Doctor Who is about to hit its 100th episode since the revival (dubbed ‘New Who’ by fans), and is marking this special occasion with an all-new episode, The Crimson Horror, written by long-time episode writer and part-time Doctor Who actor Mark Gatiss. We’ve put together all that there is to know about the upcoming episode, including a synopsis, plot hints, interview quotes, two trailers, and a new clip!
The episode will be a unique one, in that the episode will follow fan-favorite characters Vastra, Jenny, and Strax, first introduced in “A Good Man Goes to War”, rather than the Doctor. Showrunner Steven Moffat has stated that fans will “see them tackle a case of their own, and stumble across the Doctor’s path, quite accidentally”.
The episode’s synopsis was released alongside a fantastic episode poster (pictured below), teasing the idea that the episode will largely follow Vastra, Jenny, and Strax as the tables turn and they’re forced to try to rescue the Doctor:
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 and Clara go missing, it’s up to Vastra, Jenny and Strax to rescue them before they too fall victim to the Crimson Horror!
Interestingly, BlogtorWho, a popular Doctor Who blog, was given an advanced look at the episode and provided a fellow blog with the following ten “hints” as to what we can expect from the episode (don’t worry, no spoilers!):
- Remember the “movie” Wild Wild West?
- Somewhere mentioned by The Ninth Doctor in Rose gets a mention, and Strax is wary of it.
- Matt Smith is channeling a role performed by Benedict Cumberbatch. No, not that one.
- 65 million years ago?
- The Doctor does a lot of kissing.
- Something that happens in ‘The Unicorn and the Wasp’ happens here.
- Fifth Doctor fans will be very happy. Twice.
- Something forbidden in a William Hartnell story is requested here.
- Did Strax just meet the inventor of the satnav?
- A familiar face or two from ‘The Bells of Saint John’ return.
- Clara is faced with an unexpected spot of blackmail.
For those who may have missed them, the BBC has released two “next episode” trailers for The Crimson Horror:
The episode largely features a new “villain”, Mrs. Gillyflower, played by actress Diana Rigg. The episode was specifically written for Rigg and her daughter, actress Rachael Stirling. Rigg was a guest on The Andrew Marr Show, where she was interviewed about her current projects, including The Crimson Horror. The actress discussed what it was like to participate in a Doctor Who episode, and as part of her appearance, the show aired an exclusive clip from the upcoming episode. Both the interview and the clip can be seen in this video:
Doctor Who‘s “The Crimson Horror” will be the eleventh episode in Doctor Who series 7, and the fourth episode in Doctor Who series 7b. The Crimson Horror will air this Saturday on the BBC and BBC America.