- Elf 2017
Doctor Who - The Unicorn and the Wasp
Susie Liggat, Phil Collinson (executive), Russell T.Davies (executive), Julie Gardner (executive) for BBC Wales/BBC
directed by Graeme Harper
starring David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Fenella Woolgar, Felicity Kendal, Tom Goodman-Hill, Christopher Benjamin, Felicity Jones, Adam Rayner, David Quilter, Daniel King, Ian Barritt, Leena Dhingra, Charlotte Eaton
written by Gareth Roberts, music by Murray Gold
Doctor Who, Doctor Who (David Tennant), Doctor Who (new series), Donna Noble, Agatha Christie
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Doctor Who (David Tennant) and Donna (Catherine Tate) arrive at a
garden party at Lady Eddison's (Felicity Kendal) estate, where they meet
famed crime author Agatha Christie (Fenella Woolgar) - exactly on the day
on which she is supposed to vanish for 10 days ... and before you know it,
they are all entangled in a murder mystery that invovles a giant wasp, a
notorious jewel thief (Felicity Jones) and an abundance of loose ends -
and at first, neither the Doctor nor Agatha Christie can make heads or
tails of the story ... until they find out the local vicar (Tom
Goodman-Hill) is actually the out-of-wedlock son of Lady Eddison with an
Indian wasp-man who has some strong psychic link to his mother, and when
she read all the Agatha Christie novels, the vicar acted accordingly,
committing a series of murders in either his wasp or his human form. Of
course Agatha and the Doctor can put an end to the wasp-vicar's evil
deeds, but Agatha suffers from a nervous breakdown thereafter, making her
forget the whole affair ... but did she?
To build a
sci-fi-murder mystery around the (real-life) disappearance of one of Great
Britain's greatest crime novelists might sound interesting in theory, but
brought to the screen, the concept works less than fine. It's actually a
clumsy hodgepodge of murder mystery mainstays with some creature feature
motives tagged on for no apparent reason. The fact that the giang
(CGI-)wasp doesn't look at all convincing doesn't help one bit either of
course, and even the occasional inspired oneliner can't save this one. Too
bad, given the interesting premise.
review © by Mike Haberfelner
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