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…