Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: S8 E8 Mummy on the Orient Express

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Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: S8 E8 Mummy on the Orient Express

The Lat­est of my reviews of the Peter Capaldi Era of Doc­tor Who

Sum­mary: Mur­der on the Ori­ent Express, in Space is stay­ing out of it

Plot: On what is intended as their “Last Hur­rah the Doc­tor and Amy find them­selves on the Ori­ent Express in space for what they think is going to be a fun and relax­ing few days when odd things start hap­pen­ing namely bod­ies start to pile up being killed by an Egypt­ian Mummy who only the intended vic­tim can see. The Doc­tor even­tu­ally fig­ures out the trip is a trap for him and other experts such as Pro­fes­sor More­house by some­one or some­thing wish­ing to use them to dis­cover the nature of this crea­ture that has been killing for mil­len­nia. Can they solve the puz­zle and even if they do will they get out alive?

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Writ­ing: We get back to back first time Doc­tor Who writ­ers, last week Peter Har­ness this week Jamie Math­ieson and back to back lin­ear sto­ries. Although it’s not a con­test if it was Math­ieson would get the win. with just the right com­bi­na­tion of hor­ror, won­der and mem­o­rable char­ac­ters. The episode really flows, makes great use of the con­fronta­tion from last week episode and plays on all of the 12th Doctor’s con­tra­dic­tions. Not only great tele­vi­sion but an episode that I sus­pect will be watched over and over again.

Act­ing: All of the act­ing here comes in pairs. Capaldi’s doc­tor finds him­self grouped with Cap­tain Quell (David Bam­ber), Pro­fes­sor Moor­house (Christo­pher Vil­liers) and Perkins one of main­te­nance (Frank Skin­ner) Mean­while when not just ooz­ing chem­istry with Capaldi Coleman’s Clara, in what is undoubtly the sex­ist out­fit I’ve ever seen her in, is paired with Maisie (Daisy Beau­mont) whose grand­mother was the first vic­tim. All of these char­ac­ters are played to a T and when com­bined work even bet­ter, in fact so well they actu­ally raise the level of both Capaldi & Cole­man per­for­mances beyond what they had been which isn’t easy.

Mem­o­rable Moments: the one lin­ers about Maisie’s gran, Mys­tery shop­per, lie to her

Doc­tor Who Flash­backs: Are you my Mummy (9th Doc­tor) Ori­ent Express in Space (11th Doc­tor) Jelly Babies (4th Doctor)

Odd­i­ties: While I’ve noticed a lot of sim­i­lar­i­ties with the 3rd and 4th Doc­tor with this incar­na­tion I’ve finally found some­thing that directly links him with his pre­vi­ous incar­na­tion. Doctor’s 3 & 4 could enjoy just relax­ing from a game of chess, to fish­ing to a ride in a car, but this Doc­tor like his pre­vi­ous incar­na­tion just can’t abide sit­ting around with­out a dis­as­ter going on. Also given the deaths and how they hap­pened I sus­pect a scene involv­ing the promised land might have been filmed but cut.

Pet Peeves: At the end of the Big Bang (11th Doc­tor) it’s implied that the Doc­tor Amy & Rory headed to the Ori­ent Express in space but it appears they did not. I want to know where they went.

Great Quote(s)

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Clara: There’s a body and there’s a mummy. I mean, can you not just get on a train? Did a wiz­ard put a curse on you about mini-​breaks?
The Doc­tor: It might be noth­ing. Old ladies die all the time. It’s prac­ti­cally their job description.

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Perkins: Well, I know that when I find a man fid­dling with a chair that some­one died in, it’s best to play my cards close to my chest.
The Doc­tor: Really? Well, I know that when I find a man loi­ter­ing near a chair that some­one died in, I do just the same.
Perkins: Perkins. Chief Engi­neer.
The Doc­tor: The Doc­tor. Nosey Parker.

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Clara: You knew. You knew this was no relax­ing break. You knew this was dan­ger­ous
The Doc­tor: I didn’t know. I cer­tainly hoped.

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Final Ver­dict: Five stars. Tried hard to think of some­thing that might mark it down slightly , couldn’t come up with any­thing. Next episode is by the same guy curi­ous how he will do.

