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The Crimson Horror

ShowDoctor Who / Series VII / Episode 12
First Broadcast2013/05/05 - 19:30 (Link: ABC Details)
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Previous EpisodeJourney To The Centre Of The TARDIS
Next EpisodeNightmare in Silver

Another episode featuring Vastra, Jenny and Strax, initially told from their point of view. The Doctor first appears as a victim of the Crimson Horror that they are investigating. Eventually, the Doctor is saved and the source of the horror exposed and destroyed. A fair-to-middling episode.

Investigations lead the team to Sweetville, governed with an iron fist by Mrs. Gilliflower and an unseen Mr. Sweet. Jenny infiltrates the cult-like community and engineers the Doctor's escape. We discover that he and Clara had infiltrated earlier but were victims of a strange preservation process. This process failed on the Doctor because he is a Time Lord. It worked on Clara though, but the Doctor rescues her. This confuses Jenny who has seen Clara die.

Vastra identifies the substance causing the crimson effect to be the same as the poison of a red leech the Silurians feared millions of years ago. In the denouement, we discover such a red leech living as a parasite on Mrs. Gilliflower. As she dies, the leech tries to escape but is destroyed.

There were some good ideas in this story. Telling it from a different persecutive, while not unique, was interesting. The team of Vastra, Jenny and Strax is kinda cute, but Strax occasionally has annoying lines portraying him as stupid. We are still no closer to discovering who Clara is. But there was a slight hint that she may become aware of the mystery around her. When she arrives home, the children she looks after her have concluded she is a time traveller, based on photos they've found of her from the past. (Where will that thread lead?) Clara is concerned when she sees a photo of somewhere she hasn't been.