“There’s a body AND there’s a mummy. I mean, can you not just get on a train? Did a wizard put a curse on you about mini-breaks?” – The Doctor
What Doctor Who has always done spectacularly well is take an old idea and give it a completely new reinvention; whether it’s Morgana le Fey from Battlefield becoming an inter-dimensional witch or the Yeti revealing that they were incredibly powerful robots from The Abominable Snowman, Doctor Who has taken something we thought ancient, mysterious and supernatural and given us a completely unique and perfectly fitting explanation.
Of course, the creature from the title of Mummy on the Orient Express is no different.
Taking the classic Agatha Christie whodunit and transplanting firmly in the Who-niverse on a space-faring recreation of the legendary train, the Doctor and Clara embark on what should be their final adventure together following the dramatic ending to last week’s episode. Much like the novel, the Orient Express is transporting a host of upper class leaders in their field, mostly scientists and professors as they set off on the journey of a lifetime.