Treasure Island

Treasure Island was an adventure novel by Robert Louis Stevenson.

In 1958, while visiting Professor Chronotis at Cambridge, the First Doctor exchanged Treasure Island for a copy of The Time Machine. (PROSE: Cambridge Previsited)

The novel contained a character named Billy Bones who possessed a treasure chest. (AUDIO: The Carrionite Curse)

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The 1950 Walt Disney live-action adaptation of the novel featured Patrick Troughton in a bit part as the pirate henchman Roach.

A 1972 adaptation stars Orson Welles. The 1990 film featured Oliver Reed and Christopher Lee, as well as Julian Glover, who played Richard the Lionheart and Scaroth in Doctor Who. A Treasure Island film starring the Muppets was released in 1996.

A 1977 mini-series was directed by Michael E. Briant and written by John Lucarotti. It also featured the Doctor Who actors David Collings, Roy Boyd, Patrick Troughton, Stephen Greif, Talfryn Thomas, Paul Copley, Tim Condren, Richard Beale, Roy Evans, Brian Croucher, Royston Tickner, Edward Peel, Terry Scully, Christopher Burgess, John Baskcomb, Keith Bartlett, Max Faulkner, Derrick Slater, Clive Wood, and John Dearth.

A 1993 cartoon entitled The Legends of Treasure Island featured the voice talents of Dawn French, Richard E. Grant, Rob Brydon and David Holt. The 2012 miniseries starred Daniel Mays and Shirley Henderson, and also featured David Harewood, Nina Sosanya, Shaun Parkes, Sean Gilder, Barnaby Kay and Chu Omambala.

The 1996 film Muppet Treasure Island featured Jennifer Saunders as Mrs. Bluveridge.

The 2002 science-fiction adaptation, Treasure Planet starred Emma Thompson.

In 2012, a steampunk reimagining of the story was a part of the Resurrection Engines anthology.

In 2014, Arthur Darvill starred as Long John Silver in a gender-bending theatrical adaptation by the National Theatre.

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