“Tooth in Claw” is a period episode, and so was the third episode of series one, “The Unquiet Dead.” It seems that the show has some sort of formula, as we see the parallelism between the first few episodes of series one, and the first few episodes of series two. First they go to the far- off future, and then in the following episode, they go far back in time. There are no recurring characters, but like in “The Unquiet dead,” we get to meet a historical personality. In “The Unquiet Dead,” we met Charles Dickens, and in this one, we got to meet Queen Victoria. I love when the show brings in historical personalities, because they sort of ground the story, leaving the audience bewildered and curious about them. It makes us wonder about the truth in these characters, which I think makes the episodes that much interesting and dynamic.

I also liked that they used Queen Victoria as the historical character for this period episode, and I thought that the actress that played the role was convincing. It is also interesting to note that the Torchwood Institute originated from the Queen, showing that the organization has a lot more authority than I would have thought. But more on that later.

What I didn’t like, however were the martial arts practicing monks. I found them irrelevant, and useless. It wouldn’t have changed much, if they had just been regular bad guys, or the “secret agent,” mysterious type. So this wasn;t a very good opening to the episode.

I found Rose’s game of trying to get the Queen to say “I am not amused” really funny. It was nice to see Rose show off her goofy, funny side, and not so much the Doctor. It was a good way to add a humorous touch to the episode, because it pokes fun at the Queen without insulting or disrespecting her, which I’m sure would upset many people.

In this episode, we see the beginnings of the Torchwood Institute. This episode was set in the Torchwood estate, and was designed by Prince Albert. I know that “Torchwood” is a spin off of the show, but I have no idea what it’s about and what the Torchwood really is. Now I know that its’ some sort of organization that studies extra terrestrial beings. The mention of Torchwood in this episode will keep me more alert about mentions of it, and is yet another thing that will pop up every now again as a mystery of “Doctor Who.” It seems that the show likes to do this often, leaving signs and symbols, so I expect to see a lot more references to Torchwood throughout the season, with the hopes of understanding it better (and assessing whether the Torchwood series is worth the watch J) I wonder though, just how much “Doctor Who” has to do with “Torchwood.” I never would have guessed, though, that Queen Victoria had prompted it. This gives the idea of Torchwood that much more depth, giving that show a lot to work with.

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