Friday, 3 March 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Prime Suspect, Series 7

Actors Helen Mirren (as DCS Jane Tennison), 
Robert Pugh (DS Simms), and Tom Bell 
(retired DS Bill Otley) all returned for the 
seventh and final season of Granada's 
acclaimed, multi-award winning police 
procedural drama.
Originally shown in October 2006, the serial 
earned three further Emmy Awards (including Outstanding Miniseries and Lead Actress for 
Mirren) and another BAFTA.
Lynda La Plante's novel Tennison was adapted by Noho Film, and the six-part prequel series, 
Prime Suspect: 1973, launched on ITV last night.
The two-part case (subtitled The Final Act)
began another repeat run on ITV3 last night, and featured Brendan Coyle (as DCS Mitchell), Robbie Gee (DI Traynor), Russell Mabey (DS 
Cox), Stephen Tompkinson (Sean Philips), and nine Doctor Who cast and crew 
connections:

  • Big Finish actor Laura Doddington (DC Wood) voiced Zara for The Judgement of IsskarThe Prisoner's Dilemma and The Chaos Pool (all 2009), Vale Endrogan for Gallifrey: Intervention Earth (2015), Idratz for The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield: The Unbound Universe, and Delilah for The Torchwood Archive (both 2016)
  • Carolyn Pickles (Pauline) voiced Lady Meera Darone for Army of Death (2011), and Cardinal Ollistra for Doom Coalition 4 (2017)
  • Seroca Davis (Delores) was Shona in Closing Time
  • Nonso Anozie (Robert) was Hydroflax (pictured) in The Husbands of River Song
  • Tim Preece (Speaker) was Codal in Planet of the Daleks, and voiced the President for Unbound: He Jests at Scars (BF, 2003)
  • Helen Griffin (Speakers) was Mrs. Moore in Rise of the Cybermen and The Age of Steel, then voiced both Director Cardell and Ship's Computer for Cobwebs (BF, 2010)
  • make-up designer Deanne Turner was an artist on Planet of the Daleks
  • Alex Kaye-Besley was an assistant director on The Shakespeare Code too
  • SFX technician Charlie Bluett worked on forty-one stories (from Rose to Before the Flood), The Sarah Jane Adventures, Torchwood and Class

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