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Doctor Who: Tooth and Claw

The Doctor and Rose travel back to 19th-century Scotland, where they encounter Queen Victoria and discover the sinister plot of an order of warrior monks. Meanwhile, local legends of a werewolf prowling the Highlands turn out to be more fact than fiction.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x2
Production Number: 15
Airdate: Saturday April 22nd, 2006

Director: Euros Lyn
Writer: Russell T. Davies

Alternate Airdates:

Ireland Apr 22, 2006
US (BBC America) Oct 06, 2006
Germany Jun 15, 2008


Guest Stars
Pauline CollinsPauline Collins
As Queen Victoria
Ian HanmoreIan Hanmore
As Father Angelo
Michelle DuncanMichelle Duncan
As Lady Isobel (Lady Isobel MacLeish)
Derek RiddellDerek Riddell
As Sir Robert (Sir Robert MacLeish)
Jamie SivesJamie Sives
As Captain Reynolds
Ron DonachieRon Donachie
As Steward
Tom SmithTom Smith
As The Host
Ruth MilneRuth Milne
As Flora
Main Cast
David TennantDavid Tennant
As The Tenth Doctor
Billie PiperBillie Piper
As Rose Tyler


Scotland, 1879, and a group of monks travel across the land to the Torchwood estate. Their leader, Father Angelo, confronts the Steward and informs him that they want one thing: the house. When the Steward refuses to yield, Angelo easily subdues him and the other monks quickly subdue the manor staff using martial arts. They then enter the house and capture the staff and family. Everyone is placed in the cellar and the owner, Sir Robert MacLeish, watches with the others as Father Angelo brings in a cage. Some thing is inside, and the women scream as they see it...

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Episode Notes
Date: 1879
Location: Scotland

David Tennant (The Doctor) was at drama school with Tom Smith (The Host).

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

The guard's horses wouldn't behave in the courtyard. So a guard had to sit on a pair of ladders.

Underneath the frock, Queen Victoria was wearing trainers for the running scenes.

Hair is the hardest thing to get right in CGI. The Mill went to a hair specialist for the wolf.

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

The telescope wheel was actually very easy to spin. Making it look hard work was real acting!

The observatory and some corridors were sets. Other interiors were at Tredegar House, which was also used for episode 4.

Pauline Collins (Queen Victoria) previously played Samantha Briggs in the Doctor Who episode "The Faceless Ones".

Before arriving in Scotland in 1879, the Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose (Billie Piper) planned to attend an Ian Dury concert in Sheffield on November 21, 1979.

Continuing the "Bad Wolf" motif of the previous season, the antagonist in this episode is a werewolf.

This is not the first time that the Doctor has encountered Queen Victoria. The Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) claimed to have been present at her coronation on June 28, 1838 in "The Curse of the Peladon".

David Tennant (The Doctor) speaks in his natural Scottish accent during several scenes.

When encountering Queen Victoria's guards, the Doctor identifies himself as "Dr. James McCrimmon". Jamie McCrimmon was a companion to the second Doctor, Patrick Troughton

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Ian Dury And The BlockheadsHit Me With Your Rhythm Stickopening TARDIS sequence

Episode Quotes
Father Angelo: We will take the house.
Steward: Would you like my wife while you're at it?
Father Angelo: If you won't stand aside, then we'll take it by force.
Steward: By what power? The hand of God?
Father Angelo: No. The fist of man.

Captain Reynolds: You will explain your presence... and the nakedness of this girl.
The Doctor: (in a Scottish accent) Are we in Scotland?
Captain Reynolds: How can you be ignorant of that?
The Doctor: Oh, I'm-I'm dazed and confused. I've been chasing this, this wee naked child over hill and over dale. Ain't that right, ya... tim'rous beastie?
Rose: Uh-uh... och aye, I've been oot and aboot...
The Doctor: (whispering in normal accent) No, don't do that.
Rose: Hoots mon!
The Doctor: (still whispering) No, really don't. Really.

Rose: I want her to say, "We are not amused." I bet you five quid that I can make her say it.
The Doctor: Well, if I gambled on that, it'd be an abuse of my privilege as a traveler in time.
Rose: Ten quid?
The Doctor: Done.

The Doctor: (examining the Torchwood 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... (aside to Rose) am I being rude again?
Rose: Yep.
The Doctor: But it's pretty! It's very ... pretty.

Queen Victoria: Since my husband’s death, I find myself with more of a taste for supernatural fiction.
The Doctor: You must miss him.
Queen Victoria: Very much. Oh, completely. And that’s the charm of a ghost story, isn’t it? Not the scares and chills, that’s just for children, but the hope of some contact with the great beyond. We all want some message from that place. It’s the Creator’s greatest mystery that we’re allowed no such consolation. The dead stay silent. And we must wait. Come, begin your tale, Sir Robert. There’s a chill in the air. The wind is howling through the eaves. Tell us of monsters!

The Host: And then it begins…the Empire of the Wolf.

The Host: Look, inside your eyes, you've seen it too!
Rose: Seen what?
The Host: The wolf, there's something of the wolf about you!
Rose: I don't know what you mean.
The Host: You burnt like the sun, but all I require is the moon!

Sir Robert: My father didn’t treat it as a story. He said it was fact. He even claimed to have communed with the beast to have learned its purpose. I should have listened. His work was hindered. He made enemies. There’s a monastery in the Glen of St. Catherine. The brethren opposed my father’s investigations.
Queen Victoria: Perhaps they thought his work ungodly?
Sir Robert: That’s what I thought. But now I wonder what if they had a different reason for wanting the story kept quiet? What if they turned from God and worshiped the wolf?

