Friday, 24 February 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Murder on the Home Front

This period drama from Carnival Films
was inspired by Evidence for the Crown,
a book by Molly Lefebure (1919-2013)
which chronicled the writer's wartime
work with pioneering forensic pathologist
Dr. Keith Simpson (1907-1985).
1940: the height of the London Blitz.
Dr. Lennox Collins (Home Office
pathologist, forensic sciencist and
advocate of Locard's principle) is enlisted
by Scotland Yard when a prostitute is strangled and a Swastika is found carved on her tongue. Collins, played by Patrick Kennedy (Bleak House, War Horse)
is assisted in the hunt for the 'Nazi
Strangler' by his new secretary and
would-be crime reporter Molly (Tamzin
The two-part serial (originally shown in May 2013) was repeated on ITV3
last night, and featured thirteen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Geoffrey Sax directed the Doctor Who TV Movie too
  • James Fleet (Professor Stephens) voiced O'Reilley for Max Warp (2008), Geoff Cooper for The Entropy Composition, and Martin Ashcroft and Sir Jack Merrivale for Special Features (both included on The Demons of Red Lodge and Other Stories release of 2010)
  • Richard Bremmer (Maxton) voiced General Hemmings, Valcon and Taxi Driver all for The Valley of Death (BF, 2011), and Old Beowulf for Black and White (BF, 2012)
  • John Heffernan (Zeigler) voiced Vonchef for Revenge of the Swarm (BF, 2014), and the Imposter for Doom Coalition 3 (BF, 2016)
  • Angus Wright (Carver) voiced Magnus Greel for The Butcher of Brisbane (BF, 2012), and Alek Zenos for We Are The Daleks (BF, 2015)
  • Greg Bennett (PC) was a Sycorax Warrior and UNIT Soldier in The Christmas Invasion, and a Guest in The Lazarus Experiment
  • Paul Heasman was the stunt co-ordinator on Survival too, and was an uncredited Nazi in Silver Nemesis
  • stunt performers Lee Sheward, Kim McGarrity, Seon Rogers and Marcus Shakesheff all worked on the revived run
  • Gareth Spensley was also the colourist on twenty-two stories (from The God Complex to The Return of Doctor Mysterio)
  • script supervisor Karen Jones began her TV career as PA on Mindwarp

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