Broadchurch: series 1

The TV series Broadchurch has been something I’d thought about watching for some time, and my recent journey into crime fiction finally brought an end to my procrastination.

I’m glad I finally made the time to watch it.

When the body of a young boy is found on its beach, the small community of Broadchurch has to face up to its unpleasant secrets. But will the truth be found before the community self-destructs, and could the truth lead to more pain than the inhabitants could imagine?

Beautifully filmed, brilliantly acted and a very atmospheric musical score.

Here is the haunting song from the credits.

Beyond the show itself, there are some interesting links to the long running, iconic British TV series Doctor Who.

Chris Chibnall the creator and writer of Broadchurch starts his tenure as Doctor Who’s new showrunner with it’s next series. But the links between Broadchurch and Doctor Who extend beyond Chibnall.
Broadchurch featured three actors who have (or will) play the title character of the Doctor: David Tennant (10th Doctor), David Bradley will feature as the returning first Doctor in the 2017 Christmas special, and of course Jodi Whittaker is the well-publicised 13th (and first female incarnation) replacing Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor.

Additionally Arthur Darville played Rory, one of the Doctor’s companions, during the tenure of the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) and Olivia Colman played a small role in the 11th Doctor’s  first episode.

Colman was also rumoured to be a contender for the role of the 13th Doctor, prior to the official news that her fellow Broadchurch cast member had been given the role.