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Doctor Who - Tooth and Claw

episode 2.3

UK 2006
produced by
Phil Collinson, Russell T. Davies (executive), Julie Gardner (executive) for BBC Wales/BBC
directed by Euros Lyn
starring David Tennant, Billie Piper, Pauline Collins, Ian Hanmore, Michelle Duncan, Derek Riddell, Jamie Sives, Ron Donachie, Tom Smith, Ruthie Milne
written by Russell T.Davies, music by Murray Gold

tv-series
Doctor Who, Doctor Who (David Tennant), Doctor Who (new series), Rose Tyler

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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In his time machine, Doctor Who (David Tennant) takes his companion Rose (Billie Piper) to Victorian England, where they, before long, meet Queen Victoria (Pauline Collins), and somehow the Doctor convinces her that he is here to guard her ... and a guardian is something the good Queen soon needs, as she and her entourage make a stop at Sir Robert's (Derek Riddell) estate, which seems to have been taken over by Father Angelo (Ian Hanmore) and his gang of martial monks who have a werewolf in their ranks and are hell-bent in turning the Queen into a werewolf as well.

After much to and fro though the Doctor figures that Sir Robert's late father and the Queen's late husband have anticipated the werewolf attack within the estate and turned the house into a trap for the werewolf using the house's incredibly strong telescope and Ko-Hi-Noor, the world's largest diamond, to increase the light of the moon to such an extent that the werewolf is blown to Kingdom Come.

For their efforts, both the Doctor and Rose are knighted ... and expelled from the realm. And the Queen announces to start a research center, Torchwood (actually an anagram of Doctor Who), to investigate in the uncanny and unexplained - which would eventually spin off into a new series, but that's as yet in the future.

 

Ok, so it's nmoderately quick and moderately witty, but actually this werewolf story hasn't got all that much going for it, the sense of mystery that defines all the better Doctor Who episodes (old and new) is totally missing here. The only really funny idea is Rose trying to bring Queen Victoria to say her famous quote "I am not amused", which she doesn't until the end. If I would have a timemachine and would get the chance to meet Queen Victoria, I'd probably do the same ...

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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