"Paul Newman not only steals every scene he's in, but puts it in the bank and draws interest on it."
—Roger Ebert on Message in a Bottle (1999)
David: Woodrue is apparently working on a “Project Gilgamesh,” and is — holy sh** is that John Glover?!
Chris: John Glover is Clayton Forrester as Jason Woodrue.
David: He’s going for full Rocky Horror-level camp.
Chris: Now Uzi, you and I have empirically proven that John Glover can make literally anything better.
"Brando’s participation leant the production the gravitas the Salkinds were looking for. And they paid dearly for it. Brando received a then record breaking 3.7 million dollars for his short screen appearance. Much marveling centered on the fact that Brando was receiving something like, if I remember correctly, ten thousand dollars for every word he uttered up on the screen."
"It’s here that we meet the Lord of the Elves, played by, thank you again merciful powers that govern the universe, Tom motherfucking Baker. The former Doctor Who and full time lovable crazy person appears for one scene and, like (Richard) O’Brien before him, provides far more entertainment value than the people who are supposed to actually hold our attention. It’s generally a bad sign when your stunt cameos manage to steal the entire picture."
"Another one of the reasons this is a big epic of a story is that it's Nicholas Courtney's first appearance in Doctor Who as Bret Vyon. This is touted as one of the big parts of the story. Reading about it, you'd think he was in practically the whole thing...He's actually only in four episodes. But man, what an impact he has.
Early on, he encounters the Doctor, and tries to demand the key to the TARDIS. The Doctor engages in his usual chinwagging and charisma to try to talk his way out of it. And in response, Brtt Vyon does something we have never seen anyone do to the Doctor before. He simply says 'Give me the key, or I'll kill you.' And this quickly re-establishes the theme of the last five episodes."
"John Rhys-Davies is a more charismatic and interesting performer than half of the regulars on this show and I would have loved to have seen him become a semi regular ala Vic Fontaine in DS9. Since he has use of the mobile emitter in this adventure they should have enforced a time share with the Doctor!"