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
Did You Know?
'Huntington's chorea' is a degenerative neurological disorder eventually resulting in death. It was formerly referred to as 'hereditary chorea' and 'chronic progressive chorea.' One obvious symptom is involuntary jerky movements. The term 'chorea' is from the Greek meaning 'dance.' Today it is known more widely as 'Huntington's disease.' Famed singer Woody Guthrie suffered from this relatively rare disorder. See more
Of all people, Murdoch would know that, as there was no year zero, all centuries begin with a year ending in 1. The first century, 1AD to 100AD. The second, 101AD to 200AD. And so on to the 20th, which began January 1, 1901. See more
I've been diagnosed with Huntington's Chorea.
Dr. Julia Ogden
The degenerative nerve condition?
It's inevitable. My father had it.
Detective William Murdoch
I'm terribly sorry.
Hmmm... One must play with the cards one is dealt.
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Traditional English Christmas carol
[Instrumental version heard under Christmas tree scene] See more