Doc investigates trouble at mill and gets marinated by a prehistoric leech in a Yorkshire red light district
In this, the 100th episode of New Who since the Doctor Who revival in 2005, the Doctor is at first nowhere to be seen. In Victorian Yorkshire, people are turning up red and dead in what at least one charismatic coroner is calling “The Crimson Horror”.
When an optogram taken of one of these poor red devils makes its way to the greatest detective in London, Madame Vastra, and she sees the face of The Eleventh Doctor in it, the Paternoster Gang knows it’s time to head North.
Mrs Gillyflower, meanwhile, is preparing to Moonraker and is recruiting 19th century tyke supermodels to join her cult collective in Sweetville. Sadly, although her blind daughter wants to be part of the catwalk crew, Moma Gillyflower doesn’t see eye to eye with her.
From the outside, of course, Sweetville has the pretence of offering a wonderful chance of a new life in the same vein as a certain confectionary philanthropist. But why is everyone who ever enters Sweetville never seen or heard from again? Who is Mr Sweet? And what’s all the red gloop all about? Perhaps the Doctor will turn up after all and assist in cracking this case.