Mummy on the Orient Express

What sounds like an Agatha Christie mystery is actually this week’s episode of Doctor Who. You know the drill; this review of “Mummy on the Orient Express” includes several Spoilers as I am laying out my thoughts. Proceed with caution!

I loved this episode from start to finish! All the references, the cameos and the whole 20’s look of it – brilliant! Visually, this episode really was another gem of this Series. In my opinion, putting the clock on screen was another smart move. But let’s not just talk about cinematography, but about the storyline as well. This episodes was supposed to serve as final farewell journey for Clara and the Doctor before they part their ways. Of course, in the end she couldn’t leave him, because just like a drug addict, she needed another shot of adventure. But let’s break it down a little more:

  • I was actually surprised to see Clara in this episode. As much as I love her, I expected the Doctor to sulk a little after their huge fight last week and to go on an adventure by himself. However, in the end I didn’t mind at all that Clara was on board, because the episode was not centered around her. I enjoyed seeing them talk about their fight and their future together. Clara’s relationship with the Doctor is so special and I am never sure how to categorize it, but not everything needs a label anyway – I just love their dynamic together. Also, I am really glad that Danny doesn’t stand in the way of Clara and the Doctor hanging out together, but I would like to actually see him tag along on one (or several) trip(s).
  • All through this season, I had the impression that the Doctor wasn’t even fazed or distressed when people died around him. It seemed like that wasn’t much different this episode, but I then was relieved to see him step up and actually put an effort into saving people. He is not heartless, well he in fact has two hearts, and I am happy about that.
  • The Mummy as a monster wasn’t the most terrible idea I’ve ever seen, but they always rush the ending so much. The creatures seem invincible and intricate most of the time and then they get defeated in a matter of seconds. Literally 66 seconds this time! I don’t want to complain too much, because this episode was mostly very well executed, but this is more of general feeling throughout the entire season so far. Please don’t keep rushing the endings!
  • I thought it was funny that all the experts, doctors and so on, looked a bit like famous dead scientists. Did I spy an Einstein?
  • Again no Missy!  With all those people dying, I thought she’d make an appearance for sure. But maybe she is behind “Gus”? Who knows …
  • Loved some of the cameos and actors. That interpretation of “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Foxes was amazing – I didn’t think I’d hear a Queen song on Doctor Who when I got up this morning. Also, Frank Skinner as Perkins was delightful and amazingly helpful to the Doctor. When he first appeared, he seemed a little creepy to me – lurking in the shadows and all – but he then redeemed himself. You should never say “No” to the Doctor though, when he asks you to tag along on the TARDIS.
  • The references were great and I was sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for them to come up. On the one hand there was the obvious one to “The Empty Child” – meaning “Are you my Mummy?” – and on the other hand there was the reference to “The Big Bang“. When the Doctor said that Gus tried to coax him into coming before, he actually referenced to the time of Amy’s and Rory’s wedding where the Doctor got a call, where it was mentioned that an Egyptian goddess was loose on the Orient Express in space. I know that a lot of people are tired of the references to Matt Smith/Eleven, but I will never be one of them.

So, I probably forgot to mention something, but if that something comes up, we can just discuss it in the comments. “Flatline” looks like another potentially creepy episode. As always, I’m already looking forward to more next week. Read you soon!

John Green’s books and movies

I will admit that I am obsessed with John Green‘s books! Currently, I am reading An Abundance of Katherines and before that, I pretty much devoured Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns and The Fault in Our Stars. There is just something in these books that speaks to me and I can relate so darn well to the characters.

I know that a lot of people think that TFIOS (short for The Fault in Our Stars) is overrated, but I don’t care. It’s my absolute favourite book of all times! That doesn’t mean that I’m going to hate on people who don’t like it, but I just don’t understand how you couldn’t fall in love with it. It is funny and heartbreakingly beautiful. I can still quote tons of stuff from the book, because I just love it so much.

I have the same process getting into a John Green book every time. Basically, I don’t want to know what it’s about. The less I know, the better, because then I’ll allow the story to surprise me even more. I knew that TFIOS had something to do with cancer, but I didn’t expect it to be the way it eventually was. Looking for Alaska shocked me even more and … I’ve just deciced that I won’t tell you anything about the books in case you haven’t read them.

Buuuut I will talk about the upcoming movies. Most people don’t like book adaptations for the big screen and I totally get why. Yet, when it comes to The Fault in Our Stars, I have never been more excited for a movie than I am now. From what I could see in the trailes and teasers and music videos (Yes! I watched pretty much everything I could get my hands on!) it just looks perfect! The really tried to stick to the book (and I hope I won’t regret writing this after I’ve actually seen the whole movie), but I think they did a great job with it. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort are in my opinion the perfect Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters! I don’t even care anymore that they were sibling in Divergent, because they look adorable together. If you haven’t seen the trailer (which I think is highly doubtful) you can check it our here!

I started crying just watching the trailer, I don’t even want to think about how many tissues I am going to need in the movie theatre! I can’t wait!

But there is more to come! I’ve just found out that Nat Wolff (who plays Isaac in TFIOS) will be playing Quentin, or just Q, in the upcoming adaptation of Paper Towns. I really liked the book as well and I think Nat would be a great Q, but oh my stars, he gets to play in two John Green stories. How amazing and yet very strange is that!? I can’t quite imagine a fitting Margo for him. Who would you cast if you had the chance? Let me know in the comments below!

Yet, Nat Wolff isn’t the only one from the TFIOS team who will be working on the Paper Towns movie. John Green confirmed that the script writers, the producers and the studio are also the same as for the TFIOS movie. I think that’s a good sign! Do you agree?