Doctor Who Vs. The Second Coming

This Northern morality tale was written by future Doctor Who supremo Russell T Davies (music was provided byNuWho composer Murray Gold), and Ninth Doctor actor Christopher Eccleston took the lead role of Steven Baxter pictured).
Originally commissioned by Channel 4 in 1999, and later turned down by the BBC, The Second Coming was eventually made by ITV over the summer of 2002. Screened over two nights, Sunday 9th and Monday 10th February 2003, parts 1 and 2 gained audiences of 6.3M and 5.4M.
Following a drunken night-out in Manchester, Steve disappears for 40 days and nights. He is found wandering Saddleworth Moor, and claims to be the ‘second coming’ of Jesus, the Son of God. After performing a modern-day miracle at Maine Road football stadium (turning night into day), he proclaims to the world’s media that he has just 5 days to find the human race’s Third Testament, and avert the Apocalypse.
Granada’s Liverpool-based drama Springhill (1996/7)also penned by Davies, ended it’s run with a recital of The Second Coming by WB Yeats, and was essentially a story of good-versus-evil too.
The drama also featured nine more Doctor Who guest actors:
  • Lesley Sharp (Judith) played Sky Silvestry in Midnight
  • Mark Benton (Tyler) was Clive Finch in Rose; and voiced Ellis for Invaders from Mars (Big Finish, 2002), and Jack Coulson for the recent Energy of the Daleks
  • Ace Bhatti (Gupta) was Rani’s dad, Haresh Chandra, in The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • Jennifer Hennessey (Reporter) was Valerie in Gridlock
  • Angel Coulby (PC Fraser) was Katherine in The Girl in the Fireplace
  • Rory Kinnear (Dillane) voiced Samuel Belfrage for Industrial Evolution (BF, 2011)
  • Ray Emmet Brown (Nurse) voiced ‘No. 16’ for House of Blue Fire (BF, 2011)
  • stunt co-ordinator Gareth Milne was George Cranleigh in Black Orchid, an Attendant in Vengeance on Varos, and doubled for Peter Davison on Warriors of the Deep
  • Rick English was also a stuntman on Tooth and Claw

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