The Doctor: (to the werewolf; excitedly) Oh, aren't you beautiful!

Father Angelo: We have waited so long for one of your journeys to coincide with the moon.
Queen Victoria: Then you have waited in vain. After six attempts on my life... (takes out a pistol) I am hardly unprepared.
Father Angelo: Oh, I don’t think so, woman.
Queen Victoria: The correct form of address is "Your Majesty." (shoots)

The Doctor: (to Rose) The front door's no good, it's been boarded shut. (to Queen Victoria) Pardon me, Your Majesty, you'll have to leg it out of a window.

Rose: What do we do?
The Doctor: We... run!
Rose: Is that it?
The Doctor: You got any silver bullets?
Rose: Not on me, no!
The Doctor: Your Majesty, as a doctor, I recommend a vigorous jog. Good for the health!

Sir Robert: Did you think there was nothing strange about my household staff?
The Doctor: Well, they were bald, athletic, your wife's away. I just thought you were happy.

The Doctor: (to Queen Victoria) You'd call it a werewolf, but technically it's more of a lupine wavelength haemovariform.

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.

The Doctor: You want weapons, we're in a library. Books! Best weapons in the world. This room is the greatest arsenal we can have.

Sir Robert: Why does it want the throne?
Rose: That's what it wants. It said so. The Empire of the Wolf.
The Doctor: Imagine it. The Victorian age accelerated. Starships and missiles fueled by coal and driven by steam. Leaving history devastated in its wake.

Rose: Is that the Koh-i-noor?
The Doctor: Oh yes. The greatest diamond in the world.
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.
The Doctor: Well, that’s true of anything if you wait long enough.

Rose: (seeing the Koh-i-noor diamond) 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.

Queen Victoria: (To the Doctor) By the power vested in me by the church and the state, I dub thee Sir Doctor of TARDIS. (To Rose) By the power vested in me by the church and the state, I dub thee Dame Rose of the Powell Estate.

Queen Victoria: 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!

Queen Victoria: I saw last night that Great Britain has enemies beyond imagination, and we must defend our borders on all sides. I propose an institute to investigate these strange happenings, and to fight them. I will call it "Torchwood." The Torchwood Institute. And if this Doctor should return, then he should beware, because Torchwood will be waiting!

Episode Goofs
Queen Victoria tells Rose that "I have five daughters." This implies that they are all still alive. However, her second daughter and third child, Princess Alice, died on December 14, 1878, less than a year before the events of this episode.

The Doctor mentions the Elephant Man. The episode is set in 1879, but the Elephant Man wasn't publicly known until 1884.

Cultural References
The Koh-i-noor

The Koh-i-noor was once the largest diamond in the world. It was presented to Queen Victoria in 1851. It reputedly brings death to any man that owns it but good luck to any such woman. The following year, it was cut by 40% on the order of Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria. In 1936, following the accession of King George VI to the throne, the diamond was placed in the crown of Queen Elizabeth, better known today as the Queen Mother. The Koh-i-noor is kept in the Tower of London along with the rest of the Crown Jewels.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerRussell T. Davies  |  Julie Gardner
ProducerPhil Collinson
Associate ProducerHelen Vallis
Production DesignerEdward Thomas
EditorCrispin Green
First Assistant DirectorPeter Bennett (3)
Second Assistant DirectorLynsey Muir
MusicMurray Gold
Costume DesignerLouise Page
Make-upMoira Thomson  |  Steve Smith (8)  |  Anwen Davies
GripJohn Robinson (3)
Set DecoratorJulian Luxton
Location ManagerGareth Lloyd
Property MasterAdrian Anscombe
Production CoordinatorJess Van Niekerk
Assistant EditorCeres Doyle
Post Production SupervisorChris Blatchford  |  Samantha Hall
GafferMark Hutchings
On-Line EditorMatthew Clarke (2)
Director of PhotographyRory Taylor
StuntsGlen Foster (2)  |  Levan Doran  |  Rick English  |  Peter Miles (2)  |  Maurice Lee  |  Tony Van Silva
Stunt CoordinatorDavid Forman
Production SecretaryClaire Roberts (2)
Post Production CoordinatorMarie Brown (2)
Production ManagementMarcus Prince
Sound EditorPaul McFadden  |  Doug Sinclair (2)
Special EffectsWill Cohen (3)
Script EditorSimon Winstone
Dubbing MixerTim Ricketts
Sound RecordistSimon Fraser
Third Assistant DirectorAdam Hill (1)
Costume SupervisorAnna Lau
Boom OperatorJeff Welch
Visual Effects CoordinatorKim Phelan
Main Title ThemeRon Grainer
Visual Effects SupervisorDavid Houghton
Production AccountantEndaf Emyr Williams
Best BoyPeter Chester
Casting AssociateAndy Brierley
Unit ManagerRhys Griffiths
ColoristMick Vincent
ContinuityNon Eleri Hughes
Focus PullerTerry Bartlett
Prop BuyerCatherine Samuel
Casting DirectorAndy Pryor
A/production AccountantKath Blackman  |  Debi Griffiths
Supervising Art DirectorStephen Nicholas
Standby Art DirectorLee Gammon
Construction ManagerMatthew Hywel-Davies
Standby PropsTristan Howell  |  Phill Shellard
Production RunnerTim Hodges
Art Department Production ManagerJonathan Allison
Design AssistantMatthew Savage (2)  |  Peter McKinstry
Sound Special Effects EditorPaul Jefferies
Make-up DesignerSheelagh Wells
A/supervising Art DirectorJames North
Costume AssistantBarbara Harrington  |  Lindsay Bonaccorsi
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