“Flapper or slapper?” [Doctor Who – The Unicorn and the Wasp]

When I was about 13 I went through a period where I was obsessed with Agatha Christie novels, like, go-to-the-library-every-week-and-check-out-five-new-ones obsessed. My particular favourite was the one where the Scotland Yard detective and his plucky assistant dropped into a country manor for a cocktail party, and it turned out that a sneaky jewel thief and a giant killer wasp were on the loose. Wait a minute…

‘The Unicorn and the Wasp’ was, to borrow a phrase, a spiffing episode. Littered with references to Christie’s novels (some of the titles I caught included Cat Among the Pigeons, They Do it With Mirrors and Dead Man’s Folly), murder-mystery cliches and charming Doctor/Donna banter (and an unexpected smooch!), this was just darn fun all the way up to its stylishly silly finish. How, exactly, did the reverend wasp spawn of Felicity Kendall sacrifice himself to save Agatha? (And do I even care?) I adore Tennant and Noble – that closing shot of their grinning mugs was almost too much:

Some running gags: yet again the Doctor and Donna have to jump in and inform others they’re not a couple. Hee! That joke is like LOLcats: insufferably dumb, but it gets me every time. And, yet again, Donna mentions the dying bees… hmmm. How is that going to come into play before the season’s out?


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