Doctor Who: Season 7, Episode 12

The Crimson Horror (4 May 2013)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Clara (as Jenna-Louise Coleman)
Mrs. Gillyflower (as Dame Diana Rigg)
Eve De Leon Allen ...
Kassius Johnson ...
Artie (as Kassius Carey Johnson)
Edmund / Mr Thursday
Graham Turner ...
Olivia Vinall ...
Jack Oliver Hudson ...
Urchin Boy


The Doctor and Clara arrive in 19th century Yorkshire where moral crusader Mrs Gillyflower is recruiting beautiful people for her idyllic garden city. At the same time rigid corpses dyed red are piling up and the brother of one of the victims seeks help from Madame Vastra. She and her party travel to Yorkshire where they rescue Doctor Who and Clara from the clutches of Mrs Gillyflower. They discover that the woman is a fanatical exponent of ethnic cleansing who plans to do away with those who do not meet her standards - even her daughter Ada. The Doctor and his allies set out to stop her and her reclusive partner in crime Mr Sweet. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Miss Flint, We're Needed
4 May 2013 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

There are lots of references to the BBC series "The Avengers" in this episode, including Diana Rigg, the sexy Mrs. Peel of the old series and recurring player Catrin Stewart dressing up in leather and using judo -- Miss Rigg, alas, is a bit old for such shenanigans. Mark Gatiss' script is a rip-roaring melodrama set in Victorian Yorkshire. It's a lot of fun as Miss Rigg gives a performance worthy of Tod Slaughter as a villainous squire.

This is probably the strongest episode in a frustrating season. The presence of Vastra, Jenny and Strax add a good bit of humor and the crew offers us some nice effects, including a sepia-colored synopsis of the events not shown directly. I have some issues with the insistence that all the stories be one episode long; this one could use another fifteen minutes, perhaps, but Gatiss and director Saul Metzstein have taken the lack of time and turned it to their advantage with a fast-paced story.

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