‘THE CRIMSON HORROR’
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Clara and the Crimson Horror
This is another good episode by Mark Gatiss. It features the return of the Paternoster Gang in Victorian London, 1893. These three characters seem to be popular in this ‘Doctor Who’ series!
It’s nice to see Neve McIntosh as Madame Vastra, Catrin Stewart as Jenny and Dan Starkey as Strax make a return to ‘Doctor Who’. In this, we see how the three solve a very strange mystery.
I liked that Jenny gets to have an adventure of her own in this episode. This is when she goes to Sweetville under cover to solve the mystery, and it was pretty gripping to watch her in that role.
This episode also features guest star Dame Diana Rigg as Mrs Gillyflower with her daughter Rachael Stirling as Ada. Diana Rigg is very famous for her role of Emma Peel from ‘The Avengers’.
In this episode, Diana Rigg as Mrs Gillyflower runs a place called Sweetville in Yorkshire. Sweetville is meant to be a utopian community. But there’s something very sinister in this place.
It does take a while for the Doctor to appear in this episode properly. He comes in half-way through the episode. When he does appear, his skin is so red indeed with his mouth wide open.
Thankfully, the Doctor reverts back to normal and he gets to rescue Clara with the Paternoster Gang to help him. Once all are united, they fight against Miss Gillyflower and her cruel schemes.
The DVD special features on this episode are as follows. On Disc 5 of ‘The Complete Series 7’ of ‘Doctor Who’, there’s the ‘Behind-The-Scenes: The Crimson Horror’ featurette featuring cast and crew interviews. There’s also a commentary with Neve McIntosh, Catrin Stewart and Dan Starkey.
‘The Crimson Horror’ rating – 8/10
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