We are not amused.
Hm. I am not sure exactly how I feel about this episode. It doesn’t have QUITE the level of crack for me to love it purely for that sake, like I do New Earth. It doesn’t have a sense of fun and ridiculousness for me to love it in spite of a kind of lame plot. Queen Victoria and a werewolf! Ok. Whatever. It’s just not a super captivating or interesting plot. All it really is, is a bunch of people trapped in a manor house, running from a werewolf that wants to turn Queen Victoria into a werewolf too.
This episode has precisely two redeeming qualities. 1) NINJA MONKS. WAT? And 2) The Doctor and Rose being silly.
As to the first point. WAT? LMAO. They’re so ridiculous. NINJA MONKS. WTAF? IDEK. As you can see, they render me speechless and force me to talk in acronyms. They’re so just out of nowhere. That opening scene cracks me up. Unfortunately, ninja monks are no cat nuns and thus they can’t rescue the entire episode for me.
And now I’m pretty much going to spend the rest of the episode talking about the Doctor and Rose being adorable/silly/awesome in this episode because they’re the only thing that makes this episode a C+ and not like a C-.
A quick note on Rose: I like that we’re starting to see her as the leader and just awesome person that she really grows into throughout the series. When she’s chained up in the basement with the werewolf, away from the Doctor, she doesn’t freak out and panic. Nope. She rallies the other people down there to try and get free. She really is moving away from the “damsel in distress” box she found herself in a few too many times for my taste in series 1. This is why I really don’t understand why people complain about series 2 Rose being “too clingy” and not as awesome as series 1 Rose. I think she gets MORE awesome.
Now onto the Doctor and Rose. I love that the episode is framed by Rose and the Doctor going to a musical festival in the 1970s. I love that they’re just traveling around enjoying themselves and space and time.
Some people complain that the Doctor and Rose are having too much fun in this episode. But I disagree. The fact of the matter is, this isn’t really an out of the ordinary day for them. I mean, this isn’t a lark, but a werewolf? Not exactly a legion of Daleks. So I find the betting and joking to be funny and I think it makes the episode more bearable in spite of the laborious plot.
Like the following scene. I’m sorry, but it’s just funny. Rose is such a dork sometimes.
The Doctor: [held at gunpoint on the Scottish highlands] 1879. Same difference.
Reynolds: You will explain your presence, and the nakedness of this girl.
The Doctor: [Scottish accent] Are we in Scotland?
Reynolds: How can you be ignorant of that?
The Doctor: Oh, I'm dazed and confused. I've been chasing this wee naked child over hill and over dale. Isn't that right, you... tim'rous beastie?
Rose: [terrible Scottish accent] Och aye! I've been oot and aboot!
The Doctor: [normal voice] No, don't do that.
Rose: Hoots mon!
The Doctor: No, really don't. *Really*.
I should also take this time to mention that I love that this episode gives David Tennant a chance to use his native Scottish accent.
Rose Tyler: [after meeting Queen Victoria] I wanted to hear her say, "We are not amused." Bet you five quid I can get her to say it.
The Doctor: Taking that bet would be an abuse of my responsibilities as a traveller in time.
Rose Tyler: Ten quid?
The Doctor: Done.
The looks on the Doctor and Rose’s faces are so amusing this episode too.
Queen Victoria: And please excuse the naked girl.
Rose Tyler: Sorry.
The Doctor: She's a feral child. I bought her for sixpence in old London Town. It's was her or the Elephant Man, so...
Rose Tyler: Thinks he's funny but I'm so not amused.
And then the second time Rose tries to get Queen Victoria to say “we are not amused” results in adorableness from the pair of them. I like how the Doctor goads her on and then acts all embarrassed.
And I know that some people think that it was inappropriate that Rose brought it up again when they were hiding in the library, but… eh. It doesn’t bother me. They were relatively safe. Rose wasn’t worried. She knew that the Doctor would find a way out of it. Plus, she DID apologize after Queen Victoria chastised her. And then at the end, Rose wins the bet! Haha. Only to be banished from Britain directly afterwards. Plus, I really think that that stupid bet and the other Doctor and Rose silliness is the only thing that keeps this episode from being awful.
Rose Tyler: [They are trapped in the library, but the werewolf has stopped attacking for the moment] Can I just say one thing?
The Doctor: What?
Rose Tyler: [Squeals excitedly] A werewolf!
The Doctor: [Just as excited] I know!
[They run to each other and hug. Then he pulls back to look over her]
The Doctor: Are you okay?
Rose Tyler: Yeah, I'm fine.
“Tooth and Claw” also gives us a bit more of Ten being “rude and not ginger”. And I like how Rose is like the long suffering girlfriend who has to remind him how to behave in polite society, but she does it with a sense of bemusement and affection.
The Doctor: [about the 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 -
[aside to ROSE]
The Doctor: - am I being rude again?
Rose Tyler: Yup.
The Doctor: But it's pretty! Very... pretty!
Sir Robert: Nevertheless, that creature won't give up, Doctor, and we still don't possess an actual weapon!
The Doctor: Oh, your dad got all the brains, didn't he?
Rose Tyler: Being rude again!
The Doctor: Good, I meant that one. You want weapons? We're in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world! This room's the greatest arsenal we could have - arm yourselves!
And to arm himself, the Doctor must put on his brainy specs!
There! Now he’s ready for battle!
Oh and of course, another saving grace of this episode is the Doctor licking the door. Lol. Ten.
And I suppose that I do also have to mention that I think the ~possibility of the royal family being werewolves is a bit hilarious, as are the Doctor and Rose howling like wolves as they leave.
Phew! I'm done! lol. Now I'm super excited to move on to "School Reunion" which I ADORE. I'm probably going to ramble for an eternity on that one.