Monday, 27 April 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Silent Witness, Series 7

The seventh run of this long-running crime drama series was first broadcast on BBC One in the autumn of 2003, and again starred Amanda Burton as Home Office pathologist Professor Sam Ryan in her final full series. William Gaminara and Tom Ward returned as the show's other regulars, doctors Leo Dalton and Harry Cunningham. 
A fifth Silent Witness novel, written by the programme's creator Nigel McCrery, was planned to tie-in with this season but remains unpublished.
This eight-part series (which averaged 7.8 million viewers) began a repeat run on the Drama channel last tonight, and featured twenty-nine Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

Answering Fire (TX: October 11 & 12)
  • Jo Joyner (Cathy) played Lynda Moss (pictured) in Bad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways
  • David Quilter (Coroner) and Leena Dhingra (Shaheen) both appeared in The Unicorn and the Wasp, as Greeves and Miss Chandrakala, respectively
  • David Mallinson (Bowman) voiced Brodlik for Creatures of Beauty (Big Finish, 2003)
  • Peter Brayham was also a stunt co-ordinator on The Christmas InvasionNew Earth and School Reunion
  • Nick Wilkinson was a stuntman on The Next Doctor too
  • Dani Biernat was also a stunt performer on the 2005 Christmas special, New EarthThe Sound of Drums and Amy's Choice
Fatal Error (TX: October 18 & 19)
  • Michael Bertenshaw (Whitaker) was Mr. Coles, also in the 2008 Christmas story
  • Nick Malinowski (Ricketts) and Tim Plester (Owen) both appeared in A Christmas Carol, as Eric and Servant, respectively
  • Graham Padden (Father) was Pa in Gridlock
  • Mark Frost (DS Baxter here; and DCI Sullivan in Series 18: One of Our Own) voiced Shandar for Requiem for the Rocket Men (BF, 2015), and Niccolo Machiavelli for The Ravelli Conspiracy (new for 2016)
Running On Empty (TX: October 25 & 26)
  • Jaye Griffiths (DI Jayne Hurst here; then semi-regular Professor Janet Mander from 2008 to 2012) was Jac in The Magician's Apprentice and The Zygon Invasion, and voiced Daylin for The War Doctor: Infernal Devices (BF, new for 2016)
  • Dona Croll (Diane) was Matron Casp in New Earth
  • Don Gilet (Johns) was Lance in The Runaway Bride
  • Jana Carpenter (Alice) was De Maggio in Dalek
Beyond Guilt (TX: November 1 & 2)
  • Malcolm Terris (Goveror) was Etnin in (episode 1 of) The Dominators, and the Co-Pilot in The Horns of Nimon
  • Paul Copley (Parkin) was Clem McDonald in Torchwood: Children of Earth, and voiced Dad for Spare Parts (BF, 2002)
  • Joy Harrison (Sandra) was Jill Tarrant in Death to the Daleks
  • Tony Lucken (Proctor) was De Florres in The Curse of the Black Spot, and was a stunt performer on Dalek, Bad Wolf, The Parting of the Ways and The End of Time
  • James Weber Brown (Davidson) was the Minister for In The Forest of the Night
  • Sorcha Cusack (Denise) voiced Mary Carter for the Dark Eyes 4 stories, Master of the Daleks and Eye of Darkness
  • production designer Roger Cann had also designed Nightmare of Eden
  • Rod Woodruff was also a stunt co-ordinator on Rose and World War Three
  • sound recordist Terry Els was a sound assistant on The Masque of Mandragora
  • associate producer Michael Darbon was a production manager on Warriors of the Deep
  • film editor Philip Kloss also edited The Doctor's Daughter, Midnight, The End of Time and Torchwood: Children of Earth
  • assistant director Debbi Slater was associate producer on Planet of the DeadThe Waters of MarsTorchwood: Miracle Day and The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • cinematographer Ken Westbury was a film cameraman on The GunfightersThe Abominable SnowmenFury from the Deep and The Invasion of Time

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Messiah, Series 1

When you search the shadows for too long will you ever see the light?

Produced by BBC Northern Ireland, this dark and gritty crime drama was based on the 1999 novel, by Boris Starling (who made a cameo appearance in episode one as a murder victim), and later won the Outstanding Drama Series prize at the 2002 Monte Carlo TV festival. Four sequel series followed between 2003 and 2008.
The two-part serial starred Edinburgh-born actor Ken Stott as DCI Redfern 'Red' Metcalfe (pictured centre), Frances Grey (DS Kate Beauchamp, right), Neil Dudgeon (DI Duncan Warren, left), Jamie Draven (Jez Clifton), Michelle Forbes (Susan Metcalfe), Kieran O'Brien (Eric Metcalfe), and Edward Woodward (Reverend Hedges).
First shown over the Bank Holiday weekend in May 2001, Messiah concluded
a repeat run on the Drama channel last night, and featured twenty Doctor 
Who cast and crew connections:

The First Killings (UK TX: May 26 2001)
  • Tony Lucken (Blake) was a stuntman on DalekBad WolfThe Parting of the Ways and The End of Time
  • Raymond Trickitt (DC Nixon) was the Ancient Haemovore in The Curse of Fenric
  • Art Malik (DCS Emerson) voiced Abbot Absolute for Big Finish's The Skull of Sobek (2008)
  • Vincent Pickering (Lowe) made his TV debut as Sagan in Warriors' Gate
  • Greg Bennett (Sergeant) went uncredited as both a UNIT Soldier and Sycorax Warrior in The Christmas Invasion, and was a Guest in The Lazarus Experiment
  • Laurie Goode (Porter) was a Mutt in The Mutants, a Time Lord in The Invasion of Time, a Bandit in The Creature from the Pit, a Tigellan in Meglos, a Sailor in Enlightenment, and a UNIT trooper in Battlefield
  • stuntman Chris Webb was a Monoid in The Ark
  • stunt performers Lee Sheward, Ray De Haan, Steve Griffin, Seon Rogers and Sarah Franzl all worked on the revived series
  • stuntmen Paul Heasman and Nick Hobbs both worked on the classic run
The Reckoning (UK TX: May 28 2001)
  • cinematographer Kevin Rowley was a film cameraman on Destiny of the Daleks and The Mark of the Rani
  • third assistant director Scott Bates was the first assistant on Listen, Time Heist, Kill the Moon, Mummy on the Orient Express and Last Christmas
  • Elaine Matthews was also the script supervisor on The Girl Who Waited and The God Complex
  • runner Natalie Street was production manager on seventeen installments of Doctor Who Confidential
  • art director Dave Arrowsmith was production designer on An Adventure in Space and Time
  • Will Pope was also carpenter on sixty-one episodes, from Love & Monsters to The Name of the Doctor, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood