Sunday, 13 November 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Luther, Series 1

This British psychological drama series was created and scripted by Booker Prize nominee and Emmy award winner Neil Cross, and starred London-born actor Idris Elba as the titular maverick detective, DCI John Luther.
Elba received Golden Globe and Emmy Awards nominations for his role here, and was joined by Indira Varma (as Zoe Luther), Saskia Reeves (DSU Teller), Dermot Crowley (DCI Schenk), and Ruth Wilson (Alice Morgan).
The initial run first aired on BBC One in the summer of 2010, followed by two four-part seasons in 2011 and 2013. A prequel novel,
The Calling, also written by Cross, was 
published in 2011, and a film version of 
Luther is planned. A fourth and final two-
part serial was first shown last December.
Cross later penned The Rings of Akhaten 
and Hide for Matt Smith's final season. 
The first six-part series concluded another 
repeat run on W (formerly the Watch channel) 
last night, and featured Paul McGann (as Mark North) and nineteen other 
Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Big Finish actor Warren Brown (DS Justin Ripley) voiced Stephen Gibson for Industrial Evolution (2011), both Rufus Stone and To'Koth for Signs and Wonders (2014), and Lieutenant Sam Bishop for UNIT: Extinction (2015), UNIT: Shutdown and UNIT: Silenced (both 2016)
  • Varma reprised the role of Suzie Costello for The Torchwood Archive (BF, 2016)
  • Steven Mackintosh (DCI Reed) played Gazak in Timelash
  • Michael Smiley (Benny Silver) was Colonel Morgan Blue in Into the Dalek, and voiced Seedleson for Creatures of Beauty (BF, 2003)
  • Diveen Henry (PC Hanson) voiced Alozza for The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield: The Triumph of Sutekh (BF, 2015)
  • Sean Pertwee (Lynch) made a cameo appearance in The Five(ish) Doctors
  • stunt co-ordinator Derek Lea was a stuntman on DalekBad WolfThe Parting of the WaysThe Age of Steel and Partners in Crime
  • Stephanie Carey was also a stunt performer on Voyage of the DamnedThe Beast BelowThe Curse of the Black SpotLet's Kill Hitler and The Girl Who Waited
  • Paul Rhys (Burgess) voiced Max Paul for The Scapegoat (BF, 2009)
  • Andrew Tiernan (Henley) was Mr. Purcell in Night Terrors
  • Big Finish artist Nicola Walker (Linda) voiced MedTech Liv Chenka for Robophobia (2011), Dark Eyes 2Dark Eyes 3 (both 2014), Dark Eyes 4Doom Coalition 1 (both 2015) and Doom Coalition 2 (2016), and was the Narrator of The World Beyond the Trees (2017)
  • Rob Jarvis (Shand) was Abramal in The Time of the Doctor
  • director Stefan Schwartz (of parts 5 and 6) played the Knight Commander in Battlefield
  • Graham Turner (Holguin, 1.5) was Amos in The Crimson Horror
  • Neal Champion was the SFX supervisor on An Adventure in Space and Time too
  • series stand-by art director Adrian Greenwood was the production buyer on twelve installments, from Asylum of the Daleks to The Name of the Doctor
  • Nick Foley was ADR mixer on The Snowmen too
  • series production buyer Pauline Seager was the assistant floor manager (AFM) on The Five Doctors
  • Elliott Gilhooly was sound assistant on part two of The End of Time too

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