‘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 “I’m not amused!” in this.

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

Billie Piper is superb as Rose. I liked 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 liked 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 liked 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 there 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 by helping the Doctor and Rose to 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 are as follows. On Disc 2 of ‘The Complete Series 2’ DVD, 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 – 8/10


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4 thoughts on “‘Tooth and Claw’ (TV)

  1. Excellent review Tim, i enjoyed this one, the chemistry between David & Billie shines in this adventure, the werewolf sequences are done well & the plot moves at a brisk pace.

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    • Hi Simon.

      Glad you enjoyed my review on ‘Tooth and Claw’.

      Revisiting this review on the episode made me think how things have changed since then. I don’t find ‘Doctor Who’ as scary as it was when it was under Russell T. Davies’ era. Also the camaderie between David Tennant and Billie Piper was wonderful to watch and it made me care about their characters more compared to how ‘Doctor Who’ characters are portrayed nowadays. Maybe that’ll changed under the new era. Who knows?

      Yes the werewolf sequences were great and the pacing of the episode’s plot is well-done.

      Tim. 🙂

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  2. Your dad has excellent taste in Doctor Who, this is a cracker of a episode & one of the best from series 2, werewolves, gothic horror enough said I’m sold.

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    • Yeah this is arguably one of the best episodes from Series 2 of ‘Doctor Who’ with David Tennant and I’m glad my Dad liked it. I’ll have to do some Top 5 or Top 10 lists of my favourite and least favourite episodes of ‘Doctor Who’ sometime.

      Thanks Simon.

      Tim. 🙂

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