Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Whitechapel, Series 1


"Congratulations.. all you've got to do now is solve the unsolvable, 
and catch the most famous serial killer that ever lived."

Produced by Carnival Films, this dark and gritty crime drama was written by 
Ben Court and Caroline Ip, and first aired in February 2009. The recurring motif of Whitechapel, the recreation of historic East End crimes, began here with the Metropolitan Police's hunt for a Jack the Ripper copycat killer, 120 years after the Whitechapel Murders. The cast was led by former Spooks actor Rupert Penry-Jones (as DI Joe Chandler), Phil Davis (DS Ray Miles), Steve Pemberton (as Ripperologist Edward Buchan), and Alex Jennings (Commander Anderson).
Many characters were named after real-life figures in the Ripper case - Inspector Joseph Chandler (1850-1923), Edward Buchan (1859-1888), Sir Robert Anderson (1841-1918), John Sanders (1862-1901), John McCormack (b. 1839), James Kent, Dr. Rees Llewellyn (1849-1921), Dr. George Bagster Phillips (1835-1897), John Leary, Aaron Cohen (1865-1889), Frances Coles (1865-1891), Robert Lees (1849-1931), Mary Bousfield, Alice Graves and Alonzo Maduro.
Important references to the original murders were made herein, particularly the canonicity of the Martha Tabram and Elizabeth Stride killings.
Later investigations focused on present-day parallels with the notorious Kray twins, the famous Ratcliffe Highway Murders of 1811, the Thames Torso mysteries of Victorian London (1873/74 and 1887-89), and even the urban legend of the 'bogeyman'.
Another repeat run of the first, three-part season began on ITV Encore last night, and featured twenty-five Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Davis (Miles) played Lucius Petrus Dextrus in The Fires of Pompeii, and voiced Titus for Big Finish's The Cannibalists (2009)
  • Pemberton (Buchan) was Strackman Lux in Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead
  • Sam Stockman (DC Emerson Kent) was the Co-Pilot in The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
  • Claire Rushbrook (Dr. Caroline Llewellyn) was Ida Scott in The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit
  • Paul Hickey (Dr. Cohen) was Inspector Gregson in Vastra Investigates and Deep Breath
  • Marcus Wilson also produced twenty-eight adventures (from The Impossible Astronaut to The Time of the Doctor), and The Doctors Revisited 
  • Andy Pryor has also worked as casting director on the revived run since 2005, as well as The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood
  • Alice Purser was also casting associate on forty-six stories (from The Waters of Mars to The Husbands of River Song)
  • Andy Brierley was also casting associate on fifty-eight episodes (from The Christmas Invasion to The Big Bang), Music of the Spheres, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood
  • Balazs Bolygo was also cinematographer on The Rebel FleshThe Almost People and Closing Time
  • film editor Liana Del Giudice also edited The Empty ChildThe Doctor DancesThe Christmas InvasionNew EarthSchool Reunion and The Day of the Doctor
  • Howard Burden was also the costume designer on twenty-eight adventures (from Asylum of the Daleks to Death in Heaven)
  • costume supervisor Fraser Purfit was assistant costume designer on fourteen instalments (from Asylum of the Daleks to The Name of the Doctor)
  • Guy de Glanville was also second assistant director on Voyage of the DamnedTurn Left, and Torchwood, and later first assistant director on The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • prosthetics maker Davy Jones was make-up designer on fifteen stories (from Rose to Cold Blood)
  • Linda Davie was also make-up designer on fifteen episodes (from Rose tThe Time of the Doctor)
  • Dani Biernat and Andy Smart were both stunt performers on the revived series too - the former on the 2005 Christmas special, New EarthThe Sound of Drums, and Amy's Choice, the latter on Evolution of the Daleks, and Let's Kill Hitler
  • Crispin Layfield (former stuntman on Father's Day) was the stunt co-ordinator on Class and sixty-one instalments of the revived series too (from Smith and Jones to The Husbands of River Song)
  • Vince McGahon was also the Steadicam operator on The Vampires of Venice and Vincent and the Doctor
  • Lindsay Grant was also script supervisor on A Good Man Goes to War, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship and A Town Called Mercy
  • Antonia Grant was also location manager on The Sound of Drums and Last of the Time Lords
  • Nick Roberts was also the ADR recordist on The Time of Angels, Flesh and Stone, The Vampires of Venice, Cold Blood and The Lodger
  • score engineer Kake Jackson was music mixer on seventy-four stories (from The Runaway Bride to the 2015 Christmas special)
  • Julie Ankerson was also been the foley artist on every Doctor Who story (from 2005 to The Husbands of River Song), The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood

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