We celebrate the Peter Capaldi era by revisiting the 12th Doctor's adventures as we count down the days to his last adventure.
Mummy on the Orient Express
By Jamie Mathieson
“To our last hurrah.”
When I saw that Doctor Who was going to do 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.
Mummy on the Orient Express had a Robert Holmes and Tom Baker story feel to it. 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.
The nature of The Doctor is becoming clear that he is a man that will make the tough and hard decisions even if it is not a popular one. Like asking the poor victims what they see with the time they have left while not having a care or sympathy for those who died is pretty cold but you can see why he did it as he was trying to save more than the few that he more or less sacrificed because he could not help them. It is strange seeing The Doctor helpless but at the same time you can see the frustration in him because he cannot save them. Peter Capaldi’s Doctor seems the most alien and Mummy on the Orient Express really brings that out in a more prominent way than the other stories in series 8.
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 +