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Mummy on the Orient Express 

On the most beautiful train in history, speeding amongst the stars of the future, a deadly and immortal creature is stalking the passengers.


Paul Wilmshurst


Jamie Mathieson




Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Capaldi ... The Doctor
Jenna Coleman ... Clara
Samuel Anderson ... Danny
Frank Skinner ... Perkins
David Bamber ... Captain Quell
John Sessions ... Gus (voice)
Daisy Beaumont ... Maisie
Janet Henfrey ... Mrs. Pitt
Christopher Villiers ... Prof Moorhouse
Foxes Foxes ... Singer
Jamie Hill Jamie Hill ... Foretold


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 BBC America

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The Doctor says the line "Are you my mummy?" which was used a lot in "The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances". See more »


When Clara is in the darkened coach talking to the Doctor on her cell phone, the phone's screen is on and lights up the side of her face. Smartphones have a sensor that blanks out the screen when you're holding them to your ear and talking on them so that you don't accidentally dial or activate some other button that touches your cheek. See more »


Perkins: Perkins, Chief Engineer.
The Doctor: The Doctor, Nosey Parker.
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References Horror Express (1972) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Easily one of the most intriguing episodes in the series
11 October 2014 | by SpoodermanDerpSee all my reviews

The Mummy on The Orient Express is an entertaining, insightful and all around great episode. It explores even more what I wanted the most this Series, The Doctor. Capaldi's Doctor truly stands out from the rest. He's unpredictable, will do anything to solve mysteries even if it will endanger other lives, and just downright rude. He isn't the hero type, but he will surely be the one to the job or mission intelligently. He also doesn't rather care about other people who don't seem to be important and is more interested and focused on the objective or mission itself. Clara somewhat begins to rise as a better companion with Capaldi because her role this series now is to cope with Capaldi's attitude and personality and at the same time to show him and guide him on the way. The chemistry between the two builds up in this episode, there was a certain time when Clara did not know whether to trust the Doctor or not (after the events of Kill The Moon) and what she did just shows how much she has developed throughout this series. The visuals in the episode were great as well. The Mummy looked certainly terrifying and the train looked fantastic. The acting was top notch and the dialogue was smart. As the series progresses near the series finale the episodes seem to get better and better.

With solid performances, striking visuals, great storytelling, and Capaldi being a stand out from all the other doctors and brings something special. This is one of the best episodes in Series 8 so far right beside Listen.

Verdict: 8.9/10

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11 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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