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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Agatha Christie's grandson sat in on script readings and rehearsals. See more »

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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 »

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[the Doctor runs to the kitchen. Agatha and Donna follow]
The Doctor: [grabs Davenport] Ginger beer!
Davenport: I beg your pardon?
The Doctor: I need ginger beer!
Mrs. Hart: The gentleman's gone mad!
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References Doctor Who: The Unquiet Dead (2005) See more »

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Despite a smörgåsbord of talent, this tale disappoints
18 May 2008 | by (England) – See all my reviews

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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