Mummy On The Orient Express
Written by: Jamie Mathieson
Directed by: Paul Wilmshurst
Broadcast Date: Saturday 11th October at 8.35pm on BBC One
Reviewed by Owen Bush for The Gallifrey Times.
The Gallifrey Times have seen Mummy On The Orient Express and have put our spoiler free preview together.
The Twelfth Doctor been a little divisive with fans – he isn’t our jolly Matt Smith anymore, and Peter Capaldi’s Doctor is certainly a little less likeable. Mummy On The Orient Express may change some opinions on him; he’s clever with his actions, unlike in Kill The Moon, where his actions led him to his best friend angry at him. Although his routes to success may be unpopular to those around him, the episode may change your opinion on whether The Doctor still cares. After over 2000 years, has he really given up on those around him? Mummy On The Orient Express answers this burning question.
Mummy On The Orient Express does follow the trend of an amazing cast. Frank Skinner shines throughout the episode, and you can really tell he wants to be there – who wouldn’t? His character, intriguing and dark, fits nicely beside the Twelfth Doctor.
The episode does have its flaws, although minor. The episode can contain a few scenes that aren’t necessarily needed, and a few underlying plots that subtract from the central A-lot. The episode doesn’t use all of its cast to the best abilities – Foxes barely makes a debut, and although amazing, Frank Skinner could have been given more.
In conclusion, Mummy On The Orient Express (and its rather long name) has an interesting and unique concept with a creepy but fun monster to push it along into becoming an episode that will be liked by the majority of fans. The guest cast are excellent, but underused and some of the subplots may be interesting to watch, but distract from the main plot of the episode. The episode is still one of my favourites of the series so far however – it’s chilling, and contains a concept we’ve never seen before.