Reece in the Marple episode "Sparkling Cyanide" (2004)
  • Reece Dinsdale played Albert in The Secret Adversary (1982, TV movie) and Partners in Crime (TV, 1983-1984)
  • Faye Dunaway played Jane Wilkinson and Carlotta Adams in Thirteen at Dinner (TV movie, 1985)
  • Mia Farrow played Jacqueline De Bellefort in Death on the Nile (film, 1978)
  • Edward Fox played Inspector Craddock in The Mirror Crack'd (film, 1980)
  • John Gielgud played Beddoes in Murder on the Orient Express (film, 1974), Reverend Jones in Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (TV movie, 1982), the Marquis of Caterman in The Seven Dials Mystery (TV movie, 1982), and Colonel Carbury in Appointment with Death (film, 1988)
  • Elliott Gould played Rufus Van Aldin in Murder on the Blue Train (TV movie, 2005)
  • David Healy played Jason in Endless Night (film, 1971)
  • William Hootkins played Hamilton Betts in the Partners in Crime episode "The Affair of the Pearl Necklace" (1983)
  • Philip Jackson played Inspector James Japp in Poirot (TV, 1989-2002)
  • Derek Jacobi played Col. Protheroe in the Marple episode "Murder at the Vicarage" (TV movie, 2004)
  • Freddie Jones played Constable Reed in Murder is East (TV movie, 1982)
  • Phyllida Law played Lady Carrington on Poirot (TV, 1989-1991)
  • Stephanie Leonidas played Hester Argyle in the Marple episode "Ordeal by Innocence" (2007)
  • George Little played Mr. Dicker on Poirot (TV, 1989-1991)
  • Miriam Margolyes played Mrs. Price-Ridley in the Marple episode "Murder at the Vicarage" (2004)*Jean Marsh played Thyrza Grey in The Pale Horse (TV movie, 1997)
  • James Mason played Odell Gardener in Evil Under the Sun (film, 1982)
  • Frank Middlemass played Major Palgrave in the Miss Marple episode "A Caribbean Mystery" (1989)
  • Pauline Moran played Miss Felicity Lemon in Poirot (TV, 1989-2002)
  • Robert Morley played Hector Enderby in Murder at the Gallop (film, 1963) and Hastings in The Alphabet Murders (film, 1965)
  • Bill Nighy played Ronald Marsh in Thirteen at Dinner (TV movie, 1985)
  • Nolan North played Patrick Narracott and the harbormaster in the video game And Then There Were None (2005) and Edward Masterman, Cyrus Hardman, and Dr. Constantine in the game Murder on the Orient Express (2006)
  • Anthony Perkins played Hector MacQueen in Murder on the Orient Express (film, 1974)
  • Jonathan Pryce played Mr. Ellsworthy in Murder Is Easy (TV movie, 1982)
  • Tony Randall played Hercule Poirot in The Alphabet Murders (film, 1965) and Reverend Edward Chichester in The Man in the Brown Suit (TV movie, 1989)
  • Vanessa Redgrave played Mary Debenham in Murder on the Orient Express (film, 1974)
  • Diana Rigg played Arlene Stewart Marshall in Evil Under the Sun (film, 1982) and Christine Vole in Witness for the Prosecution (TV movie, 1982)
  • Joan Sanderson played Rachel Logan in the Partners in Crime episode "The House of Lurking Death" (1983)
  • Andy Serkis played Sergeant Corrigan in The Pale Horse (TV movie, 1997)
  • Liz Smith played Hannah McPherson in the Partners in Crime episode "The House of Lurking Death" (1983)
  • Elke Sommer played Vera in Ten Little Indians (film, 1974)
  • Elizabeth Spriggs played Mildred Peake in The Spider's Web (TV movie, 1982)
  • Jean Stapleton played Ariadne Oliver in Dead Man's Folly (TV movie, 1986)
  • Alison Steadman played Kirsten Lindstron in the Marple episode "Ordeal by Innocence" (2007)
  • Elizabeth Taylor played Marina Rudd in The Mirror Crack'd (film, 1980)
  • Peter Ustinov played Hercule Poirot in three theatrical features and three TV movies
  • Richard Vernon played Mr. Flewitt in Evil Under the Sun (film, 1982) and Brogan-Moore in Witness for the Prosecution (TV movie, 1982)
  • Jack Warden played Dr. Ludwig Bessner in Death on the Nile (film, 1978)
  • Zoe Wanamaker played Ariadne Oliver in the Poirot episodes "Cards on the Table" (2005) and "Mrs. McGinty's Dead" (2008)
  • David Warner played Luther Crackenthorpe in the Marple episode "The 4:50 from Paddington" (2004)
  • Orson Welles played the Voice in Ten Little Indians (film, 1974)
  • Thick Wilson played the mayor in The Mirror Crack'd (film, 1980)
  • Peter Woodthorpe played a scoutmaster in The Mirror Crack'd (film, 1980)
  • Edward Woodward played Sir Eustace Pedler in The Man in the Brown Suit (TV movie, 1989)
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