Friday, 1 July 2016

Connections Happy Valley by DJ Forrest


Doctor Who & Torchwood Connections

Happy Valley

By DJ Forrest


Happy Valley began in 2014, and told the story of Catherine Cawood, her life with her grandson and sister and her life in the Police Force in Yorkshire. The first series dealt with the kidnapping of the daughter of Nevison Gallagher, and the death of a police woman. Catherine Cawood lost her daughter to suicide after she had been raped by Tommy Lee Royce, leaving behind a baby boy, the product of the rape. Years later, still haunted by the death of her daughter, the search for Tommy Lee Royce continues. Spotting him outside a Chinese take away, the hunt is on, along with the death of a young Police woman and the abduction of Nevison Gallagher's daughter, which takes the story right up to the final episode and the showdown between Catherine and Tommy Royce.

In the second series, (2016) when young Ryan is a little bit older, his Dad Tommy wants to connect with him again, despite on their last contact, he'd been doused in petrol, with the intention of being set alight.

Happy Valley is anything but happy, but the tension keeps you glued to the screen until the very last episode. I hope we see another series of this fantastic programme. Sarah Lancashire is an absolutely brilliant actress and plays Catherine superbly. She plays each and every role convincingly. I loved her Miss Foster in Doctor Who.

As with many of the programmes run by the BBC you will see a fair few cast from Doctor Who, Sarah Jane and Torchwood from time to time, so it was with no real surprise that Happy Valley ticks a few of these boxes.

We've listed below the cast and crew who have connections with our Whoniverse series'. We've done the research so you don't have to.


Series Directed by

Euros Lyn was director of 3 episodes in 2014. Was director for 12 episodes of Doctor Who from 2005 - 2010, and director of 5 episodes of Torchwood in 2009. He was director of Doctor Who at the Proms segment 'Music of the Spheres' in the same year. Plus, the Doctor Who tv short: Music of the Spheres a year previous. He appeared in 10 episodes of Doctor Who Confidential as himself from 2005 - 2010. He appeared in the Torchwood Declassified Children of Earth episode in 2009 and Totally Doctor Who episode #1.12 in 2006 as himself. He provided the commentary on the Doctor Who DVD boxset (The Complete First Series episode: The Unquiet Dead in 2005.

Series Cast 

Sarah Lancashire played Catherine Cawood for all 12 episodes from 2014-2016. Played Miss Foster in Doctor Who: Partners in Crime in 2008. Appeared as herself in the Doctor Who Confidential episode: A Noble Return in the same year. And as Miss Foster for the Doctor Who Greatest Moments episode: The Doctor in 2009.



George Costigan played Nevison Gallagher for 9 episodes from 2014-2016. Played Max Capricorn in Doctor Who Special: Voyage of the Damned in 2007.
Appeared in tv mini series documentary, Doctor Who Greatest Moments as Max Capricorn in the episode: The Doctor, in 2009.
Plus, Doctor Who Confidential in the episode Kylie Meets the Doctor where he appeared as himself in 2007.



Steve Pemberton played Kevin Weatherill for 6 episodes in 2014. Played Strackman Lux in Doctor Who two parter - Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead in 2008. Was uncredited for his role as Strackman Lux in The Destinations of Doctor Who in 2012.



Derek Riddell played Richard Cawood for 6 episodes in 2014. Played Sir Robert in Doctor Who episode: Tooth and Claw in 2006. Was uncredited as this role in Journey's End 2008. Appeared as Sir Robert in the episode The Doctor for Doctor Who Greatest Moments in 2009.



Shirley Henderson played Frances Drummond (6 episodes, 2016). Played Ursula Blake in Doctor Who: Love and Monsters in 2006. Also performed the track 'Don't Bring Me Down, and Brand New Key, but was uncredited for this in the episode Love and Monsters. Appeared as Ursula Blake in Journey's End but was uncredited, in 2008. Appeared in Doctor Who Confidential as Ursula Blake in the episode The New World of Who in 2006.



Mina Anwar played Mrs. Mukherjee for 3 episodes in 2014. Played Gita Chandra in SJA for 18 episodes from 2008 - 2011.



Angela Pleasence played Winnie for 2 episodes in 2016. Played Mystic Mags in SJA episode: The Curse of Clyde Langer part 2 in 2011.
Played Queen Elizabeth to Tennant's 10th Doctor in The Shakespeare Code in 2007.



Paul Courtenay Hyu played Mickey Yip for 1 episode in 2014. Played Deep-Ando in Doctor Who: Sleep No More in 2015



Darren Morfitt played Bar Manager for 1 episode in 2016. Played Marco in Doctor Who: The Time of Angels and Flesh and Stone in 2010.



Brett Allen played Personal Officer for 1 episode in 2016. Played Taylor in Torchwood: A Day in the Death in 2008.



Richard Price played a Detention Officer (uncredited) for 1 episode in 2016. Uncredited in all four roles, was a Wedding Guest in Doctor Who episode, The Runaway Bride in 2006, a Guest in The Lazarus Experiment in 2007, A passer-by in Partners in Crime in 2008 and a Takran Soldier in The Doctor's Daughter in the same year.
Was an uncredited passer-by in SJA: The Mark of the Berserker parts 1 & 2 in 2008.

