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 novel the Doctor produces is from a chest of items beginning with C, including a Cyberman chest-plate from Doctor Who: The Age of Steel (2006), and the crystal ball in which the Carrionites are trapped from Doctor Who: The Shakespeare Code (2007). See more »

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Donna goes upstairs to the locked room with a large magnifying glass. Later, as she walks down the corridor, it is not in her left hand and she uses her right to open the door (which would be difficult if it was in that hand). When we next cut to her, she has that most useful glass again. See more »

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Agatha Christie: Can we return to sanity? There are no such things as giant wasps!
The Doctor: Exactly! So the question is: what's it doing here?
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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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