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
Because of Agatha Christie appearing as a central character in the story, references are made throughout the dialogue to her works. Donna and others drop the names of several of Agatha's works: Murder on the Orient Express, Cards on the Table, Cat Among the Pigeons, Dead Man's Folly, Appointment with Death, Sparkling Cyanide (also known as Death Remembered), Endless Night, Crooked House, and Murder at the Vicarage. Also, the book that Lady Eddison reads in a flashback is another Agatha Christie work, 'The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.' See more »
This is said to be set the day Agatha Christie disappeared (December 3, 1926) but characters are shown outside in summer weather clothes with no coats. See more »
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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