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 the first episode as a
murder victim), and later won the Outstanding Drama Series prize at
the 2002 Monte Carlo TV festival.
Four sequels followed between 
2003 and 2008 - all can be regarded 
as a precursor to the equally
atmospheric Luther series.
The gruesome religiously motivated
murders depicted here are akin to those seen in the film, Seven.
The two feature-length thrilers 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

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