Monday, 26 September 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Sherlock, Series 3

The long-awaited third season of Hartswood Films' Sherlock (created 
in 2008 by co-executive producers 
Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss
consolidated the success of previous 
runs by increasing it's viewing figures and audience share yet again, and garnered further critical acclaim, 
and massive internet traffic. 
An exclusive online mini-episode, 
Many Happy Returns, preceded the 
new series and was available on the BBC's iPlayer, Red Button and You
Tube channels.
Holmes and Watson (again portrayed 
by Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman - were joined by other series regulars, Una Stubbs (as Mrs. [Martha] Hudson), Louise Brealey (Molly Hooper), Rupert Graves (Inspector Lestrade), Vinette Robinson (Sergeant Donovan), Jonathan Aris (Anderson), and Gatiss (Mycroft Holmes). Newcomer Amanda Abbington co-starred as Mary Morstan, the future Mrs. Watson.
The multi-award winning drama concluded another repeat run on W (formerly 
the Watch channel) last night, and featured another thirty-two Doctor Who cast 
and crew connections:

Many Happy Returns (BBC TX: Christmas Eve 2013)
  • Chris Thomas was also a floor runner on twelve Series 8 episodes, and was an assistant director on Deep Breath and Mummy on the Orient Express
  • Nandie Narishkin was also stand-by art director on The Snowmen, The Rings of Akhaten, Cold War, Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS and The Crimson Horror
  • series sound mixer John Mooney assisted on Remembrance of the Daleks, Silver Nemesis, The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, Battlefield and Ghost Light
  • Warwick Boole was also a SFX technician on thirteen adventures (from Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS to Death in Heaven)
  • series CG supervisor Nicolas Hernandez worked variously on forty-four stories (from Father's Day to The End of Time)
  • Benoit Leveau was also head of VFX software on fourteen instalments (from Into the Dalek to The Witch's Familiar)
The Empty Hearse (BBC TX: New Year's Day 2014, January 3, December 6 2014, August 10, December 4 2015/Alibi TX: February 17, February 18, March 27 2016, New Year's Day 2017, January 5 2017/Watch TX: September 11 2016)
  • Cumberbatch's real life parents Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton appeared briefly as Mr. and Mrs. Holmes (here and The Final Problem) - Ventham was Jean Rook in The Faceless Ones, Thea Ransome in Image of the Fendahl, and Faroon in Time and the Rani
  • David Fynn (Shilcott) was Marcellus in The Pandorica Opens
  • for Sydney Wade (Claudie) see Series 2: The Reichenbach Fall
  • Jim Conway (Reporter) was Uncle Josh in The Snowmen
  • Tomi May (Torturer) has been cast in Series 10
  • for Steve Lawes (cinematographer), Arwel Jones (production designer), and Claire Pritchard (make-up designer) see my blog for Series 1
  • David Jones was also VFX artist on fifteen episodes (from The Next Doctor to The Name of the Doctor), and The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Enemy of the Bane
The Sign of Three (BBC TX: January 5, January 10, December 13 2014, 
August 17 2015, December 11 2015/Alibi TX: February 24, February 25, 
March 28 2016, New Year's Day 2017, January 12 2017/Watch TX: 
September 18 2016)
  • co-writer Steve Thompson also scripted The Curse of the Black Spot, Journey to the Centre of the TARDISTime Heist and The Science of Doctor Who
  • producer Susie Liggat was the first assistant director on Love & MonstersArmy of Ghosts and Doomsday, then produced eight stories from Human Nature to The Next Doctor 
  • director Colm McCarthy helmed The Bells of Saint John too
  •  Big Finish actor Alistair Petrie (Sholto) voiced both Major Harris and German Lieutenant for Criss-Cross (2015), Julius Caesar for The Churchill Years: Living History (2016), and John for Dethras (new for 2017)
  • Jalaal Hartley (Photographer) was Dick in The Shakespeare Code
  • Debbie Chazen (Vicky) was Foon Van Hoff in Voyage of the Damned
  • Tim Chipping (Duty Sergeant) voiced Grigory for The Companion Chronicles: The Wanderer (BF, 2012), and both Constable Wolsey and Mandrake for The Widow's Assassin (BF, 2014)
  • Nicholas Asbury (Landlord) was Etoine in The Zygon Inversion, and voiced Rowe for The Many Deaths of Jo Grant (BF, 2011), and Burmaster for UNIT: Assembled (new for 2017)
  • Clem So (Raver) 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, and a Bank Client in Time Heist
  • Becky Trotman was also assistant editor on thirty-seven instalments (from The Vampires of Venice to The Name of the Doctor)
  • Blaanid Maddrell was also the production buyer on Love & Monsters, Gridlock and The Lazarus Experiment, and assistant designer on a dozen editions of The Sarah Jane Adventures and Attack of the Graske
His Last Vow (BBC TX: January 12, January 17, December 20 2014, August 
24 2015, December 18 2015/Alibi TX: March 2, March 3, March 28 2016, New Year's Day 2017, January 19 2017/Watch TX: September 25 2016)
  • director Nick Hurran also helmed The Girl Who Waited, The God ComplexAsylum of the DaleksThe Angels Take Manhattan and The Day of the Doctor
  • Lindsay Duncan (Lady Smallwood here and Series 4: The Six Thatchers) was Captain Adelaide Brooke in The Waters of Mars
  • Tim Wallers (Garvie) was Childers in Victory of the Daleks, and voiced Justinian for The Secret History (BF, 2015)
  • Katherine Jakeways (Benji) voiced Jill for Nightshade (BF, new for 2016)
  • Alan Bond (Coroner) was a UNIT Soldier in The Sound of Drums and Last of the Time Lords
  • Owen Charnley was also the assistant grip on twenty-eight stories (from The Impossible Astronaut to The Day of the Doctor)
  • series make-up artist Amy Riley was make-up supervisor on ListenTime HeistKill the MoonMummy on the Orient Express and In the Forest of the Night

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