Doctor Who takes the A-Minus Train
I know, I know. This series' ninth episode aired yesterday and here I am, posting about the 8th. I have no excuses, except that of "Life got in the way."
To those who'd wondered where I'd gone (and missed me) I say, "Mea culpa and that I'll try to do better with 'Flatline'." To those who'd wondered where I'd gone (and hoped I'd stay away), I say only, "You can't get rid of me that easily! But if it's any consolation, my reappearance comes with a surprise: I quite liked 'Mummy on the Orient Express'!"
What a difference a good script makes.
I was all-too-ready to dislike "Mummy On the Orient Express" as much as I did last week's "Kill the Moon".
MOOE's title suggested only another tired homage to, or rip-off of, someone else's creation. But what do you know! MOOE was funny and intriguing (if poorly-directed), with a believable interpersonal drama and Peter Capaldi's best performance yet.
In just 45 minutes, Jamie Mathieson managed what Steven Moffat and his previous collaborators could not in seven episodes: to make Clara's doubts about the Doctor believable.
Was "Mummy on the Orient Express" a perfect episode? Not quite. But it was better than most and a lot better than we have become accustomed to in recent years.
As usual, my full review is spoilery. Not so usual, it is hardly angry at all (which might help to explain why I am so late in its delivery). Also not so usual, this might be the first time I find myself in fundamental disagreement with Patches365. Which kind of makes me wonder if I'm wrong.
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I've previously complained about this show having too many two-dimensional characters, but this is getting ridiculous.
See all the pictures at my Livejournal here: http://dieastra.livejournal.com/116
Title: Doctor Who Aliens Series - Ood, Silurian, Adipose, Judoon.
Medium: Linoprints using Caligo Safe Wash oil based inks and manilla recycled card
Notes: I had planned to make an even dozen of these Doctor Who linoprints. Companions to this series are the Tech Series and the Enemies Series.
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Me, I'm hoping for some properly three-dimensional background characters.
This is a gem of an episode. A Doctor-Who-dunnit. Gorgeous sets and costumes, fantastic action, phenomenal pacing, use of lighting, music, special effects and acting. Oh the acting!
That the episode is influenced by Agatha Christie's classic Murder on the Orient Express almost goes without saying. But, just as interesting, is the nod to her other best selling murder mystery And then there were none, in which ten people are enticed into coming to an island under different pretexts. All have been complicit in the death of another human being. All have escaped justice to date. One by one they are picked off as the novel unfolds. Plus, there's the oblique nod to the Partner's in Crime, Christie's series with Tommy and Tuppence Beresford as the main detecting characters.
Spoilers - if there can still be such a thing a week after broadcast - & numerous thoughts on the episode can be found here.
Somehow I'd never heard this before.