Thursday, 13 October 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Ripper Street, Series 2

This dark period drama, a joint production  from Tiger Aspect and BBC America, was 
created by Richard Warlow and was filmed entirely in Dublin which doubled for the 
East End of London.
Now set in the Whitechapel of 1890, over a year since the last killing by Jack the Ripper, and H Division is responsible for policing this poor and overcrowded district. Here, the real-life head of CID,
DI Edmund Reid (1846-1917), portrayed
by Matthew Macfayden, was again joined 
by fictional detectives, DS Bennet Drake (Jerome Flynn) and former Pinkerton agent, Captain Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg). The most prominent figure in the Whitechapel Murders investigation, DCI Frederick Abberline (1843-1929), also appeared here, and was played by Clive Russell.
Series two was originally broadcast in
the autumn of 2013 and won a BAFTA Craft Award, but the programme was cancelled even before the run concluded. However, by February 2014 it was confirmed that Amazon Prime (formerly Lovefilm) would revive Ripper Street.
The third season began streaming in the UK in November 2014 (which aired
on BBC America in April 2015), whilst a fourth run commenced in January.
The second, eight part season concluded another repeat run on the Drama 
channel last night, and featured eleven Doctor Who cast and crew 
connections:

  • Neve McIntosh (Raine) played a trio of Silurians - firstly the warrior twins Alaya and Restac (in The Hungry Earth and Cold Blood), then the recurring character of Madame Vastra (introduced in A Good Man Goes to War) and later seen in The Crimson Horror, the 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)
  • Nicholas Woodeson (Dr. Corcoran) voiced the Clocksmith for Doom Coalition 3 (BF, 2016)
  • James Wilby (Broadwick) voiced Tenebris for both The Acheron Pulse and The Shadow Heart (BF, 2012)
  • Andrew Tiernan (Self) was Mr. Purcell in Night Terrors
  • Paul Kaye (Cain) was Prentis in Under the Lake and Before the Flood
  • Robert Goodman (Werner) was Reg in Listen
  • Keith Skinner (Skinner) was Rondel in (part 1 of) Vengeance on Varos
  • Justin Avoth (Bloom) voiced Mikhail for The New Counter Measures: Who Killed Toby Kinsella? (BF, 2016)
  • Justin Salinger (Hinchcliffe) was Tasker in Oxygen
  • Glenn Spears (Refuge Man) was Sergeant Major Peach in Empress of Mars
  • Balazs Bolygo was also the cinematographer on The Rebel Flesh, The Almost People and Closing Time
  • film editor Matthew Tabern also edited Smith and JonesThe Shakespeare CodeHuman NatureThe Family of Blood, and four installments of The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • series prosthetics designer Waldo Mason was a SFX assistant on Aliens of London

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