Tenth Doctor: The Unicorn and the Wasp

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Writer: Gareth Roberts

Director: Graeme Harper

Producer: Susie Liggatt

Series: 4, ep. 7

Companion: Donna Noble (Catherine Tate)

Summary: The Doctor and Donna travel to 1920’s England, where they meet the legendary mystery novelist herself, Agatha Christie, at a party. The Doctor realizes this is the exact day when Christie supposedly disappeared and returned ten days later, with no memory of what had happened. What’s more, an actual murder has occurred!

Review: I love this episode! But then, Agatha Christie has always been one of my favorite writers. I like how the story even name-drops several of her books. This is such a fun episode, with a great mystery to solve. Fenella Woolgar is excellent as Agatha Christie. This is also one of Donna Noble’s funniest episodes.

Continuity: This is the third time in the new series that the Doctor has met a famous writer. Donna comments that having to solve an actual mystery with Agatha Christie is like meeting Charles Dickens surrounded by ghosts, which actually did happen in “The Unquiet Dead”. This is the only episode with Donna where someone actually sees that they aren’t a couple (Agatha notices that neither are wearing wedding rings) According to the Big Finish audio drama “Terra Firma”, this is not the first time the Doctor has met Agatha Christie, as the Eighth Doctor mentioned meeting her in that story.

Trivia: The following Agatha Christie novels are mentioned throughout the episode:

  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • Sparkling Cyanide
  • The Man in the Brown Suit (referencing the Doctor’s trademark suit, naturally)
  • After the Funeral
  • Dead Man’s Folly
  • The Body in the Library
  • Cat Among the Pigeons
  • Nemesis
  • The Secret Adversary
  • N or M
  • Why Didn’t They Ask Evans
  • They Do It With Mirrors
  • Cards on the Table
  • Yellow Iris (seen on a vase)
  • Crooked House
  • Endless Night
  • Taken at the Flood
  • The Moving Finger
  • Murder of Roger Ackroyd
  • Death Comes at the End
  • The Murder at the Vicarriage
  • Death in the Clouds
  • Ten Little Indians (one of the murders in the episode happens in the same exact manner as two of the murders in this book)

Colonel Hugh is played by Christopher Benjamin, who has played several characters in Doctor Who, including Henry Jago in “Talons of Weng-Chiang”, Dr. Keith Gold in “Inferno”, and Tardelli in the “Grand Theft Cosmos” audio drama.

 

 

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