Tuesday, November 15, 2005

What's in a name? Pt. II

Russell T. Davies is very particular about names, who else would come up with a character named the Mighty Jagrafess of the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe? Captain Jack Harkness is not the first Harkness in a work penned by Davies. There have been several previous Harknesses on Russel's shows and learning a bit more about them might give us more clues about Jack.

Doctor Who

RTD's 1997/1998 series The Grand is set in a Manchester Hotel in the 1920s. One of the long term guests is Esme Harkness, a retired prostitute/madame with the proverbial heart of gold. She just might be a distant relative of Jack's.

She is not to be confused with the other Esme Harkness from Russell's dark 1993 children's series Century Falls. Esme and Alice Harkness apparently were straight-laced sisters who ran a shop and worked against all the demon-raising that was going on in the town. If that weren't enough, Mary Wimbush, the actress who played Esme in Century Falls, played Aunt Lavinia in the only other Doctor Who spinoff: K9 and Company. Coincidence? I think not.
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