Mummy on the Orient Express
Episode / February 16, 2016

Aired 11 October 2014 It’s an interesting- albeit disappointing- decision not to continue on directly with the broken relationship between Clara and the Doctor that was left at the closing of ‘Kill the Moon.’ Instead, time has passed and the two are chatting merrily together, surprising even if Clara has decided to take Danny’s advice and return for only one final trip. Regardless of that odd gap in time that remains unexplored, ‘Mummy on the Orient Express’ offers a spooky and enjoyable tale, starting tensely with a 66-second countdown on screen. People are dying on the outer space version of the famous train, and they get 66 seconds of life after seeing the titular mummy. Nobody else can see the creature, instead only seeing someone terrified for his or her life for just over a minute before suddenly dropping dead. In terms of setting the scene, ‘Mummy on the Orient Express’ masterfully executes. This mystery forms the crux of the episode as the Doctor and Clara try to determine how the mummy is selecting its victims and why nobody else can see it. New Doctor Who writer Jamie Mathieson proves adept at the murder mystery format by keeping the tension…

Whispers of Terror
Audio / February 16, 2016

Released November 1999 ‘Whispers of Terror’ represents Big Finish’s first individual outing for Colin Baker’s Sixth Doctor and Nicola Bryant’s Peri, placing them in the Museum of Aural Antiquities. However, people are dying in the Museum and the wording and inflections of speeches from recently deceased esteemed actor Visteen Krane are being slightly modified, and the Doctor and Peri soon team with the Museum curator Gantman to determine just what is going on. Writer Justin Richards offers a script that truly focuses on the auditory experience, and the atmosphere invoked is almost tangible. Quite quickly it becomes apparent that a creature made of sound is on the loose, the question becoming how it and the seeming changes of Krane’s speeches relate to the upcoming Presidential election and Beth Pernell, whom Krane’s recordings endorse. Big Finish is certainly kinder to Baker than television ever was. Here he is allowed to relax and to explore the inner workings of his Doctor, and so his inquisitive and compassionate nature complements and often overtakes the bombastic nature that was such a point of focus in the 80s. This is a more consistent Sixth Doctor, and one immediately more likable and approachable, and while there…

Kill the Moon
Episode / February 16, 2016

Aired 4 October 2014 Throughout the past several episodes, there have been several instances where the Doctor has been, to put it mildly, not the nicest towards Clara. It’s been hard to say if this is just the new Doctor being more alien and formidable than his predecessor or if it has been a deliberate attempt to create a bit of a divide as was discussed back in ‘Deep Breath.’ Regardless, Danny had warned Clara not to let the Doctor push her too far, and ‘Kill the Moon’ provides what develops into the point of no return. Tired of being used and treated as less than equal, Clara finally snaps and stands up to the Doctor, telling him just exactly what the last few weeks have been like for her. Jenna Coleman has proven masterful at portraying a more confident Clara as time progresses, and the raw emotion in these final minutes is exemplary. Where this leaves their relationship and how they continue going forward will be a fascinating pathway to explore. However, as with ‘Listen’ before it, putting all of the focus on the ending would be doing ‘Kill the Moon’ a disservice as new Doctor Who writer Peter…