Series Music by

Ben Foster was composer for 12 episodes, 2014-2016. Was orchestrator for 44 episodes of Doctor Who from 2005 - 2014, was conductor for 42 episodes from 2005 - 2014. Did the incidental music for 11 episodes of Torchwood in 2008. Was music arranger for Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest in 2007. Was co-composer for 13 episodes of Torchwood in 2008, was composer for 16 episodes from 2006 - 2009. Was uncredited for performing the soundtrack: Daleks in Manhattan in 2007 "Evolution of the Daleks".
Was conductor at Doctor Who at the Proms in 2013. Has been conductor at the Proms also in 2010, as well as Orchestrator. (Prom 10: )
Appeared in 3 episodes of Doctor Who Confidential from 2006 - 2010.
Appeared in the Torchwood Declassified episode #2.10 in 2008.
Check out our interview with Ben here:



Series Film Editing by

Richard Cox was editor for 5 episodes from 2014-2016. Was editor for Doctor Who episode: The Next Doctor in 2008.

Jamie Pearson was editor for 3 episodes in 2014. Was editor for The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot in 2013.

Sarah Davies was first assistant director for 2 episodes in 2016. Was third assistant director for 29 episodes of Doctor Who from 2006 - 2009, was first assistant director for 3 episodes from 2011 - 2015.
Was third assistant director for 4 episodes of SJA, the Eye of the Gorgon part 1 she was uncredited for in 2007.
Between 2005-2006 was production runner for 4 episodes of Doctor Who.

Series Sound Department

Patrick O'Boyle was boom operator for 6 episodes in 2016. Was boom operator for Doctor Who: The Next Doctor in 2008.

Series Special Effects by

Danny Hargreaves was special effects supervisor for 1 episode in 2014. Was special effects supervisor for 42 episodes of Doctor Who from 2007 to 2014, and special effects technician for 13 episodes from 2006 - 2007. He was special effects supervisor for 1 episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures - Invasion of the Bane in 2007. As an acting role he appeared in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot but was uncredited, in 2013.
Appeared in 6 episodes of Doctor Who Extra from 2014 - 2015.



Scott McIntyre was special effects supervisor (unknown episodes). Was supervising armourer for Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor in 2013, but uncredited. Was special effects supervisor for one episode of Talking Who - The Torchwood Specials part 2 in 2011. Appeared in 31 episodes of Doctor Who Confidential from 2006 - 2011, on Torchwood Declassified for Children of Earth ini 2009, and Sleepless in Cardiff episode in 2008, and appeared in 3 Totally Doctor Who episodes from 2006 - 2007.

Series Visual Effects by

Rick Bovill was digital compositor uncredited for Doctor Who episode The Power of Three in 2012. In the same year and same role for A Town called Mercy, and visual effects, but uncredited for The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe in 2011.

Gary Kelly was digital compositor for 6 episodes in 2016. Was compositor for Doctor Who: The Power of Three in 2012 (Space Digital) but uncredited. And uncredited for visual effects in The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe in 2011.

Series Stunts

Crispin Layfield was stunt coordinator for 6 episodes in 2014. Crispin has been a stunt co-ordinator for 60 episodes of Doctor Who from 2007 - 2015, and a stunt performer for 1 episode in 2005. He is best known by Torchwood fans as the mugger in the episode Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in 2008.
He appeared in 12 episodes of Doctor Who Confidential from 2007 - 2011, and Totally Doctor Who episode #2.9 in 2007.



Belinda McGinley was stunt performer for 4 episodes 2014. Was stunt performer for 4 episodes of Doctor Who - Amy's Choice in 2010, The Girl Who Waited in 2011. Deep Breath in 2014 and The Husbands of River Song in 2015.

Chris Pollard was stunt performer for 2 episodes in 2014. Was stunt performer for Doctor Who: Robot of Sherwood in 2014.

Dani Biernat was stunt coordinator 1 episode 2014. Was stunt performer for 9 episodes of Doctor Who from 2005 - e2013, and stunt co-ordinator for 4 episodes from 2014 - 2015.

Stephanie Carey was stunt performer for 1 episode in 2014. Was stunt performer for 6 episodes of Doctor Who plus stunts for 1 episode in 2010. Appeared in the Doctor Who Confidential episode Ship Ahoy in 2011.

Rob Jarman was stunt performer for 1 episode in 2014. Was stunt performer for 2 episodes of Doctor Who - The Husbands of River Song in 2015 and Deep Breath in 2014

Andy Merchant was stunt performer for 1 episode in 2014. Was stunt performer for 2 episodes of Doctor Who - Into the Dalek in 2014 and The Wedding of River Song in 2011.

Andy Smart was stunt performer for 1 episode in 2014. Was Stunt performer for 4 episodes of Doctor Who, credited as Andy J. Smart. From 2007 - 2015.
Appeared on Doctor Who Confidential for the episode River Runs Wild in 2011.

Series Camera and Electrical Department

Tom Williams was director of photography: second unit / first assistant camera: "a" camera / additional camera operator / camera operator: "b" camera: dailies / additional camera operator: dailies for 9 episodes from 2014-2016.
Was first assistant camera for Doctor Who: Let's Kill Hitler in 2011, but was uncredited.

Owen Charnley was grip assistant: dailies for 6 episodes in 2014. Was assistant grip for 27 episodes of Doctor Who from 2011 - 2013, and additional grip for 1 episode in 2013.


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