Saturday, May 4, 2013

Doctor Who - TV Guide: Saturday Playlist: May 4 '13 - BBC America 8/7C

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TV GUIDE: The Weekend Playlist: Maron on IFC, Diana Rigg on Doctor Who, Bletchley

May 3, 2013
by Matt Roush

... FANTASY LAND: As a devotee of the magnificent Dame Diana Rigg at least since the days of the classic The Avengers, I couldn't be more tickled by her imperious performance on HBO's Game of Thrones this season as "Queen of Thorns" Olenna Redwyne, who last Sunday dismissed "Master of Coin" Tyrion Lannister as a "browbeaten bookkeeper." Rigg hasn't lost a step, or her bite, over the years.

She's also in grand form this weekend in a delightfully nightmarish chapter of BBC America's Doctor Who (Saturday, 8/7c), as Victorian villainess Mrs. Winifred Gillyflower, whose blinded and scarred daughter is played by her real-life daughter Rachael Stirling (Tipping the Velvet). In "The Crimson Horror," written by Sherlock's Mark Gatiss, Mrs. Gillyflower's sermons of apocalypse may have something to do with a mysterious poison that's turning people lobster red. At first, it looks as if Silurian lizard lady Vastra and her spunky wife Jenny will be carrying the load of the heroics, but not to fear, the Doctor and Clara aren't far behind. Trust me, you haven't lived until you've heard Rigg bark at our heroes: "Die, you freaks!"

Can't say whether Rigg will be in this week's episode of Game of Thrones (Sunday, 9/8c), titled "The Climb," but it promises to scale some dizzying heights of its own as Jon Snow and the Wildlings prepare to mount The Wall...


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