i ilked it but don't like the superfast cybermen
There's something very odd about Mrs Gillyflower's Sweetville mill, with its perfectly clean streets and beautiful people. There's something even stranger about the bodies washing up in the river, all bright red and waxy. When the Doctor and Clara go missing, it's up to Vastra, Jenny and Strax to rescue them before they too fall victim to the Crimson Horror!
Every series has its low points, and I feel that The Crimson Horror is one of the lower points of Series 7. It had its very good moments, but the silly moments were so silly that they ruined the scary and dramatic ones.
One of my major gripes was that the first half felt more like a Paternoster Gang pilot than a Doctor Who episode. Maybe to others this is a plus, but I've never liked these characters in their three previous appearances and now was no different, especially Strax, who is still making ridiculous grenade jokes.
Still, while I didn't much like the Gang's part in the story, it certainly started out good, and the bodies looked pretty horrifying. Rachael Stirling's was incredible as Ada, and you almost feel her pain. As annoying as Strax was, he did have a few badass scenes near the end which almost made me like him. The scene with the Doctor and Clara was well done, short as it was, and had a lovely reference to the Fifth Doctor's era. The prosthetics for Ada and the bodies looked very convincing, though there was another prosthetic which the same can't be said of.
Overall, this was an episode with an interesting idea that was let down in the execution. The villain's motivation is never totally explained, and Ada is just about the only character who is well developed. However, it's not a truly bad episode, with some truly creepy moments and great chemistry between the Doctor and Clara. I've settled on a 7/10.