In Review: Doctor Who – Mummy On The Orient Express

A horrifying creature stalks the passengers of the Orient Express.

Synopsis: A horrifying creature stalks the passengers of the Orient Express.

Review: When I saw the teaser for this episode last week my ears pricked up with excitement because lets face it. A mystery on the orient express is always going to be fun, but add a mummy and were talking twice the fun.

The story kicks off with the Doctor taking Clara on one last adventure, but by the close of the story it becomes apparent that Clara is not going to be able to give up her adventures with the doctor.

The guest stars in this episodes were a talking point when they were announced and out of the two big names it was Frank Skinner as the trains Engineer Percy that truly earned his keep whereas Singer Foxes pretty much just sang a reworked jazz version of  ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ by Queen and sorry to say it has nothing on the original. To be honest they could have saved themselves a bit of money by just getting an actress to sing it.

When they were going on about having Foxes on the series. I thought it was for a guest role. Not a cameo as a lounge singer, which could have been given to someone as talented that maybe actually needed the work.

The story pretty much sees a Mummy murdering random passengers who when it appears they only have 66 seconds left to live. The mythology built up around this Mummy was pretty clever and made the episode a bit more compelling then it would have been without it.

And the big reveal about the mummy, its purpose and origins by the close of the story is pretty cool to a point where it almost as you feeling a little sorry for the Mummy by the end. But its a little troubling that we did not get to find out who the mystery scientist was that had brought the Doctor and lots of people together in order to solve the mystery of the mummy for him or could it be a woman.

The make-up and effects of the mummy were really fantastic.

Capaldi as ever was superb, but the big surprise for me was who well Frank Skinner played his role. I’ve only really known him as a comedian and chat show host and had never seen him play a role before this.



Doctor Who - Mummy On The Orient Express
  • Frank Skinner shined as Percy
  • Foxes being brought onto sing felt like a gimmic too far
  • Story
  • Acting
  • CGI
  • Incidental Music

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2 Comments on this post.
  • Raissa Devereux (@RaissaDevereux)
    11 October 2014 at 10:32 pm -

    The mummy and performances were the high points. The episode going on around them was by the numbers. Clara was the mouth piece of the fan base, expressing systemic ambivalence, instead of having a character specific watershed moment, like last week implied she would have. Apart from bringing up the notion that the Doctor was pretending to be cruel (see my Impossible Girl theories), this was a stylish exercise for the new fans to get them collectively over another psychological hurdle. It was a well-crafted exercise, but an exercise nonetheless.

  • Raissa Devereux (@RaissaDevereux)
    11 October 2014 at 10:53 pm -

    More thoughts: The mummy delivering death via phase shifting teleporter could bee a direct parallel to Missy&Nethersphere Tardis taking up the seemingly dead in a fake out. In fact, she may have been behind the computer on the train to study the mummy’s similar tech.

    Also the mummy as soldier was no thematic coincidence. Between that and Danny’s inclusion generally, war is definitely coming.

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