Doctor Who News Doctor Who Series 7: The Crimson Horror

Published on May 12th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

The Crimson Horror Reaction

A slightly shorter-than-usual reaction article this week thanks to the BBC America Shop and this evening’s BAFTAs. The Crimon Horror was a fun episode – but how well did it go down?

Doctor Who Series 7: The Crimson Horror

As reported by SFX, 4.61 million people viewed the episode when broadcast, according to the overnight figures. This is likely to change, of course, probably by about two million. Note also that while iPlayer figures will revise this up more, they are not officially counted.

Kasterborous readers as ever voted in a poll on the episode. The Crimson Horror poll drew 533 respondents, and of these 78.24%  (417 votes) considered it “Fun, quirky and a breath of fresh air” – perhaps the best showing in Series 7 so far. Meanwhile, 11.63% (62 votes) liked it but wanted “more action”, and 10.13% (54 votes) were not impressed (“What the hell was that?!”).

Don’t forget to download the latest podKast to hear our thoughts, and check our review too!


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

4 Responses to The Crimson Horror Reaction

  1. avatar vortexter says:

    I really enjoyed it and it was well written and thought out. Mark Gatiss is not my favourite writer but he did well with this offering. Tom Tom is probably the best joke the series has ever done and overall I would give it 9/10.

  2. avatar Mugen Pharoah says:

    I liked it, the reveal of the Doctor as the monster in the cell was inspired. The Leech was hideous and a great little design. Full of nice moments that managed to disguise it was basically a Carry On Screaming/ Moonraker mashup….but as I love both of those I’m quite happy!

  3. avatar authorman94 says:

    I enjoyed it! Matt and Caitrin Stewart were the highlights, Dame Diana made a great bad guy, but the stole was well and truly stolen by Rachel Sterling. The Victorian setting is a favourite of mine so I guess the story appealed to me. Best Mark Gatiss script in a long time in my opinion.

  4. avatar dayve says:

    Mark Gatiss with his homage to Hammer Horror Movies, ‘The Curse of Frankenstein’ (1957), ‘A Study in Terror’ (1965), etc…
    With some old B-movies plots ‘Contaminated monsters’ & ‘The World to be blow apart’, thrown in…
    Great Stuff!

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