Noobs & the Whovian

Noobs & the Whovian

107 The Crimson Horror

June 14, 2020

This is the one where the Doctor and Clara meet up with their old pals, Vastra, Jenny, and Strax to defeat a repulsive creature of untold horror, and the cute little red leech that rides on her chest.

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This is the podcast that introduces a whole new generation to Doctor Who by watching an episode each week and discussing it from the perspective of a dad who’s seen it before, and two sons who haven’t. 

Welcome to Episode 107 covering the Series 7 episode 11: The Crimson Horror.

Production notes

* Story # 237* Originally aired May 4 2013  7.37 million* Written by: Mark Gatiss* Directed by: Saul Metzstein

Misc Trivia

* This is the 100th episode of NuWho!* The repulsive red leech that Vastra mentioned is a nod to The Repulsive Case of the Red Leech which was a Sherlock Holmes case that was never written by Doyle. It’s referenced by Watson in another store, The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez.


* Mrs. Gillyflower – Dame Diana Rigg* Olenna Tyrell from Game of Thrones

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* Name of the episode spoken in dialogue?* Uh, yeah, like every other scene* Creature of the week* Mr. Sweet – a repulsive red leech* The wikia pointed out that in this episode, the only extraterrestrials were the Doctor and Strax!* CGI* The rocket* Hats* Bowler hat!* Geronimo* Running count – 13* Jiggery Pokery* Sonic* The sonic reversed the venom?

* Strax’s armory* Scissor grenades, limbo vapor, and triple blast brain-splitters* We could lay magnetic cluster mines and dig trenches and fill them with acid!* Jammie Dodger sighting* Running count – 4* Adventures in closed captioning* Triple-blast brain spitters* MRS. GILLYFLOWER THUDDING

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Other stuff we noticed

* Getting directions from young Thomas Thomas was a (somewhat dated) reference to TomTom satnav systems.* Gillyflower offers the Doctor a seed cake, or some amontillado, to which he replies, “No thanks, we’ve had enough of that.” He was chained up in a hidden room, much like the victim in The Cask of Amontillado.* Corbin had a theory early on that Mr. Sweet was going to turn out to be The Great Intelligence.

Who’s Who? 

* Who is The Doctor?* To find the Doctor, Jenny only need ignore every “Keep Out” sign, go through every locked door and run towards any form of danger that presents itself* I’m the Doctor, you’re nuts, and I’m here to stop you* Who is Vastra?* Her front door is TARDIS blue!* Does her vale have a perception filter on it or something?!* Who is Jenny?