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
From the very first line I was encapsulated by this episode. It's so unique and special that I instantly fell in love with it. Mummy on the Orient Express is still one of my favourite episodes of Series 8, but considering how weak Series 8 is as a whole, that doesn't say much, so why exactly do I love Mummy on the Orient Express so much?
The best thing about Mummy on the Orient Express is the 66 second timer that counts down until the victims death. It's such a brilliant and unique way of doing a death scene and I loved it from the very first scene.
I remember before this episode first aired, the speculation among fans as to whether Clara would be in this episode, after her rant at the Doctor in 'Kill the Moon', would Clara continue travelling with him, she wasn't in the 'Next Time' trailer, she wasn't credited on IMDb or Wikipedia, where is she. Indeed she did show up after all and Jenna Coleman was at her best here, as was Peter Capaldi, both of them prove just what a team they make together, it's brilliant and I love it.
The rest of the cast are just a brilliant. Frank Skinner is wonderful as Perkins, David Bamber and Christopher Villiers are both superb actors, and I love Daisy Beaumont's scared and eccentric performance as Maisie. This is one fantastic cast.
The main villain of the episode, the Mummy, or the 'Foretold' as it's real name is, looks absolutely amazing. The sheer detail that went into this creation is super impressive and I love every part of it, this is one of the scarier creations of Series 8.
The other antagonist, a computer simply called, 'Gus', who has trapped the scientists there so they can work out the mystery of the Foretold. This guy really is a nasty piece of work, he blocks the Doctor and Clara from getting to the TARDIS, he uses the people on the train as bait for the Foretold, he even kills an entire kitchen full of cooks because the Doctor made a phone call that Gus didn't like, and we thought Davros was bad!
I like the ending which establishes that the Foretold does not kill out of choice but because he has no choice, which is a nice change. Also, Gus blows up the train simply because he can, wow!
Mummy on the Orient Express might just be the best episode of Series 8, but I can never decide between this and Flatline, another of Jamie Mathieson's scripts.
It's unique, it's awesome, Mummy on the Orient Express is terrific.
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