Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Doctor Who Vs. Silent Witness, Series 5

The fifth season of Silent Witness was first broadcast in the winter of 2000/2001 on BBC1, and again starred Amanda Burton as Home Office pathologist, Professor Sam Ryan.
The three two-part stories began a repeat run on the Drama channel tonight, and featured these twenty-seven Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

The World Cruise 
(TX: December 11 & 12 2000)
  • Richard Todd (Newman) played Sanders in Kinda
  • Andrew Sachs (Horowitz) voiced Skagra for Shada (BBCi/Big Finish, 2003), the Scorpion King for The Boy That Time Forgot (BF, 2008), Crassostrea for Orbis (BF, 2009), and the Scarf for Serpent Crest: Aladdin Time (AudioGo, 2011) - he auditioned for the role of the Doctor following Colin Baker's departure from the show
  • Ace Bhatti (DCI Naval) was Rani's dad, Haresh Chandra, in The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • Michael Elwyn (Lake) was Lieutenant Algernon Ffinch in The Highlanders
  • for Cheryl Hall (Sheryl) see the previous season's story, A Good Body
  • David Simeon (Priestley) was Private Latimer in Inferno, and Alastair Fergus in The Daemons
  • Trevor Thomas (Bill) made his TV debut as an uncredited Child in the episode, The Cave of Skulls
  • series associate producer Monica Rodger was director's assistant on Nightmare of Eden
  • for regular film editor Philip Kloss, see Series 4
  • for regular stunt arranger Rod Woodruff, see Series 2
  • series script supervisor Juley Harding was production assistant on Black Orchid and The Caves of Androzani
Two Below Zero (TX: February 12 & 13 2001)
  • Stephen Moore (Major Hutton) was Silurian leader, Eldane in Cold Blood, and voiced Clark Goodman for The Eight Truths and Worldwide Web (BF, both 2009)
  • Anthony Head (Hutton) was Krillitane, Brother Lassar in School Reunion; and voiced the Time Lord, Valentine for Death Comes to Time (BBCi, 2002), Grayvorn for the four-part Excelis Saga (BF, 2002), and Baltazar for The Infinite Quest (CBBC, 2007) - he also auditioned for the role of the Doctor in 1995
  • Angela Bruce (Michaels) was Brigadier Winifred Bambera (pictured) in Battlefield - a role she reprised for Animal (BF, 2011)
  • Sean Chapman (DCI Norton) was Peter Tracey in K9 and Company
  • cinematographer Ian Punter was film cameraman on Resurrection of the Daleks
  • Tony Harding was also visual effects designer on The Invisible Enemy, The Power of Kroll, State of Decay, The King's Demons and The Awakening
  • William Webb was film editor on Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures too
  • first assisant director here, Debbi Slater was an associate producer on Planet of the Dead and The Waters of Mars after serving as production manager on severn other stories, from Blink to Forest of the Dead
Faith (TX: March 19 & 20 2001)
  • Poirot actor Philip Jackson (DI Toner) voiced Laxton for Valhalla (BF, 2007)
  • Sean Murray (Dwyer here; Moss in Series 8: Body 21) voiced Captain Darvor for The Time War 1 (BF, 2017)
  • Tony Bluto (Rutman) was Driver Joe in Midnight
  • David Quilter (Lewis) was Greeves in The Unicorn and the Wasp
  • Karen Seacombe (Nurse) was Sandra in The Lodger
  • series special make-up effects artist Paul McGuinness was Drathro in The Mysterious Planet
  • Paul Smith was also the series prop master on fifteen recent installments, from Asylum of the Daleks to The Day of the Doctor
  • Jan Nethercot was make-up designer on The Caves of Androzani too

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