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article imageFormer Doctor Who Peter Davison joins Law & Order: UK

By Mathew Wace Peck     Nov 30, 2010 in Entertainment
Peter Davison, the British actor best known for playing the fifth Doctor in Doctor Who and Tristan Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small, is to join the cast of Law & Order: UK.
Davison will play Henry Sharpe, the new Director of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). He takes over from Bill Paterson (Sea of Souls), who played his predecessor in the post, George Castle, for series one and two.
The 59-year-old actor will join existing cast members Bradley Walsh (Coronation Street), Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica) and Freema Agyeman, who also hails from the world Doctor Who. Agyeman played Martha Jones – in Doctor Who to David Tennant’s tenth Doctor and in Torchwood to John Barrowman’s Captain Jack Harkness.
Paterson hasn’t left the series for good, though. He will return later in the run as the newly appointed Director of Public Prosecutions.
Also joining the new series of Law & Order: UK is Dominic Rowan (The Tulse Luper Suitcases) as Senior Crown Prosecutor Jacob Thorne.
Speaking about the castings, Dick Wolf – creator and executive producer of the Law & Order franchise – told What’s on TV:
Following the Law & Order tradition of seeing casting and recasting of roles as an opportunity rather than a burden, we welcome two great new actors to the Law & Order family.
Peter and Dominic are well known and well respected members of the British acting community.
Meanwhile, executive producer Adrew Woodhead said: “In these new episodes audiences will get to know our heroes even more and grow to love our new cast members. We promise some great surprises along the way.”
Davison took over the lead role in Doctor Who from Tom Baker (Nicholas and Alexander) in 1981. When cast, he was the youngest-ever actor, at 29, to have played the part – a record he held for nearly 30 years. In 2009, Matt Smith (Christopher and His Kind) – who plays the current eleventh Doctor – was cast when he was 26.
Davison first came to the notice of TV audiences in the seventies, playing Tristan Farnon in James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small. He left Doctor Who in 1984 – handing over the part to Colin Baker (Brothers) – but returned for a one-off episode in 2007, when his Doctor joined Tennant’s in Steven Moffat’s Time Crash.
In the intervening years, Davison has starred in many drama series, including Campion, At Home with the Braithwaites and The Last Detective.
Torchwood to Order
Law & Order: UK adapts old episodes of the original American version of Law & Order and “British-izes” them for the UK. The US franchise is popular in the Britain with Law & Order: UK acquiring its own fan base.
Agyeman has played the part of Alesha Philips from episode one. Before being offered the part, she was due to return to Torchwood for its third series, but as she told the Wall Street Journal recently, the chance to star in Law & Order was too good an opportunity to turn down. She elaborated:
I was initially just going to do the third series of Torchwood because I had been in talks with [showrunner] Russell [T. Davies] and [executive producer] Julie Gardner and I was so excited about it. But you can never really tell what’s about to happen in this business, and the prospect of Law & Order did come along. I’ve always been a massive fan of the show, in particular the early years, like seasons two and three in the 1990s.
When I caught wind of the project, I wanted to see the script, so my agent said we could just take a look at it, and of course, after I read it, I was so impressed. As a fan of the American series, i just wanted to see if it could maintain the slickness and the weight of the original, yet also be British. It achieved all that, and I ultimately decided that was the direction I wanted to go.
Law & Order has recently come full circle, so to speak, with the UK series now airing in the US, courtesy of BBC America.
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