The Doctor and Clara are on the most beautiful train in history speeding among the stars of the future. But a deadly creature is stalking the passengers. Once you see the horrifying Mummy you only have 66 seconds to live. No exceptions, no reprieve. As the Doctor races against the clock Clara sees him at his deadliest and most ruthless. Will he work out how to defeat the Mummy? Start the clock!Written by
Still too much psycho-schmaltz in an attempt to be 'dramatic' - I kept saying "we don't care... we don't care..." and itching to fast-forward. Also we have the space-opera absurdity of aging - a level of technology that can put replica trains out in free-space... yet bodily aging remains an issue?
Nevermind! To my tremendous astonishment, it was actually not bad at all! Mummy On The Orient Express, relative to the utter, abominable dross that has comprised Season 8 thus far (including the near-miss fails of Listen and Time-Heist), was damn-near a symphony by comparison!
It was almost true-who: macabre events building on one another, death and suffering raising the stakes to serious heights... and then! The factor is exposed, the king-pin that explains what is going on.
I still felt it was a little rushed, and if they'd dumped half of the wankton orchestra (it emits wanktons, Maam) / Clara's feelings bits (look at me! look at my big eyes! look how sexy I am in a Flapper Dress! LOOK AT ME!) I think they could have got a bit more pacing in. It would have been nice if they'd dropped just one more clue before the reveal.
OK then Mr. Jamie Mathieson. You managed to write what may well be a season-saver. I look forward, especially after the previews, to seeing what you have accomplished in your effort 'Flatline'.
And, since it appears you wrote it, I am now tempted to seek out and watch Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (2009).
hurricane_sam: you were spot on! Cheers!
--- Before I saw it ---
Haven't seen it yet. After avoiding 'Kill The Moon' I vowed I was out, that was it, had enough.
But then hurricane_sam... You just HAD to write a review just for me didn't you?? You better be right! Or I might make you read out your own review like Nanni does in Caro diario!! But, yes, I completely agree this season has been an utter write-off: just shockingly, actually traumatisingly awful.
Hah! I see you are a victim also of BBC Publicity as they try desperately to save this series (What's wrong with them? WHY can't they see what's wrong? They just need to sack Moffat and hire some real writers... it's *all* they need to do... why can't they see it??) - anyway, have a Yes vote on me.
Yes I looked ahead as well to 'Flatline', and I *did* plan to give that ep a look-see. My exact words were "Oooh, that actually looks like it might be a science-fiction story."
I was going to give anything with Mummies and Orient Expresses a wide, wide, Deep Breath Audience Before I Rape You, Robbing The Audience Of Sherwood and Kill The Moon Faced Audience miss.
You bedda be right about it having a story, with a middle and an end....(grumble grumble...)... does Claaaaaruh still wankon about how good she is for half the running time??... (grumble grumble)...
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