Looking forward to Saturday 4th of May (or Star Wars day as it is also know) we wet our lips at the thought of the return of the Paternoster Square gang of Madame Vastra, Strax and Jenny. This and a Mark Gatiss script featuring characters played by Diana Rigg and her real-life daughter makes The Crimson Horror. How will the Eleventh Doctor and Clara deal with mysteriously murders in Victorian Yorkshire?
To pass the time while we wait I present a couple of thoughts…
There should be plenty of good dialogue when Strax gets confused at Clara being alive and I suspect Vastra and Jenny will react oddly to the latest version of the Impossible Girl.
With the Paternoster Gang and Jago & Litefoot (who should meet!) Victorian England is starting to get pleasantly packed with Doctor Who spin-offs.
The Sweetville locations (watch the preview clip here) is a clever, authentic touch – think Port Sunlight.
Personally I have mixed reactions to Mark Gatiss’s writing – I don’t like League of Gentlemen and don’t mind his Doctor Who work though prefer what he brings to Sherlock Holmes. That all said I am optimistic about this week’s story despite not really getting on with Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS despite my expectations.
What do you think? Will this be an episode to savour or are you just waiting for the Name of the Doctor?