The Doctor, Clara and the Vastra gang try to stop an insane factory owner in 1893 Yorkshire.
This one was a fast-paced episode that rattled along with barely time to breathe:
· Great pre-titles sequence; it had the air of a classic pastiche of Victorian times about it.
· Dame Diana Rigg, bringing out a far more Yorkshire accent than most of her roles have had, did a great job throughout, although crediting her as ‘Dame Diana Rigg’ seemed a bit strange.
· The ‘sat nav’ joke was excellent; although the name of the kid was obviously telegraphed.
· Strax, Jenny and Vastra were wonderful, although I’m not sure what ‘limbo vapour’ is…
· Starting a story in media res that way was a novelty for the show and worked well in this case, even it is seriously overused at other times.
· There were some superb supporting characters, especially the pathologist.
· The alien we saw was well realised – kudos to the creators for this.
· Matt Smith had less to do than usual, but was still good; he can certainly rock a bowler.
· Clara seemed a bit more subdued – she wasn’t in much of this and when she was on, her normal sass wasn’t fully present.
· Bringing the two kids along for a ride next week could either be great or a recipe for disaster – the show does not take minors on the TARDIS and I suspect many would not like for the Doctor to have a kid companion.
Another treat from Mark Gatiss, but this is a Battenberg cake of an episode… enjoyable, but too many will make you sick.