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The Great Detective
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Doctor: Eleventh Doctor
Featuring: Vastra, Jenny, Strax
Main setting: London, 1892
Key crew
Writer: Steven Moffat[1]
Director: Saul Metzstein
Producer: Marcus Wilson
Release details
Story number: Children in Need mini-episode
Season/series: 7
Premiere broadcast: 16 November 2012
Premiere network: BBC One
Format: 1x4-minute mini episode
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Doctor Who The Great Detective (Christmas Special Prequel) - Children in Need 2012 - BBC One

The Great Detective was a minisode broadcast as a prequel for The Snowmen, the Doctor Who 2012 Christmas special. It revealed how badly the Eleventh Doctor was hurt by the losses of Amy Pond and Rory Williams, resorting to absolute retirement from his travels in the TARDIS as a jaded inhabitant of the Victorian Era.

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.

Plot

Having learned of strange happenings, Madame Vastra, her wife 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.

Cast

References

  • 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

  • Unlike most minisodes, the episode has no opening credits, and as such writer Steven Moffat[1] 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.

Ratings

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Filming locations

Corn Street, Bristol, UK (filmed on 20 Aug 2012)

Production errors

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Continuity

If you'd like to talk about narrative problems with this story — like plot holes and things that seem to contradict other stories — please go to this episode's discontinuity discussion.

Home video releases

DVD releases

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Blu-ray releases

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External links

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Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Doctor Who Team (14 November 2012). The Doctor Returns for Children in Need. BBC - Blogs - Doctor Who. Retrieved on 18 November 2012.

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