‘MUMMY ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS’
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The Orient Express In Space
I loved watching ‘Mummy on the Orient Express’ by Jamie Mathieson. This is another one of my favourite episodes from Series 8 of ‘Doctor Who’, as it has the classic storytelling and charm about it.
In the episode, the Doctor and Clara board the Orient Express, a 1920s steam train that is now travelling in space. I loved the 20s feel of the Orient Express and it blends well with the sci-fi aspects.
This is a gripping murder mystery adventure. The story features a terrifying mummy aboard the Orient Express killing off people one by one within sixty-six seconds. The Doctor wonders why this is.
Clearly the story is inspired by ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ by Agatha Christie. However it doesn’t follow the same plot as the book and focuses on how and why the Foretold mummy is killing people.
The mummy is called the Foretold, played by Jamie Hill. I like how the Foretold mummy looks in this episode. It looks scary and frightening, especially when it advances on its victims in sixty-six seconds.
I love Jenna Coleman as Clara in this episode. She looks stunning and beautiful in her 1920s gear. I wanted to fall in love with her and take her out on a night to a 1920s ball whilst I watched this story.
This adventure is intended to be Clara’s ‘last hurrah’ with the Doctor, following the events of ‘Kill the Moon’. But during the episode, Clara gradually becomes reluctant to leave and she wants to stay on.
I enjoyed Peter Capaldi’s performance in this episode. He’s not as mean-spirited as he seemed to be in previous episodes. He does seem to be interesting in solving the mystery as well in saving people.
There is a moment when Clara thinks the Doctor’s being mean and not caring as he was the previous time. But he transfers Maisie’s grief into him for the Foretold mummy to advance upon him instead.
This episode features special guest star Frank Skinner as Perkins, the engineer aboard the Orient Express. Frank Skinner is a ‘Doctor Who’ fan and he clearly enjoyed appearing in this special episode.
Peter Capaldi’s Doctor also warms to Frank Skinner’s Perkins in the episode and even offers him to join his TARDIS at the end. Perkins sadly says ‘No’ and I know Frank Skinner wants to rewrite that. 😀
The episode also features Foxes, a jazz singer who appears in the episode singing ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’. I know Foxes enjoyed being in this TV episode and she visited the TARDIS behind-the-scenes.
There’s also David Bamber as Captain Quell and Christopher Villiers as Professor Moorhouse. And there’s Daisy Beaumont as Maisie; Janet Henfrey (who was also in ‘The Curse of Fenric’) as Mrs. Pitt.
The episode also features the voice of John Sessions as Gus, the train’s computer system. For me, John Sessions appeared in the Big Finish audio ‘Castle of Fear’ with Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton.
There’s also Samuel Anderson as Danny Pink in the episode. Clara calls Danny on her mobile phone to let him know on how things are going for her whilst she’s on her ‘last’ TARDIS trip with the Doctor.
Eventually however, Clara makes a decision to keep on travelling with the Doctor without Danny knowing. I don’t know how Clara is to keep up with this deception, but there’s bound to be trouble.
‘Mummy on the Orient Express’ has been a very enjoyable ‘Doctor Who’ episode from Series 8. It’s one of my favourites and I’m glad this entertained me with its murder mystery and Clara’s loveliness.
The DVD special features on this episode are as follows. On Disc 4 of ‘The Complete Series 8’ of ‘Doctor Who’, there’s the ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ music video by Foxes. On Disc 5, there’s the ‘Mummy on the Orient Express’ – Doctor Who Extra’ featurette.
‘Mummy on the Orient Express’ rating – 10/10
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