Edit
"Doctor Who" Tooth and Claw (TV Episode 2006) Poster

(TV Series)

(2006)

Trivia

When the Doctor poses as a Scottish physician, David Tennant is actually speaking with his own accent, the first and only time he was able to do that during his time in the role.
The Doctor, as "James McCrimmon," claims to have studied at the University of Edinburgh under Dr. Bell. Dr. Joseph Bell was a lecturer and expert in observational deduction. He served as a mentor of Arthur Conan Doyle, who used Bell as a model for Sherlock Holmes.
Torchwood Reference: The estate on which Sir Robert lives is called Torchwood. After the events take place, Queen Victoria vows that to honor the acts of Sir Robert, she would found an institute dedicated to finding such strange events. She would name it The Torchwood Institute
At one point during filming, Billie Piper's hair caught fire.
In the original series' second season episode "The Crusade", William Hartnell's Doctor wistfully comments "I almost wish I was knighted too" after seeing Ian Chesterton being dubbed Sir Ian by Richard Lionhart himself. To that Vicky replies: 'That'll be the day!'; and so indeed, this episode marks the day.
Michelle Duncan and Jamie Sives were unable to attend the readthrough for this story, and their parts were read by David Tennant's parents, who happened to be visiting the Doctor Who set at the time. Tennant told reporters at the series' press launch, "Because it's set in Scotland they were delighted to be asked to read in. My Mum played Lady Isobel and my Dad played Captain Reynolds, and they were in seventh heaven. And they were genuinely cheesed off when they didn't get asked to play the parts for real! I was like 'chill-out Mum and Dad, back in your box!'"
At one point, Russell T. Davies contemplated surprising the viewers by having the werewolf kill Queen Victoria. This would then be the event which would cause the creation of the parallel universe to which the TARDIS would be drawn in the pivotal "Rise Of The Cybermen" / "The Age Of Steel" later in the season. However, Davies became concerned that this ongoing storyline would be too difficult for casual viewers to follow, and decided to drop the idea.
The Doctor passes himself off as Doctor James McCrimmon from the township of Balamory. Jamie McCrimmon was a companion of the second Doctor (Patrick Troughton). Balamory is a fictional Scottish village where the popular children's television series Balamory (2002) is set.
At one point Sir Robert, played by Derek Riddell offers to go out of the window and help Queen Victoria down. She replies that he is like her very own Sir Walter Raleigh. Derek Riddell had recently played Sir Walter Raleigh in The Virgin Queen (2005).
Pauline Collins is the first female Oscar-nominated performer to appear in the series.
Pauline Collins, who played Queen Victoria, had previously appeared on Doctor Who (1963) in "The Faceless Ones".
When Father Angelo is chanting in Latin he is saying:"Lupus magnus est, lupus fortis est, lupus Deus est."- which translates as:"The wolf is great, the wolf is strong, the wolf is God.".
This episode was watched by 9.240 million viewers on its original transmission.
7 of 7 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
It was Phil Collinson who suggested having the Koh-i-Noor - the great diamond brought to Victoria from India by Lord Dalhousie in 1851 - form an integral part of the plot.
7 of 7 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Russell T. Davies developed a storyline set at Buckingham Palace involving an alien insect getting in Queen Victoria's eye. This was not what the production team wanted and the storyline was rejected.
6 of 6 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
As The Doctor, David Tennant meets Queen Victoria, in the film Pirates In An Adventure With Scientists, he voices Charles Darwin, who is in love with Queen Victoria.
6 of 6 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
The warrior monks were inspired by Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000).
6 of 7 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Russell T. Davies initially planned for the Doctor to give his name to Queen Victoria as a Scottish equivalent of his usual "John Smith" alias. He had difficulty finding something suitable, however, and quickly came up with idea of using the pseudonym James Robert McCrimmon.
6 of 8 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
The Doctor jokes about taking Rose to meet the Elephant Man. Merrick was famously played in the film The Elephant Man (1980) by John Hurt, who would later play the War Doctor. David Tennant returned for that episode as well.
6 of 8 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Annette Crosbie was first offered the main guest lead of Queen Victoria. She had previously played the character in Edward the King (1975).
4 of 5 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Queen Victoria was not a hemophiliac, although she was a carrier, as were several of her daughters. One of her son's, Prince Leopold was a hemophiliac and died from bleeding on the brain after a fall. Because of the way the genetic disorder works. the victims are almost always male, the carriers female.
3 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
This episode takes place in 1879.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Rose tries to get Queen Victoria to say, "We are not amused"; however, she ends up saying, "I am not amused". The Doctor and Rose are still delighted, however.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
The werewolf in this story is computer-generated. Pauline Collins stated in a BBC press release that there were two performance artists who demonstrated the movements that the werewolf would do and talked about the problems of overacting in a situation where one was simply reacting to a green screen.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
A deleted scene was included on the boxset DVD, where the Doctor and Rose, after being knighted, run off towards the TARDIS.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
According to the accompanying episode commentary, Tom Smith, who played the Host, attended drama school with David Tennant.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
This episode introduces a recurring joke in which the Doctor, aghast at his companions' awful attempts at adopting local accents, quietly hushes them with a "Don't do that." Martha Jones gets the same treatment in Doctor Who: The Shakespeare Code (2007) and Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest (2007), while Donna Noble is on the receiving end in Doctor Who: The Unicorn and the Wasp (2008) and Doctor Who: Midnight (2008), although the latter example is not humorous.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Script editor Simon Winstone has said that mistletoe is not indigenous to Scotland, and therefore its heavy presence in this story is supposed to further alert knowledgeable viewers that Sir Robert's father had deliberately imported it as a defence against the wolf.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Initially, the Doctor and Rose were both supposed to fake Scottish accents, and then forget to use them when the action started. Billie Piper's terrible Scottish accent put an end to that.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
In dialogue subsequently deleted in editing, the steward was called Jacob.
1 of 5 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
The working title for this episode was Queen Victoria.
0 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

See also

Goofs | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

Contribute to This Page