Doctor Who

Tooth and Claw

Season 2, Ep 2, Aired 4/22/06
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  • Episode Description
  • Location: Torchwood House, Scotland, Earth Date:1879 Enemies: Werewolf, The MonksThe TARDIS arrives in the 19th century, and soon the Doctor has met a familiar face from history. Queen Victoria is on her way to Balmoral, but the visit isn't going exactly to plan. A werewolf is on the loose, and the Doctor may not be able to protect everybody…

  • Cast & Crew
  • Russell T. Davies

  • Euros Lyn

  • Pauline Collins

    Queen Victoria

  • Ruthie Milne


  • Ron Donachie


  • Fan Reviews (23)
  • Tooth and Claw

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 24, 2012

  • There are a lot of little details in "Tooth and Claw" that ought to have been cut somewhere. Too much of the author's personal politics and too much pop culture knowledge projected onto the Doctor really grate, as no doubt they're intended to.

    By vbkzlfie, Jul 14, 2008

  • Clever and fast...also quite spooky.

    By ben-the-hen, Aug 12, 2008

  • Episode with little or no faults

    By fireexit112, Mar 31, 2007

  • Mysterious, creepy monks and a Were-wolf is prowling around. Very spooky.

    By AquafireGal, Jan 03, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (21)

    • (examining the Koh-i-noor diamond) Rose: Good job my mum's not here, she'd be fighting the wolf off with her bare hands for that. The Doctor: And she'd win.

    • The Doctor: (referring to the "telescope") It's a bit rubbish. How many prisms has it got? Way too many. The magnification's gone right over the top, that's a stupid kind of a ... (quietly to Rose) am I being rude again? Rose: Yep. The Doctor: But it's pretty! It's very ... pretty.

    • Queen Victoria: I am not amused (Rose looks triumphantly at the Doctor having won their bet)

    • The Doctor: (To Sir Robert) Oh, your father got all the brains, didn't he? Rose: Being rude again. The Doctor: Good, I meant that one.

    • Queen Victoria: (after first knighting The Doctor and Rose, then banishing them) I have rewarded you, Sir Doctor, and now you are exiled from this empire never to return. I don’t know who you are, the two of you, or where you’re from but I know that you consort with stars and magic and think it fun. But your world is steeped in terror and blasphemy and death, and I will not allow it. You will leave these shores and you will reflect, I hope, on how you came to stray so far from all that is good and how much longer you may survive this terrible life. Now, leave my world and never return!

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    Notes (14)

    • International Airdates: Turkey: July 18, 2010 on CNBC-e

    • Originally Russell T. Davies intended to end this episode with the werewolf killing Queen Victoria. This event would spawn the creation of the parallel universe in which the Doctor finds himself in the pivotal Rise Of The Cybermen / The Age Of Steel episodes later in the series. However, he became worried that this ongoing storyline would be too complex for casual viewers to follow, and decided not to pursue it.

    • The MacLeish's suit of armour was a re-used prop from the TARDIS wardrobe.

    • Some of the monks came from a Tredegar kick-boxing club. The BBC also received an approach from a local cheerleading squad asking if there would be parts for them.

    • The Doctor's claim that he has a doctorate from Edinburgh harkens back to the original series episode The Moonbase, where the Doctor (rather vaguely) said he earned a medical degree from Dr. Joseph Lister in Edinburgh in 1888.

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    Trivia (10)

    • The Scottish accent Tennant speaks with when the Doctor first meets Queen Victoria is his actual accent; he was born in Bathgate.

    • In the original series' second season episode "The Knight from Jaffa", William Hartnell's Doctor wistfully comments 'I almost wish I was knighted too' after seeing Ian Chesterton being dubbed Sir Ian by Richard Lionhart himself. To that Vicky replies: 'That'll be the day!'; and so indeed, 'Tooth and Claw' marks the day.

    • At some point between the end of this episode and 1970, the Doctor had to have done something, or have something done on his behalf, to warrant his return to the Majesty's good graces. Despite Queen Victoria's statement that Torchwood would be waiting for the Doctor if he should ever show his face in England again, he's worked for UNIT many times, particularly during the Doctor's exile on Earth. Plus, the Hand Of Omega incident with Group Captain Gilmore in 1963.

    • When the Doctor identifies himself as "Dr. James McCrimmon," he is referring to one of the travelling companions from the 2nd Doctor/Patrick Troughton era of the original series. Specifically, young Jamie McCrimmon, a veteran of "the Forty-five" (as in, Scotland's Second Jacobite Rebellion of 1745). He returned to Scotland after the "War Games" story arc (in which the Time Lords of Gallifrey were first introduced). As for the "Dr. Bell" the current Doctor mentions having studied under? That's most likely the same one whose remarkable talent for diagnosis inspired a former medical student, named Arthur Conan Doyle, to model a certain consulting detective after him.

    • David Tennant went to drama school with the actor who plays The Host.

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    Allusions (11)

    • Rose: She was just sitting there! The Doctor: Like a stamp. The first adhesive postage stamp was the British Penny Black, released on May 6th 1840. The Penny Black was engraved with the profile of Queen Victoria's head, who remained on all British stamps until her death in 1901.

    • The Doctor: Skylab falls to Earth... with a little help from me... nearly took off my thumb. Skylab was the first space station launched by the United States and stayed in orbit for 2249 days before crashing to Earth on the 11th July 1979, near Esperance, Western Australia.

    • Captain Reynolds: Makeson and Ramsey, you will escort the Property. This is somewhat of a subtle historical allusion, as the names of the soldiers who fetch the Koh-i-Noor from the carriage are actually the surnames of the men who transported the diamond from the Indian subcontinent in 1851.

    • Queen Victoria: Given to me as the spoils of war. Perhaps its legend is now coming true. It is said that whoever owns it must surely die. Whilst it is true that the Koh-I-Noor, which means Mountain of Light, was seized as a spoil of war and presented to Queen Victoria as Empress of India, the legend around it states that it is deadly only to men, to women it is supposed to bring good luck and prosperity.

    • Queen Victoria: A noble sentiment, my Sir Walter Raleigh. Seaman, courtier, explorer, poet, privateer, and soldier of fortune, Sir Walter Raleigh was unquestionably the hands-down favourite of Queen Elizabeth I, and allegedly once stepped forth from a crowd, gallantly doffed his cloak, and threw it over a mud puddle to protect the feet of the passing Queen.

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