Rank­ing of Sea­son: 2nd of 8. This was the hard­est episode of the sea­son to place so far. In a lot of ways it’s a very ordi­nary episode, not much dif­fer­ent than Kill the Moon, Time Heist or Robot of Sher­wood but when I thought about what I didn’t like about the episode I found I couldn’t name a thing. That put it at five starts by default. So what is this an exam­ple of? A “typ­i­cal” Doc­tor Who adven­ture done EXACTLY right

1. The Care­taker
2. Mummy on the Ori­ent Express
3. Into the Dalek
4. Lis­ten
5. Robot of Sher­wood
6. Time Heist
7. Kill the Moon
8. Deep Breath

The Latest of my reviews of the Peter Capaldi Era of Doctor Who

Summary:  Murder on the Orient Express, in Space is staying out of it

Plot:  On what is intended as their “Last Hurrah the Doctor and Amy find themselves on the Orient Express in space for what they think is going to be a fun and relaxing few days when odd things start happening namely bodies start to pile up being killed by an Egyptian Mummy who only the intended victim can see. The Doctor eventually figures out the trip is a trap for him and other experts such as Professor Morehouse by someone or something wishing to use them to discover the nature of this creature that has been killing for millennia.  Can they solve the puzzle and even if they do will they get out alive?

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Writing:    We get back to back first time Doctor Who writers, last week Peter Harness this week Jamie Mathieson and back to back linear stories.  Although it’s not a contest if it was  Mathieson would get the win.  with just the right combination of horror, wonder and memorable characters.  The episode really flows, makes great use of the confrontation from last week episode and plays on all of the 12th Doctor’s contradictions.  Not only great television but an episode that I suspect will be watched over and over again.

Acting:   All of the acting here comes in pairs.  Capaldi’s doctor finds himself grouped with Captain Quell (David Bamber), Professor Moorhouse (Christopher Villiers) and Perkins one of maintenance  (Frank Skinner)  Meanwhile when not just oozing chemistry with Capaldi Coleman’s Clara,  in what is undoubtly the sexist outfit I’ve ever seen her in, is paired with Maisie (Daisy Beaumont) whose grandmother was the first victim.  All of these characters are played to a T and when combined work even better, in fact so well they actually raise the level of both Capaldi & Coleman performances beyond what they had been which isn’t easy.

Memorable Moments:    the one liners about Maisie’s gran, Mystery shopper, lie to her

Doctor Who Flashbacks:   Are you my Mummy (9th Doctor) Orient Express in Space (11th Doctor) Jelly Babies (4th Doctor)

Oddities:   While I’ve noticed a lot of similarities with the 3rd and 4th Doctor with this incarnation I’ve finally found something that directly links him with his previous incarnation.  Doctor’s 3 & 4 could enjoy just relaxing from a game of chess, to fishing to a ride in a car, but this Doctor like his previous incarnation just can’t abide sitting around without a disaster going on.  Also given the deaths and how they happened I suspect a scene involving the promised land might have been filmed but cut.

Pet Peeves:   At the end of the Big Bang (11th Doctor) it’s implied that the Doctor Amy & Rory headed to the Orient Express in space but it appears they did not.  I want to know where they went. 

Great Quote(s) 

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Clara:  There’s a body and there’s a mummy. I mean, can you not just get on a train? Did a wizard put a curse on you about mini-breaks?
The Doctor: It might be nothing. Old ladies die all the time. It’s practically their job description.

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Perkins: Well, I know that when I find a man fiddling with a chair that someone died in, it’s best to play my cards close to my chest.
The Doctor: Really? Well, I know that when I find a man loitering near a chair that someone died in, I do just the same.
Perkins: Perkins. Chief Engineer.
The Doctor: The Doctor. Nosey Parker.

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Clara:  You knew. You knew this was no relaxing break. You knew this was dangerous
The Doctor:  I didn’t know. I certainly hoped.   

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Final Verdict:   Five stars.  Tried hard to think of something that might mark it down slightly , couldn’t come up with anything.  Next episode is by the same guy curious how he will do.

Ranking of Season:   2nd of 8.  This was the hardest episode of the season to place so far.  In a lot of ways it’s a very ordinary episode, not much different than Kill the Moon, Time Heist or Robot of Sherwood but when I thought about what I didn’t like about the episode I found I couldn’t name a thing.  That put it at five starts by default.  So what is this an example of?  A “typical” Doctor Who adventure done EXACTLY right

1. The Caretaker
2. Mummy on the Orient Express
3. Into the Dalek
4. Listen
5. Robot of Sherwood
6. Time Heist
7. Kill the Moon
8. Deep Breath