Doctor Who Underrated Villain of the Week The Foretold

first_imgStay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad. Now, all aboard the space-bound Orient Express, where you’re gonna have yourself a real good time—if you don’t die first.BBCTHE FORETOLDFirst appearance: “Mummy on the Orient Express” (2014)—season 8, episode 8Home planet: N/ADoctor: TwelfthCompanion: Clara Oswald“There were many trains to take the name Orient Express, but only one in space.”And only one with a mythical mummy murdering passengers.At the behest of her boyfriend, Danny Pink, Clara allows the Doctor to take her on one “last hurrah”: a ride in the space-bound Orient Express.But their excursion was not, as Clara soon realizes, altogether spontaneous; the Doctor was lured there by Gus, an on-board computer with cruel intentions.“He has tried to entice me here before,” the Doctor explains. “Free tickets, mysterious summons, even phoned the TARDIS one time.”A frightening glimpse into our own artificially intelligent future, Gus (voiced by John Sessions) is the true monster on the train—not the mummified ancient soldier who kills five innocent people.BBCActing on behalf of unknown third parties, the computer gathered unwitting scientists and historians, as well as a Time Lord and his feisty companion, to investigate the phenomenon known as the Foretold: an “ancient soldier being driven by malfunctioning tech,” forced to continue his war by killing people for sustenance. The process takes exactly 66 seconds, during which only the victim can see and interact with the mummy.Preying on the physically and mentally ill, the Foretold executed the elderly Mrs. Pitt, a chef, a guard, professor Emile Moorhouse (plagued by panic attacks), and Captain Quell (suffering post-traumatic stress disorder)—before coming after Maisie Pitt, granddaughter of the first sacrifice.BBCThe Doctor saves the day by transferring Maisie’s personal trauma into his own head, tricking the mummy into targeting him instead.“Hello. I’m so pleased to finally see you. I’m the Doctor and I will be your victim this evening. Are you my mummy?” he asks playfully, paying homage to the Ninth Doctor, and plunging me deeper into my own gas-mask-infused nightmare.The quick-talking Time Lord identifies himself as a soldier and “surrenders” to the Foretold, freeing the fighter from his duty. With one final, labored salute, the mummy disintegrates, leaving behind the embedded technology, which the Doctor uses to teleport all passengers off the train before a vengeful Gus destroys the ship.(P.S. Keep an ear out for Foxes’ hauntingly beautiful jazz rendition of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.” You’re welcome.)Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.last_img

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