Monday, 4 April 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Messiah 2: Vengeance Is Mine

Again produced by BBC Northern Ireland, this dark
and gritty crime drama (the first sequel to Messiah, 
which was based on the 1999 novel by Boris Starling), 
was an original screenplay from Lizzie Mickery which 
earned another Golden Nymph nomination.
This two-part serial saw the return of Ken Stott (pictured as DCI Red Metcalfe), Frances Grey (DS Beauchamp), Neil Dudgeon (DI Warren), Michelle Forbes (Susan), and Kieran O'Brien (Eric). Alun 
Armstrong and Vincent Regan joined the cast here 
as DCI Charlie McIntyre and DI David Wilby.
First shown over two consecutive nights in January
2003 (postponed from August 2002 due to the Soham murders), Messiah II began another repeat run on the Drama channel last night, and featured twelve Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Shaun Dingwall (Jameson) played Pete Tyler in Father's Day, and returned as a parallel version of Pete in Rise of the Cybermen, The Age of Steel and Doomsday 
  • Angela Bruce (Dr. Dugdale) was UNIT Brigadier Winifred Bambera in Battlefield, a role she reprised for Animal (BF, 2011)
  • Emily Joyce (Anna Marchant) provided an Alien voice for The Girl in the Fireplace
  • Aleksandar Mikic (Pasovic) was Yuri Kerenski in The Waters of Mars
  • David Quilter (Herd) was Greeves in The Unicorn and the Wasp
  • Dani Biernat (Chrissie) was the stunt co-ordinator on eleven stories, from The Christmas Invasion to In the Forest of the Night
  • for Art Malik (DCS Emerson) and Greg Bennett (CSO) see my blog for Series 1
  • line producer Paul Frift also produced In the Forest of the Night and Last Christmas
  • Sean Clayton was also the second assistant director on Dalek and Father's Day
  • make-up artist Lesley Smith began her career working on (part 1 of) State of Decay
  • Pamela Joyce was also production co-ordinator on The End of the World and The Unquiet Dead

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