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
Some of these characters resemble Cluedo characters - Clemency Eddison resembles Mrs Peacock; Robina Redmond resembles Miss Scarlet; Colonel Hugh Curshiby resembles Colonel Mustard; Professor Gerald Peach resembles Professor Plum; Miss Chandrakala resembles Miss White; and Reverend Arnold Golightly resembles Reverend Green. See more »
When the aliens are morphing, a bright pink light surrounds them. Yet the light is not present at the dinner when one of the guests morphs. See more »
[the Doctor makes muffled noises while making a shaking motion]
I can't understand you! How many words?
[the Doctor holds up one finger]
One! One word! Shake, milk-shake, milk! Milk! No? Not milk! Um, shake, shake, shake! Cocktail shake! What, d'you want a Harvey Wallbanger?
Well, I don't know!
How is Harvey Wallbanger one word?
What do you need Doctor?
Salt! I was miming salt! I need salt! I need something salty!
[Donna grabs a bag from the counter]
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Despite a smörgåsbord of talent, this tale disappoints
Even with the legendary Graeme Harper at the helm, "The Unicorn and the Wasp" fails to excite. In fact, some viewers may find events distinctly underwhelming and the humour a little tired.
Having already encountered giant wasps in "Torchwood" this year, the alien in this episode left me feeling a case of deja vu.
The cast is excellent, as you'd imagine from this series, but even the talent on display can't save a rather uninteresting script. Fenella Woolgar, last seen in "Jekyll", plays Agatha Christie. Woolgar is rather splendid in the part but the performances aren't enough to save this one.
7 out of 10. The series started well but seems to be in a bit of a slump at the moment. Perhaps next week will bring a return to form.
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