Doctor Who - Tooth and Claw
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
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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
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 ...