Review of "The Unicorn and the Wasp"

Written by Gareth Roberts, Directed by Graeme Harper                                                                                    17 May 2008

 

The Doctor, Donna and Agatha Christie (Fenella Woolgar) investigate a mystery.

by Monika Lewis

"The Unicorn and the Wasp" is an amusing episode that draws on a lot of the history and appeal surrounding Agatha Christie, and even includes a science fiction infused 1920s mystery.  There could be more characterization for the people gathered at the house, as the show goes by quickly.  Like the stories of the older Doctor Who installments, an Agatha Christie novel would usually spend more time getting to know the characters before revealing the culprit.  However, the episode gives a good flavor of the 1920s and the Doctor and Donna's reactions to meeting Ms. Christie.  The Time Lord's encounters with historical figures like Charles Dickens, Madame de Pompadour and Shakespeare are built on admiration and shows how they got their reputations from history of intelligence and insight that rivals the Doctor himself.  It's interesting to learn from Doctor Who Confidential that Russell T. Davies got the image of the giant wasp from an actual Agatha Christie book cover, for Death in the Clouds.

 

8/10

 

Agatha Christie in "The Unicorn and the Wasp" Pictures