Friday, 9 September 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Code of a Killer

This two-part drama from World Productions
centred on the true story of Professor Alex 
Jeffrey's discovery of DNA fingerprinting and 
its first application by Chief Superintendent
 David Baker in catching a double murderer.
Jeffreys (portrayed here by John Simm), a 
pioneering geneticist based at the University 
of Leicester, and DCS Baker (David Threlfall) 
achieved the single biggest leap in criminal investigative history by using the world's
 first mass DNA screening programme, which
 led to the conviction of Colin Pitchfork in 1988.
First screened in April 2015, Code of a Killer 
was repeated again on ITV Encore last night, 
and featured seventeen other Doctor Who 
cast and crew connections:

  • James Strong was also the director of The Impossible Planet, The Satan Pit, Daleks in Manhattan, Evolution of the Daleks, Voyage of the Damned, Partners in Crime and Planet of the Dead
  • Big Finish guest star Siobhan Redmond (Joy) voiced Talin for Revenge of the Swarm, then the latest incarnation of the titular renegade Time Lord for The Rani Elite (both 2014), and Planet of the Rani (2015)
  • Paul Copley (Jeffreys) was Clem McDonald in Torchwood: Children of Earth, and voiced Dad for Spare Parts (BF, 2002)
  • Shirley Dixon (Joan) provided the voice of Skagra's ship for Shada
  • Robert Glenister (DCC Chapman) was Salateen in The Caves of Androzani
  • Andrew Tiernan (DS Taylor) was Mr. Purcell in Night Terrors
  • Rakie Ayola (Helena) was the Hostess in Midnight
  • Neil Edmond (Ashworth) voiced Boatman, Guard and Blank for Vampire of the Mind, Sarlon, Gorlan and Time Lord for The Two Masters, and Professor Aryan Wyke and Mine Worker for Absolute Power (all 2016)
  • Mike Jones also edited twelve episodes (from Rose to Face the Raven)
  • Ray Holman was also costume designer on twenty-eight stories (from Blink to The Husbands of River Song), and twenty-seven instalments of Torchwood
  • Ian Adrian (2nd Unit DoP) and Sebastian Marczewski (2nd assistant cameraman) both worked on An Adventure in Space and Time, as camera operator and camera trainee respectively
  • Ian Fowler was also costume assistant on fourteen episodes (from Into the Dalek to the recent Christmas special)
  • Andrew Mear was costume assistant on The End of the World too
  • Simon Marks was also costume supervisor on the whole of Series 9
  • Chris Pollard was a stuntman on Robot of Sherwood too
  • Tony Lucken was also a stuntman on DalekBad WolfThe Parting of the Ways and The End of Time

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