Saturday, 4 June 2016

Doctor Who Vs. From Hell

The most recent cinematic depiction of the Whitechapel 
Murders of 1888 was the big-budget Hollywood thriller 
From Hell, directed by the Hughes brothers, and 
released by Fox in 2001.
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 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 beleaguered Metropolitan Police Commissioner.
From Hell was shown again on the 5Star channel last night, and also
featured sixteen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Ian McNeice (Coroner Drudge) played Winston Churchill in Victory of the Daleks and The Wedding of River Song (a role reprised by Big Finish in The Churchill Years), and voiced Zeus for Immortal Beloved (BF, 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 (pictured) 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 Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead 
  • David Schofield (McQueen) voiced Billy for Death in Blackpool (BF, 2009), Nostradamus for The Doomsday Quatrain (BF, 2011), and was Odin in The Girl Who Died
  • Sophia Myles (Victoria Abberline) was Reinette in The Girl in the Fireplace
  • Vincent Franklin (George Lusk) voiced Lord Stormblood for Doom Coalition 2 (BF, 2016)
  • Steve John Shepherd (Constable) voiced Simon Devlin for UNIT: Extinction (BF, 2015)
  • 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) was a Millennium FX technician on The Family of BloodUtopiaThe Sound of DrumsLast of the Time LordsThe Rebel FleshThe Almost PeopleDinosaurs on a Spaceship and The Snowmen
  • Rupert Holliday Evans (Sailor) was Colonel Mace in The Sontaran Stratagem and The Poison Sky
  • James Greene (Governor) was the Abbott in The Bells of Saint John
  • sound mixer John Taylor was a boom operator on The Five Doctors

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