Thursday, 22 April 2010

A Matter of Time: Tooth and Claw


Four years ago today, the newly regenerated tenth Doctor and his companion Rose travelled to 1869, where they met Queen Victoria in Scotland. The Queen plans to spend the night at the Torchwood Estate, but a group of warrior monks have sinister plans for the monarch, and the full moon is about to summon a creature out of legend. This story starred David Tennant as the tenth Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose Tyler.

When confronted by the Queen’s guards, the Doctor introduces himself as ‘James McCrimmon’. This is a reference to Jamie McCrimmon, a young Scottish piper from the eighteenth Century, who had been a companion of the second Doctor. This episode contains some similarities to the forth Doctor story ‘Horror of Fang Rock’, as both stories are set in remote locations in the Victorian era, and the Doctor also uses a diamond to refract light.

David Tennant is actually from Scotland, so the accent the Doctor puts on in this episode is actually Tennant’s real Scottish accent. In a ‘Doctor Who Confidential’ interview, director Euros Lyn said that various martial arts films were viewed in researching the opening fight sequence. Surprisingly, the only dangerous incident to occur during filming was not from the extreme martial arts, but from Billie Piper’s hair catching fire.

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