It was only a matter of time until Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax made another appearance on DOCTOR WHO and, given their tie-in to the mystery of Clara from Christmas, that time was going to come sooner rather than later.
Yorkshire, 1893. Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny (Catrin Stewart) and Strax (Dan Starkey) investigate when the latest victim of “the Crimson Horror” is discovered to have an image of the Doctor (Matt Smith) burned into his retina. The trail leads to Sweetville, a Utopian society operated by Mrs. Gillyflower (Diana Rigg), which accepts only exemplars of the human form. Jenny infiltrates the society and discovers the Doctor chained in a secret room, his skin turned crimson and waxy, just like the deceased victims of the Crimson Horror.
The BBC released a bunch of photos promoting this week’s episode of DOCTOR WHO, so once again I have culled my favorites for your edification.
Here’s the BBC synopsis:
There’s something very odd about Mrs. Gillyflower’s (Diana Rigg) Sweetville mill, with its perfectly clean streets and beautiful people. There’s something even stranger about the bodies washing up in the river, all bright red and waxy. When the Doctor (Matt Smith) and Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) go missing, it’s up to Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny (Catrin Stewart) and Strax (Dan Starkey) to rescue them before they, too, fall victim to the Crimson Horror!
Watch it at 8 p.m. on BBC America.
The best part of this clip is the pseudo-newsreel feel; the sepia tone and ersatz scratches on the image — just like old film stock.
“The Crimson Horror” features Dame Diana Rigg facing off against Matt Smith‘s Doctor, and it looks very atmospheric. Just look at the Doctor and Clara arriving in a foggy street in Yorkshire in 1893! I question the wisdom of putting two scary episodes so close together, but all I’m really looking for is a cracking good story, so…
The clip makes a couple of fun references to an old companion longtime fans will remember:
“The Crimson Horror” will air Saturday night at 8 o’clock on BBC America.