‘Tooth and Claw’ (TV)

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‘TOOTH AND CLAW’

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Queen Victoria and the Werewolf

This episode is by Russell T. Davies. This is the scariest and terrifying ‘Doctor Who’ episode I’ve ever watched. It’s a proper horror story as it is set in Victorian times in Scotland and features a werewolf.

‘Tooth and Claw’ is one of my dad’s favourite ‘Doctor Who’ episodes, which is astounding. This story is also a historical adventure as well as a horror/monster story since it features Queen Victoria in it.

The Doctor and Rose plan to visit Sheffield in 1979. But they end up a hundred years too early in 1879 and in Scotland instead. They meet Queen Victoria who is on her way to the Torchwood Estate.

But as they meet Sir Robert at his grand house, a terrible plot unravels as a group of kung-fu monks take over and a ferocious werewolf is let loose. Can the Doctor and Rose keep Queen Victoria safe?

I enjoyed the mixture of horror and historical adventure in this story. RTD delivers an interesting tale on how the Doctor and Rose meet and rescue Queen Victoria from a werewolf wanting to bite her.

Pauline Collins guest stars as Queen Victoria in this episode. Pauline delivers a convincing performance as Queen Victoria. I liked it when Rose tries to get her to say ‘she’s not amused’ in this.

David Tennant excels as the Doctor in this episode. He’s really found his feet as the Doctor, and is clearly very clever when he gives explanations and working things out about a trap within the trap.

Billie Piper is superb as Rose. I like her reaction to meeting Queen Victoria and when she interacts to the human host before he turns into a werewolf. Her energy in this episode shines throughout here.

The werewolf itself is pretty amazing. I like the transformation that takes place between the human host into the werewolf. The CGI effects are amazing and the werewolf terrifies me when I watch it.

I like the Scottish setting in this episode, even though it was filmed in Wales. Seeing the Doctor and Rose in Scotland makes me want to go as I usually go there with my parents for our summer holidays

Derek Riddell guest stars as Sir Robert MacLeish. Sir Robert is forced by the monks to betray the Queen. He redeems himself and helps the Doctor and Rose save Queen Victoria from the werewolf.

Ian Hanmore guest stars as Father Angelo, the leader of the monks. He’s pretty scary when he has this fixed belief and is ruthless when he tries to get his way to unleash the werewolf on the Queen.

There’s also Michelle Duncan as the lovely Lady Isobel; Jamie Sives as Captain Reynolds; Ron Donachie as the Stewart; Ruthie Milne as Flora the maid and Tom Smith as the Werewolf Host.

I like how the episode ends with the Doctor and Rose knighted and banished by Queen Victoria. ‘Tooth and Claw’ has been one gripping episode to watch. It will scare the living daylights out of you as it did me. Pauline Collins is great as Queen Victoria and the CGI werewolf was very impressive.

The DVD special features on this episode on ‘The Complete Series 2’ DVD are as follows. On Disc 2, there’s a commentary with executive producer/writer Russell T. Davies; VFX supervisor Dave Houghton and art director Stephen Nicholas. On Disc 6, there’s the ‘Doctor Who Confidential’ episode ‘Fear Factor’.

‘Tooth and Claw’ rating – 7/10


The previous story

For the Tenth Doctor was

  • ‘The Betrothal of Sontar’ (Graphic Novel)

For Rose was

  • ‘The Betrothal of Sontar’ (Graphic Novel)
The next story

For the Tenth Doctor is

  • ‘The Stone Rose’ (Book/Audio)

For Rose is

  • ‘The Stone Rose’ (Book/Audio)
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