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"The Crimson Horror" and a Return to Old-School "Doctor Who" Form

By C. Robert Dimitri | TV Reviews | May 8, 2013 | Comments ()

"If she hasn't made contact by nightfall, I suggest a massive frontal assault on the factory, madam. Casualties can be kept at perhaps as little as eighty percent."
"I think there may be subtler ways of proceeding, Strax."

"I once spent a helluva long time trying to get a gobby Australian to Heathrow Airport."
"What for?"
"Search me."

"Horse, you have failed in your mission. We are lost with no sign of Sweetville. Do you have any final words before your summary execution."
*neigh* *whinny*

"Strax, you're overexcited. Have you been eating Miss Jenny's sherbet fancies again?"

"I'm The Doctor, you're nuts, and I'm going to stop you."

"Mrs. Gillyflower, you have no idea what you are dealing with. In the wrong hands, that venom could wipe out all life on this planet."
"Do you know what these are?" *holds out her hands, laughs delightedly* "The wrong hands!"

"You hag! You perfidious hag! You virago! You harpy!"

"Forgive me, my child. Forgive me."
"That's my girl!"

"What will you do with that thing?"
"Take it back to the Jurassic era maybe, out of harm's way."
*puncture* *squish* *thwak* *thwak* *thwak* *squish* *thwak* *thwak* *thwak*


Aside: Want to see an old sketch with Mark Gatiss' comedic turn playing The Doctor himself?


Classic Doctor Who Bonus:

This week I revisited the Tom Baker adventure "Horror Of Fang Rock," the only other serial with "horror" in the title. The Doctor and Leela lose their way in the TARDIS and end up next to an early twentieth century fog-shrouded lighthouse under attack by a mysterious alien force. The story moves a little slowly particularly at the beginning, but it has the distinctions of Baker's Doctor's grinning assertiveness, Leela's knife-wielding viciousness, and an unusually high body count for the supporting characters to live up to the title. In the second half, it takes a turn akin to Invasion of the Body Snatchers / The Thing.

If you're interested in Leela's costuming, this is one of the two adventures in which she is not wearing her usual revealing (for Doctor Who) outfit. This was also the episode that ended with an incident (Leela's temporary blindness) that was included in order to allow her to give up her uncomfortable brown contact lenses and display her natural blue eye color going forward.

C. Robert Dimitri might faint at the sight of Vastra, Strax, and the TARDIS too, but only out of excited anticipation for a potential adventure.

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