The Ripper and the Whoniverse, Part 7

In the final blog of this series I examine the third volume of The Ripper’s Curse, and provide an epilogue:
Part Three The Doctor and Rory travel to modern-day Whitechapel to question a ‘Ripper walk’ tour guide. They want to know “how many Ripper murders are canon?” The answer stuns them – twelve! The Ripperologist begins to list the victims – Nichols [1], Chapman [2], Stride [3], Eddowes [4], Kelly [5], then Mary Warner and Amelia Marple, ie. Amy! He informs them that the bodies of Marple and Warner were found in a yard off Hanbury Street [2] the night after Kelly’s death (ie. November 10th) and “Unlike the others, these two were murdered elsewhere.”
Meanwhile in 1888, Amy is being held captive in a cellar with Mary. The TARDIS returns to Spitalfields, and now the Doctor tells Abbeline of the night’s impending double event. Although officially off the case, Warren arrives and the Doctor persuades him to reveal his true self to the inspector. ‘Clouseau’ is then put in charge of the manhunt, and the Doctor finds a tracking device (similar to the one used to locate the invisible Krafayis in Vincent and the Doctor).
As night approaches, Amy assaults her captor’s “tympanic membranes” by making as “much… unbearable” noise as she can, with a metal bar. Amy helps the paralysed Mary from the cellar. The new chief of police gets to the Ripper’s house just as the two women escape. The ‘Warren’ reptile and Mac’atyde now battle for survival. The Ju’wes cannot reason with his enemy, and so forces the Re’nar back into his lair. Both are then consumed as the alien time portal explodes – the ‘Ripper’ is dead!
Abbeline will continue the investigation for now, but with no further killings, the newspapers cannot scare the populace and “the Ripper will be forgotten.” As the travellers depart, the Doctor says that the crimes will “never be forgotten.. because [they].. can never be explained.”
As a neat coda to both this Doctor Who blog and to the programme’s links to Saucy Jack, we finally get a definitive on-screen reference in A Good Man Goes to War (June 4th 2011). Here in ‘London, 1888 AD’ the scene is set for a resurrected Silurian warrior to actually find and execute this legendary killer. On her return home, Madame Vastra asks her maid, Jenny to inform Inspector Abbeline of Scotland Yard that Jack the Ripper is dead!
KEY Canonical Murders:

[1] Mary Ann Nicholls – Buck’s Row, Friday August 31st 1888
[2] Annie Chapman – Hanbury St. Saturday September 8th
[3] Elizabeth Stride – Berner St. Sunday September 30th
[4] Catherine Eddowes – Mitre Square, also September 30th
[5] Mary Jane Kelly – Miller’s Court, Friday November 9th

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