The BBC Press Office have released details of Tooth And Claw, the second
episode of the upcoming series.
when an encounter in the Scottish Highlands with Queen Victoria and a
band of Warrior Monks reveals a deadly trap, dating back centuries.
Perhaps the local legends about a werewolf could really be
David Tennant plays the Doctor, Billie Piper plays Rose
Tyler, Pauline Collins plays Queen Victoria, Tom Smith plays The Host,
Derek Riddell plays Sir Robert and Michelle Duncan plays Lady Isobel.
Pauline Collins Interview
As well as the
programme synopsis here is a lengthy look at the episode which includes
an interview with Pauline Collins who plays Queen Victoria in the
Discussing her reasons for accepting the role
Pauline says “It’s wonderfully written and that’s what drew me to
“Queen Victoria is a great character and one
of the things that Russell [T Davies] has done is to give her a little
bit more humour and humanity than perhaps she’s known for. Certainly in
Mrs Brown,with Judi Dench, you saw the humane side of Queen Victoria,
but I think this is great. And she’s also a person of great authority
which she manages with humour as well.”
The feature also
offers a glimpse into the challenges of acting against the CGI werewolf
seen on the recent trailer.
“We were very lucky in that
there were two performance artists who demonstrated for us the sort of
movements that the werewolf would do.
Occasionally, we had to literally work to a green screen and a dot on the horizon, and one of
the problems about not knowing exactly what you’re acting against is to
do too much.
We were reminded by the director to remember
perhaps how you would be in that situation, and one of the things that
fear does is to almost paralyse you.”
The full interview
can be read on the BBC Press