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May 4, 2013


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237 – "The Crimson Horror"
Doctor Who episode
Writer Mark Gatiss
Director Saul Metzstein
Producer Marcus Wilson[2]
Executive producer(s)
  • Steven Moffat
  • Caroline Skinner
Incidental music composer Murray Gold
Series Series 7
Length 45 minutes
Originally broadcast 4 May 2013
← Preceded by Followed by →
"Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS" "Nightmare in Silver"

"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.[3] 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".[3][4]

The episode was "specially written" for mother and daughter Diana Rigg and Rachael Stirling.[5] It was the first time the two had worked together on screen.[5] 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.[6] 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."[7] 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.[6]

The episode began filming the week of 2 July 2012,[7] with location filming done in Bute Town, Caerphilly.[8]


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  3. a b "Doctor Who Series 7 News Accumulator"SFX. 19 March 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  4. ^ Moffat, Steven (30 March - 5 April 2013). Radio Times (Immediate Media Company).
  5. a b Bowie-Sell, Daisy (2 July 2012)."Diana Rigg cast opposite her daughter in Doctor Who"The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  6. a b Mulkern, Patrick (28 April 2013)."Doctor Who: Mark Gatiss sets the scene for The Crimson Horror".Radio Times. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  7. a b Golder, Dave (2 July 2012). "Doctor Who Series 7: Diana Rigg to Guest Star"SFX. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Doctor Who Series 7: Diana Rigg Filming Pics"SFX. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2013.

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