|“||We are not amused!||”|
— The British public's response to this episode
Tooth and Claw is the second episode of the second series of NuWho, featuring Ten and Rose havin' a laff while the queen hooks 'em inna gabber, sware on me mum. It also serves as the pilot episode for Torchwood, and as the death of dignity.
Werewolves? Herewolves! Also, the koh-i-noor turns out to be an anti-werewolf weapon devised by Prince Albert while he and the lord of Torchwood manor were getting their dicks pierced together. Also also, there are Scottish shaolin monks, which should be a pretty awesome concept but it's just used for a bit of color in the cold open and then never seen again, which is a huge fucking waste.
The entire episode is inspired by a BBC ident.
I saw last night that Great Britain has enemies beyond imagination, and we must defend our borders on all sides. I propose an Institute to investigate these strange happenings and to fight them. Outside the government, beyond the police. Tracking down alien life on Earth, and arming the human race against the future. The Twentieth Century is when it all changes. And We've gotta be ready. I would call it... Russel T. Davies's© Torchwood®, Sundays® on BBC One™ and coming soon to STARZ™ HD© . The Torchwood Institute. And if this "Doctor" should return, then he should beware, because Torchwood will be waiting.
While filming the episode, a ranting scotsman by the name of David McDonald found his way on set and began abusing and harassing the cast, chiefly Billie Piper. The man, an amateur actor who'd had a minor appearance on the program in the past, referred to himself as "Dr. James McCrimmon" and insinuated himself into the production. He refused to be removed from the premises for a staggering three years, repeatedly harassing cast members and filming them inappropriately, and was finally only expelled due to the entire production changing hands when Moffat came on the program. Reportedly, his last words before being escorted from the production offices were "I don't wanna go".
Its a Russell T. Davies written episode. Except this time its okay I guess. Nothing special though.