New Series Episode 98:
The Great Detective
London in 1892 is protected by three mysterious detectives: the Silurian
Madame Vastra -- the so-called “Lizard Woman of Paternoster
Row” -- as well as her wife Jenny and the dimwitted Sontaran
Strax. It is also home to a fourth enigma: the former traveller in time
and space known as the Doctor. But, unlike Vastra, Jenny and Strax, the
Doctor is no longer interested in defending the Earth...
Doctor Who had a long association with the BBC's Children In
Need. In the past, the production team had contributed a variety of
special material for the charity telethon, including two specially-filmed
minisodes: first the untitled Children In Need
(2005) which introduced David Tennant's Tenth Doctor and then, in
2007, Time Crash which paired Tennant
with Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor.
In 2012, it was decided that the time had come for a third such special.
Written in August by executive producer Steven Moffat, this would bridge
the gap between the departure of Amy and Rory at the conclusion of The Angels Take Manhattan (to be broadcast in
late September) and the start of the 2012 Christmas special, The Snowmen, in which the Doctor would be
depicted as having become a reclusive figure. It would also remind
audiences of the existence of his former allies -- Vastra, Jenny and Strax
-- who had first appeared in A Good Man Goes To
War the year before.
Mark Gatiss provided the introductory narration
The minisode, ultimately christened The Great Detective (a
sobriquet often applied to Sherlock Holmes, but here referring to Vastra)
was directed by Marcus Wilson, Doctor Who's producer. It was
recorded on a street set constructed for The
Snowmen in two sessions, on August 23rd and 31st, at BBC Roath
Lock. Mark Gatiss (a frequent writer on Doctor Who who had also
appeared in both The Lazarus Experiment
and The Wedding Of River Song) provided
the introductory narration.
The Great Detective was broadcast as part of Children In
Need on November 16th, where it was introduced by Matt Smith and
Jenna-Louise Coleman, who advised that a trailer for The Snowmen would air later that night. The
2012 edition of Children In Need wound up raising almost 27 million
- Doctor Who
- Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition #37, Autumn 2014,
“The Snowmen” by Andrew Pixley, Panini UK Ltd.
||16th Nov 2012