The weekend is upon us once again, and as Doctor Who hurtles towards another climatic and epic season finale we are to be treated to this weeks helping of Who. Mark Gatiss returns triumphant after Cold War with his second script of the half-series The Crimson Horror. It has been billed as a Doctor-lite story, with the Paternoster Gang featuring quite heavily and stealing the show – hopefully.
Again the episode will air at 6.30 on BBC One, a slightly earlier time-slot than the rest of the series previous to Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS last week. Around the world it will debut on the same in America on BBC America at 8:00pm ET and the same time on SPACE in Canada. The ABC broadcast will be at 7.30pm on the next day, Sunday the 5th of May. The episode will be available to watch on the BBC’s iPlayer service and the ABC’s iView soon after the episode airs.
The Synopsis for the episode is:
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!
The Doctor-lite element of this story may really pay into its favour, there’s been a heavy on-screen dominance by the Doctor and Clara and it might just bring breath of fresh air to see Vastra, Jenny and the ever humorous Strax take centre stage. The Paternoster Gang have really grown in popularity, drawing level with probably the best incidental characters from the show’s run Henry Gordon Jago and Professor James Litefoot.
After really impressing it will also be interesting to see whether Gatiss can keep up the high standards of Cold War with his second story. My bet though is that he won’t, although by no means do i think this will be a bad story.
Leading into the penultimate story, will we see a cliffhanger? Yes, the Moff loves cliff-hangers. I’d put my money on being prepared for a Cyberman at the end of The Crimson Horror!