Published on April 21st, 2014 | by James Lomond
Whovians Pop Up In New ITV Shows
Why do I ALWAYS get sat next to the mad woman on the bus? pic.twitter.com/lokgssdN1f
— Reece Shearsmith (@ReeceShearsmith) April 17, 2014
This cheeky tease-pic is from ITV’s new four-part drama, about DS Sean Stone investigating serial killers from within the missing person’s unit. Stone, played by Reece Shearsmith, is “intense, socially awkward and a misfit” and balanced by his partner and colleague, Ruth Hattersley, played by Mrs Robinson herself, Alex Kingston (River Song from series 4 to 7 of Doctor Who).
Shearsmith is known for his dark, quirky roles as one of the talents behind The League of Gentlemen, Psychoville and more recently Inside No. 9, which he co-wrote and starred in with Steve Pemberton (Silence in the Library, Forest of the Dead). He is someone many fans have expected to crop up in Doctor Who at some point and even cameoed in Mark Gatiss’s reality-based drama An Adventure in Space and Time as Patrick Troughton.
Joining the cast is yet another Who stalwart, Noel Clarke, who started with the show way back in 2005. In fact ITV seem very keen on Doctor Who stars in their shows – Law & Order UK premiered with Series 3 companion, Freema Agyeman and one Peter Davison, not to mention Sarah Jane Adventures villain Bradley Walsh! Meanwhile, Master actor John Simm stars in a new series, Prey, on Monday 28th April (you can find out more about Prey at Cult Britannia).
Chasing Shadows sounds like more serious and gritty material than Shearsmith usually takes on though Kingston is well-known for her work on ER and its straight-faced medical drama. Will this have a comic undertone or be stark and sinister? And more importantly, will you be watching?