Doctor Who Scoop on the Crimson Horror and Dame Diana Rigg
Will the Crimson Horror be the Doctor's undoing?
On Saturday's all-new Doctor Who (8/7c, BBC America), the Doctor (Matt Smith) and Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) take another jaunt into England's past only to be faced with the mystery of strange, red corpses washing up in the Yorkshire river. Dame Diana Rigg and her real-life daughter Rachael Stirling guest-star as the seemingly benevolent Mrs. Winifred Gillyflower and her daughter Ada, respectively.
"We are in Victorian England in a Yorkshire mill and something fishy is going on," Coleman tells TVGuide.com. "Dame Diana Rigg lives in this place called Sweetville, and it's kind of Stepford Wives-esque. It's full of pink pilgrims, and everything is picture perfect. And something's going on, so basically the Doctor and Clara wander in and try to figure out what exactly it is, which is hinted at in the episode title, 'The Crimson Horror.'"
As fans will recall, the Doctor met that other Clara back in the Christmas episode, also set in Victorian England. "Because we're in Victorian times, Strax and Jenny and Vastra (Dan Starkey, Catrin Stewart, Neve McIntosh) help out in our adventure since they live there," Coleman says. "What's really interesting is they have met Victorian Clara but they haven't met this Clara." In the episode, we'll see just how the Doctor explains the two Claras given that he doesn't even understand the mystery of her identity himself.
Coleman appreciated the chance to work with the legendary Rigg, who has also been seen on the current season of Game of Thrones. "She's hilarious. I love to sit back and just watch her on set banter with the crew," she says. "She's got a very funny spirit about her. And since her real-life daughter was playing her daughter in it, we got to see that dynamic. Me and Matt were just watching the two of them work together as mother and daughter."
Check out this preview of Doctor Who's "The Crimson Horror," airing Saturday at 8/7c on BBC America: