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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Review: Doctor Who Series 8, Episode 8: Mummy Murder Mystery Double Feature. Are you my Mummy?





On this week's episode of Doctor Who, as we still celebrate October, we hop along a Space Train in Space, choo choo Motherf**kers, all while a Mummy mysteriously kills an individual in 66 seconds time.


First off, Clara...I thought she's not traveling with The Doctor anymore because of what happened last week in 'Kill the Moon'? Well this week's episode, seems more like a farewell tour because apparently, slamming the door on The Doctor is a bit harsh. According to Maisy, the woman next to Clara in the train, slamming the door at The Doctor does count as a goodbye. So at the end of the episode, I thought, along with the fandom, thought Clara will be gone, but this is just the eighth episode of Series 8, she can't leave just yet, or anytime soon. The rumor of Clara leaving has finally got into my head. Instead of staying on Earth and be with Danny, Clara is staying in the TARDIS.



The setting of this episode is in a Train...in space!!!


And for a second there, I thought this episode is like a similarity of the 2007 Christmas Special, 'Voyage of the Damned'. But no, it's feel like Series 4 episode, 'The Unicorn and the Wasp', with a murder mystery, instead this time, it's not a wasp, it's a mummy...from Egypt.


The countdown in this episode was added to this episode and I gotta say, not bad for a timer that counts down someone's death from a Mummy. 66 Seconds and you die seems a bit hasty, but it did draw the suspense on who's gonna die and think of eternal thoughts to outsmart the mummy, however it was a fail. The whole 66 seconds thing...yeah, I don't know why but I do love some suspense around the show's atmosphere.


Remember last week when Clara was mad at The Doctor for being heartless for leaving her, Courtney, and Lundvik behind and not calling Courtney special? Well in this week's episode, he pretended to be heartless.


And when The Doctor said that we have to make choices, some good, some bad, it's like he's trying to say that even if we made the wrong decision, we still have to decide.



...sounds like a recipe for trust issues.


This episode only got 40% Clara in this episode, leaving a one sided companion to take the spotlight in this episode, everyone, met Perkins.


Perkins could have be the replacement for Clara on when she leaves, I mean, he's a mechanic, but Perkins had to leave because...it's Doctor Who, one sided companions only guest star and that's it. When Maisy is about to be the next target of the Mummy Murder Express, The Doctor has taken role and manage to beat the Mummy, and here I thought The Doctor has become the next target, but that was too damn close. Even The Doctor said to the mummy, 'rest now soldier', for once, since when that mummy was a soldier? And I thought The Doctor don't care about Soldiers?


And what's good about this episode without references from the good ol days like when The Doctor offering a Jelly Baby to a passenger via cigarette carrier, reminds me of the Jelly Babies that the 4th Doctor offer back in the Classic Era in the 1970s.


If you don't know what a Jelly Baby is? It's a British snack, like Sour Patch Kids, except it's sweet, made popular all thanks to Tom Baker. If you really never heard of it...what's wrong with you? Even more references were added including the 'Are You My Mummy' phrase from the 9th and 10th Doctor Days from Series 1 Episode, 'The Empty Child', and Series 4 Episode, 'The Poison Sky'. Or is it 'The Sontaran Stratagem'? Anyway, Are You My Mummy?


Is there something I forgot? Oh yeah, the jazz singer. Her performance was well talented for a cameo, even her jazz cover of Queen's 'Don't Stop Me Now'. By the way, the jazz singer's name is Foxes. 





Reaction/Thoughts: What do I think about this episode? Well, I think this episode was pretty good. The mummy building a 66 Second Suspense, the mystery of the apparent deaths, the timer on the lower left corner of the TV, The Doctor apologizing to Clara, even Foxes' performance of her cover of Queen's 'Don't Stop Me Now' was good. All in space!!! I give this episode...


...a 9.5 out of 10. Next week's episode, prepare to face the worst enemy in human kind...3-D Art!!! Not really, but how weird will that be? It's like the next episode was written by a 3-D printer. Next episode is called 'Flatline'. Anyway, see you guys next week!