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8.8 - Mummy on the Orient Express

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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 3/17/19 4:35 pm
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Following on from a very weak episode Kill the Moon this begins with Clara not wanting to travel with the Doctor anymore because of his actions in that previous story's silly conclusion. She decides to go on 'one last trip' and thank goodness writer Jamie Mathieson wrote this absolutely brilliant episode to depict their trip on a space Orient Express where a mysterious, legendary Mummy is killing people.

This story manages to make the Moffatt era's depressing obsession with the dark side of the Doctor work in a clever way at last and that creates an added deeper theme. Even without that though this is a very intelligently scripted, thrilling story with great, believable, engaging characters. It finally affords Peter Capaldi material that is worthy of his greatness and demonstrates his perfection for the role. If only more episodes were of the tremendous quality of Mathieson's writing here and in Flatline, the next episode which he also wrote and is also an absolute cracker.

Capaldi is awesome, Frank Skinner is a superb guest character and the rest of the guest cast are excellent with the Captain and the Professor providing further top quality characters. Clara is fine and even the musical number is great. The Mummy itself is very well depicted managing to be properly menacing and the ideas behind it all make sense.

The dialogue is terrific and the themes are all presented thoughtfully and very interestingly. The whole episode is absorbing, exciting, clever and perfect Doctor Who magic. 10/10.

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Reviewed By: TheBigChurroReview Date: 10/16/16 12:55 am
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Great story, a nice one-off story for the 12th Doctor, also allows new writer Jamie Mathieson some great range on his ability to come with new concepts and ideas for the show.
Capaldi is excellent, showcasing new sides to his Doctor with the whole being heartless thing, and the beginning of the Clara becoming the Doctor story arc, a definite highlight of series 8 and a good episode to watch every now and again :)

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Reviewed By: TakeTheType40Review Date: 12/27/15 2:16 pm
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Stunning episode, that up until today I would have rated 10/10. But I realized that it isn't *quite* a classic.
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Reviewed By: AlfredReview Date: 10/13/15 6:14 am
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The mummy is a one off which is a nice change from recurring villains and monsters. GUS the computer is worth another outing. The Agatha Christie back drop works. Capaldi and Coleman hit the highs in their acting. Supporting cast are excellent. The resolution of the plot is slightly tame but it works within the context of the story.

Good story, one of the best for the series.