A Talwinning Guide to the Moffatverse

Steven Moffat has left Doctor Who. His next thing is still unknown, though the Jekyll film is still technically in pre-production. But it gave us a little time to look at the continuity ins and outs of shows he’s worked on over the years. From Press Gang to Doctor Who, via Joking Apart, Chalk, Coupling, Murder Most Horrid, Jekyll, Sherlock, The Office (no not that one), Exam Conditions, Stay Lucky, and Tintin. All further contributions welcome.

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LOCATIONS

Norbridge High School is a central location in Press Gang.

Norbridge is the location of a dead body in Sherlock.

Standler Street is where Susan Walker lives in Coupling. It is also the location of Dr Jackman’s basement flat in Jekyll.

There is a Wellside Gold Club in Chalk. There is a Wellside Leisure Centre in Press Gang: The Big Hello.

Sherington is a neighbouring town to Norbridge in Press Gang and repeatedly mentioned… Sheringham Hospital is a similarly named location in Jekyll.

A Talwinning Street appears in Press Gang: Windfall.

In Joking Apart, Becky arranges to meet Mark in the pub on Talwinning Street.

In Chalk, there is a fertility clinic on Talwinning Street.

CHARACTERS

Daisy Talwinning is a character in Murder Most Horrid, ‘Dying Live’. Andrea Talwinning is the lead character, The Librarian, in his short story Doctor Who, ‘Continuity Errors’.

Malcolm Bullivant is the name of a bully in Press Gang. He also appears in Chalk defending his sister.

Jason Wood is a pop star played by Suggs in Press Gang. In Chalk, the pupil Edward Arthur is a fan of Jason Wood.

David Jefford is the pupil of Galfast High who committed suicide in Press Gang, ‘Monday-Tuesday/There are Crocodiles’ and was reprimanded for excessive masturbation in Chalk.

Inspector Hibbert appears in Press Gang, ‘The Last Word’ and Murder Most Horrid, ‘Elvis, Jesus and Zack’.

Dr Clipstone is a clinical psychiatrist in Press Gang, ‘UnXpected’ and in Chalk.

Steve Taylor from Coupling and Mark Taylor from Joking Apart are thematically related by surname.

Donald Cooper is a clown in Press Gang, ‘The Last Word’ and a pupil in Chalk.

Mr Sullivan is the Deputy Head at Norbridge High in Press Gang. In references quoted for Miss
Trippley in Chalk, he has become Headmaster.

OBJECTS

The video “Lesbian Spank Inferno” is owned by Dan McGill in Chalk and by Steve Taylor in Coupling.

MUSIC

The tune that Lynda Day whistles in Press Gang, ‘Going Back to Jasper Street’ is the same that Hyde whistles in Jekyll‘s first episode.

LANGUAGE

Spike Thompson, Press Gang: “My ego got so big it left me”
Hyde, Jekyll: “My ego got so big it left me”

The child, Doctor Who, ‘Empty Child’: “Are you my mummy?”
Hyde, Jekyll: “Are you my daddy?”

Colin, Press Gang, ‘Head and Heart’: “You look much better up close than through binoculars.”
Jane, Coupling: “Binoculars don’t do that man justice — which I think he was pleased to know!”

Mark, Joking Apart: “Life is nature’s way of keeping meat fresh.”
The Doctor, Doctor Who, ‘The Doctor Dances’: “Life is nature’s way of keeping meat fresh.”

Julie, Press Gang: “I told my domestic science teacher that she had the IQ of plankton. But she seemed pleased.”

Miss Evangelista, Doctor Who, ‘Forest of Silence’: “My father said I had the IQ of plankton, I was pleased. No really, I was pleased.”

MOMENTS

A two-way conversation in real time with a recorded message — Doctor Who, ‘Blink’ and Jekyll.

Being given instructions by wire — Chalk, Coupling, ‘Faithless’, and Press Gang, ‘Deadline’ (unfilmed).

Mark Taylor in Joking Apart first meets his wife, Becky at a funeral. Steve Taylor in Coupling also first met Jane at a funeral.

THE MOFFAT PLAYERS: Notable actors who reoccur.

Geoffrey McGivernPress Gang, ‘Food, Love and Insecurity’, Murder Most Horrid, ‘Overkill’, Joking Apart

Paul ReynoldsPress Gang, Murder Most Horrid, ‘Elvis, Jesus and Zack’, Exam Conditions, Privates

Mark GatissSherlock, Doctor Who, ‘Twice Upon A Time’

Julia SawalhaPress Gang, Doctor Who, ‘The Curse of Fatal Death’

Lee RossPress Gang, Doctor Who, ‘The Curse of the Black Spot’

Gina BellmanCoupling, Jekyll

Clive Wood – Press Gang, Doctor Who, ‘The Pandorica Opens’

Paul Raffield Press Gang, ‘Bad News’, Joking Apart

Nick StringerPress Gang, Murder Most Horrid, ‘Elvis, Jesus and Zack’

Jake Wood – Press Gang:Killer On The Line/The Rest Of My Life, Murder Most Horrid:Elvis, Jesus And Zack

Kevin Allen – Press Gang:Bad News, Murder Most Horrid:Dying Live

Paul Mark ElliotPress Gang, ‘Holding On’, Joking Apart

Tony GardnerJoking Apart, Jekyll

Michael JaystonPress Gang, ‘UnXpected’, Stay Lucky: ‘The Devil Wept in Leeds’

Andrew LivingstonPress Gang, ‘The Big Finish’/’Rock Solid’, Chalk

Marc BannermanChalk, Coupling

Nick FrostTintin, Doctor Who, ‘Death of Heaven’/’Last Christmas’

Toby JonesTintin, Doctor Who, ‘Amy’s Choice’

Daniel Mays Tintin, Doctor Who, ‘Night Terrors’

Robert GoodmanPrivates, Doctor Who, ‘Listen’

Colin SalmonDoctor Who, ‘Forest of the Dead’, Doctor Who, ‘Silence in the Library’, Murder Most Horrid, ‘Overkill’

Rebecca FrontThe Office, Doctor Who, ‘Zygon Invasion’

James HolmesSherlock, ‘The Six Thatchers’, The Office

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