Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Doctor Who Vs. Silent Witness, Series 1

BBC One's long-running crime drama series Silent Witness began in 1996, and focused on a team of forensic experts and their criminal investigations.
 The programme was created by Nigel McCrery, a former murder squad detective based in Nottingham.
 The original series followed the cases of Cambridge-based Professor Sam Ryan, played by Amanda Burton, who was based on real-life pathologist, Helen Witwell, a colleague of McCrery's from Sheffield. 
Burton was succeeded in the eighth season (2004) by current series regulars, William Gaminara (as Professor Leo Dalton), Tom Ward (as Dr Harry Cunningham), and Emilia Fox (as Dr Nikki Alexander).
The first, eight-part season began a repeat run on the Drama channel tonight, and featured these twenty-two Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

Buried Lies (TX: February 21 & 22 1996)
  • series regular Milo Twomey (PC North) voiced Jorvik for Big Finish's Theatre of War (new for 2015)
  • Lesley Dunlop (Marion) played Norna in Frontios, and Susan Q in The Happiness Patrol
  • Kelly Hunter (Ronnie) was the Shadow Architect in The Stolen Earth
  • Tom Chadbon (Coleman) was Duggan in City of Death, Merdeen in The Trial of a Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet, and voiced Gordon for No More Lies (BF, 2007)
  • Alec Linstead (Jenkins) was Sergeant Osgood in The Daemons, Arnold Jellicoe in Robot, and Arthur Stengos in Revelation of the Daleks
  • Trevor Bannister (Solicitor) voiced Korbin Thessinger for Nocturne (BF, 2007)
  • series composer Geoffrey Burgon provided the incidental music for Terror of the Zygons and The Seeds of Doom.
  • focus puller Bob Shipsey was a camera operator on The Doctor's Wife and Night Terrors
Long Days, Short Nights (TX: February 28 & 29)
  • Colin Salmon (Bird) was Dr Moon in the Vashta Nerada two-parter (2008), and voiced Trooper Salway for Wirrn Dawn (BF, 2009)
  • Ronald Pickup (Dr Owen) was the Physician in The Reign of Terror, and voiced Kestorian for Time Works (BF, 2006)
  • James Bree (Brewer) was the Security Chief in The War Games, Nefred in Full Circle, and the Keeper of the Matrix inThe Ultimate Foe
  • Sean Gallagher (Finn) was Chip in New Earth
  • James D'Arcy (Student) voiced Michael for Paradise 5 (BF, 2010)
  • Philip Anthony (Vicar) was Roald in The Daleks' Master Plan: The Nightmare Begins 
  • Dominic Mafham (Mark) voiced Moran for The Jigsaw War (BF, 2012)
  • Timothy Block (Prison Officer) was Tanner in Black Orchid
  • Dione Inman (Nurse) was Elena in The Twin Dilemma
  • first assistant director Pennie Bloomfield was the AFM on Attack of the Cybermen
Darkness Visible (TX: March 13 & 14)
  • Caroline John (Mrs Claire) portrayed companion, Dr Liz Shaw (pictured in Spearhead from Space)
  • Adrian Schiller (Trafford) was Uncle in The Doctor's Wife, and voiced Zanith, also for Time Works
  • Patrick Troughton's youngest son, Michael Troughton (Symonds) voiced Quendril for the forthcoming audio play, Lords of the Red Planet
Sins of the Fathers (TX: April 2 & 3)   
  • Tam Williams (Harry) was a Schoolboy in Remembrance of the Daleks, and voiced Cedric for the first adventure in the Destiny of the Doctors audio series, Hunters of Earth (AudioGo, 2013)

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