Starting this week, I’d like to provide you with a review of the latest episode of Doctor Who to air in the US. Doctor Who is currently in it’s fourth season and airing in this country on the Scifi Channel Fridays at 9 PM. The British fans of the Doctor are several episodes ahead of us Americans. My goal is to remain spoiler free while still discussing an overview of the episodes.
I’ll begin with my review of last week’s episode “The Unicorn and the Wasp”. It is the seventh episode of the season. I realize that episode eight aired Friday night but I’m holding back that recap for a couple of reasons. First, “The Unicorn and the Wasp” was a wonderful episode and I can’t wait to tell you about it. Second, episode eight is a two-parter. I’d like to wait and cover both parts at once. Finally, with only five new episodes remaining in season four, I don’t want to miss a single one.
Murder, mystery and mutant wasps all lie at the heart of “The Unicorn and the Wasp” episode. While visiting the English countryside in 1926, The Doctor and his companion, Donna Noble, stumble onto a classic whodunit, complete with Dame Agatha Christie. Set amid the quiet elegance and propriety of a British manorhouse, this episode is a rollicking adventure.
The Doctor and Donna crash a weekend gathering of the social elite. The guests include potential victims who bear a striking resemblance to Clue game characters including Miss Redman and Professor Peach (who’s killed in the library with a lead pipe, no less). Also present is legendary mystery author Agatha Christie. As the mysteries unfold and more murders occur, she helps the Doctor to solve the strange goings-on.
This episode really showcases the Doctor’s current companion, Donna Noble. Donna is not particularly well-liked by many fans but I love her. She brings a maturity and wry sense of humor to the position that few of his recent traveling partners could match. The scene in which the Doctor is poisoned is the perfect example of her delightful commaraderie with the Doctor. Overall, this is one of my favorite episodes of this season. It has humor, intrigue and just the right amount of other-worldliness. For a closer look at the episode, check out a trailer here. I give “The Unicorn and the Wasp” 7 out of 10 stars!