Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Wire In The Blood, Series 1

Made by Coastal Productions, this dark crime drama was based on characters created by Scottish author Val McDermid (who made a cameo appearance in the first mystery), and was originally shown in the autumn of 2002.
Named after McDermid's novel of 1997, the first run opened with an adaptation of her book, The Mermaids Singing (published in 1995).
The series, filmed at locations in the North East of England and set in the fictional Yorkshire town of Bradfield, centred around the work of clinical psychologist and police profiler Dr. Tony Hill, portrayed by Robson Green
The six-part series, currently being repeated on ITV3, also featured Hermione Norris (as DCI Carol Jordan) and thirteen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

The Mermaids Singing (TX: November 14 & 21)
  • Norris played Captian Lundvik in Kill the Moon
  • Big Finish artist Nicky Goldie (Mrs. O'Connell) voiced the Empress for Winter for the Adept, Valeria Hedone for The Fires of Vulcan (both 2000), and Inquisitor Danby for Excelis Rising (2002)
  • series regular Tom Chadbon (ACC Brandon) was Duggan in City of Death, Merdeen in The Mysterious Planet, and voiced Gordon for No More Lies (BF, 2007)
  • Mark Bonnar (McTeer) was Jimmy in The Rebel Flesh and The Almost People, and voiced Porteus for the recent audio release, The English Way of Death
  • stuntman Crispin Layfield was the stunt co-ordinator on fifty-nine installments of the revived run, from Father's Day to Mummy on the Orient Express
Shadows Rising (TX: November 28 & December 5)
  • director Nicholas Laughland was an AFM on Earthshock
  • Lucy Robinson (Jilly) was Fran Clovis in New Earth 
  • stunt performers Dani Biernat, Tina Maskell and Paul Kennington all worked on the revived series too
Justice Painted Blind (TX: December 12 & 19)
  • Daniel Ryan (Gregory) was Biff Cane in Midnight
  • Albert Welling (Lawson) was the titular F├║hrer in Let's Kill Hitler
  • Big Finish artist Susan Brown (Jean) was Bridget Spears in Torchwood: Children of Earth, and voiced Mary for 100: Bedtime Story (2007), Alice Withers for The Eternal Summer, Maud for Castle of Fear, Mrs Withers and Mrs Sowerby for Plague of the Daleks (all 2009), Margaret for both Deimos and The Resurrection of Mars, Eleanor Harvey for Return of the Krotons, Chief Engineer and Chanel for The Song of the Megaptera, Babs for Prison in Space (all 2010), and Kastrella for the forthcoming story Death Match
  • George Gerwitz was also the first assistant director on Rose, Aliens of London and World War Three

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