Mummy on the Orient Express
By Jamie Mathieson
“To our last hurrah.”
When I saw that Doctor Who was going to a story called Mummy on the Orient Express it had me worried. Being a fan of Agatha Christie’s novel murder on the Orient Express I had reservations that it would be stupid and be a cheap knock off of the Christie novel. When I saw the trailer and saw that it was in space and the premise of whoever sees the mummy has 66 seconds to live well I was a bit more interested than worried.
Back to the Robert Holmes and Tom Baker style of story it did have that feel. In fact Peter Capaldi seemed to be channeling Tom Baker in this story. Not the goofy Tom Baker from the Graham Williams era but the serious and slightly aloof Tom Baker from the Philip Hinchcliffe era. In fact this had more of a feel of that era than last week’s story Kill the Moon. Right down to the Jelly Babies in the cigarette tin this story was just channeling that era of Doctor Who. This made me a happy camper as I really love that era of Doctor Who and I am glad they are going in that direction with the stories.
While Mummy on the Orient Express is not the greatest story this season it was very entertaining and did resemble a Hinchcliffe and Holmes style of story and that made this reviewer pretty happy. Hope they have more stories this clever that brings about the scares and has a really good solution to the problem.
Grade B +