Watching the captivating new Stan drama Dr. Death will leave you with a particular type of chill slithering up your spine.
The eight-part series leads you to imagine what it would be like to be in one of the most vulnerable positions any of us could imagine. Unconscious on an operating table and knowing that the doctor standing over you pays no credence to the vow of 'do no harm'.
And what makes Dr. Death all the more sinister, and unmissable, is the fact that it's all based on an unbelievable true story.
The series is based on Wondery's hit podcast of the same name and tells the true story of former American neurosurgeon Dr. Christopher Duntsch, who became known as 'Dr. Death' after it was discovered that he left a trail of severely injured and maimed patients across various hospitals in Texas.
Duntsch was very much seen as a rising star in the medical field and had a way of wooing the patients under his care, promising them that no other doctor would perform their surgeries with the care and expertise that he would.
Eventually, he was sentenced to life in prison after his reign of terror resulted in at least two deaths and left 30 people paralysed.
Take a look at the trailer for Dr. Death, premiering on Stan on July 16.
In Dr. Death, Joshua Jackson, a beloved actor known as a teen heartthrob from Dawson's Creek and a heroic leading man from shows like Fringe, completely flips the script on how audiences see him and perfectly embodies the menacing danger lurking beneath the charismatic Christopher Duntsch.
Throughout Dr. Death the story moves back and forth through time, allowing Jackson to portray Duntsch from the early stages of his life, showing his college football dreams destroyed in 1991 through to his stem-cell research startup in 2009, and then showing him securing a prestigious neurosurgery gig in 2011. Which marks the start of when Duntsch started purposely injuring his patients, instead of curing them.
The complexity behind Christopher Duntsch is what makes Jackson's portrayal of him so captivating to watch. In his early years he flounders between career dreams, looking for a quick shot of success, and pursues medicine as a way to get ahead. To rub his success in the faces of those who questioned him, including his parents.
Jackson's easy on-screen charm also allows the viewer to easily believe that Duntsch could get away with this harmful spree for so long, using his credentials and rank within the hospitals to quickly shut down anyone who questioned him.