Ripper Street pays tribute to Doctor Who by naming streets after former Doctors

First and second Doctors William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton, and big-screen incarnation Peter Cushing all turn up in street names in an episode of the BBC1 period drama

You won’t come across Hartnell Street, Troughton Street and Cushing Road on a tour of London (although there is a Troughton Road). But if you’re a particularly eagle-eyed viewer, like Radio Times reader Colin Mcneil, you might just have spotted them in a recent episode of Ripper Street.


The three fictitious street names appear on a list of UK Incorporated Companies being pored over by Matthew Macfadyen’s Detective Inspector Edmund Reid in episode four of the BBC1 period crime drama, and are a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it tribute to Doctor Who.

The BBC sci-fi series celebrates its 50th anniversary today, on Saturday 23 November, and the street names refer to first and second Doctors William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton, along with Peter Cushing, who starred in two big-screen outings for the Doctor during the 1960s.

A spokesman for Tiger Aspect productions, who make Ripper Street for the BBC, confirms the sighting.

“From this week’s episode, our little tribute for the eagle-eyed viewers… HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY DOCTOR WHO!! To you, we doff our bowlers – all at Ripper Street.”

If you missed the episode of Ripper Street, or just want to glimpse the moment in question with your own eyes, it’s currently available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

The Doctor Who 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor is at 7:50pm tonight on BBC1.