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The Crimson Horror

Series 7 - Episode 11 The Crimson Horror



“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 2013'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.


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 & Crew

The Doctor Matt Smith
Clara Jenna 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
Director Saul Metzstein
Executive Producer Steven Moffat
Executive Producer Caroline Skinner
Producer Marcus Wilson
Writer Mark Gatiss
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