May 4, 2013
DOCTOR WHO TIN DOG PODCAST REVIEWS
|237 – "The Crimson Horror"|
|Doctor Who episode|
|Incidental music composer||Murray Gold|
|Originally broadcast||4 May 2013|
"The Crimson Horror" will be the eleventh episode of the seventh series of the British science-fiction drama Doctor Who. It was written by Mark Gatiss and directed by Saul Metzstein. The episode is also scheduled to be the 100th broadcast episode (not including mini-episodes) since the series was revived in 2005.
"The Crimson Horror" will see the return of Vastra, Jenny, and Strax from "The Snowmen". Executive producer Steven Moffat told Radio Times that the story would be from their point of view, for the audience "to see them tackle a case of their own, and stumble across the Doctor's path, quite accidentally".
The episode was "specially written" for mother and daughter Diana Rigg and Rachael Stirling. It was the first time the two had worked together on screen. Gatiss had worked on a play with Stirling, who mentioned that she and Rigg had never appeared in something together, and Gatiss offered to "tailor" them into his Doctor Who episode, of which he had the basic idea of. Stirling said that Gatiss had written "an on-screen relationship between Ma and I that is truly delicious. We have never before worked together because the offers have not been tempting, but when such a funny and original script comes through you know the time has come." Gatiss also stated that he wanted to write "a properly northern Who" and revealed that Rigg was able to use her native Doncasteraccent for the first time.