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The Crimson Horror 

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 ... See full summary »




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Episode complete credited cast:
... The Doctor
... Clara (as Jenna-Louise Coleman)
... Mrs. Gillyflower (as Dame Diana Rigg)
... Ada
... Jenny
... Madame Vastra
... Strax
Eve De Leon Allen ... Angie
Kassius Johnson ... Artie (as Kassius Carey Johnson)
... Edmund / Mr Thursday
Graham Turner ... Amos
... Effie
... Abigail
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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4 May 2013 (USA)  »

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Sweetville is based on the real-world model village of Saltaire, Yorkshire, founded in 1851 by wool industrialist Titus Salt. Titus also had a daughter called Ada, after whom a street in the village is named. Sweetville's name may also reflect the model village of Bournville whose name was later used for a brand of sweet, a chocolate bar. See more »


When the Doctor pulls Clara out of the decontamination chamber his right hand switches from holding her waist to patting her cheek between shots. See more »


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1808 England Jerusalem Hymn (Poem by William Blake National Hymn)
Music by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
Lyrics by William Blake
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What Happened to Dr Who?
28 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

*sigh* What happened to this show. Once, it was a meaningful, fun, yet also serious TV series. Now, well let's say it's not. After a disappointing series filled with horrendous episodes like 'The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe', 'Dinosaurs on a Spaceship', 'The Power of Three', 'The Snowmen', 'The Rings of Akhaten', 'Hide', 'Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS'....ugh, it's every episode! Anyway, then we get 'The Crimson Horror', perhaps the worst so far. I'm not really going to review it like I usually do, because there's just too much wrong with it. But let's just say it was written by Mark Gatiss (the 2nd worst Dr Who writer behind Chris Chibnall), and even in the glory days of Dr Who, he'd always write the worst episode in the season. Just wish they'd get Russel T Davies back. The moment Moffat took over, it just sunk. He was such a good writer under Davies, with episodes like 'Blink' and 'The Girl in the Fireplace', then he became head writer and the show died. Despite hating the show now, it can be repaired (possibly) in the following ways: 1. Return Russel T Davies to head writer position 2. Sack Chris Chibnall and Mark Gatiss 3. Bring back David Tennant and Rose/Martha/Donna 4. Say that all seasons after Season 4 are non-canonical and start over Problem solved. Sure, there were a handful of episodes worthwhile after Season 4, but not enough to save the show. Please BBC, take this advice and watch your viewing figures soar!

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