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The Haunting of Villa Diodati 

Villa Diodati, 1816 - on a night that inspired Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The plan was to spend the evening in the presence of literary greats - but the ghosts are all too real. And the Doctor is forced into an earth-shattering decision.

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Emma Sullivan

Writers:

Maxine Alderton, Kit Pedler (Cybermen created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Jodie Whittaker ... The Doctor
Bradley Walsh ... Graham O'Brien
Tosin Cole ... Ryan Sinclair
Mandip Gill ... Yasmin Khan
Lili Miller ... Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
Jacob Collins-Levy ... Lord Byron
Nadia Parkes ... Claire Clairmont
Maxim Baldry ... Dr. John Polidori
Patrick O'Kane ... Ashad
Lewis Rainer ... Percy Bysshe Shelley
Stefan Bednarczyk Stefan Bednarczyk ... Fletcher
Sarah Perles ... Elise
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Villa Diodati, 1816 - on a night that inspired Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The plan was to spend the evening in the presence of literary greats - but the ghosts are all too real. And the Doctor is forced into an earth-shattering decision.

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Trivia

Graham makes an homage to Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" when first meeting Mary Shelley and Lord Byron, saying "it is a truth universally acknowledged" before he is interrupted. The rest of the quote is "it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." "Pride and Prejudice" had been written only three years before, in 1813. See more »

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In this episode, Mary Shelley calls the monstrous Cyberman "this modern Prometheus". The full title of her famous book is "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus" -- but both titles refer to Doctor Victor Frankenstein and not the monster. The mythological Prometheus made mankind out of clay, as Doctor Frankenstein made a man out of non-living matter. See more »

Quotes

The Doctor: But is he, Ryan? His thoughts, his words inspire and influence thousands for centuries. If he dies now, who knows what damage that will have on future history? Words matter! One death, one ripple, and history will change in a blink. The future will not be the world you know. The world you came from, the world you were created in won't exist, so neither will you. It's not just his life at stake. It's yours. You want to sacrifice yourself for this? You want me to sacrifice you? You want to call ...
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References The Sixth Sense (1999) See more »

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The first great episode of Whittaker's run
16 February 2020 | by thebenjaminnunnSee all my reviews

At long last the 13th Doctor has her first great episode. It took a while, but it's here.

If Maxine Alderton could just replace Chris Chibnall right now I think we could actually have a great show again.


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