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Don't Stop Me Now: Doctor Who Hits Its Stride This Week

Elizabeth Harper | 12 Oct 2014 20:30
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In "Mummy on the Orient Express" the Doctor and Clara take a farewell trip on the Orient Express... but since this is Doctor Who, it doesn't go as well as anyone expects.

This week's Doctor Who takes us to space again with a trip on the Orient Express... but in space. Sure, it's a hokey concept, but it's the kind of hokey concept Doctor Who has made an art of over the past 50 years, and this week's episode is genuinely great.

There are a few small snags in the narrative, but, overall, they don't hamper the enjoyment of it. If you're a fan of the show, you're likely to dig this episode. If you're a fan who's ready to give up on the Capaldi era, this episode is really a must-watch -- and I suspect if it had been placed earlier in the season, fans (and Clara) wouldn't have gotten to the breaking point with Capaldi's portrayal of the Doctor as an ass all the time.

Want to catch up? You can see new episodes of Doctor Who on Saturday nights on BBC America -- though cord-cutters will have to pick up the current season on iTunes or Amazon Instant. If you want to catch up on earlier seasons, they can be found on both Netflix and Hulu.

To get you up to speed for this episode, in the last episode we saw:

  • The Doctor take both Clara and Courtney, one of her students, on a trip to the moon.
  • The moon is actually a space-dragon egg that's about to hatch. No, really.
  • The Doctor leaves Clara and Courtney alone to figure out what to do about this, because it's a human problem. Kind of rude, Doctor, since they have no other way off this moon/egg.
  • Clara tells the Doctor, in no uncertain terms, that she's tired of his crap. Teary-eyed, she tells him to go away.... which, considering Clara and the Doctor are together again in this episode, apparently doesn't stick for long.

Now, on to the latest episode: Mummy on the Orient Express, which takes place three weeks (for Clara) after Kill the Moon. Spoilers follow!

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