“Yes, I’m the Doctor, you’re nuts, and I’m gonna stop you.”
One of the basic rules of storytelling is if you have to name your town “Sweetville” then it’s likely anything but…sweet, that is. That rule definitely won’t be broken in the next episode of Doctor Who entitled “The Crimson Horror” if the previews are anything to go by.
Shades of the Christmas Special abound as we’re sent back to Victorian times on this adventure. The Doctor and Clara are aided yet again by the Paternoster Gang, which consists of Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint, and Commander Strax, the most latcatingest Sontaran nurse evah!
This episode celebrates a first. This is the very first time that Dame Diana Rigg and her daughter Rachael Stirling will have appeared on screen together.
Let’s start with the Beeb’s “Next Time” trailer which you may have seen at the end of “Journey to the Centre of the TARIS,” but I know you want to watch it again and again. Seriously, I know I do.
In “The Crimson Horror,” there’s something very odd about Mrs Gillyflower’s 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, Emmerdale, Captain America: The First Avenger) 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!
With special guests DIANA RIGG (The Avengers, Game of Thrones) and Diana’s daughter RACHAEL STIRLING (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Bletchley Circle) – appearing together on screen for the first time!
Here there be global air dates/times for this episode, matey!
Saturday 4th May
BBC One — 6.30pm
BBC America — 8/7c
Space (Canada) — 8/5e
Sunday 5th May
ABC (Australia) — 7.30pm
BBC Entertainment (South Africa) — 7pm
BBC Entertainment (Poland) — 6pm