Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Doctor Who Vs. From Hell

The most recent cinematic depiction of the Whitechapel Murders of 1888 was the big-budget American thriller From Hell (Fox, 2001), directed by the Hughes brothers.
Based on the graphic novel series of the same name by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell (originally published in Taboo from 1989-1992 then issued in a collected edition in 1999), the film again presents perhaps the most widely known theory behind the Jack the Ripper mystery - the Royal Conspiracy.
The stellar cast was led by Johnny Depp and Robbie Coltrane as real-life detectives, Inspector Frederick Abberline (1843-1929) and Sergeant George Godley (1856-1941). Heather Graham portrayed the final canonical murder victim, Mary Kelly (who actually survived here), Ian Holm was royal doctor, Sir William Gull (who became a Ripper suspect in the 1970's), and Ian Richardson was Sir Charles Warren (1840-1927), the beleagered Metropolitan Police Commissioner.
From Hell was shown on the TCM film channel last night, and
featured fourteen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
  • Ian McNeice (Coroner) played Winston Churchill in Victory of the Daleks and The Wedding of River Song, and voiced Zeus for Immortal Beloved (Big Finish, 2007) and Reginald Harcourt for Renaissance Man (BF, 2012)
  • Lesley Sharp (Kate Eddowes) was Sky Silvestry in Midnight
  • Joanna Page (Ann Crook) was Queen Elizabeth I in The Day of the Doctor
  • Paul Rhys (Dr Ferral) voiced Max Paul for The Scapegoat (BF, 2009)
  • Mark Dexter (Prince Eddy) was Dad in Series 4's two-part Vashta Nerada story
  • David Schofield (McQueen) voiced Nostradamus for The Doomsday Quatrain (BF, 2011), and Billy for Death in Blackpool (BF, 2009)
  • Sophia Myles (Victoria Abberline) was Reinette in The Girl in the Fireplace
  • Donald Douglas (Director) was Vural in The Sontaran Experiment
  • John Owens (Governor) was Thorpe in The Daemons
  • Gary Powell (Constable) was Dev Ashton in 42
  • Anthony Parker (John Merrick, the Elephant Man), now a Millennium FX technician, worked on The Family of BloodUtopia, the Series 3 finale episodes, the two-part Gangers story, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, and The Snowmen
  • Rupert Holliday Evans (Sailor) was Colonel Mace in the Sontaran adventure for Series 4
  • James Greene (Governor) was the Abbott in The Bells of St. John
  • sound mixer John Taylor was a boom operator on The Five Doctors

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