This is a weekly feature (Wednesdays) where Christa of Hooked on Books and myself will be watching and discussing all of the reboot of Doctor Who. Posts will contain spoilers for that episode and ones before it, so you may want to watch the episode before reading. I hope you’ll join us in enjoying this fantastic show, and don’t forget to check out Christa’s post (with past posts over here) as well! Allons-y!
The Unicorn and the Wasp by Gareth Roberts
The Doctor and Donna find themselves in 1920s England. More importantly, they find themselves with Agatha Christie, and of course you can’t have Agatha Christie without a good old-fashioned murder mystery!
There’s something inherently Doctor Who-ish that I just love about this episode. You get this great cast of characters with a bunch of tongue in cheek humour. People are dying left and right, but it’s all about using your brain to fight evil, and realizing that evil isn’t always so evil. It’s just so fantastically ridiculous at points, and at other points there are some really deep messages.
Agatha Christie makes some feminist remarks. Donna laments the situation of homosexual couples (that really isn’t that much different from the current situation). There’s a commentary on public versus personal face, and the effect it can have on people. There’s really so much going on in this episode, but you hardly notice because there’s a giant wasp that Donna’s fighting off with a magnifying glass (have I mentioned how much I love Donna lately?)
My one and only complaint: The ninth Doctor could spot an alien just by looking at a picture of him in a magazine. Are you telling me Ten can’t tell an alien when he’s spoken with him directly? Tsk, tsk, Doctor Who.
Don’t mind me…I’m just silently sobbing at all the feelings…