Doctor Who: Season 4, Episode 7

The Unicorn and the Wasp (13 Jun. 2008)

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With a 1920s dinner party turning into a murder mystery, The Doctor and Donna meet Agatha Christie on the eve of her publicized disappearance.



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The Doctor and Donna arrive at an English country estate in the 1920s and meet none other than the renowned murder mystery writer Agatha Christie. The Doctor also realizes the importance of the date - it's the day when Christie famously disappeared for 10 days creating headlines across the country and around the world. History records that she reappeared 10 days later claiming to have no memory of where she has been or what she has done. They no sooner arrive than there is a murder, which Donna can't help but find it amusing since the victim is Professor Peach who was killed in the library with a lead pipe. In true Agatha Christie's fashion, the solution to the murder and Agatha's disappearance is found in a false identity and events that occurred long ago. Written by garykmcd

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The Silent Pool is a real place near Newlands Corner where the real Agatha Christie's car was discovered when she disappeared, however the Harrogate Hotel where the Doctor leaves Agatha is fictitious. In actuality, the hotel where she was found was the Swan Hydro, now the Old Swan Hotel. See more »


When the housekeeper is lying on the ground, the 'stone' statuary moves on her stomach as she breathes, and then it is moved by 'Agatha Christie' when she bumps it with her knee. See more »


The Doctor: No. Something's inhibiting my enzymes.
The Doctor: Gah! I've been poisoned!
Donna Noble: What do we do? What do we do?
Agatha Christie: [smells the Doctor's drink] Bitter almonds. It's cyanide! Sparkling cyanide!
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Featured in Doctor Who Confidential: Nemesis (2008) See more »


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Dr Cluedo
29 September 2008 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

To be honest there's not much of a story here . It's just a 40 minute whodunnit with the novelty of Agatha Christie making an appearance . Having said that it's something of a pleasure to watch a story that isn't an explosion driven runarounds like we saw with the dire Sontaran rubbish and the " not really the doctor's daughter but we thought the title sounded good " we saw in the preceding weeks . The sedate pace and the wonderful location filming makes it a very worthwhile episode

There are a couple of flaws . One is the lack of internal continuity where a giant killer wasp is unable to break through an internal door in one scene but manages to break through a heavier external door in a later scene when the script demands it . Another flaw is a zany scene with the Doctor and Donna which seems to jar with the rest of the story but it's thankfully not enough to ruin the episode

All in all this is a rather enjoyable episode . It's by no means a classic but a very watchable 45 minutes of television in a season that with hindsight is somewhat mediocre

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