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|The Great Detective|
|Featuring:||Vastra, Jenny, Strax|
|Main setting:||London, 1892|
|Story number:||Children in Need mini-episode|
|Premiere broadcast:||16 November 2012|
|Premiere network:||BBC One|
|Format:||1x4-minute mini episode|
|Doctor Who television stories|
|The Angels Take Manhattan||The Snowmen|
|The Crimson Horror||The Snowmen|
|Children in Need|
|Children in Need 2011||Looking for Pudsey|
It was first broadcast as part of Doctor Who's BBC's Children in Need charity appeal, and was followed by a trailer for the Christmas special. Both were introduced by Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman.
Having learned of strange happenings, Madame Vastra, her maid Jenny Flint, and their Sontaran servant Strax meet with the Eleventh Doctor. However, he shows no interest in the cases they mention, informing them that he has since retired from investigating such matters.
- The Doctor - Matt Smith
- Strax - Dan Starkey
- Vastra - Neve McIntosh
- Jenny Flint - Catrin Stewart
- Narrator - Mark Gatiss
- Strax claims that he has "declared a war on the Moon."
- Vastra states there was a meteor shower of unexplained timing. She thinks it might be alien intervention.
Story notes Edit
- Unlike most minisodes, the episode has no opening credits, and as such writer Steven Moffat is uncredited. The episode also uses a unique typeface for presenting the episode title.
- Jenny's last name, Flint, is revealed in this minisode. In her introduction episode, A Good Man Goes to War, she was known only as Jenny.
- It was followed by a second prequel, Vastra Investigates, which was released online in mid-December 2012.
- This is the first Children in Need special since Time Crash in 2007, 5 years earlier.
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Filming locations Edit
Corn Street, Bristol, UK (filmed on 20 Aug 2012)
Production errors Edit
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- The Doctor is shown to be retired and living in the past. The Sixth Doctor had previously done this in PROSE: The Spindle of Necessity.
- Despite Jenny's assertion that the Moon is uninhabited, the Doctor once implied that there are species native to it. (TV: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship) Jenny's claim would later be proven wrong when the Twelfth Doctor, Clara Oswald and Courtney Woods paid a visit to the Moon in 2049. (TV: Kill the Moon)
- PROSE: The Dalek Generation (released 8 April 2013) ends with the Doctor growing weary of travel and is implied to be his last adventure before his retirement here.
- How Strax is alive after having been apparently killed off in TV: A Good Man Goes to War is left unexplained in both this minisode and the main The Snowmen. It is not until the web minisode The Battle of Demons Run: Two Days Later (a prequel to both this minisode and The Snowmen) that it is fully explained how Strax survived.
Home video releases Edit
DVD releases Edit
It was released as a part of the complete series eight box set.
Blu-ray releases Edit
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