Clara, it would appear, is a little inconsistent. After having exploded at the Doctor in a rage that seems perfectly natural given the circumstances, she's decided to end their friendship with one last trip in the TARDIS. Err, sure, why not? By the end, the Doctor makes a rather pointed comment about being addicted, and Clara promptly lies about Danny wanting her to travel more if as long as they get home on time. Inconsistent? Well, perhaps a little crazy might be more appropriate. It's difficult to believe that Maisie's words of wisdom were that powerful she realised she just couldn't do without the Doctor. Perhaps she's just a sucker for punishment.
The Doctor, on the other hand, is demonstrating just how much of a bastard he really is. In fact, given how desperately he was trying to get Clara to travel with him, it's surprising just how callous he is in this episode. Apparently he Clara waited three weeks before agreeing to travel with him again, but given he's a time traveller, it seems the deck is stacked very much in his favour. She's not waiting on Wednesday? Duck forward to next week and try then. Still not there? Duck forward another week. From that point of view, I suppose her simply turning up destroys the message she's trying to send him. However, he seems to be like a bastard, Scottish version of Sheldon Cooper. As he talks about planets, Clara drops the small hint that she doesn't particularly like him. He is more interested in talking about the planets. At the end she comes running back, like a crack addict to her dealer. It's an unpleasant relationship and doesn't do either character justice. I preferred Clara when she was more insistent about the situation. In many ways it doesn't seem resolved, so hopefully there's more to come with this.
Meanwhile there's a Mummy running rampant on the space Orient Express, something the Doctor's been meaning to deal with for some time but, frankly, couldn't be bothered, it seems. The Mummy looks pretty stupendous, all things told, and is one of the best creations the series has ever seen. Shuffling around in all it's gory detail, the creature is fantastically captured by director Paul Wilmhurst who brings an amazing flair to the story. Even the little countdown clock for when the creature is there is a nice touch. The production is sumputious, the direction outstanding, the photography even better. Everyone was pulling the stops out for this episode, and it shows in a production that is just brilliant to watch.
There's also some surprising casting. Foxes appearance could have been dire, but is actually not too bad, while Frank Skinner is a delight, giving a nice touch of down-to-earth realism about the character. John Sessions turns up as the computer voice, while the old lady who gets bumped off by the Mummy in the opening sequence, once got bumped off by vampires in Doctor Who some twenty-five years ago. Ahh, how time flies.
I did enjoy this episode, and in fact this whole series has a remarkable consistency to it which marks it out from a lot of the seasons of Doctor Who before hand. I'm not happy with the Doctor/Clara situation, but I'm hoping that it will be ironed out as the series continues. I'll moan properly in the finale if I'm left empty handed. Until then, I'll delight in Peter Capaldi's impressive Tom Baker impression and give this episode the thumbs up.