Doctor Who

Series 7 - 11. The Crimson Horror

Radio Times
Review by:
Patrick Mulkern

“A dark and queer business” is the key line at the start of The Crimson Horror – and a perfect summation of what follows. It was a pearl among last year’s patchy offerings, an episode described to me with glee by its writer Mark Gatiss as “a lurid, Victorian penny-dreadful with ’orrible murder. A properly northern Who – underexplored in the show. It’s very me!”

He devised it as a vehicle for Diana Rigg and her daughter Rachael Stirling – their first time on screen together and Rigg’s first role calling for her native Doncaster accent.

At 8.15pm, Nightmare in Silver, Neil Gaiman’s abysmal Cyberman outing – a waste of everyone’s time and talent.

About this programme

11/13. The people of a Victorian Yorkshire mill town are terrified when bodies start washing up from the river, bright red and wax-like - but with the Doctor and Clara nowhere to be seen, it's up to lizard detective Madame Vastra - last seen in 2012 Christmas special The Snowmen - and her sidekicks Jenny and Strax to take centre stage as they attempt to get to the bottom of the mystery. It seems the answer lies behind the imposing gates of Sweetville mill, owned by the plain-speaking Mrs Gillyflower. Diana Rigg and her real-life daughter Rachael Stirling guest star, with Catrin Stewart, Neve McIntosh and Dan Starkey as the Time Lord's Earth-bound investigative pals.

Cast and crew

Cast

The Doctor
Matt Smith
Clara
Jenna-Louise Coleman
Mrs Gillyflower
Diana Rigg
Ada
Rachael Stirling
Jenny
Catrin Stewart
Madame Vastra
Neve McIntosh
Strax
Dan Starkey
Angie
Eve De Leon Allen
Artie
Kassius Carey Johnson
Edmund & Mr Thursday
Brendan Patricks
Amos
Graham Turner
Effie
Olivia Vinall
Abigail
Michelle Tate
Urchin boy
Jack Oliver Hudson

Crew

Director
Saul Metzstein
Executive Producer
Steven Moffat
Executive Producer
Caroline Skinner
Producer
Marcus Wilson
Writer
Mark Gatiss
Categories
Drama

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