Tooth And Claw
22 April 2006
Pauline Collins (Queen Victoria), Ian Hanmore (Father Angelo), Michelle Duncan (Lady Isobel), Jamie Sives (Reynolds), Ron Donachie (The Steward), Tom Smith (The Host), Ruth Milne (Flora), Derek Riddell (Sir Robert).
|Written by||Russell T. Davies|
|Directed by||Euros Lyn|
|Produced by||Julie Garner and Phil Colinson|
On a windy hillside a procession of monks advance towards a stately home, pulling with them a large carriage. When they arrive at the residence the servants meet them with a frosty reception, and after the Steward dismisses their demands for the house to be given to them, a fight ensues. Soon the household is invaded and the rest of the servants are rounded up and thrown in the cellar, where the content of the carriage is being held.
Father Angelo, the leader of the monks, enters and prays that God has mercy on his soul for what he is about to do. He removes the cloth covering the cage before him and the servants scream in terror…
- The Doctor passes himself off as James McCrimmon, the full name of his old companion Jamie.
- The Host sees a ‘wolf’ inside Rose, a reference back to The Parting of the Ways.
- This episode explains the origins of the Torchwood Institute, which shall be seen more later on in the series as well as in it’s own spin-off show.
- Queen Victoria has certainly changed since her last encounters with the Fifth Doctor; in Empire of Death, she was actually grateful for his presence. However, on that occasion, she herself was interested in the ‘spirits’ that the Doctor was investigating. It is possible that, following the catastrophic events of Imperial Moon, Victoria wishes to forget all about such otherworldly creatures as aliens (A fact that, ironically, may have been supported by the Doctor’s ‘encouragement’ on the part of his companion Kamelion).
- The Doctor takes credit for crashing Skylab in 1979. This was probably in his seventh incarnation, as he’s seen dealing with the aftermath in Brief Encounter: Three Steps to the Left.
- The Doctor asks if he’s being rude again. (The Christmas Invasion)