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Being Human was a TV series which was broadcast on BBC Three from 2008 to 2013, featuring various supernatural characters including ghosts, vampires, and werewolves.

The series was created by Doctor Who and Torchwood writer Toby Whithouse, and as of October 2015, there have been around 150 credited cast and crew members to have worked on both Being Human, and the Doctor Who universe. [1] [2]

Thematic connections Edit

As a supernatural series, Being Human features a number of similarities with the series set within the DWU, most notably episodes such as The Vampires of Venice and Under the Lake, which deal with vampire and ghost like creatures respectively, and were both written by Whithouse. The idea of werewolves has also been explored in the Doctor Who episode Tooth and Claw.

Cast connections Edit

As well as being produced during the revived era of the DWU, Being Human was also filmed in Bristol and Barry, both in close proximity to the BBC Wales studios in Cardiff. As such there are several actors who have appeared in both the series itself, as well as the DWU. Most notably, of the eight actors who had regular roles throughout the series' five seasons, four have guest starred in televised Doctor Who at some point.

Kate Bracken (4-5) voiced Celia Soames in The Labyrinth of Buda Castle. Crichlow and Keenan have also appeared in a number of Big Finish audio adventures. Tovey read several audio books.

Other actors who had recurring roles in the series, and who have appeared in DWU productions include Jason Watkins, Mark Gatiss, Mark Williams, Clare Higgins, and Dean Lennox Kelly. Actors who have guest starred in both include Margaret John, Danny Webb, and Paul Kaye.

Donald Sumpter and Louis Mahoney share the distinction of being the only actors to portray recurring characters in Being Human several decades after making multiple appearances in the classic era of Doctor Who. Both have also appeared in the revived era of Doctor Who, guest starring in Hell Bent and Blink, respectively.

Crew connections Edit

The vast majority of connections between the series are of crew members who worked behind the scenes. Perhaps the most notable, apart from show creator Toby Whithouse, are writer Jamie Mathieson, and directors of photography Nic Morris and Tim Palmer.

Being Human directors who have also worked in the DWU include Charles Martin and Toby Haynes. Colin Teague and Daniel O'Hara also directed Greeks Bearing Gifts and Under the Lake respectively, both of which were written by Toby Whithouse.

A number of tie-in novels were produced for the series, written by Simon Guerrier, Mark Michalowski, and James Goss. All three have also written novels for the DWU.

American Remake Edit

A remake of the series was produced in 2011. Despite being made in the US, there are still a small number of connections, including Torchwood: Miracle Day, guest star Dichen Lachman. Battlefield guest star Stefan Schwartz also directed two episodes of the series.

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