Murdoch Mysteries: Season 5, Episode 13

Twentieth Century Murdoch (28 Aug. 2012)

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It's Christmas-time and the dawn of the new century but for Detective Murdoch, there are crimes to be solved. Gideon Turner escapes custody and prevents a man from being killed on the ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Julia Ogden (as Hélène Joy)
Colin Buchanan ...
Professor Harms
Gideon Turner
Benjamin Clost ...
Teddy Nelson (Reporter)
Seth Morgan
William Murdoch Jr.


It's Christmas-time and the dawn of the new century but for Detective Murdoch, there are crimes to be solved. Gideon Turner escapes custody and prevents a man from being killed on the street. He claims he knew it was going to happen because he has traveled to the future. Murdoch is dubious, needless to say, and has Turner examined by Dr. Roberts at the insane asylum where he also meets Julia Ogden who has taken an interest in psychiatry. The man behind it all is Dr. Harms and as his time machine begins to gain believers, he seems to be making a fortune. Murdoch is convinced there is a realistic scientific explanation for what is happening. Meanwhile, Crabtree frets over asking Dr. Grace to accompany him to the Policeman's Ball on New Year's Eve and Inspector Brackenreid weighs-up a job offer. Written by garykmcd

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The final episode produced by CityTV before the producers moved to CBC. See more »


Santa shoots with a lever action shotgun and still a spent shot shell is found on the ground. See more »


Professor Harms: What laws have we broken?
Detective William Murdoch: To start with, it appears that you have violated the laws of physics.
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by far the best of the bunch so far...and that's saying something
10 January 2013 | by (Toronto, ON, Canada) – See all my reviews

A powerfully moving episode, especially for anyone who wonders if it's not too late to have the life they've always wanted. (It's also a welcome - and uplifting - climax...or is it?? Murdoch and Dr Ogden's will-they-or-won't-they love story.) After episodes involving microwave-based sci-fi death rays and eugenics societies, I suspect this "time travel" episode (which is explained convincingly in the end) is as far-fetched as this delightful show will stray in its story lines for some time. I've always loved Murdoch Mysteries' good ol' fashioned "solving murders in Victorian-era Toronto with cutting-edge-for-the-time technology" (which we nicknamed "CSI: Toronto") especially with "guest appearances" of historical figures from Nikola Tesla to Alexander Graham Bell. But this episode is a triumphal achievement on its OWN merits, as both an innovative departure from the traditional tone of the series, and its adherence to the show's core principals.

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