David Tennant will be filming FOX series Gracepoint in Victoria when his Doctor Who nemesis John Simm arrives in Vancouver to star as a cop-turned-writer in BBC America series Intruders. While Simm is best known for his guest role as barking-mad The Master on Doctor Who, he also played the lead in two other great BBC America series: Life on Mars and State of Play.
The eight-part series Intruders is about a secret society whose members aim to live forever by hijacking other people’s bodies, based on the 2007 Michael Marshall novel of the same name. Cop-turned-writer Jack Whelan (John Simm) leaves Los Angeles for the Pacific Northwest in a bid to escape a dark past, but his sins comes back to haunt him when his wife Amy goes missing. Do the Intruders have her?
Intruders showrunner and X-Files alumnus Glen Morgan knows just how creepy Vancouver can be, so he asked BBC America to let him bring this paranormal drama to the small screen here. Vancouver was reportedly his first choice for his upcoming A&E series Those Who Kill too but the American network nixed our city, insisting on Pittsburgh because of Pennsylvania’s superior tax credits. Odd when you consider A&E’s hit show Bates Motel already films here.
Will Intruders be the next Orphan Black?
UPDATE: Deadline Hollywood reports that Mira Sorvino (Falling Skies) will play Jack Whelan’s wife Amy (two characters in one body). And James Frain will play Richards Shepherd, “a murderer on a 20-year secret mission who claims to be an FBI agent.”
Intruders is expected to start filming in and around Vancouver in late February and wrap in early June (dates subject to change), according to the latest BC Production list.