Monday, 3 October 2016

Doctor Who Vs. The Hound of the Baskervilles (2002)

Produced by Tiger Aspect for BBC One, this adaptation of Conan Doyle's most famous 
and prolific Sherlock Holmes mystery was 
shot extensively on location in Liverpool, 
Cumbria and the Isle of Man. The narrative 
differs considerably from the original novel, 
which was serialised in The Strand magazine
 in 1901, and published a year later. 
First shown in the UK on Boxing Day 2002 
(and in America a month later), Holmes and 
Watson were portrayed here by Australian film 
actor, Richard Roxburgh (pictured right) and Liverpool-born Ian Hart (left). Ironically, 
Roxburgh's next role, in the film The League
of Extraordinary Gentlemen, was actually
as Holmes' nemesis, Professor Moriarty,
whilst Hart later played Conan Doyle in
Finding Neverland
A sequel (also written by Allan Cubitt), Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the 
Silk Stocking, saw Hart reprise his role opposite Rupert Everett's Holmes.
This dark, BAFTA nominated serial, repeated again on the Drama channel
today, featured Matt Day, John Nettles, Geraldine James, and these eleven
Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Richard E Grant (Jack Stapleton here; Mycroft Holmes in Sherlock, 2002; Sherlock Holmes in The Other Side, 1992) and Neve McIntosh (Beryl Stapleton) were reunited on The Snowmen and The Name of the Doctor, when they reprised their roles of Dr. Walter Simeon and Madam Vastra
  • Grant has himself depicted the Doctor twice - in The Curse of the Fatal Death for Comic Relief, and in the Scream of the Shalka webcast - then returned as Simeon's master, the Great Intelligence in The Bells of Saint John
  • McIntosh has played a trio of Silurians - firstly the warrior twins Alaya and Restac (in The Hungry Earth and Cold Blood), then the recurring character of Vastra (introduced in A Good Man Goes to War) and later seen in The Crimson Horrorthe Prequel shorts (The Great DetectiveVastra Investigates and The Battle of Demons Run: Two Days Later), and Deep Breath she also voiced Lara Zannis for Big Finish's The War Doctor 3: Agents of Chaos (2016)
  • Ron Cook (Barrymore) was Mr. Magpie in The Idiot's Lantern
  • Liza Tarbuck (Mrs. Barrymore) voiced Captain Kaliko for The Infinite Quest (2007), and Lysette Barclay for Plague of the Daleks (BF, 2009)
  • Danny Webb (Inspector Lestrade here; and DI Carter in Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia) was John Jefferson in The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit, and voiced Byron for The Girl Who Never Was (BF, 2007) and Ori in The Dark Husband (BF, 2008)
  • Jim Norton (Coroner) voiced Major Thomas Kennet, also for the animated Shalka serial
  • Stephan Bessant (Warder) voiced Julius for The Council of Nicaea (BF, 2005)
  • co-executive producer Julie Scott also held the equivalent post on seventy-seven adventures, from The Runaway Bride to The Time of the Doctors, besides The Five(ish) Doctors RebootTime CrashMusic of the SpheresDoctor Who at the PromsDreamlandThe Adventure Games: City of the Daleks and Blood of the Cybermen, nine episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures and thirty Torchwood episodes
  • Mark Isaac was also focus puller on sixteen instalments of the revived series, from Rose to School Reunion
  • Bob Shipsey was a camera operator on The Doctor's Wife and Night Terrors too
  • script supervisor Karen Jones began her career as a production assistant (PA) on Mindwarp

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