Saturday, 2 January 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

The Crime Scene Magazine website
previewed the new Sherlock special this
week. Emma Dibdin wrote: "Five years
ago, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss
pulled off the unthinkable. Modernising
Sherlock Holmes had seldom been
attempted before, much less with any
success, and initial reports of the BBC's
contemporary update were met with
scepticism from Doyle aficionados and
the general public alike. How wrong we
all were.
Now, what has become unthinkable is
placing Benedict Cumberbatch's Holmes
and Martin Freeman's Dr. Watson back in
the Victorian period from whence they
came, and so [the writers] set out to do
just that with [The Abominable Bride].
"It's Holmes in his natural era [but with
the] modern version, he's a Victorian
man out of time" says Gatiss.
Exactly two years on from Holmes' return from the dead in The Empty Hearse, Sherlock is back with this brand new mystery, swapping the modern-day setting for late Victorian London. 1895: the iconic Deerstalker-clad Holmes and the heavily-moustached Watson face a supernatural enemy in the form of Mrs. Ricoletti's ghost.
Series regulars Rupert Graves (as Inspector G. Lestrade), Una Stubbs (Mrs. Hudson), Amanda Abbington (Mary Morstan), Louise Brealey ([Dr.] Molly Hooper), Jonathan Aris (Philip Anderson), Gatiss (Mycroft Holmes), and Andew Scott (Professor Moriarty) all returned for this period drama. David Nellist and Yasmine Akram reprised their roles (Mike Stamford and Janine) from A Study
in Pink and Series 3 respectively.
The Abominable Bride (the title is based on a quote from The Musgrave Ritual, 1893) premiered on BBC1 (and was simulcast in over 100 UK cinemas) last night, and featured thirty Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • director Douglas Mackinnon also helmed The Sontaran Stratagem, The Poison Sky, The Power of Three, Cold War, Listen, Time Heist, Flatline and The Husbands of River Song
  • Gerald Kyd (Ricoletti) voiced Lieutenant Maurizio Savinio for Big Finish's Aquitaine (new for 2016)
  • Damian Samuels (Giles) was Mr. Lloyd in The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances
  • Tim McInnerny (Sir Eustace here; Clay in The Red Headed League, 1985) was Halpen in Planet of the Ood, and voiced Admiral Dolne for The Well-Mannered War (BF, 2015)
  • Daniel Fearn (News vendor) was a Crowd member in The Woman Who Lived
  • Tim Barlow (Wilder here; the Count in The Resident Patient, 1985) was Tyssan in Destiny of the Daleks
  • Stephanie Hyam (Jane) was cast as Heather for The Pilot
  • Clem So (Chinaman) was a Mongolian in Asylum of the Daleks, an Artisan in The Angels Take Manhattan, a Tourist in The Day of the Doctor, a Clockwork Droid in Deep Breath, a Bank Client in Time Heist, and an uncredited Alien in Face the Raven and The Husbands of River Song
  • Gordon Seed was also stunt co-ordinator on thirty-six episodes, from The Idiot's Lantern to Kill the Moon
  • Suzie Lavelle was also the cinematographer on Cold WarListenTime Heist and the recent Christmas special
  • art director Nandie Narishkin was stand-by director on The Snowmen, The Rings of Akhaten, Cold War, Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS and The Crimson Horror
  • production designer Arwel Jones worked on forty-two instalments of the revived series (from The Runaway Bride to Cold Blood), Time CrashAttack of the Graske, twenty-four episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures, and Torchwood: Children of Earth
  • Heddi-Joy Taylor also third assistant director on forty-six stories (from The Next Doctor to The Time of the Doctor) and second assistant on another nine (The Girl Who Waited to The Day of the Doctor), after serving as floor runner on twenty-six earlier episodes (The Runaway Bride to Journey's End)
  • art department assistant Julia Jones also worked on twenty-five adventures, from A Christmas Carol to The Husbands of River Song
  • Julie Ankerson was also foley artist on every story the revived run, from Rose to the present, and The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • sound mixer John Mooney worked on Remembrance of the Daleks, (part 3 of) Silver Nemesis, The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, Battlefield and Ghost Light
  • Paul McFadden was also sound editor on eighty-one episodes, from Rose to The Power of Three
  • supervising sound editor Doug Sinclair also edited forty-two episodes, from Rose to The Waters of Mars
  • Jamie Talbutt was also foley editor on fifty-five stories, from A Christmas Carol to The Zygon Inversion
  • Danny Hargreaves was also SFX supervisor on fifty-five installments, from The Girl in the Fireplace to Last Christmas
  • Dave Kneath was also a SFX technician on nine episodes, from Into the Dalek to the recent festive special
  • Jade Poole was also SFX assistant co-ordinator on ten stories, from In the Forest of the Night to The Woman Who Lived
  • James Smith was also SFX co-ordinator on twelve adventures, from The Time of the Doctor to Last Christmas
  • Keith Barton was also a VFX support worker on twenty-six installments, from The Day of the Doctor to Hell Bent
  • VFX producer Natalie Reid was VFX co-ordinator on thirteen stories, from The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe to The Time of the Doctor
  • Benoit Leveau was also head of software on fourteen episodes, from Into the Dalek to The Witch's Familiar
  • Daniel Bishop was steadicam operator on The Husbands of River Song too
  • James Scott was also focus puller on sixteen installments, from Closing Time to The Day of the Doctor
  • production co-ordinator Helen Blyth was an assistant on fourteen adventures, from A Christmas Carol to The Wedding of River Song
  • Katrina Aust was also assistant editor on eighteen stories, from The Rings of Akhaten to Last Christmas, and The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot

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