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Death's Door: Part 1 

The team is called in to identify the corpse of a woman whose face was surgically removed after death. Janet Mander, a Home Office anthropologist, cannot link it to similar murders but, ... See full summary »


Diarmuid Lawrence


Stephen Davis, Nigel McCrery (deviser)


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Episode credited cast:
Tom Ward ... Dr. Harry Cunningham
Emilia Fox ... Dr. Nikki Alexander
William Gaminara ... Professor Leo Dalton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luing Andrews ... Prison Officer
Richard Attlee ... Oleg Kovik
Naomi Bentley ... Holly Farr
Andrew Byron ... Gaidar
Phil Davis ... Derek Pargeter
Neil Dudgeon ... Det Supt Paul Barker
Sean Francis ... Ben Dawson
Jaye Griffiths ... Prof. Janet Mander
Ryan Kiggell ... Clive Pearson
Philip Quast ... Leonid Polyak
Roger Ringrose ... Mikhail Akimovich
Julia Sandiford Julia Sandiford ... Shop Assistant


The team is called in to identify the corpse of a woman whose face was surgically removed after death. Janet Mander, a Home Office anthropologist, cannot link it to similar murders but, after Nikki has reconstructed the face, Holly, a medical student on work experience with Harry,recognizes the woman as Fran Price, an investigative journalist. Pargeter, her agent, is evasive and Supt. Barker, the investigating police officer, does not help as he is obsessed with the idea that Leonid Polyak, a Russian criminal Fran helped to put behind bars, has ordered a hit on her from his prison cell. Whilst Leo gets closer to Janet, Harry is concerned when he sees Barker entering Holly's flat and later she is found murdered in her bed. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

8 October 2008 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Be careful when you step past Death's Door.
6 November 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Harry is called in when a mutilated woman is found, accompanying him is student Holly, investigating is DI Barker and Professor Janet Mander. Nikki does a facial reconstruction and Holly identifies her as Fran Price, a TV presenter that put away criminal Leonid Polyak. Fran's agent Derek Pargeter is called to identify her, he is unhelpful and evasive. Harry and Holly attends Fran's home and find a horrific scene, with a distinct lack of DNA. Fran Price's blood is found in a rental car at an airport. Driver of the car had been Mikhail Akimovich, the team suspect a Russian contract killing. Information is leaked to the press, Harry believes it's Holly, she denies it, and Harry witnesses DI Barker entering her home. The next victim turns up, tragically close to home.

Silent Witness had a little bit of a sense of humour back then, and Harry's yellow outfit is a nice moment. The graphic amounts of kidneys and body parts is a little bit too much, not one to watch during a meal of Steak and Kidney pie. The actual victim too, Hammer horror methinks.

Is Holly a little too far fetched, would she have been allowed such access to the victims and crime scenes? not sure, but it made for great TV. She's a very interesting character, you can't help but wonder what her true motives are.

It's funny seeing Neil Dudgeon playing DI Barker, adds a touch of Midsomer Murders to proceedings. The out and out loveliness of Jaye Griffiths is great, so glad she became a regular. Phil Davies has the midas touch, a gifted actor, as soon as he appeared I knew it was going to be beyond good.

It's a nicely shot episode, the shots of London's sky line look fantastic.

Brilliant episode 9/10

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