Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Doctor Who Vs. The Second Coming [Revised]


This Northern morality tale was written by future Doctor Who supremo Russell T Davies, who cast Salford-born actor Christopher Eccleston in the lead role of Steven Baxter (pictured). Long-serving Doctor Who composer Murray Gold provided the music here too. Both he and Davies were nominated for Royal Television Society awards, whilst Eccleston earned a BAFTA Best Actor nomination.
Originally commissioned by Channel 4 in 1999, and later turned down by the BBC, The Second Coming was eventually made by ITV over the summer of 2002. Screened over two nights, Sunday 9th and Monday 10th February 2003, parts 1 and 2 gained audiences of 6.3M and 5.4M.
Following a drunken night-out in Manchester, Steve disappears for 40 days and nights. He is found wandering Saddleworth Moor, and claims to be the 'second coming' of Jesus, the Son of God. After performing a modern-day miracle at Maine Road football stadium (turning night into day), he proclaims to the world's media that he has just 5 days to find the human race's Third Testament, and avert the Apocalypse.
Granada's Liverpool-based drama Springhill (1996/7)also penned by Davies, ended it's run with a recital of The Second Coming by WB Yeats, and was essentially a story of good-versus-evil too.
The drama also featured ten more Doctor Who guest actors:
  • Lesley Sharp (Judith) played Sky Silvestry in Midnight
  • Mark Benton (Tyler) was Clive Finch in Rose; and voiced Ellis for Invaders from Mars (Big Finish, 2002), and Jack Coulson for the recent Energy of the Daleks
  • Ace Bhatti (Gupta) was Rani's dad, Haresh Chandra, in The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • Jennifer Hennessey (Reporter) was Valerie in Gridlock
  • Angel Coulby (PC Fraser) was Katherine in The Girl in the Fireplace
  • Rory Kinnear (Dillane) voiced Samuel Belfrage for Industrial Evolution (BF, 2011)
  • Ray Emmet Brown (Nurse) voiced 'No. 16' for House of Blue Fire (BF, 2011)
  • Denise Black (Rachel) voiced Eva Jericho for the forthcoming Big Finish release, Damaged Goods
  • stunt co-ordinator Gareth Milne was George Cranleigh in Black Orchid, an Attendant in Vengeance on Varos, and doubled for Peter Davison on Warriors of the Deep
  • Rick English was also a stuntman on Tooth and Claw

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